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 – Free Video Converters

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There are any number of reasons why you might need to convert a video from one format to another. In the case of video podcasting perhaps you need to make your file compatible to work on Apple devices or you need to take your original file created specifically for iTunes and make it more compatible with any type of media player. These are just two of the reasons why a video converter can be an important piece of software in your podcast production tool box.

In many cases, because the web often deals in flash (flv) files, you may need to convert them to another format which works better for your particular needs. In this episode I give you a brief introduction to some of the free, cross platform (Windows and Mac) tools I use for converting video file formats.

Free video converters:
Any-Video-Converter
Miro video Converter
Handbrake
Mpeg Streamclip
Real Player
VLC Media Player/Converter

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TPS Ep. 048 – Audio Only Live Streaming Via Mixlr And Podcast Myths

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Have you ever wanted to live stream your podcast in an audio only player? Finally a solution that caters to audio only podcasters has arrived in the form of mixlr.com. A live streaming, audio only applicationavailable for both PC and Mac.

Live streaming your podcast as you record can be another great way to interact with your audience, allowing them to participate live in chat rooms with you and other audience members.

I have fielded many questions from people who were looking for an audio only live

streaming player to put on their site and now we finally have one. Mixlr.com offers podcasters a simple application that is easy to use, looks great and adds minimal work to your current podcast production setup. You simply point the mixlr app at your audio input source, check your levels and go live.

One of the most powerful features that mixlr brings is the ability to be used with iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, etc). Sites like Ustream.com and other live streaming services which are video based don’t work with iOS devices (the Ustream app only has a fraction of the content available on Ustream). This means that your show can now be live streamed via any device that can browse the web. You can now be in the car with your audience (live) offering your content which is often a much better choice than what’s on traditional radio.

Another great feature is the ability to embed the mixlr player right onto your Facebook Fan Page. Simply put the link to your mixlr page, for any live episode, into the link section and Facebook will embed the mixlr live streaming player right onto the page so that all your “fans” can listen right there on Facebook.

There are many great options that mixlr.com provides to the audio podcaster but the main one is simple, a service designed specifically for audio only and we’ve been waiting for that for a very long time. Browse over and get your account today (before all the good names are taken;)). And don’t forget to friend me when you get there.

Also on this episode I ask my twitter community to share some of their #PodcastMyths. We’ve all heard that “you need an iPod to podcast” or “you can’t get good audio from a USB mic.” These are myths that continue to float around the podcasting community and so we had a little fun and listed some of the most common myths we’re still hearing today and I tell you why they are indeed #PodcastMyths.

Tweet your own podcasting myths to @PodcastHelper and use the hashtag #PodcastMyth.

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PQT – Powerpress 2.0 and HTML5

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With the recent update of the Powerpress plugin for WordPress, your podcast can now be HTML5 and Apple device friendly.

HTML5 player for non-flash devices

This is an important point because of the iPhone’s dominate spot in the mobile market and the rise of the iPad as the primary tablet device of choice (at the time of this post). This translates into many people viewing your podcast on idevices and in order for them to play your episode via a player on your site, it needs to be an HTML5 player.

Powerpress 2.0 now allows you to embed an HTML5 player along with many new features.

To see how I am currently setting up my Powerpress plugin, see the images I posted at the end of this blog post:

Powerpress 2.0 and HTML5

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Powerpress 2.0 and HTML5

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The Powerpress plugin for WordPress was updated a few days ago. This plugin does much more than you need it to and can be used in many different ways.

One of it’s most exciting new features is the ability to place an html5 player on your site, essentially making your podcast non-flash or Apple friendly. [Read more…]

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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