TPS088: Compression for Podcasts with Randy Coppinger

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Ever wonder when, how or why to use compression when post-processing your podcast? If the answer is yes then this is your episode. Randy Coppinger, professional audio engineer, talks with me about using compression for your spoken word podcast and just as importantly, when not to.compressor

We talk about what compression can do for your audio, how it can damage it and all the factors that go into the results you’ll get from a compressor including your microphone.

After that we dive into how you might want to set up a compressor or at least where to start. If you feel lost when you look at a compressor, don’t worry, we all were at some point.

The key element is practice. You just need to start turning the knobs. This episode will help you understand what to listen for when using compression and how to improve your post processing techniques for your podcast.

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TPS 069 – WordPress for Podcasting with Dustin Hartzler from Your Website Engineer

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Your website is your podcast’s central hub, its home on the web. It’s where you have an entire archive of all your episodes, links you mentioned in any given show, buttons to follow, share and continue the conversation on social media, profiles of your hosts and easy ways to allow your community to get in touch with you.

There are so many more things that your podcast’s website does for your show so how do you know where to start? What platform is best for building your podcast’s home on the web?Your Website Engineer

On this episode I talk with Dustin Hartzler from Your Website Engineer podcast and website about using WordPress for podcasting.

WordPress can be used to build your website and host your RSS feed, two critical steps in having a well made podcast. In fact there’s just about no limit to what you can do with WordPress, all without having to know HTML, CSS or any other type of code. [Read more…]

TPS Ep. 066 – The Status of Podcasts on the Zune Marketplace with Rob Greenlee

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The goal of this episode was simple. Find out what happened to Zune.net and podcasts on the Zune Marketplace.

To achieve this goal I went straight to the source. I talk to Rob Greenlee the Project Manager for podcasts on the Zune Marketplace.

If you listened to episode 065, you heard me say that links to Zune.net and your show page on the online catalog of podcasts on Zune were dead. [Read more…]

TPS Ep. 060 – Starting Your First Podcast: A First Time Podcaster’s Experience

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From blogger to podcaster, Jeff Yin shares his experience of starting his very first podcast.

Jeff attended Blogworld NYC 2012 as a blogger and quickly learned he’d make a great podcaster after attending several of the podcasting track sessions including Podcasting 101 which I was a part of. One month later, Jeff had taken some basic gear he already owned and started his first podcast, Entrepreneurs with Day Jobs.

Find out the process he took to starting his new show and how a small budget, a little advice and some informed choices led to the start of a great sounding podcast. [Read more…]

TPS Ep. 059 – Part Two – Audio Post Production for Podcasters with Joe Gilder

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We’re back in the Studio with Joe Gilder, audio engineer and Joe Gilder playing guitar podcaster, for part two in our discussion about audio post production for podcasters.

On this episode (part 2 of 2) Joe and I open up the audio editor and take a look at the effects we use when post processing our audio for podcasting. Specifically we take a look at:  [Read more…]

Appearance on BlogWorld TV

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Here’s my (video) appearance on BlogWorld TV with Jeffrey Powers aka Geekazine, in a segment called “5 Questions.” I’ll be speaking at BlogWorld NY June 5- 7th. Use promo code: PodRay10 to save 10% off a ticket.
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TPS Ep. 058 – Audio Post Production with Joe Gilder (part 1)

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There’s lots of training online for audio post production. However, most of the information is focused on mastering audio for music. As podcaster’s our main post production concerns involve techniques related to mastering for voice only. Joe Gilder is an audio engineer who masters music for a living however Joe Gilder playing guitar  he’s also a podcaster. So I brought Joe inside The Podcasters’ Studio to talk about post processing as it applies to podcasting.

Joe runs a great site over at Home Studio Corner where he posts video tutorials and articles demonstrating many of the same effects that we use in podcast post produciton such as compression and EQ.

On this episode (part 1 of 2) Joe and I focus mostly on the things you need to do before you even open your audio editor of choice. Some of things we talk about are:

  • The subjective versus objective techniques for working with audio
  • Getting it right at the source – start with the best audio possible
  • How a cheap mixer might affect your sound
  • Obtaining a baseline sound you’d like to achieve by listening to your peers
  • Software (audio editors) and their importance

In part 2, Joe and I will dive deeper into the audio editor and talk a lot more about the actual effects that you’ll want to consider when post producing your audio.

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I’m speaking at Blogworld New York June 5 – 7, 2012.

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TPS Ep. 053 – Podcasting Controversies – Part 2 of my Interview with Dave Jackson

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We continue where we left off talking to Dave Jackson from the School of Podcasting.

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On this episode Dave and I chat about podcasting software and how using old gear can be just as effective as buying brand new. I ask Dave what he thinks about having to have the “radio voice” sound for your podcast and how he defines success when it comes to his shows.

We touch on ideas about investing in your show and how to produce a podcast on a budget. Dave gives us some great insight about some of his attempts to monetize his podcasts and opens up the pages of his podcasting ebook to share some tips.

We wrap up by approaching some of the more controversial podcasting topics such as people who say “podcasting is dead.” And you hear why I might agree. Listen in for some great conversation about all things podcasting as I wrap up my interview with Dave.

Links mentioned on this episode

School of Podcasting

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TPS Ep. 043 – Royalty Free Music and Using Your Basic Web Hosting Plan to Deliver Your Podcast

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On this episode I debut my new show intro and talk about how my new podcast music can affect your show’s production value.

I also introduce a few new elements to the show’s introduction including an episode number and a tag-line. Learn how you can improve on your show intro and opening from a great post by Daniel over at The Audacity to Podcast.

I was recently interviewed on Ryan’s Top Shelf about my podcasting story and experience. You can listen to the his new show where he interviews other podcasters and asks them ten core questions related to their own podcasting experience. Check out episode 004 to listen to the questions that Ryan asked during my interview.

In an ever increasing attempt to keep your show evolving and improving, I introduce you to the idea of purchasing your own show music. There are many ways to get music for your podcast including Creative Commons, Garageband, having original music produced for you, etc. I talk about how purchasing affordable Royalty Free music can take your show to the next level.

Finally I talk about whether or not it’s a good idea to use your basic web hosting (typically what you use to host your website) service to host and deliver your podcast. I wrote up an entire blog post including conversations I had with two separate hosts in an attempt answer this question once and for all.

Links mentioned in this episode:
TAP30 – Show Introductions and Openings
Ryan’s Top Shelf Interview with Ray
Shockwave-sound.com (Royalty Free Music)
Neosounds.com (Royalty Free Music)
Bluehost Web Hosting
Lunarpages Web Hosting
Ray’s Blog Post Regarding Podcast Hosting on Basic Web Hosting Plans
Libsyn (Podcast hosting) Get your first month free using promo code: PodcastHelper

Additional resources
Danosongs.com (Royalty free music)

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