Second USSM Podcast-y thing

DMZ · July 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Here you go as a straight mp3. Or let me just try the fancy embed…


  • GMs who have lost 100 games
  • Don’t believe the hype
  • 90 bajillion plus one
  • Getting to expansion
  • Sonics Night and parallels
  • I’d rather be watching Tony Hawk
  • Action for the sake of action
  • He who we wish would not be named
  • The Mariner-related product you would buy last
  • A word from our sponsors and two guys who can’t do ads
  • Griffey hat
  • Don’t stand near Ken Caminiti
  • Doe, a deer
  • We thank Frankie Rodriguez for his service to the team
  • The Wily Mo Pena Era
  • New Cheney

Comments from our second try at this: Marc sounds great. I sound way better than last time, but not as great as Marc. We gotta figure out levels. I don’t think our sponsor got value for their support. Technical-wise: this over Skype, Hijack Studio capturing the feeds, Garage Band to edit the track from that, final thing saved at 32vbr. I gotta get better at editing.

Suggestions welcomed.


22 Responses to “Second USSM Podcast-y thing”

  1. Willmore2000 on July 30th, 2011 1:50 pm

    I’m hearing the first podcast, not the new one.

  2. DMZ on July 30th, 2011 2:17 pm

    That should be fixed now

  3. patl on July 30th, 2011 3:21 pm

    Cool – and since it’s part of the WordPress site RSS feed, I can now subscribe to the podcast in iTunes (on Mac: Advanced -> Subscribe to Podcast, enter feed:// Thanks guys!

  4. commendatori on July 30th, 2011 3:56 pm

    On the note of audio editing/production:

    I’d highly recommend using Adobe Audition for Mac (paid) or Audacity (free, open-source) for editing. As for editing, I’d use dynamics processing – vocal limiter or something of that nature to even out the volumes. When saving, I’d recommend 48kbps mono VBR or CBR mp3, which will save you a lot of the streaming wooshing/garbled sounds.

    Love the site, thanks for everything fellas!

    – Eric, the lone M’s fan in Upper Michigan

  5. DMZ on July 30th, 2011 4:39 pm

    I’m going to go look up dynamics processing. And I’ll start playing with Audacity.

  6. Typical Idiot Fan on July 30th, 2011 5:01 pm

    Audacity is good times.

  7. G-Man on July 30th, 2011 6:56 pm

    I have my volume maxed and have trouble hearing sometimes. I know it’s hard not to drop one’s voice when talking about this team, but it would help us hearing-challenged people with mediocre laptops.

    In any case, thanks for doing these.

  8. Seattleken on July 30th, 2011 7:31 pm

    I love these – thanks Ken

  9. Westside guy on July 30th, 2011 7:37 pm

    These are enjoyable – I appreciate the work you guys are putting into the podcasts, and hope you keep it up.

    Thank you!

  10. henryv on July 30th, 2011 10:21 pm

    I have my volume maxed and have trouble hearing sometimes. I know it’s hard not to drop one’s voice when talking about this team, but it would help us hearing-challenged people with mediocre laptops.

    Didn’t have any sound problems at all.

    You might have a problem with your speakers. Could be wrong.

    Also, great stuff Marc and Derek!

    I think that in addition to celebrating the Sonics, the M’s should celebrate Super Bowl XL’s refereeing crew, and also the Great Seattle Fire of 1889.

  11. Sports on a Schtick on July 31st, 2011 12:59 am

    After saving the raw recording as a .wav consider running it through Levelator. Or at least check Levelator out and see if it works for you.

    I use Audacity and it’s perfectly fine for a PC. Most Mac podcasters seem to gravitate toward Garageband.

    I’d recommend saving the final .mp3 in either 44.1 or 22.05 Sample Rate as most podcasts do. I believe this is because some media players have problems with kbps that are non-divisible by 11.

    As for Bit Rate somewhere between 64 and 128 should be fine if you’re not gonna play a lot of music.

  12. jephdood on July 31st, 2011 10:12 am

    I really like these too. But the embedding is a bit wonky in Chrome.

  13. DMZ on July 31st, 2011 10:22 am

    To be fair, Chrome is a bit wonky, and that’s probably beyond our ability to affect change.

  14. Jim_H on July 31st, 2011 11:24 am

    Just FYI…

    Using Chrome 12.0.742.122

    Every time I navigate to the USSM home page, the podcast starts playing. There are fragments of a window with a media player in the upper left corner of the home page, but none of the controls are usable. The audio plays automatically, starting at the beginning, every time I refresh the home page.

    In IE 9.0.1 there is a media player under the “Second USSM Podcasty-Thingy” headline. It does not autoplay.

  15. jephdood on July 31st, 2011 11:45 am

    Same here Jim. I notice some kind of issue at least once per week with Chrome. I really like its speed, but it definitely has compatibility problems.

  16. DMZ on July 31st, 2011 12:57 pm

    I use Chrome a lot too, and — it’s just not handling the embed the way it should. It’s even tagged not to auto-play in the embed.


  17. samregens on July 31st, 2011 4:26 pm

    Thank you, these podcasts are great!

  18. scott19 on July 31st, 2011 5:04 pm

    Very entertaining…thanks guys!

  19. florient on July 31st, 2011 5:13 pm

    Chrome is auto-playing this which will be a bit annoying as this post ages.

  20. Jim_H on July 31st, 2011 10:28 pm

    An update. I tried this using Chrome on a different computer. One that happens to have the quicktime plugin enabled (i enabled it for this site), and the podcast behaves the same as it does in IE now.

  21. Jim_H on August 1st, 2011 11:59 am

    Confirmed… Installing quicktime plugin (/gag) fixes this in Chrome…

  22. Hoft on August 1st, 2011 3:09 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed both of these podcasts. A few minor non-technical suggestions/feedbacks:

    – On the first podcast, one minor frustration I had in listening to the conversation were points where context or data would’ve helped bring things into focus. Like Miguel Olivo as terrible free-agent signing — I thought his WAR was respectable considering his contract, and wished stuff like that would’ve been mentioned for perspective. Likewise, briefly mentioning Jack Z free agent signings would’ve helped contextualize that part of the conversation.

    – I’d give more free reign to impromptu lists, rankings, etc. I would’ve loved to hear an expansion of the top-GMs segment, for instance, with seat-of-pants rankings etc. Lists, retrospectives, rankings are all indulgent, sure, but also really entertaining.

    – Speaking as someone who drives family and friends crazy by pausing erratically to find the right word in the middle of sentences, I noticed that you guys (I think more Marc) also have this tendency, which perhaps puts a minor crimp in the pacing. Just something to be aware of.

    None of the above are complaints — I think it’s a terrific podcast. Many thanks.

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