Watch Season 11 Episode 05 Live

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Season 11 Episode 04 Podcast/Download

Overview:
A show with no major technical failings? What sort of madness is this? Believe it folks, for it happened. Tubbs takes a back seat making sure that TK’s sciatica isn’t causing too much pain this week as Hedgie returns to his usual slot on the sofa next to Echo. This week sees a return of one of the music of our favourite artists Jake Aldridge as his new song The Underdog was submitted to the show quite soon before we were to go on air. Because of this, the title card displayed had the artist/song name reversed, for which Hedgie (who does the cards normally) was both very apologetic about, and also relentlessly mocked – because we’re nice like that. For the games, we kicked of with some Trivia Murder Party before heading to some Bracketeering. Quiplash will probably return for a round next week. Having the ability to mix up the games is fun.

Featuring:
TK, Echo, Xavier, and Hedgie.

Songs Played:
Song 1 – Jake Aldridge – The Underdog
Visit Jake’s website here where you can get all the information on how to buy his new tune, which releases on all good platforms on June 3rd.
Song 2 – Boston – More Than A Feeling
Song 3 – Txai – Autos, Arps, and MiniMoogs
Song 4 – Motorhead – Ace of Spades

Backing music by Sanxion7.

Done and Dusted:
There was no Done and Dusted this week.

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Season 11 Episode 03 Podcast/Download

Overview:
With the Hedgie at work at uni, Tubbs returns to take his slot instead. With YouTube being its co-operative self as usual, the start of the YouTube feed is a little odd but the podcast version is unaffected. The show was a fun giggle, with Tubbs settling into his role of Hedgie replacement quite nicely. There was time for some Done and Dusted, Quiplash, Trivia Murder Party, and the cast didn’t die in the sweltering heat of the studio, which is always a bonus.

Featuring:
TK, Echo, Xavier, and Tubbs.

Songs Played:
Song 1 – Savage Garden – Affirmation
Song 2 – Zone Runners – Graveyard Theory
Song 3 – E-Rotic – Fred Come To Bed
Song 4 – Captain Jack – Captain Jack (Grandale Remix)
Song 5 – Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell

Backing music by Sanxion7.

Done and Dusted:
Justice League – Reviewed by Xavier

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Season 11 Episode 02 Podcast/Download

Overview:
Getting the hang of things again, as the second episode of Season 11 happens. This week is a happy time as the YouTube Music Agreement search thing has started working again (finally) so real songs can be played once more. So while we play some OCRemix stuff, we also sprinkle in some real songs that have links to video games. Let the copyright notifications begin!

Featuring:
TK, Echo, Xavier, and Hedgie.

Songs Played:
Song 1 – Freezepop – Super Spr0de
Song 2 – The Jetzons – Hard Times
Song 3 – NicoCW – Bridge Zone Classic Remix
Song 4 – Michael Jackson – Stranger in Moscow
Song 5 – Fishy – She Can Has Long Ears
Song 6 – Steps – 5, 6, 7, 8

Backing music by Sanxion7.

Done and Dusted:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Reviewed by Xavier

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Season 11 Episode 01 Podcast/Download

Overview:
Chaos ensues as we start Season 11 properly this week following some brief technical difficulties thanks to addition of many more people into the studio as both Hedgie and guess host Tubbs paid a visit. This means we start a little late, but for the most part things go according to plan. TK, now being in control of all of the things, still has to get used to the transitions and adding a vision mixer into things does make his job that little bit more complicated. Still, we get in a game of Brackettering and a game of Quiplash as well as having some Done and Dusted and our usual segments. Much fun was had.

Featuring:
TK, Echo, Xavier, Hedgie, and Tubbs.

Songs Played:
Song 1 – Blue.Nocturne – Dr. Wily Symphonic
Song 2 – RebeccaETripp – Terra’s Love
Song 3 – WillRock – Bare Knuckle Blitz
Song 4 – Iceferno – Scrap Brain Zone
Song 5 – Nabeel Ansari – Sonic Boom (American Mix)

Backing music by Sanxion7.

Done and Dusted:
Cuphead (PC) – Reviewed by Tubbs

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Season 11 Episode 00 Podcast/Download

Overview:
TigerTails Radio is BACK! And this time we are bringing a whole new… Awww, who are we kidding, it’s the same madness as always but this time with fancier transitions. This was the first test show of Season 11 before we start the series properly, and thanks you YouTube being the pile of utter crap it’s always been we have a show filled with OC Remixes and video game covers. This doesn’t stop us from running the show and it went rather smoothly for a test show, with only minor technical difficulties along the way. TK now has a vision mixer which will take some getting used to, and there was a new Jackbox game played after Quiplash – Bracketeering.

There was even enough time to introduce a new member to the cast. Welcome Chase, to TigerTails Radio, in a guest slot doing a spot of video game reviewing.

Featuring:
TK, Echo, Xavier, and Chase.

