Rob Greenlee from – PHD062

International Podcast Day

I was on WKLT in Traverse City talking about International Podcast day. I Opened for Paul Stanley of KISS :)

IPD was trending worldwide at #1 on Twitter for a few hours on the 30th.

Steve Lee was in the New York Times!


I will be on the Powerpress podcast (the official Blubrry podcast) next week. If you want to check out our REbooted podcast over at blubrry, check out


Rob Greenlee – Head of Content at
Host of Spreaker Live Show at


Blubrry Tip of the week.

Even if you are not interested in using blubrry hosting or statistics, you should really get listed on’s directory. It’s easy, free and it gives you another place on the net to be found and seen.

What makes blubrry’s directory different is that they are the ONLY directory on the web that encourages you to subscribe via something other than their platform. With a blubrry listing, it encourages your listeners to subscribe to YOUR rss feed, not ours.

Interview With Daniel J. Lewis from The Audacity to Podcast – PHD061


Powerpress 6.0.5 is out – bug fixes.

Powerpress Podcast Relaunched –

Bowe Bergdahl on Serial Season 2 ? l

Undisclosed Podcast –

The Powerpess Podcast is relaunched. Find it at – Mackenzie Bennett is the new host and she will have on someone from The RawVoice/Blubrry team every other week. I was down at the Columbus office last week to help setup the studio.



Daniel J. Lewis from The Audacity to Podcast

Some of Daniel’s sites are:

My Podcast Reviews (affiliate link)
Podcasters’ Society Network


Double Ender Recording

The interview with Daniel J. Lewis was a Double Ender recording.

What that is, is that he recorded his end, and I recorded my end and we communicated via Skype. Then I edited it together so it sounds as though Daniel is in my studio with me. This is a great way to do it if your guest has the equipment to record on their end.

Please support the show. Use the Promo Code HELPDESK at for any of the services. Check the sidebar for more ways to support the show.

Jammin’ Dave Jackson – PHD060

Today I talk with Dave Jackson, Mainly of the School of Podcasting and a bunch of other places.

Other places to find Dave:
Ask the Podcast Coach

It was fun having Dave on my show for a change. I’ve been on his shows a few times.

Ray Ortega from Podcasters’ Studio – PHD059


Stephen Dubner from Freekanomics Radio starts a new daily podcast called “Question of the day”

Pocket Casts for Android now Supports Subscribe on Get your subscribe on android button now at


#1 tip for podcasting.


Fully listen to your podcast BEFORE you hit publish.

As you my notice, last week’s episode was marked “Repost”. this is because I hit publish before I had listened though the podcast. Steve Lee (my boss at the Modern Life Network) emailed me that there was a problem with my file at the 12 minute mark. I was listening at the time and got to 11:30 in the podcast. Sure enough, at 12 minutes, a segment from the last episode got mixed in with the new episode. Oops.. My bad.

—————- – Great fun and maybe useful! I will be doing “Blabs” on there about podcasting at various times. Watch @mgdell or @podcasthelpdesk for times and links

Blubrry Tip of the week

MASSIVE update to the look and feel of the website. Now to include the backend. All the stuff is there, but moved around in (what we hope is) a much better layout.

Cathy, Our Social media goddess at blubrry posted this article that the whole team worked on.

Why TO use your wordpress feed for podcasting


Interview with Ray Ortega from The Podcasters’ Studio and Podcasters’ Roundtable


Support the show. Use promo code HELPDESK at checkout at for any product.

International Podcast Day September 30th.

Please review Podcast Help Desk in iTunes and Stitcher to help me win the International Podcast Day Gratitude Award.

Do You NEED Podcast Media Hosting? – PHD058 (repost)


Soundcloud Takedowns purging a TON of files. If you host your podcast there, BE CAREFUL not to include any copyrighted material.

Panoply acquired by AudioMetric.


Followup from Ahmad about his hiss problem.

Hi Mike,

I can’t thank you enough for answering my question here and on your great show. That’s awesome.

I waited until I listened to the episode and the demo you made.

Regarding the hiss issue, please have a listen to the attached audio clips -NOT to be published :)
All clips are recorded in Adobe Audition and from their saved as mp3.

I also want to mention these points about the hiss I’m getting:

– It’s not a buzz or hum. It’s just a white noise just like that you get from a cheap mixer pres when you crank the gain all the way up. May be I’m being an audiophile. I just don’t hear such a noise in your recordings or in any other advanced podcaster’s. My podcast is about podcasting :) and I want to get as clean audio as I can.

– It’s probably less hiss than that in your demo. It’s like the one in your demo but after your have applied the noise reduction process.

– The Mackie interface I’m using is powered via USB only. So, the ground issue is not likely to be the cause although I get another buzz when my Macbook is charging in 120v only. I managed to deal with that either by unplugging the charger or using the 3 to 2-prong adapter you mentioned.

– It’s not the Mackie fault because it is present even if I plug the AT2005 via USB directly into the MacBook.

