How to Record Podcasts

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Why Your Podcast Needs a Desk Lamp

 

  x Bookmark A desktop lamp adds a lot to anyone’s show. Of course it can add a more direct light so you can see things better. If you are reading off a sheet, or just need to see the keyboard a little better. But the light also helps if you are ever doing video podcasts or are asked to be a guest on a video show. I recommend a light that can adjust easily. This lamp has a gooseneck so I can turn it however I want. Have two types of CFL lightbulbs at hand. A “Soft white” bulb...

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Create a Set of Podcast Cheat Sheets

 

  x Bookmark Podcast Hack: Cheat Sheets Keep Your Show Running Smooth Most podcasters set up a structure to the show and follow that from week to week. Here is an idea to help remember your structure and even help keep you from rambling. Create a simple podcast notes cheat sheet. In it, you have all your intro and outtro scripts, along with any sections you want to add and talk about. I use it for Wearable Today podcast. I created the cheat sheet on Google docs and add a lot of content that myself and other hosts can look at...

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How Your ATR2100 Microphone Can Do More for Your Podcast – Podcast Hacks

 

  x Bookmark Podcast Hacks: Use both the XLR and USB when recording Its not my favorite microphone, but its a great go-to mic if needed. The ATR2100 from Audio Technica has a unique identity because it is a hybrid microphone – use it as a USB mic or an XLR. But the best part is how you can tap the potenial in this device. The hybrid microphone can connect up via USB or XLR at the same time. Therefore, you can connect via USB and record your voice on one machine, and also connect to a mixer to record everyone....

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Turn Headphones into a Lavalier Microphone for iOS, Android Devices

 

  x Bookmark I have created a new series for podcasters – Podcast Hacks is here to help you podcast on a budget. These hacks are different ways to help you create better content. From modding old items into new, programs to help you podcast better and more. Subscribe to Podcast Hacks Turn iPhone Headphones into Lavalier Microphone If you use your iPhone, iPad, Andriod phone or tablet and want to create a cheap microphone lavalier for it, here’s what you do: Get an older headset – whether an old iPhone headset or maybe something you bought down the road....

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Ten Ways You Can Use Social Media to Promote Your Podcast

 

  x Bookmark “Watch my show” and a link is usually what I see when people post their episodes on Facebook. A lot of them are “Gun and Run” tactics – where they explain nothing about the episode but still want you to watch or listen. Facebook sees this issue and wants to curb it by revamping their algorithm – making those posts go away. It will also make it harder for those who truely promote their show to do such. You have to start thinking in other ways to get the message across. Therefore, I offer some suggestions to...

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Deezer Acquires Stitcher: What This Means for Music and Podcast Streaming

 

  x Bookmark Just like with Spotify, Deezer is a music service from the UK that wants to jump to the US in the best way possible. Today, Deezer announced they will be purchasing online podcast streaming service Stitcher for an undisclosed sum. We look to what will this will mean to music and podcast listeners alike. About Deezer Deezer is a music publishing company that has been around since 2007. Originally called and “BlogMusik”, Daniel Marhely re-launched the brand after legal issues. The name “Deezer” was conceived because it was easy to type on an AZERTY keyboard. The end...

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What You Need to Know About iTunes 2048 x 2048 Podcast Cover Artwork Change

 

  x Bookmark A few weeks ago, undocumented sources came out stating iTunes is changing their sizes for the cover art to your iTunes account. Last week I received confirmation of this change from podcasts@apple.com with all the details you need to know. The New iTunes Artwork Guidelines Official email from podcasts@apple.com Hello, Cover art must be in the JPEG or PNG file formats and in the RGB color space with a minimum size of 1400 x 1400 pixels and a maximum size of 2048 x 2048 pixels. Note that these requirements are different from the standard RSS image tag...

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Pros and Cons: Running Contests to Gain Podcast Audience

 

  x Bookmark The age old question: How do I get more subscribers. One of the subsequent questions: Should I run a contest? Contests are great promotional tools if you promote them right. Contests can bring in new faces but also people just trying to get a free thing. So lets go over contests in podcasting. Does it work? My First Contests I Ran – Summer of Podcasts The first contest I ever ran on Geekazine was for the choice of an iPod mini or Zune back in 2008. I sprang for that purchase and got some great response to...

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Podcast: What Does the Name Really Mean? Is it Fundimentally Amateur?

 

  x Bookmark Every couple months a new voice shows up asking what podcasting really means. Its a valid question: there are so many shows out there calling themselves podcasts and in all reality they might not be. But what is a real podcast? Is there a magical line that crosses you from podcaster to broadcaster? Leo Laporte Sets TWIT Straight on Podcasting On episode 471 at the 45:00 mark, Leo tells John C. Dvorak, Ben Thompson and Jason Snell his view as to why TWiT is no longer a podcast. It brought a few podcasters back to hear Leo’s...

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Voicemeeter Banana Software Mixer for Podcasting, Mix-Minus Skype Interviews

 

  x Bookmark The folks at Voice Meeter have come out with a new version to their audio mixing software for Windows machines. Voice Meeter Banana ver. 2.0.0 adds a few new tricks including 3 hardware inputs, more mastering options and one touch recording right on the interface. Voice Meeter is a Windows based audio software mixer that allows you to use programs such as Skype or Google Voice to mix and record anything from your own music recordings to a two-person podcast interview. The software is donationware so you can download and install now. Add Multiple Soundcards With Voice Meeter Banana...

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