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28 April 2005


Lloyd Davis

Neville, thanks very much for your kind comments and feedback - I felt similarly, that perhaps the background sound was too much (it's beyond my technical skills to do anything about it), but on balance thought it was worth putting out for some of the gems in there and the way that it does communicate the feel of the event - glad you enjoyed it.

Neville Hobson

You're welcome, Lloyd. I did enjoy listening to it even though it hurt my ears ;)

I agree with you that doing it and making it available as is was a great idea. Apart from anything else, it gives you a real sense of the crowds and the conversations which you can hear as background. It's almost as if you were there.

What portable recorder do you have?

Matthew Gertner


Thanks for the kind words about the Peer Pressure blog in your podcast. You mentioned that you weren't able to identify me. There is actually a link on my blog to this information (http://www.allpeers.com/blog/?page_id=61), but it is perhaps a bit subtle. Also, I noticed that for some reason there were links going around to my Les Blogs posts that referenced the "printer-friendly" format that does not contain the blog sidebar with the About link. So for the record, here are the canonical links to the relevant posts:

Les Blogs: Impressions (http://www.allpeers.com/blog/?p=115)
Les Blogs: What are These Blog Things, Anyway? (http://www.allpeers.com/blog/?p=116)


Lloyd Davis

Neville, thanks for asking.

The equipment I used for recording at Lesblogs is the same as I use for my soundseeing tours of London.

I have a Sony MD Walkman MZ-NH700 (which I chose as the cheapest of the new Hi-MD minidisc players from Sony that has a proper mic in socket). I use a mono Lavalier mic from Vivanco, the EM116, which I had lying around when I started podcasting.

I take the audio over to my PC via a USB cable in the Sony proprietary format and use their WAV converter to make a file that I can then edit. I use Audacity to turn the one channel stereo I end up with to two-channel mono but rarely do any other processing. I usually then encode to MP3 at a bitrate of 64kbps.

This was unusual because I was sewing discrete bits together. On this occasion I recorded the link passages later with my Phillips (don't have the model no.) stick mic and added random bits of chatter behind that to cover the edits - I rushed a bit to get it out and probably could have made the link chatter a bit quieter to give your ears more of a break. I could also have got better quality and less background noise by using the stick mic on the day but I wouldn't have captured the informality that I was after.

Neville Hobson

Very interesting to see what you're using, Lloyd. You're the second podcaster I know who's using a Sony minidisc player/recorder of some type rather than a flash memory recorder.

You use Audacity, which I think just about everyone does. It is good if with a slightly steep learning curve for all the bells and whistles.

Thanks for sharing that info.

Neville Hobson

Hi Matt.

Sorry I couldn't ID you. I have now found the link. Staring me in the face now that I see it. But you're right - it is perhaps a bit subtle!

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