Monthly Archive: April 2013

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How to Ditch the Microphone in Podcasting (Sort of)

A lot of podcasters will sit down in front of a big microphone and plant their face in the windscreen. When you are doing a video stream with the podcast, people might just see you from the nose-up. Some people feel intimidated with this; others don’t know where to position themselves when they podcast or just want to get rid of that big, bulky microphone. So how do you do it? Is the Mic a Form of Stature? There are some microphones that scream to be in front of your face. Whether its the classic mic like this Golden Age...

Can a Google Hangout Be a Podcast? 0

Are Google Hangouts a Form of Podcast [and How to Turn to Audio, Video Podcast]

The word “Podcast” is a muddled one. There are many that use it as a general term – even though their show does not fall into the definition. Last week I got asked if Google Hangouts could be considered podcasts. Even yesterday I was asked that question again along with the question if any YouTube video falls under that term. Definition of a Podcast Dictionary.com defines a podcast as such: pod·cast  [pod-kast, ‐kahst]  Show IPA Digital Technology . noun 1. A digital audio or video file or recording, usually part of a themed series, that can be downloaded from a web site to a media player or computer: Download or subscribe to daily, one-hour podcasts of our radio show. A lot of people state a podcast needs an RSS feed, which YouTube doesn’t really provide. Google+ Community: Their Answer...

Are YOU a podcast evangelist? 0

Are You a Podcast Evangelist?

I just got off the phone with a potential client talking about podcasting and ROI (Return on Investment). I brought up the idea of a spokesperson – or evangelist for their product. I talked about in the 70’s Bill Bixby promoted the Vic-20 computer and Bill Cosby promoted the TI-99 lines. Even today celebrities like Lea Michelle promote L’Oreal, Paul Giamatti voices Liberty Mutual commercials and – even though he was fired from it – Gilbert Gottfried’s “Aflac” can still be pointed back to him. So you as a podcaster – are you an evangelist? I wrote this post up...

Record Podcasts with Multiple USB Microphones 6

Use Multiple USB Microphones to Record [How to]

When I consult podcasters that want to use 2 or mor microphones for podcasting, I recommend a mixer like the Alesis MultiMix 8. Sometimes the podcaster doesn’t want to deal with anything more than what a USB mic has to offer. So they ask if you can connect more than one USB mic to your computer to record. The answer is you can  with a little bit of work at the beginning How USB Microphones Work Normally by plugging in a USB microphone you are turning that sound device into the primary. The secondary or tertiary sound source is not...

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Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX: for All Your Podcast Needs [Review]

If you have a podcast where you use two or more mics, then might use a mixer. Recently I have been asked on the Podcasters Community about certain types of mixers. I have suggested the one that I actually have used for over 5 years now. Their latest one I might have to get for their upgrades. Alesis Multimix 8 The Alesis MultiMix 8 is part of the Multimix series. Mixers from 6 to 16 channels, you can get one to fit your need. Multimix 8 comes with 4 XLR inputs and 4 1/4 inch (TRS) inputs in shared channels....