Rant or Rave

Tell us what you hate or love about the show, Windows, the Surface, Microsoft, or anything else for that matter. We will do our best to include your rant or rave in an upcoming episode of the Universal Windows Podcast.  Please start each recording with your name and location (Eg.  “Hi, this is Dona from Ann Arbor, Michigan …”.  You have 90 seconds.  Go!

Fine Print – You might want to read this before you record (Or not).

Note: Not all submissions will be included in a show. It really depends on a few things:

  1. The sound quality of your recording (so use a good mic – perhaps follow the tips below.)
  2. The quality of your content (Ask yourself: Has this been covered before? Is it entertaining? Is this constructive? Is it rated PG?)
  3. While we do accept bribes, please don’t include your credit card information in your recording.  It’s not very useful to us without the CVV as well.

If you leave us your email address we will do our best to notify you of when your submission will be in an episode.

By submitting this audio recording you explicitly give us the right to use your voice submission or part thereof in an episode of the Universal Windows Podcast or any other creative project.


Tips for a better recording

  1. Do NOT use the built in microphone on your computer.  Use a dedicated microphone or, consider a headset microphone.  Reasonable sound can be achieved with a headset costing as little $10 USD.
  2. Try to find a quiet spot without much background noise
  3. Check your network speed.  You will need a minimum of 128kbps.  Use a wired network connection if possible. You can use this link to test your speed.
  4. If you are using a dedicated microphone, use a microphone stand.  If you have a choice, use a dynamic microphone instead of a condenser microphone.
  5. Regardless of your microphone setup, the microphone should be between 1 and 4 inches (2.5 to 10 cm) away from your mouth when you are speaking.  Avoid moving towards the microphone to speak and moving back to listen.  Setup the microphone so that you are comfortable with it in the 1 to 4 inch range.
  6. Do an audio check – listen to your recording with headphones before submitting it
  7. Speak clearly and slowly
  8. Don’t shout and don’t whisper
  9. Don’t move around.  Stay near the mic
  10. Please close all background applications such as Outlook, etc. that might connect to the internet or pop up an audible alert or notification.
  11. Pause any background file transfers such as Dropbox, BitTorrent clients, Backup programs,  OneDrive, etc.
  12. Grab a drink of water and go to the bathroom before recording.  We can hear it in your voice when you have to go!
  13. Relax.  This is supposed to be fun.