Cynthia The Audio Belle Interviews AnalogPlanet's Michael Fremer

At the 2019 Rocky Mountain Audio Show, "Cynthia, the Audio Belle" asked if she could interview me. Of course I said "yes" and that turned into 47 minutes worth that she's edited and split into two parts. I'm posting before watching so I hope it's okay!

Here's a picture of Cynthia Bishop that I pinched from "The Audiophiliac"'s YouTube channel. I don't think Steve Guttenberg will mind. I figure you should know to whom I was talking.

gmeese34's picture

Where can I get one??

Anton D's picture

The tie is by RM Style (Ralph Marlin) and is maybe from 15 years ago?

They made a series of Beatles ties.

Right now, Ebay is the only place I see them.

If you search Beatles revolver necktie you will find two currently listed.

It's a fun tie!

Jim Tavegia's picture

in noisy environments don't work well.

A tip here would be a little mic mixer like the Mackie 402VLZ4 ($99) with two handheld vocal mics like the Shure SM58 ($99 ea) would have worked great with the output of the Mackie into the the line in of the camera.

Shows are terribly noisy and we like hearing you up close.

Michael Fremer's picture
Interviewer’s set up, not mine of course.
Jim Tavegia's picture

On 99% of YOUR videos your audio is excellent. She was probably concentrating so hard on her interview with you she was unaware of how loud the venue was. Guys like me who do location recording the first thing we do is assess the ambient noise of the room.

Still, Nice of her to do that with you.

dg110233's picture

Micheal,you are one of 4 Jews outside of Tel Aviv who works on cars. I have been asked so many times while working on a customers car. Are you Jewish ? My father owned and operated a repair shop. They tell me i'm my fathers son.

kelossus's picture

What is with the constant edit cuts. It is so annoying, only 40 seconds in and I had to turn it off.

Michael is providing an anecdote and then it just cuts out.

kelossus's picture

Ok I understand that beginning bit was just a segway to the full interview. Was poorly done IMO and I had no idea what was going on.

Michael Fremer's picture
Yes I think it’s a mistake to open that way...
Wimbo's picture

Hmm, 4350's on your mind:)

volvic's picture

No longer live at home and my parents still get upset that I'm still spending my money on records. My dad came to visit and saw the new box set of Analogphonic Mravinsky Tchaikovsky and grilled me as to how many more versions of the 4th, 5th and 6th I need. I told him after all these years he still doesn't get it.

mraudioguru's picture

...but I'd much rather see her in the video than you :-)

Michael Fremer's picture
Anton D's picture

I watch Steve Guttenberg's daily Audiophiliac. You could do a 'Michael Remembers' series of daily short pieces that simply create a memoir of your life with LPs.

I have a voice for newsprint and a face for radio, but you could really pull that off.

Your anecdotes were great.

Michael Fremer's picture
That's a good idea but first my Audiophiliac parody, which is in the works with Steve's blessing.
ChrisM's picture

Keep going !

Ortofan's picture

... Fray-mer or Freh-mer?

The question "do I look good" is reminiscent of the "how do I look" scene from the movie Papillon:

It is annoying that Marantz (and Denon) seem to have had their service manuals - particularly those for long out-of-production models - removed from the various free sites.

Never moving to Florida if it means having to talk like Larry David.

Michael Fremer's picture
gMRfk6LMHn's picture

Ah come on everybody, don't be so hard on someone starting out. The best of intentions are not always met with experience! I actually enjoyed both videos!

James, Dublin, Ireland

Michael Fremer's picture
She's great.... and if she can write, she'll be here soon.
not_again's picture

Not sure what MF is gettin' at about his comment about early CDs sounding bad.
Early CDs are some of the most sought-after CD in the collector's market. Check forum. Especially rock/pop titles (Target or Toshiba/Sony 1st generation from early/mid 80s). This is because they were not "loudness'd" or compressed (compared to later "re-masters").
Maybe MF instead meant 1st or 2nd gen. CD *players*. And, yes, many of those were rough sounding due to poor brick wall filtering, etc.

Try playing back any "early CD", or rip made from it, on a decent CDP after (roughly) 1986 ... that's when I mostly stopped buying vinyl.

Michael Fremer's picture
Sounded mostly awful compared to original vinyl pressings and still mostly do. Of course they only got worse because of the loudness wars. So if you're hooked on a bad and fragile physical format that doesn't sound so good, yes, the earlier pre "smashed" versions are better....
not_again's picture

... FOS, as usual. I know you got butthurts over at HydrogenAudio ... so you gotta make sh-t up to overscaled proportions to get kids to like you.

Michael Fremer's picture
As if I pay attention to HydrogenAudio. I could care less what they measure or "think".
Kudalev's picture

I enjoyed the interview. Stop nitpicking: for great interview you need interesting person first, technical aspects and gear setup is secondary. Thanks for the interesting stories, Michael!

not_again's picture

The 'view was GARBAGE!!! Same ol' crapolla FRAYYYYYYYYYYY-MURRRR's been always spewin'

Wimbo's picture

watched it dropkick.

Michael Fremer's picture
love it when you go apeshit!
Yorkshirefoxy1's picture

Cynthia deserves credit for her interview with Michael and she will learn to make the audio better. It’s a learning process and when we make mistakes we learn how to correct them. On the matter of harsh CD players and cd’s, I once had a Cambridge Audio CD player in the 1980’s the thing broke after 18 months. I bought a Pioneer CD player to replace it (it had a turntable you place the cd with the shiny surface upwards) you know what has not let my down for 35yrs? My Linn LP12! Case closed1

Grorr76's picture

I enjoyed it yeah it was rough but Michael's stories were great. Got me thinking he should write a memoir with all he has experienced the people he has met

Todd Gravel's picture

I disagree with about 85% of what Michael Fremer says but I also read every word and watch every video...Keep it up and play it strait...