Thank you everyone for the very kind comments - it was a pleasure presenting to all of you and in the future sound will be much clearer (especially for the first group). The sound issue ended up actually being a faulty router on my end that introduced some latency and static into the Skype stream (Skype is truly the best tool for webcasting with a headset while doing other things such as building a website in under an hour, and as Genx mentioned it is also very cheap for international calls!). The router ended up being "unceremoniously" replaced just in time for the second webinar.
A quick update for everyone regarding the recording - it is currently finishing the final render and is getting ready to be uploaded, therefore the http://www.fmwebschool.com/webinar_specials.php
should have the download link for the movie (with great sound), the database, and all the PHP files within the next 1-2 hours.
Thank You Once Again,