– I use a Planet Waves XLR 3-foot cable. There is no power cables near my setup, no power supply bricks in the room. I also tried a different Audio-Technica cable just to make sure.

– As I said, it’s like the noise from a preamp. But the Mackie Onyx Blackjack has a clean preamps. I think your mixer has the same Onyx ones. They are very clean up to 60dB which I never go above. After that you get a really annoying noise.

– I suspect that it is the dynamic mics as they tend to be gain hungry and never have enough gain.

– I tried the noise reduction tool in Audition and though it removed the hiss completely from silences, I didn’t like the over all result that it gave my voice. I think it negates the idea of having a professional setup. I sounded like talking with a cheap headset.

My question this time is that: If I add a gate like the Behringer you use or the DBX 286s, will this kill the noise?

Thank you so much.

Keep the good work.



A: Ahmad, I have to say all three of the samples you sent me seem great. I’m not hearing much in the silence so whatever it is you are hearing is not nearly as bad as you think it is. It might be you are getting a bit picky (which is normal for podcasters to do). You might just be hearing the room noise, even though it seems very low / non-existent to me. In that case, a noise gate such as the Autocom Pro XL I have, or the DBX box would silence the blank spaces in your audio file. It might be worth a try. The compressor, limiter, and expander functions are handy in some situations, but I don’t really use that part. Just the gate function. I then do my compression and such in post editing along with normalizing using Auphonic.

Do you need Media hosting?

Did I hear you say on a recent podcast you don’t have to have a hosting account with a Libsyn or Blubrry to link a podcast to iTunes? If so, how do I go about submitting an rss/feed to iTunes and other podcast directories. Great show.


A: no, you don’t NEED Libsyn or Blubrry to generate an RSS feed. In fact, the best way (contrary to SOME beliefs) is using a website (Self hosted, not and using powerpress to generate your podcast-compliant RSS feed. What Libsyn and blubrry do best is host your media files. Then you take a link to those media files and include them in posts in your wordpress site as enclosures. (This is all handled by powerpress). You *can* host your files elsewhere such as on your own webserver, or another media host such as Soundcloud, Spreaker, Podbean or wherever. The key is to generate your RSS feed from your own site. That way you can change where you host at will, and your subscribers will never know the difference. NEVER USE AN RSS FEED YOU DON’T OWN.


International Podcast Day is September 30th

I interview Steve Lee, Founder and Chairman of International Podcast Day

I’m going to be doing a podcast Lab at Converge South 2015

I will be talking people who want to podcast though getting the proper gear and setting up their podcast feed and other beginning podcasting tips. At the end of the lab, attendees will have a checklist to take them from no podcast to a podcast website and their podcast listed in iTunes and others.

Converge South is on October 16th at Wake Forest Univeristy in Winston-salem North Carolina.

Powerpress 6.0.4 is out.

Here is what was changed over 6.0.3

-Released on 8/27/2015
-Added new Subscribe by Email option to Subscribe Links feature. By default this new feature is not enabled. Go to “PowerPress Settings” > “Media Appearance” to enable Subscribe by Email.
-Enhanced iTunes Summary feature now maintains links.
-Added check for null values returned from get_role function.
-HTTPS URL warnings have been removed. The past year usage of podcast applications that do not support https is now negligible.
-Added support for https:// media URLs for Blubrry and RawVoice statistics services.
-Verify media URL option now verifies SSL certificates and hostnames for https URLs.
-Added Podcast subscribe link support to post type podcasting.
-Links to Feed Validator have been temporarily removed, service does not correctly validate secure podcast feeds. We are working on an alternative.
-Moved defines for customizing links within the plugins_loaded action after translations are loaded.
-Fixed bug with linking blubrry account displayed HTML syntax for sign-in errors.
-Added logic to the Subscribe to Podcast sidebar widget to only display category, feed slug and post type settings when appropriate.
-Added new define option POWERPRESS_NO_THE_EXCERPT, allows you to remove PowerPress’s the_excerpt filter for special situations that warrant it. (Thanks Avi for the code)
-Changed logic for the powerpress_get_the_excerpt_rss function. (Thanks Avi for the code)
-Added ‘mov’ file extensions to the list of migrate-able media files.
-Updated migrate media logic to allow for resetting of migration.
-Improved error reporting for API calls.
-Tweaked how Blubrry account linking is presented in plugin to make it easier.


Rant: Someone on the podcasters group on facebook has a PR40 and ordered an SM7B because they read that it would help with room noise. Really? Really??

Fixing Hiss in your Recordings – PHD057

International Podcast Day is September 30th

International Podcast Day is coming September 30 and you can help celebrate the day-long event by purchasing the first ever #PodcastDay shirt. And because the celebration happens every year on September 30th, your shirt will be good for years to come. Go to: and start the conversation.

