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    Default Black Lion Audio - interview by Paul Kavicky

    Check out the mixerman radio for this new interview.

    Black Lion Audio founder and president Matt Newport is interviewed by Paul Kavicky, our mod here from the live audio forum. This interview is a great one, covering all sorts of topics relating to Black Lion Audio, audio interfaces, computer recording, empowerment of independent musicians, the future of the industry and more.

    Check it out. The interview was recorded through a MOTU interface that has been modded by Black Lion Audio. Also, the bumper music used on the front and the back of the interview was provided by Black Lion Audio as original material recorded through Black Lion Audio modded interfaces.

    Matt was a hoot to talk to, and the interview is both informative and fun.
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    Excellent interview Pounce. Tks
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    Hey, finally sat down and listened to this.

    Great discussion. Thanks Pounce!
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    Great interview !
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    I am enjoying the interview, which I am listening to as I type, and while my 002R is at BLA for an update mod. They do great work, and Matt is a personable guy to hear.

    But I do not find quite who to write about this: This is the equivalent of a podcast in audio quality, not anywhere near radio technically. It needs leveling, and smoothing, and I am recording it so i can fix it up for pleasant listening. The words get lost sometimes, as it needs a nice compression done to it.

    It seems that ALL podcasts suffer this problem, not smoothly engineered - not to be personally critical, but every podcast I have ever heard would benefit by a final run through the Levelator, a sweet free application that makes podcasts sound more like radio.

    Listening to podcasts in the car shows the problems - loud words blast, and others just get lost in the background noise... who can I email to address this problem? I have done thousands of hours of radio interviews, and it is so simple to get the levels smooth and listenable. What are podcasts all so poor in levels? Especially on an audio forum, I find it disappointing and would like to offer some help. It isn't rocket science, just good old radio style engineering that is called for!

    Even our local NPR station has nice sounding air but awful podcasts, loud then soft and all over the place.

    I'm just trying to help, and can send a corrected version of the interview if I can find out who to talk to!
    edit: Compd version sent to Pounce, no response yet...

    Lou Judson, longtime radio engineer. loujudson@mac.com
    Last edited by loujudson; January 29th, 2009 at 06:12 PM.
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    I am enjoying the interview, which I am listening to as I type, and while my 002R is at BLA for an update mod. They do great work, and Matt is a personable guy to hear.

    Lou Judson, longtime radio engineer. loujudson@mac.com
    The next day - it seems I can't edit the message. I wish i could take most of it out! It's a great intervew and I apologize for long criticisms. Did send Paul a leveld version of it.

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    i've just gotten back home, yesterday was a travel day. i'll see about getting the compressed one up. it's been a busy few days getting the show out, moving home, and today starts the unpacking and such.

    this was recorded to my laptop in an apartment i was renting, and the conversation was pretty casual. so i kept the processing light. i'm ok with a more compressed version if that keeps everyone happy. if i do more of these in a studio situation i can improve the quality of the output. in this case i think it was fine for a casual interview format and anything more formal might have killed the vibe. even though i had light compression on the buss, smashing it more might be the radio approach, which would be appropriate here. i've gotten the file and can get it up on the radio soon.

    thanks for the input.
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    Excellent interview! I just joined the site like last week and listened to this today. As a BLA customer it's great to hear this and hear Matt talk about BLA. Personally, I don't care if it's processed or compressed or whatever. I just think it's too cool that you posted it.

    Features like this are lacking in other forums, so, so far (fwiw) I'm really impressed here. Cheers, Paul!
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    Good interview Paul! Very, very informative!
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    If I may....


    Is not the carpenter's house the one with the leaky roof?

    Is not the plumber's house the one with the leaking pipes?

    Is not the psychologist's house the one with the manic-depressive children?

    Is not the audio production website the one with the dodgy audio quality on interviews?

    What's wrong here? Am I in the dark?
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    If I may....


    Is not the carpenter's house the one with the leaky roof?

    Is not the plumber's house the one with the leaking pipes?

    Is not the psychologist's house the one with the manic-depressive children?

    Is not the audio production website the one with the dodgy audio quality on interviews?

    What's wrong here? Am I in the dark?
    Aaahhh.....
    You must be the electrician.
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    Aaahhh.....
    You must be the electrician.
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    What's wrong here? Am I in the dark?
    Aaahhh.....
    You must be the electrician.
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    Is not the audio production website the one with the dodgy audio quality on interviews?

    Worst sound of all time:

    Opening address at the 1996 Summer AES conference, Bella Centre. Copenhagen. Denmark.

    Despite having all of the major concert sound speaker manufacturers exhibiting their wares in the same building, the opening address was coming out of what appeared to be the guts of a Bell & Howell 16mm projector on a stick...

    That might've been acceptable in a small 2' x2' box, but this was a reverberant space of approximately eleventy-billion cubic metres.

    The comment overheard the most was "typical".



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