Scott Hanselman

Hanselminutes Podcast 44 - Basics of Professional Audio

December 14, 2006 Comment on this post [12] Posted in Podcast
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Greetings again, from Arusha, Tanzania! My forty-forth Podcast is up. This will likely be the last one until the new year, where we will emerge from the Holiday Season energized with new listener-supplied topics (both listeners have offered topics! ;) ) and a re-commitment to avoid wasting your time, dear listener.

This final show of the year is a little different, as we turn the microphone around a bit and focus on something that Carl knows piles about, so this is a "Carlminutes" to round out our 44th show at the end of 2006. Carl educates me on professional audio and talks about some of the equipment that goes on behind the scenes to make a (we think) good-sounding show like Hanselminutes possible. I hope you enjoy it.

CALL TO ACTION: We're going to hit 50 shows soon, and let's hope for another 50 after that. What I need from you are topics. I've got about 15 topics queued up, mostly programming topics, which is good. We'll start the year with these topics, as well as any that you send me NOW! So, dear listener, what do you want to talk about?

We're listed in the iTunes Podcast Directory, so I encourage you to subscribe with a single click (two in Firefox) with the button below. For those of you on slower connections there are lo-fi and torrent-based versions as well.

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Links from the show are also always on the show site, although this show had no links to speak of. Do also remember the archives are always up and they have PDF Transcripts, a little known feature that show up a few weeks after each show.

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As I've said before this show comes to you with the audio expertise and stewardship of Carl Franklin. The name comes from Travis Illig, but the goal of the show is simple. Avoid wasting the listener's time. (and make the commute less boring)

  • The basic MP3 feed is here, and the iPod friendly one is here. There's a number of other ways you can get it (streaming, straight download, etc) that are all up on the site just below the fold. I use iTunes, myself, to listen to most podcasts, but I also use FeedDemon and it's built in support.
  • Note that for now, because of bandwidth constraints, the feeds always have just the current show. If you want to get an old show (and because many Podcasting Clients aren't smart enough to not download the file more than once) you can always find them at
  • I have, and will, also include the enclosures to this feed you're reading, so if you're already subscribed to ComputerZen and you're not interested in cluttering your life with another feed, you have the choice to get the 'cast as well.
  • If there's a topic you'd like to hear, perhaps one that is better spoken than presented on a blog, or a great tool you can't live without, contact me and I'll get it in the queue!

Enjoy. Who knows what'll happen in the next show?

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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December 15, 2006 4:34
Off the top of my head, I'd like to hear your take on:
* existing tablet PCs/convertibles and what you've found, (i.e. I have a tablet but I'm still not sure how I use it. So far: circling stuff and drawing arrows on screenshots.)
* Anything Vista (of course!),
* ultramobile PCs, if they're any use at all,
* software engineering/software project management topics (e.g. I'd like to hear more about Scrum; fellow commenters can chime in to veto this suggestion)

I'd like to also reinforce, despite what my suggested topic list above may indicate, that I do like the programming-related topics most.
December 15, 2006 4:36
Also I like the interview shows well enough--better than attempting to build a show around weaker topics. Yeah, interviews, even though (almost literally) everyone else is doing interview shows.
December 15, 2006 9:42
1) How about Subversion for VSS users?
What is the SVN corresponding activity for an activity in VSS?
(i.e checkout/in, label, branch)

2) Security for developers like me. Windows Security/Web Security.
What should one take care when developing an application?
Different modes of authentication?

I feel, you are an expert in this area combined with your area of banking products that you architect.

3) Threading

Having a screencast would definitely help.
Thanks a lot !!
December 15, 2006 20:41
1) The new batch of MS technologies - .net 3, WPF, WF, WCF, Vista, Office 2007, Exchange 2007, Expression tools - that's about 10 shows already.
2) Development tools.
3) Outlook/Sharepoint/Exchange - how they overlap and interact.
4) Pocket PC, Pocket Outlook, using them to get organised.
5) Visual Studio add-ons, recommendations, tips and tricks.
6) Blogging, wikis and blookis.
7) UML round tripping design tools etc. - are they any use?
8) Digital photography.
9) Hardware - e.g. Dual/quad core, 64-bit, SATA, RAID - buying tips.
10) Writing - resources for polishing grammer, overcome writer's block.
11) Documentation - getting it done, tools.
12) PDF vs. XPS. Convertors, tools. XSLT.

Thanks for the shows so far!
December 16, 2006 10:42
Great ideas all! Thanks, and keep them coming!
December 17, 2006 2:17
The content of the latest show is great as usual. I'm a pro audio fun-boy myself. The only thing is that show links are missing. I usually listen to it on the go and later when at the computer want to brows all links mentioned. Please remember to list all links :-(
December 17, 2006 2:27
How about a show on building Good UI's and decent User Experience... maybe a little bit on WPF, Atlas or other technologies where relevant. Your thoughts on Good UI, Ux and related technologies and resources that can help developer better UI and Ux.
December 17, 2006 2:28
How about a show on building Good UI's and decent User Experience... maybe a little bit on WPF, Atlas or other technologies where relevant. Your thoughts on Good UI, Ux and related technologies and resources that can develop better UI and Ux
December 17, 2006 16:07
*Patterns, practices and dogma - how to avoid tripping up on badly applied P's & P's
*Microsoft's Application Blocks - which (if any) can you drop straight into your app, and which are better for reference & guidance only?

They're 2 things that spring to mind. It's all been pure gold so far. Fantastic!
December 17, 2006 20:49
1) Sysadmin for developers. As our home office environment get's more complex, howz a simple developer to keep up?

2) Effective tools for virtual teams. More and more teams are purely virtual. Tips/tools for effective development.

3) Virtual computing for developers. Compare/contract VMWare vs. MS-VPC, performance tips, development strategies.

4) Gadgets -- you must have a bunch, curious as to which you find interesting.

5) Repaving techniques. As our environment O.S. atrophies, we always need to repave, what are some effective stratagies you use?

6) (More) Compare/Contrast choices. With time so constrained (I) don't have time to try all the platforms, how do we make good decisions on which to use? E.g., blogging platforms, ORM's. These shows are also intresting in that one gets a feeling for what feature set is common and what makes each unique.

7) Handy .NET libraries. Which .NET lib's have you used which work well? (HTML readers, RSS parsers, or other REST helper libs, etc)

December 18, 2006 7:31
Something I'd find interesting is how to launch a software business. The ins and outs of taking a product idea to the market.
December 19, 2006 4:57
Very nice show. reveals a little bit more of Carl's hard work (and expertise) too.

The sounds quality on hanselminutes (and other pwop work) is far superior to the podcasts produced by my national youth radio station (triple J [Australia]). It was almost embarrassing to go from listening to this hanselminutes show, to listening to some science podcasts off triple J.

the hard work really shows!

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