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We asked delegates to fill out a feedback form. We kept it simple, there was only one question: How was it?

Thank you to everyone who took the time to tell us what you thought.

Here is the best of them:

And here are the worst of them:

Full disclosure: These feedback comments are unedited, except we have cropped those where people signed their names, and cropped one (positive) sentence that would have disclosed an author's identity. All feedback forms completed at the conference have been included above. A few comments were also received subsequently by email, but I can't find where Michelle has filed them. I believe they were all positive.




Another Slideshare spotlight!

We seem to be sweeping the boards on the "spotlight" section of Slideshare. First George's presentation got a spotlight, now mine!

Slideshare seems to be a very good way of getting quite significant wide-ranging exposure. Anyone who has good Powerpoint presentations that can be made publicly available should think about uploading them. Thanks, George, for finding this service!

Slideshare can be found at http://www.slideshare.net

Photos of the conference

I've posted some photos taken during the conference on my Flickr account. Click here to see them!

Behind the podcasts (warning - for audio geeks only!)

Recording the audio for the conference was actually a bit of a return to an old hobby of mine, and has rekindled the recording bug. I'm very much a frustrated recording engineer and used to record musician friends and various bands around London in the 1980s. One interesting recording I made was a demo for the late Mort Shuman, the guy who wrote many of Elvis' hit songs, and I've made numerous recordings of my good buddy Simon Chamberlain, one of London's foremost keyboard session players (though I can't claim credit for the recordings listed in his URL!)

Back in the 80's the gear you had available was pretty crude and a lot more expensive than today, but I still have one of the first Sony PCM processors which allowed you to record audio as a digital PCM steam onto VHS tape! Quite an awesome piece of equipment in its day, but sadly redundant these days where you just record digitally straight to computer.

Unfortunately in the intervening time I'd lost one of my microphone cables so I was only able to record the Out Of The Slipstream conference in mono using a single microphone - it all would have sounded a lot better in binaural stereo but never mind - I knew it would all have to be shrunk down and compressed into MP3 anyway, but hopefully you'll all agree that the sound is nevertheless pretty good. As George has said, my son, Simon, did a great job of laboriously recording the talks and doing the post-production work equalising the sound levels (some speakers in particular had a terrible habit of walking around, so the voice level went up and down quite a bit), splitting the tracks up and compressing them to MP3.

For any like-minded audio geek that's interested, the gear used for the digital recording of the conference was:

1 Calrec CM 652D small diaphragm cardioid capacitor microphone
Mic pre-amping was done using the mixer section of an ancient 4-track Tascam Portastudio
Edirol UA-1EX USB sound card
Recording and post-production software: Audacity 1.2.4, running on a Dell laptop.

Calrec is sadly no longer making microphones - they used to make many of the mics used by the BBC, and the 652s were a relatively low cost but amazing quality microphone, great for crossed-pair stereo recording or instrument mic'ing. Calrec were famous for their revolutionary SoundField microphone which is now manufactured by another company (http://www.soundfield.com/) - oh how I always wished I could have afforded one!

Well, I've now got the recording bug again and invested in a new, small Behringer mixer which should be much more portable and higher quality than the clapped out Portastudio, and I now have both the Calrecs up and running.

So if you have a conference or other event that you want recording, let me know - I may be able to help out!

PS: listen out for some of the background sounds during the talks. At various times you'll hear the wonderful sound of vintage car amd motor bike engines running outside the conference room!

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