On Sunday my time, Drue and I recorded Erk Pod Round Table 9. It was a rather quiet day in the studio, possibly the smallest Round Table so far in terms of people in the Studio. Out of the usual studio participants, Orange Tim was at an SES Awards ceremony, Squeak was at an RFS Training session in the south of the state near Canberra, Leigh the Voice Over Guy was sick, BJ the Research Guy was having a PJ Day, Nathan joined us on Skype and Ben the Podcast Trader made a small cameo. In this regard, Drue and I both noticed a difference in the studio vibe with only us in the studio. Orange Tim unexpectedly joined us in the studio very late as he was earlier than expected and that contributed to the length of the Round Table.
On Skype, we had Richard & Steve to begin with and we were later joined by Nathan, Shawno & Jen. Unfortunately during some stages, the Skype quality was easily the worst we have ever had during a Round Table. I can’t recall ever having to restart the Skype conference merely to get a better connection.
This Round Table saw the debut of Drue’s new webcam and the images looked really good from what I have seen. It also allowed a greater video of the studio and surrounds. There was not a repeat of the issue that we had at the start of Round Table 8.
There were some audio issues in relation to people on Skype not being able to hear sound effects and songs for some time. This was despite doing nothing different to previous Round Tables. We eventually found it was probably due to the webcam fighting with Skype in relation to the audio Skype was using as the default. At the start of the episode, the USB interface/mixer was set as default but somehow the webcam decided to take over. Once Drue disabled the audio from the webcam, it was no problem.
Meanwhile over on uStream, there was no such problem as the USB Interface/Mixer remained as the default audio. During the time where the sound effects/songs were going through the studio headphones and uStream, it wasn’t going over Skype.
There also were some audio levels issues which I hope to solve with help from Drue, Richard & Shawno and a new mixer. For the Round Tables, I believe we have outgrown our current mixer (again!) and a better mixer will allow better control of the overall audio levels and that of each person.
Apart from all those issues, I was very happy between the mix of the Round Table and both the serious and not so serious sides of the Round Table and the people who took part. Needless to say, I am looking forward to the next Round Table hopefully with a new mixer.
I am seriously thinking of disabling the chat function as we have at times found it to be a serious distraction. Any feedback in this regard would be welcomed. Thank you once again to Drue and all of the panelists for appearing. I hope that all the listeners who download the episodes enjoy it!