About

Who are we. Why are we here.  Why have we filled your car with Jello.

You may be wondering all of these things and more (or less – you may be quite certain why we filled your car with Jello).

Nerd & Tie is a site brought to you by the letter N, the number 3 and the letter 7. Started initially as a fortnightly podcast in August of 2013, in June of 2014 Nerd & Tie expanded to include a news section. In 2018 we started launching additional podcasts to cover more topics (and the original podcast shifted to monthly in 2019).

Nerd & Tie covers anything and everything remotely nerdy, along with the Midwestern, National and International convention scenes and community. We also occasionally do live shows of the our podcasts at cons, so keep a lookout.

We’re pretty awesome.

Other Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What are the opening and ending songs you use on the main podcast?
A. The opening song is a portion of “SKY ROBOT 2.0” written and performed by Trae (under the pseudonym “Lt. Snorkel”). The end theme is an arrangement by Trae of Vomit Hat Steve’s “Cloud Burst” performed by Trae (although the full track features Vomit Hat Steve on lead vocals). Cloud Burst is a song Steve wrote for “Harry Potter and I MUST SCREAM” – a Harry Potter Fanfic Rock Opera heavily influenced by the Harlan Ellison story “I have no mouth, and I must scream.”

Yes, you read that correctly.

You can download both tracks – SKY ROBOT 2.0, Cloud Burst

Q. What equipment do you use?
A. Our equipment list is constantly evolving, so what we use in each episode doesn’t always match the one before it. This is what we’re using right now though at least.

For any shows with multiple hosts, Nerd & Tie does its recording over the internet. Trae Dorn produces our shows on an aging MacBook Pro he refuses to let go of. Skype runs on the laptop, feeding its audio to a Behringer XENYX QX1202USB mixer. The audio is then recorded with a Tascam DR-40. Editing is performed on the Mac as well.

Trae has gone through a pile of microphones, but since fall of 2014 he’s primarily used an Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB. It’s a good mic. You should get one.

Nick Izumi currently uses a Blue Snowball microphone. Previously he used a Pyle Pro PDMIC58 microphone connected to an iPad 2 (which is why he used to not be on video). Before that we think he rigged up a system with bailing twine, sugar and glue for one episode.

Gen Prock uses… something? We’ve never asked her what model her microphone is. We probably should.

Kyle Johnson, who recently joined the group as a part of the Stormwood & Associates cast uses a Blue Snowball mic.

For live shows, right now we just take the DR-40 recorder to conventions and use its built in mics. It’s an experiment.

Q. Where are you guys based?
A. Right now, the answer is “Wisconsin.” Nick is in Janesville, Gen in Plover, and Trae lives in Eau Claire. For years Trae lived in Lafayette, IN. Trae describes Indiana as “Like Wisconsin, but 15% worse,” and is very happy to be back.

Q. I heard you guys had a convention?
A. We did! With the help of some of our friends, the Nerd & Tie Expo took place September 23-25, 2016 in to Eau Claire, WI. Unfortunately due to a litany of issues (including the venue getting torn down) we didn’t schedule a second one. Will we run another one? We haven’t decided yet.

Q. I have a question you didn’t answer!
A. Then hop on over to the contact page and ask it.