Hackaday podcast 4

I’ve been thinking of resurrecting the podcast for a while. Now that my new mic and preamp finally showed up, it’s here, That’s right, podcast 4 is up. It’s an experiment, so let me know what you think. If it goes over well, I’ll try to make it a weekly feature. In the meantime, you can get it here – I’ll let you know when it’s published via iTunes. Meanwhile, here’s the rss feed if you want to subscribe. If you want to know about the hardware, you can check it out here.

[Yes, there will be a new hack later today.]
Oh yes, I forgot to add the music credits. Today’s podcast featured Captured by Ronka R and Discoshit by Voxter


  1. Seth Just says:

    The podcast was great, I’d love to have it on a regular basis, but the background music was distracting. A little music as an intro an a closer would be fine, but having it all the way through was somewhat irksome.

  2. Will O'Brien says:

    Thanks. I’m glad you liked it.
    I’m still messing around with the format – it’s hard to think of your own voice as interesting.

  3. Will O'Brien says:

    That’s a MXL 1006. I added a link to my page about the hardware I used for the post.

  4. Jozer says:

    You mean you BOUGHT a mic and a preamp? How un-hack-a-day of you.

  5. Ch33ze says:

    I found the music in the background very distracting. I was trying to listen to the podcast while my roommate slept in the other room but i couldnt turn it up very loud because of the volume of the background music. maybe lower the volume of the background music… otherwise i really cant listen to it before work =o/

    i dont own a “pod” so… no headphones XD

  6. Will O'Brien says:

    I got the amp and the mic for the cost of the amp. And the amp is pretty mod friendly – I’ve got some burr brown chips I might put in instead.

  7. I must say, great podcast.
    I enjoyed having the music in the backgroung…

  8. Jake says:

    It was enjoyable but it would have been better if the music was a tad lower in volume , it was hard to hear you speaking at times(not to say the music doesn’t have its role , it just needs to be in the background).

  9. I’ve been looking for a nice alternative to a typical PC mic to do some voice recordings… Any hardware suggestions for something better then your typical PC mic but not as pricey as the setup you used… Maybe something $75-ish?

  10. andrew says:

    it’s fine, but the background music needs to go, or at least turned down quite a bit, because it is very distracting.

  11. Okay. So besides the background music… do you folks have any suggestions for what type of content you would like to see in the show etc?

  12. weirdguy0101 says:

    Interviews, i think #2 had one, not sure but one of them did.

    Also i liked the music, just turn it down a but.

  13. andrew says:

    oh good idea, i’ll second that on the interviews :)

  14. andrew says:

    perhaps note some hacks that didn’t make it on to hackaday? i don’t know how many you guys “throw out” per se, but…

  15. Ch33ze says:

    Perhaps like… a “honorable mention” section… like andrew said, hacks that just didnt quite make it but are still kinda fun if we want to look em up or google around. maybe links to them with the podcast. “mentioned in the podcast… -link-” ?


  16. krux says:

    Good podcast, but get rid of the music bed.. it’s a bit much.

  17. PKM says:

    Personally I’d love to hear your view on the hacks (already there, keep it up :) ) and any uses you see or larger interesting projects you know of where they are used. if anything it should content the “this is a useless hack” people and give a wider context for how stuff can be used (eg the wake-on-lan ideas from the last one).

    references to relevant previous projects would be good for people who haven’t been reading for long. it shouldn’t need technical details unless they’re absent from the hack write-up, but possibly some type of FAQ-style answers to questions that many people are asking.
    I second the music comments, the bed was good but the level was too high. interviews would also be awesome.

  18. Old Number 7 says:

    Podcast audio sounds great and congrats on starting it back up. Some suggestions:

    1) As mentioned before, remove the music from all but the intro

    2) Get a co-host, somebody you can bounce ideas off of and vice-versa. Otherwise you might just read though the points quickly and skip over some really good discussion topics.

  19. Will O'Brien says:


    Sigh, don’t have time to hunt down the first one.
    Here’s 2 and 3. The second is the best.

  20. Bill says:

    The podcast was cool. But as so many people have said the music was to loud. One thing that could add to the podcast would be a co-host. Drop me an line if you would like to work together.


  21. PKM says:

    The links to the old podcast audio files don’t appear to be working on their pages- the mp3 files linked to appear not to exist, and the site (media.weblogsinc.com/…) gets stuck in an infinite loop of redirecting. If you have local copies could you put them up on the site somewhere?

  22. csaw says:

    You may want to stick a pop-filter in front of the MXL to cut down on plosives. There were a few instances during the cast.

    If you have any audio questions, feel free to email me at the address provided.

  23. dave says:

    Please speak up a little more. It was a little hard to follow parts, although that could change with no or limited background noise. thanks.

  24. Kelsea says:

    it was hard to hear the guy talkign while the music played. thats my only isue with it.

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