Monday, October 03, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Soldiers You Would Want On Your Side In A Battle

Thanks to Chung from London we have been sent the definitive list of the top ten film soldiers that you want on your side:-

  • 10 - Private Jackson (Saving Private Ryan)
  • 9 - Gunnery Sgt. Tom 'Gunny' Highway (Heartbreak Ridge)
  • 8 - Capt. Virgil "The Cooler King" Hilts (The Great Escape)
  • 7 - Private Hudson (Aliens)
  • 6 - John Patrick Mason (The Rock)
  • 5 - Pete "Maverick" Mitchell (Top Gun)
  • 4 - Private Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump)
  • 3 - Col. John "Hannibal" Smith (The A-Team)
  • 2 - Major "Dutch" Schaefer (Predator)
  • 1 - John Rambo (Rambo - First Blood Part 2)

As mentioned at the start of this show, today's podcast is recorded in the MP3 Surround Sound Format. To experience the 5.1 surround sound you will need a sound-card with around 6 speakers hanging out of the back and some special software. You can download the mp3 surround player from, available for Windows 2000, XP and Mac OS X - you'll also get the WinAmp plug-ins with the Windows version.

The show itself is slightly larger than a regular stereo MP3 of similar quality. Don't worry if you don't own the necessary hardware, you should still be able to listen to the show on your normal mp3 players. This is an experiment and we need your feedback, so please use the comments board on or email us at Remember, you need the hardware, software and original MP3 file - if your podcasting client converts the file into AAC for example then it will loose all the additional surround data, so ensure that the player is using the original file downloaded from our server.


Bazza said...

Cool first ever surround sound podcast.

Shame I can't seem to get it to work, only seemed to come through in stereo. Probably my speakers settings that are wrong.

BTW For those that use iTunes, iTunes 5 is now available for download. There is also a ipod software update. Since updating my ipod photo software it now has a proper podcast folder which divides the individual podcasts into sub-folders, and sorts the episodes into date order, you can even read the show notes. :)

Top Of The Pods said...

The effect is mainly heard in the jingles, us speaking is mid-front and the tunes are mid-rear. Didn't get to preview the show properly on my surround sound speakers on my laptop, so the sound placement was exaggerated to emphase the effect more. All part of the experiment...

Just turned off the word verification on the comments board, it didn't seem to be working. Blogger problems?

Sam Smith said...

good idea, but why is it worth it? if the musics stereo, and the mics mono, what have you adsed?

Highlights from two years of blogging. said...

thanks for turning off the word verification, i can post again now!

I listen on my mp3, not sure the headphones are good enough to notice the difference...good show though!

Anonymous said...

By coincidence, the last episode of Diggnation featured elements of Dolby 5.1 in it's podcast. Completely different concept to what you're doing mind. Diggnations podcast sounded like stereo tomfoolery to me.

PH said...

Checked out Diggnation's supposed podcast 5.1 demo...nah! Don't think so. Good stereo effect, yes, not 5.1 not on your nelly! You can't do 5.1 with only 2 speakers no matter how you fiddle it.
They did one presenter in one ear, and one in the other, which sounded better than both presenters right in the middle. Less flat. Might be something worth trying out guys? I think adding extra stereo depth to a podast would make it enriched.

Anonymous said...

On my iRiver H340 there is a whole set of settings for the sound, and two are WOW SRS and SRS (Sound Retrieval System), which provide programmable surround sound, and on that setting the jingles are coming over far better now, really impressive - I imagine that has to do with the new production technique - nice one!!!

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Not something I would have considered as dodgy, now I will.

JH said...

What about Marmite soldiers?

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