PQT – Speaker Test Your Podcast

Listening to your podcast while you edit with headphones on might lead you to think your audio is just right. That everything sounds perfect. But what about the most important listener…your audience?

Make sure the audio you’re publishing sounds as good to your audience as it does to you. Take your podcast for a trial run on as many speakers you can find. Play your podcast in your car where a large number of people are listening on their commute. Can you hear it clearly over the traffic and other sounds inherent to driving?

Try your podcast on cheap earbuds that came with your mp3 player as well as the speakers on your computer, TV, and phone.

Testing your audio in as many places as possible will give you a good gauge of how your audience hears your podcast. Make sure what you’re publishing can actually be heard most places it might be played and you’ll keep your listeners coming back for more.

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About Ray Ortega

Host of The Podcasters' Studio and Podcasters' Roundtable. Podcasting is my full time job, co-producing for a large non-profit network of podcasts. In my spare time I enjoy sharing my experience and helping others produce high quality podcasts.

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  1. nonniequiltingdreams@gmail.com

    I have a friend who records her podcast as MP4 files. Sound okay on the computer when I listened to her; but when I burned it to disc to play in the car as I drove north on a trip…. SHE SOUNDED LIKE A CHIP MUNK… funny but I had to stop listening after awhile cause it was to hard to listen to.

    Nonnie

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    • MP4 is a video format. That's not the root of her problem but it certainly doesn't make sense as an audio only format. The chipmunk sound is because it is encoded wrong. The sample rate needs to be 22.500 or 44.100 or else some players create the chipmunk sound. Or the audio inserted into the editor didn't match the sound settings. I'm not sure how this works with putting it on a cd but I suspect that's where the problem was.

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