LearnIntroducing Think Vitamin Radio: Episode #1


writes on January 21, 2010

Those of you who subscribe to the Think Vitamin Newsletter (just look to the right of the page for the signup form) will know that I have been talking about some changes and developments for 2010. As well as making the newsletter a regular event we decided to launch a bi-weekly podcast. You can listen to “Episode #1” above using the player. We are in the process of getting the episode transcribed.

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35 Responses to “Introducing Think Vitamin Radio: Episode #1”

  1. I was really looking forward to this but unfortunately, even sitting in a quiet office with my headphones on and volume on max… etc. etc. etc.

    All I could make out were mumbly voices… well they sounded particularly mumbly after just having listened to the rather more eccentric Mr. Boag.

    Early days… eagerly awaiting future installments!

    • the same for me – I really looked forward to listening, but I had to stop trying .. (indeed, Mr. Boag was loud & clear on the same device)

      On the old Rissington Podcast they argued that you can always adjust your volume slider, but that’s not always true: a lot of mp3-players limit the max volume so you wouldn’t damage your ears.

      Just listened to the episode on my mac, but I’m really having trouble listening when I’m distracted by my screen.. so much to read & click & work on – hope to listen to the next one on the road!

    • Ryan Carson on January 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm said:

      Apologies Darryl and Veerle. We’ll nail it on our 2nd podcast! Please give it another try πŸ™‚

  2. Love the fact that another new podcast has been launched! Great job guys!

  3. Loved the podcast. Really look forward to hearing Mike talk more about his design process. I really enjoyed his explanation of making a site accessible in every way possible. I would also love to hear Ryan’s process from conception to completion of a web app.

    As mentioned earlier the volume was extremely low but I know you guys are just getting started with this thing. I know it shall only get better.

  4. Make a video version, and I’m in!

  5. Enjoyed the podcast β€” shame it’s not longer if anything πŸ˜‰

  6. hi guys – interesting podcast, but yeah a few problems with levels and clarity; you’re not really within our education remit, but you might find my screencast about microphone technique useful for improving the voice quality…


    keep up the good work!

  7. How about offering a radio specific RSS feed for audio podcatchers, i subscribe to articles in my feed reader and podcasts on my phone.

    Thanks guys, great to see this stuff coming out of uk companies πŸ™‚

  8. Good work, chaps. Here’s to many more.

    Personally, I found the volume to be just fine …maybe because I’m listening through headphones.

    One small request: how about including a link to the individual mp3 file? That way, people can download (or huffduff) episodes on a case-by-case basis.

    Looking forward to the next episode.

    • Ryan Carson on January 21, 2010 at 11:27 pm said:

      Hey Jeremy

      Thanks for the kind words πŸ™‚

      Regarding MP3s: Keir’s in charge of that department, but I’m sure he’ll be happy to help with that in the future.

      For now, feel free to grab the MP3 here.

      – Ryan

    • Keir Whitaker on January 22, 2010 at 6:52 am said:

      Hi Jeremy, great idea. I have added in a direct link to the mp3 at the top of the post for the “Huff Duffers”. I will ensure this gets put in all future show posts as well.

  9. Awesome, I can’t wait to check it out!

  10. Had to give this one a miss, because I couldn’t hear a thing – but what I did hear towards the beginning was promising!

    • Keir Whitaker on January 21, 2010 at 8:17 pm said:

      Hey Gavin, we hear you and apologies for that. It’s a learning curve but we have a got a lot of ideas from feedback here and in a few emails so we will definitely be addressing it. Do check back, we’ll do a better job with the audio in Episode #2.

  11. Ryan Carson on January 21, 2010 at 7:07 pm said:

    Thanks for all the great feedback guys – we’ll get the audio right next time. We’re newbies at this πŸ™‚

    Let us know if you’d like anything in particular for content in future shows!

    • Aloha Ryan,

      The show is awesome, Good Idea and Implementation.

      As someone who is coming back to web design from a long hiatus I need help with my design workflow. It is no longer as simple as Photoshop, Slice, Dreamweaver.

      I having to learn modern JQuery, CSS Frameworks, G960, and MooTools… their are too many choices out there these days. It’s like tacky tourist shirts and coconut sunscreen at a luau! Argh!

      The show just glazed over this topic so I need some VITAMINS soon.

      Mahalo and Aloha from your friend in Paradise,


  12. Great stuff – enjoyed your discussion. Keep them coming!

    In addition to the suggestions re: audio quality – I’d also suggest using a higher bitrate – there are noticeable compression artifacts for me.

  13. Hey guys great job! However, the sound level dips in and out at times. Otherwise all is well.

  14. You had me at Lego Starwars. πŸ™‚

  15. Really great stuff gentlemen! Looking forward to listening to these. My favorite part is at 19:00, of course. πŸ˜‰

    It’s slightly amusing to us that you weren’t sure what to call Doctype. “It’s like a… what do they call them… vidcasts… video… video podcasts…” That’s something that we actually have strong opinions about. We’re certainly not offended or anything like that, we just find it interesting that as video on the web continues to evolve as a medium, people aren’t really sure what to call it. We usually just refer to Doctype as a “show” because it’s easier for people to understand. There’s more I could say, but perhaps this merits a blog post. πŸ™‚

    Again, tremendous effort. Keep it coming! πŸ˜€

  16. Ideally, you should have those mics closer to your mouths on a boom. With the mics you have you’d probably need a pop filter to get rid of the ‘plosives. Perhaps throw a compressor on each mic and then a compressor + limiter on the master output of your audio editor. These effects are available in garageband, but I’d go with a copy of logic express.

    The panning…this really makes the two people panned much quieter than the ‘host’. Maybe pan a little less if you still want some separation. I don’t think they pan people on the radio very often, so you might use that as a rule.

    • Keir Whitaker on January 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm said:

      Great feedback Sam, thanks a lot.

      We know we have work to do on the tech side but we will get there πŸ™‚ Pop shields are on the list. The ones I wanted are seemingly out of stock everywhere I looked but it’s top of the shopping list.

  17. Hi Guys, really good start !

    For me, the audio volume dips in and out but im sure over time you guys will perfect the setup and become more fluent.

    I will be subscribing !

  18. Sounds good from what I could hear. Volume is really low though, makes it hard to listen to in my office, even with the headphones on. Will listen to it all when I get home.

  19. Really enjoying it so far, would be nice if you included links to the things you are talking about.

    • Keir Whitaker on January 21, 2010 at 4:48 pm said:

      Hey James, great point. We will be getting the show transcribed so you will get a full set of links. We just wanted to get it out there. Thanks for listening.

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