PHD042 – The Meaning of Life, The Universe and everything
DON’T PANIC and don’t forget your towel!
Being the big geek I am, I have to do this every time I get to episode 42 on a podcast I do. It’s, of course, a tribute to Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
Nowadays, we say Don’t forget your smartphone instead of your towel and the Hitchhikers Guide.
Now on with the REAL content for this episode!
As you heard, last week I had an audio problem. I could have fixed it by re-recording those segments. I felt the content was good enough to put up with the little popping sounds.
Also, on my checklist, I have removed the part about audacity. Truncate Silence. It’s too easy to screw something up for me to recommend using that.
Recording only with an iPhone?
Yes, you can record only with an iPhone. There are several good ways to do it.
Boss Jock Studio - Play clips, record and edit. Saves in mp3, ready to upload.
Mobile Podcaster. AAC only
Voice Memo – Stock iPhone program by Apple. Very good for quick notes and recording segments. BUT, saves files in AAC format instead of Mp3 so you *should* edit them and re-encode to mp3.
You can add a professional mic to the iphone using the “camera connection kit” usb adapter. or you can use the mic/headphone jack with a splitter. Rockit Headphone/Microphone Splitter
While I’m playing with it, How about a mic shootout using the studio mixer?
Q: I uploaded my show yesterday, it’s still not in my Podcast Listing at iTunes… HELP!!
A: RELAX! 2 things to do to help you not worry about this “problem”
Look at your RSS feed in FIREFOX (other browsers do not work the same) and verify your latest post is in there with it’s media file.
Subscribe to your podcast in iTunes (on your computer) or the IOS “podcasts” app. Verify that your new episode shows up.
If 1 and 2 are OK. RELAX and give iTunes up to 3 days to list your show. If it takes more than 3 days, email Apple (email@example.com) and give them your listing address and your RSS feed. You may get a run-around or a form response. Reply to that with the same info. Sooner or later they will have a human answer you.
Podcast on Radio? Then the recording of the podcast on radio, on a podcast?
At the risk of generating at vortex here, I’m going to play one local radio show’s take on my segment about how lame music radio can be from Episode 36.
As heard on the Omelette & Friends radio show on WKLT in Traverse City (1 day after they interviewed Bob Seger!!
Next we are going to have the Guy behind the mic at Omelette & Friends, Omelette Himself on this very podcast!
Blubrry Tip of the week
Teach your listeners how to subscribe and make it easy for them.
In powerpress 6 there are 2 new ways to get your listeners to subscribe.
One is the Subscribe page. If you go to podcasthelpdesk.com/subscribe you will see that I have a neat page there that makes it easy to just press a button on a smartphone and subscribe. It’s easy to set this up with powerpress. Make sure you have everything including the iTunes subscription URL block filled out in the Feeds and iTunes tabs in powerpress.
Create a blank page called Subscribe (or whatever you want to call it) publish the page and go into edit it again and write down the page ID.
Go into powerpress settings > media appearance and where it says “Subscribe Page” Paste the page ID in the block and save settings.
Go back to your page and you can edit the words in there as you would like.
The other thing that was added is the subscribe sidebar widget. All you have to do is go into your widgets area and find the subscribe block and drag it to the sidebar. You are done!
Podcast Starter 2
Recording your First Episode
Make a master folder for your podcast
Make a folder for your episode (each time) in the folder for your podcast
Put any intro/outro music or files in the master folder
Put any clips or segments you record in the episode folder
2. Outline your episode
make an outline (not a script) of the points you want to talk about in your episode.
I use Google Docs / Drive for this.
ALMOST nobody sounds good when they are reading word for word on the mic.
3. Record to .wav file (DO NOT UPLOAD THIS WAV for your podcast)
4. Listen to your recording and most likely throw it away (yes, sometimes you have to test several times before you get things to sound like you want them)
5. RE record or edit
once you are more or less happy with your recording, edit it if you need to
Don’t be TOO picky. It’s better to put something out that isn’t exactly perfect than it is to edit for hours and hours and get tired of it and forget it.
Your FIRST episode will not sound as good as your 5th which will not sound as good as your 25th and so on. You get better as you go.
Content is KING.. If you have good content, the quality doesn’t have to be AS good.
Quality is Queen. Yes, improve as you go but the first step is start!
6. Encode to mp3
Do this either using iTunes (on your computer) or in Audition if you have it. This uses a much better encoder than Audacity uses.
Tag your file in iTunes (on mac or PC)
7. Get ready to upload
We will talk about websites and media hosting next time