Monthly Archive: July 2012

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Do You Listen to Your Own Podcast?

You spend time prepping for the show. You spend time recording the show. You spend even more time uploading and posting the show. But do you listen to your own Podcast? More often than not, I get people asking me what they should do to change their show. I also go on the newsgroups, and see people say “Why can’t I get more listeners?” Every time I’ve been approached with this question, I ask them: “Do you listen to your own show? The WHOLE show?” More than not, the answer is “no”. Why not? Why are you not your best...

Speak Slower 0

Help with Podcast: Watch Your Distance on the Mic

One thing that I always catch myself on is getting too close to the microphone. When I am podcasting, every now and then I hit a tooth on the grill or notice my “P”op sound. When I interview, it becomes noticeable in post-production when I’m eating the microphone and then holding it way too far away from the interviewer. What is a good placement for a Microphone? When you are in the studio, you should have it about 3-6 inches away from your mouth. Try this: Sit down, take one hand and extend the pinky and thumb (known as the Aloha sign...

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Podcasting on Linux: It Can Be Done

When Jeff asked me to write about podcasting in Linux, my immediate thought was to do a basics article. I almost immediately came to realize that the process is no different than I imagine it would be with Windows or Mac, with one exception. I felt like making the point about how similar the process is for me on Windows and what ismore properly called GNU/Linux, was a point worth making. The reasons for choosing Linux are covered in detail on the rest of the web, but suffice it to say if your laptop is aging and you don’t have the cash...

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Makeup – Should I Wear It for my Video Podcast?

Remember that scene from Batman (the Michael Keaton version) where the news reporters couldn’t wear makeup because the Joker poisoned certain perfumes and soaps? Boy, those newscasters looked pretty ratty. Now, flash forward to 2012, where news is being reported without the use of makeup at all. It’s called Video Podcasting, and we’re doing it au natural on the web. But should we be thinking about looking pretty for the web community? Whenever I prepare for a show, I usually do one thing to clean up for the show: I take a shower. It’s not as much the clean factor,...

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Using a Portable Digital Recorder for Mobile Podcasting

One way to record while in the field is by using a Portable Digital Recorder. This is a digital recorder, unlike the tape players of old. The device is pretty small and can record a one-on-one conversation, or a room for a presentation. The portable digital recorder has advanced to the point it can have XLR mics attached, can be attached to certain video cameras to enhance the audio, or run just from the unit itself. Some have a db filter – which means it will try to compress the outer noise to try and catch the speaker’s voice. There...

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Submitting your Podcast to Podcast Directory

So you have created your podcast, and are ready to tell the world about it. Now what? Now it’s time to submit that podcast to a directory. This is a website that takes your feed, then re-aggregates it for you to their audience so your show gets discovered. When you go on the front page of a directory, it highlights podcasts you can watch or listen to. It might even tell you what is new. You can then listen from there, or download to your mp3 player. There are many podcast directories that you can submit your show to. Just...

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Record a Podcast Using Web-Based Spreaker Software

There are many ways to record your podcast. Heck, you can even use an old tape recorder and transfer to computer if you wanted to. But why do that when you have a multitude of software out there to not only record your voice, but also add sound effects and music? Take Spreaker (pronounced similar to “Speaker”), for example. This is a cloud-based podcast software you can use to record your show. You can sign up for free, and start podcasting within moments. You can also podcast using a mobile device – If you have an iPhone or iPad, or...

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Blip.tv Hosts Video Podcasts

Blip.tv is a great way to get beyond the YouTube audience. Blip is a site that hosts your video and also re-aggregates it to other services. They offer full RSS feeds, opportunities to download your media and conversion of your videos to work on mobile media and mp3. Blip offers two levels of service – Free, and Pro. The pro version comes out to about $100 a year, so it’s really cheap to host your videos. The Pro version allows you to convert your video to LD, SD, MP3 and HD720 modes. This will allows the videos to play on...

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Royalty Free Music Enhances Podcasts

You have a show, you set up the RSS feed, you recorded a couple episodes and you find it ok. Now it’s time to spruce it up with intros and other music. But what do you use for music? Of course, you can’t just rip any song off the radio or internet to use in your podcast. Well, you can, but then get ready for either a takedown notice, or ASCAP to come and demand money for the use.  If you are only getting 20 people listening and making no money off it, something like that may turn you off...

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Sonomax eers Custom Fitted Earplug Molds at Great Prices

About a year and a half ago at CES, I ran into this company. At first, I thought it was another headphone company, but upon closer inspection, these in ear headphones included custom fitted earplugs within minutes. How can they make custom molds in a 10 minute sitting? The name of the company is called Sonomax. They are comprised of musicians and warehouse workers who needed custom molding earphones to isolate certain sounds while enhancing others. Years ago, if you wanted custom mold earphones, you would have to go to a special ear doctor that would make the molds. That...