Songs Played:
Song 1 – Blen – Super Hipster Land
Song 2 – NateWantsToBattle (feat. MandoPony) – Escape From The City
Song 3 – Audio fedelity, Derek Meler, Eric Griffin, Marcus Affeldt – Pirate Shout
Song 4 – Vurez – The Peddlers Legacy
Song 5 РGanaé РNon-sense Paradise
Song 6 – NateWantsToBattle (feat. Andrew Stein) – Fist Bump

Visit NateWantsToBattle online at:
https://www.natewantstobattle.com

Backing music by Sanxion7.

Done and Dusted:
Heart and Slash (game, PS4) – Reviewed by Chase
Jigsaw (film) – Reviewed by TK

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1 Day…

Yes there is now only a day until the restart of TigerTails Radio as Season 11 hits the Internet. There is now only mild panic here in the studio.

Tasks for today involve sorting out the playlist, license details, and graphics for the songs; getting the YouTube feed setup, including creating the live stream event and doing all the metadata; setting up OBS with the stream details; and running through all the last minute checks to make sure things that need charging have access to power. Then tomorrow will be spent cleaning the studio and making it camera ready – and then we broadcast.

Wish us luck.

The countdown continues…

2 Days…

Since it’s the weekend before the show, and things are now in full swing to get the show ready for Monday, here’s a couple of pictures showing where TK will be sitting and the buttons he gets to press!

A look at the desk for Season 11

A look at the desk for Season 11 with a Xavier in the background

A close up of some of the rack mounted equipment for Season 11

A close up of some of the rack mounted equipment for Season 11

3 Days…

Pain or no pain, the show must go on.

There is a lot of equipment that goes into running TigerTails Radio. This is mostly because the show has gained equipment over the years, and has bolted it on to the existing infrastructure rather than out-right replacing things. The only exception to this has been the microphones, as those have been upgraded – however, the old ones are still on hand for those unexpected moments of need. In fact, some of the equipment from Season 1 (back in 2004) is still in use in the modern setup.

So, just how is everything connected? To answer that we shall have to know what IS connected, and what it all does. Let’s start with the consoles. Previously the consoles and the show’s camera were all linked to the LGP mentioned in a previous post via a series of HDMI switches. This has changed for Season 11. We now have a video mixer, which should mean a smooth transition when we play games on the show. The video feed is still controlled via a HDMI switch for the PS3/PS TV/Megadrive(+MegaCD+32X), but this switch gets fed into an HDMI upscaler to get it to 1080/60, which is then routed into the video mixer. The audio from the consoles is run into a series of switches used back in Season 1 and that gets sent into a new MP3 player and audio switcher. The camera for the show is on a switch with the Dreamcast (which outputs to VGA to HDMI, but this could be changed to route it into the OSSC with the Megadrive in future) and also runs into an upscaler, however while the Dreamcast audio routes into the same switches the other consoles do, the camera is to remain mute at all times. This is to prevent feedback during the show, as we use external microphones. The other things that connect to the video mixer are the Discord PC, and the PS4. These output at the required 1080/60 so didn’t need upscaling. The video mixer then outputs to the LGP and into the stream.

For sound we have 2 mixers plus a switch. The switch is a Bluetooth MP3 player (meaning it takes SD cards, USB sticks, or Bluetooth) which has an additional 4 phono inputs. This handles the songs that are played during the show. They get fed into the main mixer and output to the LGP for syncing with the video feed. The switch also handles any extra audio from the video mixer, and the XP PC as well. Combine that with the audio from the consoles as mentioned above, and that’s all inputs taken care of.

The secondary mixer takes care of the Discord PC and the backing music, along with the feed from the PC that broadcasts the video feed – but that remains mute during the show. As Xavier and the backing music need muting at the same time, it was decided to have them feed into the main mixer from the same input. However as the backing music is muted solo during the games, it meant that a mixer was needed. Thankfully we happened to have one laying around from Season 10. How handy.

The main mixer is the one that does most of the grunt work. It takes the microphones in the studio, feeds them to a compressor and to the Discord PC so Xavier can hear us, it then receives the compressor’s output and mixes it with the jingles, the secondary mixer, and the switch before sending everything over to the XP PC for the Shoutcast feed and to the LGP for broadcast over YouTube.

And that’s pretty much it. All the equipment that will be used for Season 11. Monday’s test show will ensure all the wiring is correct, volumes are set right, mics still work, and much more. There might be some live rewiring during the show, so advance apologies to headphones users. The next couple of days are the weekend, so don’t expect a massive post for each day to be posted – and then it’s the main event.

The countdown continues…

4 Days…

There was going to be a post here about some of the hardware (other than the PCs) that powers the show. That was the plan. However, our website administrator has spent the day dosed up on morphine suffering with a kidney stone – so today’s blog post will be combined with tomorrow’s to tell how the studio was reformatted, and outlay setting everything up.

Apologies.

The countdown continues…

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