Podcast: Sonic TALK095 - iPhone Saviour of Software?

Rain, Ear protection, manuals, LCD with knobs on, stereo mic technique      21/08/08

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60:11 mins
SONIC TALK 095 - I know we Brits are always going on about the weather, but when you've had 5 weeks of solid rain in the middle of what's supposed to be Summer, can you blame us? I've got two more UK residents to join me from their waterlogged homes, Mark Tinley crack programmer and sound artist, and Dave Spiers from GForce Software who make excellent software instruments. On the sunny side of the pond, Rich Hilton from Chic and the Nile Rodgers camp chips in - just dont tell us how nice the weather is over there... After I gloat about the Olypmpic medals table, we talk about good working practices to make sure your ears stay healthy when working in the studio, then on to manuals - paper and otherwise, followed by a spell on Alan Blumlein - grandaddy of stereo recording then the promising Girton Labs SenseSurface a sort of hybrid LCD/ hardware control system, then I wax lyrical about the iPod Touch and the pretty promising App Store from Apple - saviours of the developers? We end on a blast of Isaac Hayes who sadly passed away on the 10th of August. Remember... Do Call Us We’ve set up a Skype account for people to leave comments (which may be played on subsequent episodes) or requests to be considered for a part on the show. You can contact using the Skype handle 'sonictalk' or if you want to use the phone, our number in the US is:

US Tel: (312) 376-8089
Intl: 001 312 376-8089

UK: +44 (0)20 7870 8616

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8 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Marc JX8P    Said...

Highly entertaining podcast! Sorry to hear about your weather, though... It was good to see you guys back in podcast action as I really missed the podcast last week! I'm already looking forward to the 100th episode...

22-Aug-08 03:03 AM

Nick B    Said...

Yeah, it's coming up fast! I'm think of doing a live version - in that we will broadcast it as we record, so people can interact a little bit via Stickam. Have a chat room open?

Suggestions welcome

22-Aug-08 04:12 AM

Marc JX8P    Said...

Chatroom seems like a great idea to me, perhaps also as a constant addition to the site. Also, a longer version or two parts, each the usual podcast length, would maybe be approprate. Then again, that depends on the amount of subjects you have... :-)

22-Aug-08 04:25 AM

www.TheCircuitSymphony.com / Oliver Davis    Said...

I think it would be a great idea to have a Q&A session for the Sonic State Podcast team!

We could email our questions and have them answered on the show?

May be questions based on musical background,how they got to where they are today, future ambissions etc...

22-Aug-08 06:03 AM

Hui    Said...

Nick/Mark: The iPod Touch & iPhone both run an optimised version of OSX.

Great show, guys!

22-Aug-08 07:51 AM

Derek W, Vancouver, BC    Said...

Great show as always, guys! Keep up the good work.

Skypecasts (https://skypecasts.skype.com/skypecasts/home) seem like a cool way for large groups of people to interact, plus it would integrate with your existing recording setup.

Here are some links in case you need music technology-related things to fall back on. ;)

Two silly items: (audio only) An unknown standup comedian on the subject of Jungle... http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4598744430154275038

Mackie Mixer Destruction Test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVxOm3lh1rw

One more serious item: http://recordinghacks.com/microphones (check out Microphone Mods and Repairs)

I stumbled across this site while looking up some mic specs. There's a small mic database but, more interestingly, a growing list of modifications that you can perform on certain mics.

Enjoy and keep up the great work.

24-Aug-08 02:59 PM

benny blanco®    Said...

mark tinley was asking if the iPhone/iPod touch could stream music from a computer/iTunes to the portable device. Now you can with this cool app called simplify media. Comes in 2 parts, an app for the phone to search/find/listen to music with and then the host computer app that punshes the music out.

The super amazing bit is that it can get to your device over wifi or even over the CSL phone carrier network if you have the iphone.

24-Aug-08 11:43 PM

Kieran K    Said...

Sounds cool to do the 100th episode live! I'm there.

27-Aug-08 04:59 PM

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