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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Soundation Adds Audio Recording and Editing to G+ Hangouts and Hangouts On-Air

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UPDATE: Soundation is limited to a ten minute record time which essentially makes this unusable for podcasting. I’m talking with the devs to see if there is a solution moving forward for podcasters. Stay tuned.

Soundation is a new Add-on for Hangouts and Hangouts On-Air that lets you record audio inside a Hangout. Why is that so cool? Cause you can produce a high quality podcast with separate channels of audio for post production all inside the wonderful UI of Hangouts/HOA.soundation

It’s essentially an easy system for doing double-ender recordings with anyone in a Hangout!

BOTTOM LINE: This workflow is not for the average podcaster but for those who are trying to get the top quality productions, G+ now gives you the ability to produce a high quality, fully featured podcast (720p video, .wav audio, all live-streamed) wow.

I might sound a little more excited than reasonable but that’s because this is something I’ve been wanting to see for awhile now; so much so that I almost had it created on my own. I’m excited someone built it and built it well.

Here’s my walkthrough video showing how I will use this for the production of one of my shows, Podcasters’ Roundtable.

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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…]

TPS Ep. 051 – Back to Podcasting Basics (Part 2 of 2)

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[See Part 1 First] Continuing where I left off in part one of this two part series, I wrap things up with a discussion about the remaining basic pieces you’ll need to start a successful podcast. I’m defining a successful podcast here as a podcast that starts off with all the core elements in place so that you don’t have to go back and fix the foundation of your show in the future. Often times, mistakes are made when setting up a podcast (understandably due to excitement and the rush to get started) that will often require an entire rework of the core elements of your podcast. [Read more…]

TPS Ep. 039 – Audio Editors, Virtual Cart Machines, and Using Analytics to Track Success

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Adobe Audition is now out for the Mac. Find out what I like about it, what I think you could use as an alternative and the effects I use when using Audition to process my audio.

Also discussed on this episode are virtual cart machines (soundbyte, pod producer, etc). These apps and programs allow you to bring other audio clips into your podcast recordings by easily organizing them into a push button display. Easily bring in intros, outros, sound effects and any other audio clips you want to load into the software.

I discuss the advantage to using the new “like” button for facebook and how using Google Analytics to set “funnels” can help you to achieve your desired conversion goals for on your website.

Also find out why I think you can stand to profit by giving away all of your knowledge and content for free! The more content you produce and publish in your niche, the more you establish yourself as an expert in your field. The best way to achieve this status is by making sure anyone and everyone interested in your content can consume it. By giving it away for free you are not only inviting everyone to view it, you are drawing people to your expertise and opening up the possibility for anyone to hire you or pay for other products you sell surrounding your content.

download this episode (46 min|mp3|44.5 mb)

Links mentioned in this episode:
Adobe Audition for the mac beta – free (until the beta is over).
Facebook Social Plugins – for installing a facebook like button plugin on your wordpress site
ID3 editor – for putting metadata into your mp3 files
Google Analytics – for website statistics
PodcastHelper (Ray) on facebook
sound byte for ipad – for inserting audio clips into your podcast recordings

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