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Organizing your podcast production helps to make sure your audience is getting consistent episodes and makes it easier for you, the podcaster. Earlier this week in a blog post we shared some ways to make pre and post production simple, and Todd and Mike review some of those tactics in today’s episode.
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Recorded live from two well-separated and socially distanced podcast studios in northern and southern Michigan; here’s Podcast Insider.
- Google adds automatic subtitles in Chrome for web audio (and video) players.
- Over 2 million podcasts in Apple Podcasts, wow.
- Most listeners say they will not pay for a podcast. We’re not surprised.
- Kangaroofern Inaugurates Australiasia’s First Podcast Summit – Podfiesta April 10th-12th.
- Podcasting is always the next big thing
- Podcast Prefix Analytics explained
Organizing your production: How Podcast Insider does show-prep, records and publishes.
- Perfect your process: Prep, record, post-production, publish your episode
- Checklists are good (see blog article below)
- Double check your equipment and settings
- Don’t forget to hit RECORD 🙂
- PowerPress 8.6 is in the works, will include new stats reporting in the WordPress dashboard
- Optimize Your Podcast Pre-Production with a Checklist, from our blog.
- Growing Your Audience Organically, with Todd Cochrane from Podcast Movement University!
- Today, PowerPress 8.5 and Podcast Index Tags webinar
Question(s) of the Week:
Question: I bought a Blue Yeti microphone and I can’t get it to sound good at all. What can I do to make it sound better?
Answer: The Blue Yeti is a condenser mic. Condenser mics require a quiet environment. So, if possible, record in a quiet place with lots of “soft” things around. A carpeted room with curtains over the windows, a closet perhaps. Also, you have to tweak the settings to help prevent extra sounds from getting into the mic.
- First thing, Yeti is a side-address microphone, which means you should speak into the side of the microphone with the Blue logo facing you. Get up close and personsal, (2-6 inches) from the microphone.
- Use a pop-filter in-between you and the mic.
- Turn the gain (volume) of the microphone down lower than you think it should be.
- Test the recording and turn the input to your source down until your levels are about ¾ of the way up (depending on what sort of meter you have in the software). Lower is better.
- Once you have finished recording, run the file though a leveling program like Auphonic. This will boost the volume back up to standard if you record low (like you should with a Yeti).
- Do some test recordings to get proper levels without too much background noise and remember where those settings are (or take a picture).
The Yeti would not be my first choice for a podcasting mic. A dynamic USB mic like the ATR2100X, Samson Q2U or the Shure MV7 would be a better choice if you can swing it.
Yeti’s are not necessarily bad, but do take a bit more care and planning to get them to sound good at first.
Be sure to subscribe to the companion show to this one, Podcast Help Desk where Mike goes a little deeper into the geeky and tech side of podcasting.
This weekend, I will be explaining the podcast namespace tags and why you might want to start using them.
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