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Episode 4 of User Illusion Podcast with SW Hammond

Episode 4 – User Illusion with SW Hammond

Exploring the philosophy behind the concept of “Why?” and the two questions we are really asking when we use the word “why”. Answering both sets of questions–"How Come?" and "What For?"–yields design and purpose.

Calibrate Studio Monitors

A quick guide to calibrating studio monitors. Equalizing volume with an SPL meter app and finding the triangular sweet spot.

All studio monitors need to be balanced and setup properly before you begin using them. Use the free NIOSH SLM app to read the dB of each speaker to ensure they are both putting out the same level of volume. Speaker position is important as well. For the best stereo image, create a triangle betweeen the two speakers and your listening position.

M-Audio BX5 Review

Great For Multi-Media Creation

A thorough review and understanding of M-Audio BX5 studio monitors. A solid choice for most of us, these 5 inch speakers offer clarity and detail that will help you create better mixes.

The three most important things to remember when buying studio monitors: acoustically treat your listening environment, make sure to be honest with yourself about what you actually need, and set your new monitors up properly by calibrating them.

E2: User Illusion - Gardening Not Architecture, Sarah Saturday, Warped Tour

Episode 3 – User Illusion with SW Hammond

Music you're missing out on: Gardening, Not Architecture is Sarah Saturday's dreamy-reflective bedroom pop rock project that captivates and compels with earnest songwriting.

In Part 2, I talk about Warped Tour. I reflect on how much the tour meant to me as a teenager, and then what it was like to work and travel with the tour all summer long. Lots of great memories and so many influential people.

User Illusion Podcast E2: Area 51 Aliens

Episode 2 – User Illusion with SW Hammond

They weren’t aliens, they were mutilated children with down syndrome. The horrific account of what actually happened at Area 51. Stalin's black propaganda campaign and human experimentation on disabled children.

In Part 2 of the podcast, I discuss the limitations of language and how it affects the way we think. Language develops, survives, and evolves the exact same way viruses do; by infecting a host and then jumping from person to person with use of the new word. The word only survives if it’s continually used.

Tiffany Haddish, Vulnerability, Advancing Perspective

Episode 1 – User Illusion with SW Hammond

Does your circumstance in life–the family you were born into, the color of your skin, your economic class, sexual orientation–determine the conversations you're allowed to participate in? Is navigating vulnerability a trait that has lead to Tiffany Haddish’s success? I dig into her interview on “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman” on Netflix and come away impressed by her candid nature.

Manfrotto 244 Magic Arm Review

Review and Setup

It’s awesome! Overview and assembly of the Manfrotto 244 Variable Magic Arm and how it integrates into the studio. Great for filming over-the-top product reviews, builds, and setting unique camera angles.

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