Video: Audio Production With Free Software

I have something of a treat for you today. Well, I hope it will prove to be a treat anyway. It’s the long awaited video from my talk to the Manchester Free Software group in July. Not surprisingly it was in Manchester, at the Lass O’Gowrie pub. It’s just over 2 months since I made the talk, but I finally have the video for you all to see. Big thanks to Tim Dobson for taking this video, editing it and even uploading it to, he deserves all the credit for that. Thank you also to Lucy for inviting me to speak, and most of all, thanks to the 30 odd people who crammed themselves into the smallest room known to man. It was hot, stuffy and not always so comfortable but I think it went well. It was great too see so many people there.

In this talk I take you through how I produce podcasts like the Software Freedom Law Show using only Free Software and Open Source solutions. Sound engineering is something I’ve done for a long time and it’s a real passion of mine. I hope that comes across in the talk. As you can see there wasn’t even a projector in the room, so I’m just using my laptop to try and show the slides to everyone. If you have any questions please feel free to post them in the comments here and I’ll do my best to answer them.

You can find the slides I used here, if you want a closer look.

I’ve embedded the video player from but I also advise downloading the original Ogg Theora file. It looks slightly better. Hope you enjoy the talk, thanks πŸ™‚


P.S – I haven’t actually watched this fully myself yet as I’m too nervous. Stupid I know because it’s in the past now but it still feels odd. I’ll be sitting down to watch it soon. I have to know what I said in case people ask questions anyway πŸ˜€


  1. Nice, watching it as i type this.

    I didnt see a link to the slides for the talk, so i figured i could add a link to your earlier post if others are interested πŸ˜‰

  2. @kabniel – Oh good thinking, I forgot that. Will add the link now. Thanks πŸ™‚

  3. Haven’t finished yet, but some really good stuff in the talk, Dan. Many thanks to you and Tim Dobson for following up with the vid.

  4. @digi_morass – Thanks, glad you got something from it πŸ™‚

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.