The Podcasters' Studio

A podcast about podcasting. Learn how to create high quality audio and video podcasts from professional podcast producer Ray Ortega. You'll learn how to go from not having a show to being in iTunes and beyond. Tips and instructional podcasts regarding how to plan, record, edit, and promote your show. You'll get all the information you need to start (gear, media hosting, building a website), maintain (content production, making money, post production techniques) and grow (finding new subscribers, upgrading your studio, getting sponsors) a successful podcast.

Mackie Mix8 Mixer for Podcasting

Another solid entry into the sub $100 mixer shootout, the Mackie Mix8 mixer* has a lot of the features a podcaster would want at a budget friendly price.

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Record Skype using a Focusrite 2i4

Using the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB audio interface*, you can record Skype using several different methods to include a backup recording for redundancy.

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Where to Submit Your Podcast

Various Podcast directoriesYou’ve recorded your first podcast episodes and created a podcast ready RSS feed. Now what?

After making sure your podcast is available on your website, including an HTML5 (mobile friendly) player, you can begin submitting your podcast (using your RSS feed url) to the largest directories and apps.

Start with the four directories* listed in this infographic to ensure good coverage in most of the places people get podcasts.

Everyone will see varying numbers from each of the listed directories but these four will make your podcast available on the biggest platforms (Apple, Android, Microsoft, and Linux).

The directories listed in the infograph (below) are not necessarily in order of importance but have made this list because in order to be in each one, you have to go to the website and manually submit your podcast.

Some of the other popular directories, like Overcast, will include in your podcast automatically once you have submitted and been accepted into iTunes.
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TPS097: Cheap Gear, Advertising and Being Niche

On this fairly opinionated episode, I discuss my thoughts on “cheap” gear, advertising rates, audience numbers and who your podcast’s intro should serve.

“Cheap” Podcast Gear

Cheap gear is not the same as affordable gear. One I have a problem with, the other I do not.

Gear that is made poorly and creates issues like noise that shouldn’t be there, is cheap gear. That is the kind of ATR2100gear you want to avoid. Affordable gear, is something that works well at a budget friendly price. And that kind of gear I recommend often.

The best example of gear that is budget friendly yet performs at a professional level would be the ATR2100 microphone. I love this mic., because it’s less than $60 and the sound it produces can compete with microphones that are five times as much. It’s built well but it’s not perfect. I have seen the USB connection go back but the good news is it has a lifetime warranty so there is little risk to getting this microphone. This is a great piece of gear that a beginning podcaster can buy and instantly have the capability to produce professional level audio.  [Read more…]

New Motion Graphic Intro for YouTube

Here’s a new motion graphic that will play at the front end of most of my YouTube videos. I’ve been wanting to update the intro to my videos for a long time and I finally got around to it. The key is that it is short and branded. [Read more…]

TPS096: Multichannel Output and Input


Recording multichannel audio is the best way to take total control over your audio.

However, it can be difficult and/or pricey to achieve. Technically you can do multichannel with any mixer, even the cheapest ones. How many separate channels you’ll get is a different story.

On this episode I talk about how to use an analog mixer to output multichannel audio via Insert channels. Other topics include an update about the construction of my podcast studio, confirming that the 2i4 is indeed multichannel and a brief PSA about making sure your website is podcast ready.
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TPS095: Auphonic and Where to Submit Your Podcast

You’ve created your podcast ready RSS feed so what’s next? You need to send it out to the world!

There are many places your podcast can be found however you need to submit your show’s RSS feed to multiple directories and apps in order to have people find you.

On this episode, I talk about the top ten directories that send me the

most traffic and where you should submit your podcast first, in order to find the majority of your audience.

I also discuss Auphonic.com as a fantastic option for easy post production including the simplest way to make sure you are hitting proper Loudness targets for podcasting.
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Podcasts Are Coming to Google!

Google is getting their own podcast directory and they want you to submit your podcast nowgplay

In exciting news, Google is finally jumping back into podcasts by announcing that podcasts will be added to Google Play Music.

“Podcasts” and “Google” are not two words that have gone together very well over the last five or so years since the demise of the Google Listen app which was just so-so anyway. Well they’re back and it sounds like they’re all-in.

This is great news for podcast producers and hopefully many, many new podcast fans to come.

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How To Submit a Podcast To iTunes

Submitting your podcast to the iTunes store is easy once you have created your podcast-ready RSS feed.

The video above will show you how this is done and the step-by-step directions are below.

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