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Check out the bit-tech Podcast Alpha 0.1a OMGZ

Check out the bit-tech Podcast Alpha 0.1a OMGZ

Not us recording the podcast. Possibly better looking.

So, what with the 'new media' revolution and 'web 2.0' taking over the world, we decided here at bit-tech HQ that it was about time we started a podcast.

We've been playing around with formats and some ideas, and we look forward to starting a regular weekly release schedule straight in the new year (although possibly once we've recovered from the debauchery of CES).

In anticipation of this, we've bought a whole bunch of audio equipment - a nice mixing desk with firewire and some mics, and have slapped the rest of the office into being quiet once a week so we can actually get some recording done.

Well, when we sat down to discuss our nominations and winners of the bit-tech 2006 awards this week, we realised that we could take the opportunity to do a trial recording and see how things came out.

So, if you've ever wondered what it sounds like when me, Tim and Ryan sit down and argue about the best stuff we've seen this year, you can Right-Click-Save-As this file and check it out in your MP3 playback device of choice.

bit-tech Podcast Alpha 0.1a OMGZ

It's an hour long, so dig in.

Let us know what you think over in this forum thread, and look out for our Awards Article next week.

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bubsterboo 22nd December 2006, 11:02 Quote
Cool! Ill be listening.
oasked 22nd December 2006, 11:07 Quote
A whole hour? Wow.
rupbert 22nd December 2006, 12:01 Quote
I was going to suggest a Bit-Tech podcast after hearing Will Harris with Leo Laporte and the Twits.
Mankz 22nd December 2006, 12:12 Quote
well, im downloading it....

got nothing better to do....
oasked 22nd December 2006, 12:20 Quote
Listening to it now, nice to hear Will after that Cranky Geeks appearance.
Could do with an introduction theme tune me thinks... :D

EDIT:

Is it me, or does Tim sound like that bloke from the Office?
r4tch3t 22nd December 2006, 12:38 Quote
Ninja-pirates

Edit: Flop of the year, I agree
Djpuk 22nd December 2006, 12:44 Quote
So many podcasts, so little time :)
I look forward to listening to this Gem.
Cthippo 22nd December 2006, 12:53 Quote
downloading. You're server is in the US, right? 400 k/sec is respectable.
r4tch3t 22nd December 2006, 12:55 Quote
I only got 58K, but that is a limit of my connection.
Listening now. 34 minutes in.
Firehed 22nd December 2006, 12:55 Quote
About time guys... I think I've been hoping for this since I started listening to TWiT (which I think would be over a year ago... yikes). Listening now :)
Mankz 22nd December 2006, 13:07 Quote
liking this. Problem is you all sound pretty Goggy like.
r4tch3t 22nd December 2006, 13:26 Quote
OMG, just listened to the whole thing. ;)
Well now it is 2:26am here.
Good job, looking forward to more.
Cthippo 22nd December 2006, 13:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by r4tch3t
OMG, just listened to the whole thing. ;)
Well now it is 2:26am here.
Good job, looking forward to more.

2:26 am? Where the hell are you, Midway? Alaska? :?
r4tch3t 22nd December 2006, 13:32 Quote
New Zealand ;)
The_Pope 22nd December 2006, 14:05 Quote
1:06am here in Melbourne Australia. Loaded it onto my Sansa but will save the listening for tomorrow
Mankz 22nd December 2006, 14:07 Quote
Also, Will, im not a 10 year old.

in fact im 15 ;)
veryevil 22nd December 2006, 16:21 Quote
Nice job guys! really enjoyed it. looking forward to more
Mary Jo 22nd December 2006, 16:44 Quote
Don't give up your day jobs :P I jest! I jest! I think a bit-tech podcast could be quite good, but a tighter structure is definitely needed. In particular I'd like to hear concise versions of the week's key news headlines and quick summaries of reviewed hardware. It'd also be nice if Tim could throw in summarized accounts of the latest technologies as I really don't have time to read everything that's published on the site, yet I like to keep up with hardware to an enthusiast level. Do it!
BioSniper 22nd December 2006, 17:41 Quote
I'm surprised Gears didn't get chosen as one of the best games of the year on console. The co-op really makes it fantastic. Obviously yes its rinse and repeat action, move -> kill -> move -> kill etc however, I think one of the reasons though for this is that the game really is a large tech demo for the Unreal 3 engine.
It's clearly fun to play though with a good story and I cannot wait for more of the same if they develop episodic content or GoW 2.
In all fairness though if I were to rate it I would probably give it an 8.5

In all fairness as interesting as the podcast is/was I can't help but feel it was way too long. After the bit about games I started skipping until I heard something vaguely interesting.
Obviously though if it continues as a regular Bit feature I'm sure it will gain more structure and become more to the point ;)

::edit::
Its Low-co Row-co not lock-o rock-o surely?
Fatboy 22nd December 2006, 18:53 Quote
Oh noes bit tech has gone all trendy on us!