Question from Ahmad

I’m struggling to get rid of “hiss”. Here is my setup:
– Audio-Technica AT2005USB mic or Rode Procaster dynamic mic into the Mackie Onyx Blackjack audio interface connected to MacBook Pro via USB. I record in Adobe Audition.
I start with the gain at “0” then go up tell I start hearing hiss then I go down a little. When I raise the gain, it introduces hiss, so I keep it down.
But when I record and try to add just a little normalisation or compression, just a little, I start hearing a background hiss. If I keep it without post processing, the sound is too low.

The hiss is definitely NOT from the room, I’m in a very quiet room.

How can I fix this?

Thank you very much.

A: What you describe sounds like a ground loop hum or a noisy preamp for the mic. I’m not familiar with with the Mackie interface you are using but for the most part, Mackie makes a very good (and Quiet) preamp.

One thing you could try is isolating the ground to the power supply to the interface (if it has one). In the US, and I’m not sure where Ahmad is, we have 2 prong AC plugs and 3 Prong AC power plugs. In the hardware store, there are these little adaptors that you can plug a 3 prong plug into and it allows you to plug it into a 2 prong outlet. This will remove the ground from a 3 prong cord. Maybe you could send in an audio clip so I can hear what you are talking about.

In the mean time, you can use Noise Removal tool in Audition. You leave some quiet space in your recording and in the tool you highlight the noise and click on “Capture noise Point”. Then select the whole recording and apply the “Noise Reduction Process. You may have to experiment with the settings a few times to get it just right.


Paul Colligan came up with a perfect statement about Apple iTunes N&N.

“Starting A Podcast To Hit iTunes “New And Notable” Is Like Launching A Business To Get Into The Phone Book”

I’m going to give Paul a SMALL amount of crap for getting the name wrong. it’s new and NOTEWORTHY. (only a little crap because I do the same thing)

Hear the whole show at


I’m going to be Guest Hosting Ask the Podcast Coach Tomorrow morning. (Saturday the 15th) at 10:30am Eastern. Dave Jackson will be speaking at Podcamp Pittsburgh and may call in remote, but Jim Collison and I will be holding down the fort. It will be found at or look for Ask The Podcast Coach on your podcast catcher of choice. Sorry for the short notice.


Blubrry tip of the week.

The hits keep on coming! Blubrry launched a redesign of its main website and the directory. This is all part of the prep to launch the Powerpress sites feature and the expanded directory. This is not really a tip other than to say that instead of “manage account” you click on “Podcaster Dashboard” from the home page once you are logged in to find the settings. The backend (the manage account area) hasn’t changed yet, but will when all the new stuff is live. Very soon I’m told.

Use my promo code HELPDESK at for a free month of Podcast Hosting, Stats and SOON, WordPress hosting via Powerpress sites.

Patreon for the Modern Life Podcast Network

Check out the new show on Modern Life Podcast Network. The linkedIN Lady


RANT. Certain podcast hosting companies has a war on wordpress going on. They are saying that using their feed (from their website not yours) is unstable and causes problems. I call BS on that. There are several reasons to use your own RSS feed from wordpress and powerpress. STOP IT!

  • It’s coming from your site so you control it.
  • Your RSS feed should have YOUR domain name in it. For branding and SEO.
  • Powerpress has 40,000 users and there are very few feed issues (mostly caused by badly written plugins or themes).
  • The want you to promote THEM, not you.
  • If you need help troubleshooting a feed, see: or get with me and I will help you.

    Why do we podcast? – PHD056

    For a free 10 day trial at go to

    News: Podcast Movement and the Academy of Podcasters Awards are going this weekend in Ft. Worth Texas. Mackenzie and Todd from Blubrry are there to tell everyone about Blubrry’s new stuff. I will go through that a bit later in the show. If you are there, or went, I’m sorry I couldn’t make it this year. Hope to make it in the future. I will be at NMX/NAB in April of next year.


    Why do I podcast? (And why you might want to)

    Several reasons people do podcasts….

    To tell the world what you want to say.
    To promote a business
    To entertain
    To play with audio gear (yes, there are some that love to play around with this stuff)
    To make Money $$ (well $)
    To become an expert in something
    Because they got fired from Radio

    The reason I do podcasts.

    It’s fun
    I like to help others learn new things and I learn just as much by teaching
    I meet lots of people because of my podcasts
    I like to play with the gear.

    Reasons people give for NOT podcasting

    It takes time
    It’s expensive
    They don’t like the sound of their own voice
    Mic Fright
    Too Geeky


    Blubrry introduces Powerpress Sites –

    Blubrry also (by the time you listen to this) will have Subscribe by Email in powerpress

    Blubrry directory expanding / being redesigned


    Ask me a question! With the dog days of podcasting here this summer, the questions have slowed down. Get them in now while I have time to get them into the show.

    231-421-4490 or use the “Leave a voicemail” link of the website. You can also email me your question, text or audio to

    What iTunes is and what it is NOT – PHD055

    Today I talk a lot about iTunes.

    iTunes limiting listing to 20 episodes.

    Also Happy Birthday MP3!

    Geek of the North Returning

    ** Sorry for the lame shownotes this week **

    Going Deep into theTechnology of Podcasting