Friday, November 5, 2010

TWIST # 19: Turning the Tables On Matt




So this was a challenge!


Marlena Compton decided to do something fun. After she completed her interview a couple of weeks ago, she called Matt back and said “I’m going to interview you… and hit him up with a bunch of questions she’d gathered from the testing community on Twitter, Software Test Club, Weekend Testers, and other places. The challenge this time was that the recording was noisy; I’m not sure why, but Matt’s voice sections sounded like a leaf-blower was going on in the background, and loudly. I listened to it multiple times, and decided that the noise floor was so bad that it would be painfully distracting. I did a little research on how to do some drastic noise reduction, and while I was able to remove the noise floor, it did have an effect on the sound of Matt’s voice. In a number of the previously noisier parts, Matt sounds like he’s talking into a tin can. I tried to make it sound as good as I could, but alas, it’s not one of my favorite productions. The content itself, though, is great, so I wholeheartedly recommend checking out the interview.


For those who want to check it out, here is Episode #19.

Also, there were a few interesting tangents that didn’t fit the podcast time limit, but they were so fun that we decided to make a “Twist-Plus” for them. Here's the thing for Twist-Plus episodes (at least for now); these are hosted on Matt's site, and these do not require registration at STP to listen to.

Standard disclaimer:

Each podcast is free for 30 days, but you have to be a basic member to access it. After 30 days, you have to have a Pro Membership to access it, so either head on over quickly (depending on when you see this) or consider upgrading to a Pro membership so that you can get to the podcasts and the entire library whenever you want to :). In addition, Pro membership allows you to access and download to the entire archive of Software Test and Quality Assurance Magazine, and its issues under its former name, Software Test and Performance.

Again, my thanks to STP for hosting the podcasts and storing the archive. We hope you enjoy listening to them as much as we enjoy making them :).
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