One Year of Podcasting, One Year of Connecting

On April 5th, 2007, Apple Universe was born. It was an idea that came to my head mainly because of Leo Laporte and his network of podcasts, TWiT, and also because of Douglas Bell. Douglas has a podcast called PreviewCast, which he recorded and edited an episode of live at my high school. I saw the work behind the scenes of podcasting, and wanted to start.

Now, one year later, Apple Universe is going strong. One hundred fifteen episodes have been released, and many more will be coming. I wanted to commemorate the first anniversary of Apple Universe. I also want to thank everyone who has ever helped Apple Universe. Your help is very appreciated. To all my listeners, thank you for listening, and helping make this such a good podcast. Thank you Robert Scoble who took me from a nobody, a random high school student, into a somebody, almost a celebrity of my demographic.

Thank you,
Daniel Brusilovsky

Behringer HA400 Headphone Amp

Recently, I received a package in the mail from BSW USA, totally expectedly. As usual, I am very grateful for what was in the this package. But before I reveal the contents of the parcel, let me give you a little background on why the item in the package is of particular use to me.

Obviously, there were many things that I learned after holding the Apple Universe LIVE at Macworld 2008 event that I organized. The main lesson is that I need a bigger mixer, but right now that’s beside the point (and mixers are rather expensive). The matter being emphasized here is that guests at events like mine need to monitor themselves, usually through headphones. Monitoring helps speakers feel more confident about how they are speaking into the microphones (or, for example, singing, at a concert), which results in much better recordings. The problem: My mixer (Alesis MultiMix 8 USB) only has one headphone jack, so only one person (usually me 😉 ) can monitor the mix at a time.

The solution: The Behringer HA400 Headphone Amp that I got from BSW. This small device is basically a pro-quality version of those headphone Y-splitters that everyone uses with their iPods. The headphone amp connects to one of the outputs of my mixer, and four sets of headphones connect to the deck-sized box. This way, if possible interviewees live close by, they could come to my “studio” and record here, and both provide and receive high quality audio, instead of burning bandwidth on Skype (of course, we can blame ComCast for that).

Another package will be coming later this week, with a lots more fun goodies and gadgets. All of this new gear is proudly donated, so thank you very much donars!

~Daniel

New Apple Universe Web Site

The time has come! The Apple Universe Podcast is now LIVE at http://www.appleuniversepodcast.com! It has been a long journey, and all of the work has been more than worthwhile. I just want to take a minute to introduce the team, and share a little background about each member.

Richard Escobedo – Executive Web Architect, Executive Director of Web Design

Richard joined the Apple Universe team in late January of 2008 to help oversee the development of the Apple Universe Website. Richard comes to Apple Universe as an avid tech blogger, web developer, and entrepreneur. He is CEO of his own media company, Richard Escobedo Networks, as well as Founder of SunFox, a multi-platform web based e-mail client. Richard brings a year of WordPress development, knowledge, and creativity to the table, as well as over two years of design and web development experience. Richard loves playing football, in fact he’s been starting on the ‘A’ team for the past two years, and plans on playing JV football his freshman year; in addition, he enjoys watching movies, and reading. For more info about Richard, check out his blog, which he writes in prolifically, or drop him a line via e-mail at richard@appleuniversepodcast.com.

Michael Perlman – Blog Editor

Michael Perlman is a technology lover who maintains several Web sites and produces a podcast of his own, and appreciates the occasional ski trip. Michael joined Apple Universe in January of 2008, and has worked with Daniel as the editor on Daniel’s blog. Michael lives in New York City, and is currently a junior in high school. Michael can be contacted through the contact page on his site (and also via various instant messaging protocols, as outlined on that page; he just asks that you mention you found him on the Apple Universe Web site).

Mike Cohen – Server Engineering

Mike joined the Apple Universe Web Team in January of 2008. Mike is the person responsible for the server and hosting of Apple Universe. Mike is a truly a great member of the team, and a much appreciated asset. Mike is a software developer and web designer based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with over 20 years of programming experience in C, C++, Objective C, PHP, MySQL, Java, Visual Basic, and AppleScript. Mike specializes in Macintosh and Linux, but also has experience with Windows. Currently, Mike works for Absolute Software developing security and asset management products for the Mac. Mike also runs the popular Apple news site, MacMegasite, for which Daniel is one of the lead writers. Mike can be contacted via email.

Once again, thank you very much to the team all your help.

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