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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:27 pm    Post subject: The Samurai Archives Podcast Reply with quote
Well, it's finally here. At first I'll be releasing a few podcast episodes that were recorded at the Conference over the past 4 days, but hopefully next month a regular podcast will kick off. At that point the plan is to cover a single topic over probably about a 45 minute period, and to try and do 1-2 a month from here on out. We'll see how it goes. Also, as this is a new podcast, not to mention an amateur one that uses free online software to edit it, it is going to take a few tries to get the audio right, so go easy on us about the sound quality while the kinks are worked out:

http://samuraiarchives.podbean.com/

If you use Itunes, you can subscribe here:

Go ahead and subscribe, and you should be automatically notified when each new episode is released. I went ahead and submitted it to Itunes, and should be searchable within the next couple of days, if not sooner.

Oh, and spread the word!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Part 2 will be up late tonight, the audio quality is far, far better since we were able to comandeer a conference room. And, we're toying with using this as the themesong. One word: Epic. http://bit.ly/f0pvKF
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
It may sound odd but I use the mic from Rock Band to do audio it works for me since it records really good audio and has some wind resistant features. Also it has a USB so it plugs straight into a computer. I did the narration for a documentary for a class project and I liked the audio. The only issue was I forgot to raise the volume in post production and the narrations came out louder than the documentary.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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It may sound odd but I use the mic from Rock Band to do audio it works for me since it records really good audio and has some wind resistant features. Also it has a USB so it plugs straight into a computer. I did the narration for a documentary for a class project and I liked the audio. The only issue was I forgot to raise the volume in post production and the narrations came out louder than the documentary.


Well, when we're in a quiet location, the ambient sound problem goes away, but the left mic seems to be on the fritz, it buzzes when it picks up certain pitches or something, so I think I need an external mic to plug into it. The digital recorder has a USB plug built right into it, and it records in high quality MP3, so the other problem is the actual editing software itself. It's a freebie from the internet, so you can't do anything about the compressor - it compresses the file quite a bit, which is good in that the file size is about 10% smaller, but that also results in it being about 20% worse. Any recommendations on sound editing software for a PC?

Also, I'm seeing a lot of USB plugs on mics, I need one that plugs into a regular small round plug (not sure what you call it, but the size of round plug that regular ipod headphones plug into) any recommendations there, anyone?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I love the theme song idea.

Sure, it's absurd and ridiculous. But, actually, it has that classic 70s TV theme song sort of quality that could actually make it a genuinely good intro/outro theme.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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I love the theme song idea.

Sure, it's absurd and ridiculous. But, actually, it has that classic 70s TV theme song sort of quality that could actually make it a genuinely good intro/outro theme.


Well, that just leaves us with the problem of being sued by Trololo or whacked by the Russian Mafia.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
And here's part 2 of the podcast: http://bit.ly/h9tfIx
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Part 2 will be up late tonight, the audio quality is far, far better since we were able to comandeer a conference room. And, we're toying with using this as the themesong. One word: Epic. http://bit.ly/f0pvKF


I know you'll think I'm kidding, but I found this terrifying. I'll probably have nightmares.

As far as a theme song, you can't do any better than the tune on the Samurai Forum Real Ultimate Power Moderator page.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
kitsuno wrote:
Any recommendations on sound editing software for a PC?

Also, I'm seeing a lot of USB plugs on mics, I need one that plugs into a regular small round plug (not sure what you call it, but the size of round plug that regular ipod headphones plug into) any recommendations there, anyone?


Audacity is a good, pretty user-friendly, and free audio-editing software for PC (and Mac and Linux...) that lets you have a lot of control over settings and quality. (Their site is HERE.)

As for microphones with an 1/8th"/3.5mm connector... there are a few options, and you can probably find even more by searching around. HERE and HERE are a couple examples, though I can't guarantee their quality; I have more experience with USB and XLR mics.

Happy podcasting!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I've been using audacity, unfortunately exporting to mp3 degrades the soundquality an unacceptable amount. I have a few leads on some good hugh end editing software I'm loking into.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ok, after messing with some audacity settings, sound quality is not really an issue anymore, which should be evident with the 3rd podcast that will be released monday. All that's left is for me to pick up a good microphone.

We have finished our conference coverage this weekend, and the next couple of podcasts will be out soon, so I'm open to suggestions for topics. Essentially our permanent format from here on out will be a discussion of a single topic for between 40-60 minutes. Anything interesting is up for debate, so feel free to post here your ideas or PM them too me, whichever you prefer. On that will be coming up in the next month or two will be a Kofun podcast, but start sending some more ideas my way. Also, comments on the podcast are appreciated, that's the only way we'll get better, although with the format change coming up, the conference coverage was a special case.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Part 2 will be up late tonight, the audio quality is far, far better since we were able to comandeer a conference room. And, we're toying with using this as the themesong. One word: Epic. http://bit.ly/f0pvKF


I finally listened to your idea for a themesong. My reaction:




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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Conference wrap up part one available now: http://bit.ly/hv0Kes
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
And conference wrap up part 2, the final conference podcast, is available now: http://bit.ly/g8ajDH
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Before we start the new podcast, here's a preview with an interview done early last year: http://bit.ly/hxwY40
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Awesome intro! What the hell!? Fantastic.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
lordameth wrote:
Awesome intro! What the hell!? Fantastic.


Oh yeah, forgot to mention - new intro care of DJ Chichi. I have big plans for her (at least her voice) coming up.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The newest podcast is now avaialble:

The Battle of Nagashino and Its Context in the Military Revolution (Part 1)

http://bit.ly/joENXo
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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The newest podcast is now avaialble:

The Battle of Nagashino and Its Context in the Military Revolution (Part 2)

http://bit.ly/kDY3VS


We continue to examine the battle of Nagashino vis a vis the "Military Revolution" theory, and look at the Japanese and English sources for the battle, as well as some of the history of the gun during the Sengoku period.
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
EP03 The History of Guns in Medieval Japan

Get it here: http://bit.ly/j8zsMr

In the 3rd episode of the Samurai Archives Podcast, your hosts tackle the history of the gun in Japan prior to and including the introduction of firearms by the Portuguese in the 1540's. Contrary to popular belief, and often overlooked by historians, guns did in fact make their way into Japan as early as the 1450's, mainly through Ryukyu or to mainland Japan via China and Korea. Although they remained more of an oddity or curio until they were mass produced beginning in the 1540's, there are accounts of them in Japan long before the introduction by Western traders, which we present to you in this episode. And, for anyone who has ever wondered what the difference is between a musket, matchlock, and arquebus, we'll give you a concise explanation of the types of firearms in question.

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Weapons & Fighting Techniques of the Samurai Warrior 1200-1877 AD
By Thomas, D Conlan, Amber Books Ltd, 2008 http://bit.ly/iTAroK

Uezato, Takashi, Ryûkyû no kaki ni tsuite (On Ryukyu's Firearms)
Okinawa Bunka, No. 36, pp73-92, July 2000

Oda Nobunaga Rekishi Gunzo Series #1
GAKKEN, 1996

Etheridge, Charles, Reinventing the Sword: A Cultural Comparison of the Development of the Sword in Response to the Advent of Firearms in Spain and Japan. (Thesis)
LA State University, 2007 http://bit.ly/lksqzU
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I must really thank you guys. Info is great and some alternative sources are handy as well. John
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
That Nate guy needs to shut up. He's awful.
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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I must really thank you guys. Info is great and some alternative sources are handy as well. John


The goal is to try to get more than just the standard books into it. Glad it seems to be working.
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
So for the handful of people listening to the podcast, any requests or thoughts on some future topics we should tackle?
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