How to Record Podcasts

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6 Steps to Make Your Podcast Audio Sound Awesome

x Bookmark Want people to listen to your podcast? To do that, you not only need good content, but also a good sounding podcast. Even in video podcasts it’s more about the audio. And using a program like “Levelator” might work OK, there are going to be times your audio suffers, even if you don’t hear it. So I put together 6 steps to making your audio sound its best. Ready for the fun and some learning? Let’s go! 1. Vocal Track EQ Get it done right the first time and you will have great audio every time. Equalizing your...

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Reduce the Plosives in Podcasting

x Bookmark Do you hear some weird popping coming from your audio? B’s and P’s sound like someone has lobbed a baseball into the microphone and S sounds make you look for snakes in the room. These are called “Plosives”. They make the microphone embouchure push together so hard it technically “Clips” the sound. Here are two ways you can solve that. First, get further away from the microphone. A windscreen or microphone foam helps slow down the wind of your breath so it doesn’t plosive into the capsule. I made a windscreen using a crochet hoop and this screen...

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OneTab: Browser Extension to Hold Show Note Tabs

x Bookmark When I do my show, I pull all the web pages up in advance so they are in order. That can cause major slowdown of not only your internet connection but also the computer. With a little chrome extention called “One Tab”, I can press a button and have all tabs taken off and put in a list to be opened when I want. I can even pre-set a list a couple days in advance, then just pull it up when I’m ready to podcast. I have my email, Facebook, Google+, Hootsuite and YouTube tabs set in a...

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The State of #Podcast Hashtag Social Media

x Bookmark With all this talk of Twitter bombing, and how we really use the term “Podcast” in our social media, I was curious how the hashtags in our profession are getting used. I wanted to know if I use #Podcast, will my post be seen more or less in today’s social universe.  Further, I wanted to know if there was a way to spot those who might be abusing the term. The Use of Podcast Hashtags I utilized a free trial of Talkwalker to get an understanding of how hashtags are used. I monitored 30 days of the four important...

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Using a Metronome to Pace Your Speaking in Your Podcast

x Bookmark If you feel you talk too fast when you are podcasting, here is a great way to slow your speaking down. Get a metronome – one that either has a headphone jack or can pulse a LED light. There are even iPhone and Android Metronome apps out there you can install and use. A normal talking pace is 110-115 words a minute. However, some speakers tend to rush, so instead think about 120-130 wpm. That is not beats per minute, which the metronome will be pulsing at. Nonetheless, if you start at 110 bpm on the metronome, then...

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Could Your Podcast Get You Fired From Your Job?

x Bookmark You love what you do so much that you decide to either podcast about or get on other podcasts to talk about, your passion. It’s a great gig until you make one little slip-up. Next thing you know, you’re in the HR office as someone else is clearing your desk. It happens in Social Media – Situations where someone is fired for saying or doing something that works against their job. A couple cases where the person is fired even before their first day of work. The First Podcaster Ever to Get Fired For It? In the book: Tricks...

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Setup an Audio Podcast Template

x Bookmark When I record the Day in Tech History, I use a podcast template in Sony Music Studio that I created years ago. This template has my intro, any ads I need to place and the outtro music. When I go to record this podcast, I simply open up my first template where I record and edit content to be saved as a 24-bit 96,000 wav file. When I am done recording, I open up the main template where I place the wav file into. The best part about this is I can splice the audio, then move my ads to where...

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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 and...

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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 or...

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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. If...

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