TPS091: Gain Staging Any Mixer

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Setting up a mixer can be a difficult task. Even on the smallest mixers there are numerous buttons and knobs that all affect the audio you put into it. Knowing exactly which knobs to turn and when can be confusing at best and can wreck your audio at worst. In this episode I talk about how to gain stage (setup your microphone for proper audio levels) any mixer you might use as a podcaster.

Because beginning podcasters often start with a very limited budget, we tend to purchase mixers that don’t feature all the tools that some higher end mixers have such as PFL/Solo buttons for easier gain staging of your microphones. But even the cheapest mixers have the minimum controls to setup your levels properly. I talk about how to use both a channel’s peak light and/or the main mix meters to get your mixer operating a level that the manufacture intended it to be used at.


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TPS Ep. 063 – Libsyn Updates and Insights into iTunes, Podcast Stats and Hosting.

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Rob Walch from Wizzard Media and Libsyn.com joins us once again to talk about all the recent improvements to podcast hosting on Libsyn.

Even if you don’t have a Libsyn account or don’t plan to have one anytime soon, you’ll still want to listen as Rob provides many great insights into iTunes, podcasting statistics, hosting and more.

The most recent upgrades to Libsyn include improved stats, an HTML 5 player, and On-Publish which allows you to easily cross post your podcast episodes across your favorite social networks and media platforms. [Read more…]

PQT – Edit Facebook Audio Player Information

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When you insert a link to a hosted audio file into Facebook’s link section above the status box, Facebook will automatically create an audio player.

box to insert an audio link on facebookBelow this audio player is a couple areas of information about any particular audio file you link to. They don’t make it obvious that you can actually edit the information that is contained in these fields (title, artist, album) but it’s an easy process once you know how.

Once your file is linked, you see that the fields display “unknown artist” and “unknown album.”box with information inserted

Simply place your mouse over each section and the field to be edited will be highlighted. Click and place whatever text you like into this section. It’s that simple. This also applies for the title of the file seen in bold lettering.

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PQT – Statistics and Analytics for Your Podcast and Website

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Resources for tracking statistics for your podcast and website.

By using some simple resources, you can get a clear picture regarding how many people are listening to your podcast as well visiting your website.

File hosts such as Libsyn, Blubrry, and Blip.tv all keep statistics about the number of people downloading your show as well as the applications they are using to do it (iTunes, Web, apps, etc) and where they are coming from (geo-location).

Other sites such as Facebook, give you deep “insights” into the demographics of your audience within Facebook. And installing Google Analytics on your webpage will further your understanding about how people are using your website.

Finally, Woopra allows you to see visitors to your website in real-time. When can watch the activity taking place on your website at any given time, tracking things like how some navigates your site and how they got there in the first place.

Consider integrating some of these tools into your podcast. Knowing more about your audience is not only fun and rewarding (we all love to know someone is listening) but very useful for growing your show.

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Google Analytics (track statistics for your website)
Woopra (watch visitors to your site in real-time)

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RSS Graffiti Says “By: Unavailable”

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RSS Graffiti is an application for Facebook that allows you to auto-post your RSS feed content to your Facebook Wall. If you have a podcast and a Facebook Fan Page or you just want your podcast to be automatically  posted to your Facebook profilewhen a new episode is published in your RSS feed, then RSS Graffiti is the application you want to use. RSS Graffiti is able to do this because it takes the information in your RSS feed and post anything new to Facebook. You can control how often RSS Graffiti checks your feed for new content and how it displays the information in your RSS feed once it’s posted to Facebook.

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TPS Ep. 041 – Autopost Your Podcast to Facebook, Archiving Content and Hardware Versus Software FX Processors

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On this episode I talk about how to post your podcast feed to facebook automatically including an audio player and how to keep your podcast alive after you stop producing it and paying for hosting.

I also discuss the differences between using a hardware versus software based compressor/limiter/gate. This is a non-essential piece of equipment and all of it’sprocesses can be handled in post production, however there are some benefits to using a real one.
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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.

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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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PQT – A Powerful Facebook Strategy for Gaining More Listeners

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Find out about a powerful facebook strategy I use to potentially gain a large increase in the amount of people listening and subscribing to your podcast.
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TPS Ep. 032 – Sponsor Your Own Podcast

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On this episode I talk about progress made in my experiments with html5 for audio and video, thoughts about sponsoring your own podcast, and new ideas about how to market your show with the intent of growing your audience.

We also have listener feedback sent in by Jerry of My Amateur Radio.com and Steve from Waves of Tech.com, who called in with their thoughts about TPS Ep. 31 where I asked podcasters their thoughts on apologizing to their audience.

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Links mentioned in this episode:
Apple Podcast Spec. Page

Apple’s Develepor Site with Html5 Code for Audio and Video

Degradable html5 Plugin for WordPress

Miro Video Converter

7 Most Useful HTML5 Video Integrating Tools

New Media Minute Podcast by Daisy Whitney

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