Next it will be a myspace page, and then who knows ;)

j/k im pulling a nice 300k in the uk here should have it in a min.
smoguzbenjamin 22nd December 2006, 19:03 Quote
Wow, a whole hour of podcasted goodness! Downloading now, 99kbps is a nice speed too! Is it going to be an hour long every week? That would be great, I'd have something good to listen to en route to school and be able to take a bit of bit with me during the day.

Love the idea, guys, it only gets better and better :D

Gonna listen to it now.
overdosedelusion 22nd December 2006, 20:22 Quote
yey =D now i have something other than the Ricky Gervais with the egg-headed wonder that is Karl Pilkington to listen to! You should ask Karl for a cameo to talk about his opinions on technology etc =D
MrWillyWonka 22nd December 2006, 20:32 Quote
Anyone willing to make a transcript for me, pretty please?
Hiren 22nd December 2006, 21:43 Quote
I started to listen to this but then all of a sudden it started to sound very familar, 3 guys talking about the years technology and giving out "awards" to various games / companies. Then it hit me, didn't Bindi, Da Dego and myself do the exact same thing 4 days ago on NBS Review?

Now maybe it's just me, but the coincidence is astonishing. :/
Nova 22nd December 2006, 22:14 Quote
its about darn time... :D
Woodstock 22nd December 2006, 23:05 Quote
Nice i like it i like it. Pretty happy to hear that on most of the categorys i was along the right lines of the winner or recommended's. As for the "revised wavemaster" they better damm well do it, i think maybe a better front port feature thou, dont you have to choose between a blow-hole fan or the ports?
MrBionic 22nd December 2006, 23:45 Quote
It wasn't bad for an alpha and your first. You need to get a theme tune (a good one as well), you didn't introduce yourselves proper either, and it didn't end it properly.
Okt 22nd December 2006, 23:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by MrBionic
It wasn't bad for an alpha and your first. You need to get a theme tune (a good one as well), you didn't introduce yourselves proper either, and it didn't end it properly.

I agree about the ending, but hell I love listening to this stuff. Everyone around me gets sick and tired about my tech "mumbo jumbo" so at least I can listen to some guys like myself ramble on about whatever.

Get an intro tune, and get that **** uploaded on a weekly basis.
Nath 23rd December 2006, 02:19 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hiren
I started to listen to this but then all of a sudden it started to sound very familar, 3 guys talking about the years technology and giving out "awards" to various games / companies. Then it hit me, didn't Bindi, Da Dego and myself do the exact same thing 4 days ago on NBS Review?

Now maybe it's just me, but the coincidence is astonishing. :/
I must admit, it struck me pretty much as exactly the same as NBS, but I'm not really sure how it could differ too much considering they are both set up in pretty much the same way and cover the exact same topics.
WilHarris 23rd December 2006, 08:09 Quote
On the NBS point - we recorded this more than a week ago! :)

The weekly one is coming - shorter, proper music + intro, etc etc. It's pretty swell
Buzzons 23rd December 2006, 09:11 Quote
good listen :) nice one lads, oh and, moddable / modable isn't a word :p
r4tch3t 23rd December 2006, 10:42 Quote
Looking forward to the weekly one.
Raziekiel 24th December 2006, 04:35 Quote
I'd love to hear more! The accents (I'm american) make your podcast so much fun! Not to mention, bit-tech is the best tech site out there!
Leitchy 24th December 2006, 08:24 Quote
a bit more structure, and I will happily listen every week. Good Job!!
Kipman725 25th December 2006, 20:34 Quote
nice and relaxing in the background, I aprove :D
p3n 25th December 2006, 21:57 Quote
so you guys didnt try end-game wow is all is broken time-sink 'ness yet ? :>

other than that agreed.
Ramble 26th December 2006, 00:54 Quote
I thought it was actually a very good podcast. Granted, it was jsut you guys discussing awards, but if it was about tech news and **** then it could be great.

One of the only podcasts I've listened to that I actually laughed out loud at.
Kiba 26th December 2006, 01:26 Quote
wicked cast. one suggestion, css should have won best fps.
speedfreek 26th December 2006, 20:13 Quote
You guys and your silly accents. :D

listening now and it sounds alright, have to turn the sub down all the way or all the sound comes out there. You have to get an awesome theme song now and then I think your good.
nphekted 26th December 2006, 21:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kiba
wicked cast. one suggestion, css should have won best fps.

CS:S came out 2 years ago, and is a remake of a 7 year old game. Hardly a candidate for the 2006 awards.
kliend 27th December 2006, 02:20 Quote
GREAT JOB! loved it, perfect length (maybe longer please) and kept my attention the whole time
Infenro 27th December 2006, 13:29 Quote
Was listening to it while playing age of empires,

some bits had me laughing some bits were ok. Overall i dont listen to them this is the first and i did it because you are good with whats upto date ect but i did feel a bit left down with how it was overall structured,

now i know its the first one but i felt could of had a tiny bit more direction (dont hate me) and as its the first one i can forgive you for that and shall listen to the next one but i would like to see some type of reviews of specific products on there as i feel its easier to explain all the tech jargon in words than it is to read it, so maybe a few pieces on the type of technology out, and can definatlly see you doing interviews on it so would be looking forward to some future gaming develpment interviews such as perhaps crysis.

Any way rant over all very well and good for the first one but a few things to impove on :) hope my critism helps.

Inferno
DeX 28th December 2006, 01:27 Quote
It was good. It would have been nice to have had some introduction with who everyone was and what you were going to talk about plus a nice round up and goodbye at the end. Other than that though.. :p
careyd 28th December 2006, 16:53 Quote
Hey Wil and the Bit-Tech Crew!

Nice 1st effort on the podcast. Content was fabulous. Listened in the car while traveling 7+ hours (each way) for the holiday. Incidentally, after a long trip like that...I'm all caught up on my podcasts for the 1st time all year!

Again, loved the content, crave more of it, but my 'hints' are all technical in nature:
Content gets an A+, Audio Engineering gets a D-

Some helpful hints though: (tried to rank in order of importance)
1) You guys really need to control the audio levels....and NO...don't try to do this manually. Simply set up some compression/limiting (and tweek the settings right) and things will dramatically improve. While this is a basic 'audio 101' kind of thing, if you don't know what I'm talking about maybe you can ask Leo (yes, TWiT Leo) about it Wil? He has really good compressor/limiter settings on all the TWiT podcasts, and his levels are always strong, clean and generally superb. Surely you guys have access to an audio-savvy person who could help you out with this? I'd offer to help in a more 'hands on' way but I'm in the States. The bottom line is you've got to 'rein in' those audio levels...limit those huge peaks, compress those lows. You want a relatively small dynamic range for a spoken-word podcast. My wife and I were going nuts riding the volume control up to hear what one person was saying and then someone else would burst in and practically blow our ears off and we'd have to crank it down quickly. Mic-level management is step one, step two is the absolute necessity of compressor/limiter.

2) Microphone placement/working the mics. I don't know what you all used for microphones but a little basic instruction to all contributors about how to 'work' the microphone would help a lot. Distance from microphone, pop screening, and just general human control of voice levels and tone will hopefully come with experience and attention to it. One big tip is that if everyone is on headphones as you record it will automatically bring them a greater sense of awareness to how they are sounding on mic, and they can 'work' the mic themselves to best advantage.

3) If you can afford to, invest in better microphones and rigging for them. You dont' have to go crazy expensive with it to reach a very nice threshold of quality. Again, points 1 and 2 can actually make more difference than better mics, but once you have them covered---you get the idea.

Anyway, mad props on a great podcast, will definitely subscribe and if you haven't already make sure you set up RSS via iTunes.

All the best!
pumpman 28th December 2006, 18:06 Quote
ceeeeeee rrrrioss frikkin dude lol , for a first go it was fine , i personally found dude and frikken annoying man but then that could be because im not a tennager anymore


it did sound like David Brent was there lol
StephenK 30th December 2006, 00:29 Quote
Excellent work! Looking forward to the next one :)
hobbs 31st October 2008, 02:56 Quote
This was awesome, I re-listened to it at work today while doing some web work, what happened to this idea?
Hiren 31st October 2008, 08:58 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by hobbs
This was awesome, I re-listened to it at work today while doing some web work, what happened to this idea?

Lack of time / resources / motivation I'm assuming.
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