TPS084: USB Power and When Do You Need a Mix-Minus?

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You’ve decided you want to record Skype interviews or a remote co-host and you’ve heard about using a mix-minus setup. How do you know if this applies to your podcast?

On this episode I talk about how to know when you need a mix-minus as well how I’m using a new piece of gear to power my mobile podcasting rig without plugging into a wall or having to throw away batteries. Anker USB Battery

There are really only two scenarios where you’ll need to setup a mix-minus for your podcast. The first one is if you want to record Skype and have the person on the other side hear your primary microphone; the mic you are using to record your podcast. In this setup, you need a mix-minus because you have to send the Skype audio back to the person on Skype minus their audio to prevent a feedback loop (hearing their own voice back). The second is if you want to do “live to hard-drive” podcast production. [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…]

Audio compression tutorials

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I’ve spent hours culling through all the video tutorials I could find to help you get a better understanding of specific audio production concepts.

The videos on this page all deal with the concept of compression and help you understand how to go about using this effect in your audio editing. Underneath each video, I’ve described what, for me, was the primary takeaway from each video (i.e. what made me post it here).


William gives a great breakdown of the basics, explaining compression controls very clearly. His demo is on a drum track but you get a chance to really hear what he’s talking about.

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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.

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TPS Ep. 050 – Back to Podcasting Basics (Part 1 of 2)

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Learn the basics of podcasting from how to decide on a topic to choosing gear, software and hosting for your website and media.

You’ve decided you want to start your own podcast and now you need to know how to proceed. In this episode we go back to the beginning and walk you through the basic elements needed to create a podcast.Shure SM58 microphone

Your first step is to decide on a topic. Pick something you know well and love to talk about to no end. This will help to keep you motivated over the period of many episodes.

Are you going to produce an audio only show or a video podcast? In both cases you’ll need gear that allows you to capture, edit and compress your digital media into a podcast friendly format. The basic gear for an audio podcast is a microphone (I recommend a dynamic mic), a mixer and some headphones. I’ve made the basic assumption that you already have a computer.

For video, at a minimum, you’ll need a video camera and some editing software. However I highly recommend including an external microphone that plugs into your camera. Good audio, even in video podcasting, is as or more important than the image you are capturing.

Finally you’ll want to purchase some basic hosting for a website and your media files.

Make sure to listen to part two of the basics of podcasting (episode 52) where you’ll learn about creating a graphic identity that represent your show, creating a future proofed RSS feed for submitting across the web, and how to get your podcast listed in podcast directories such as iTunes.

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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. 021 – All About iTunes

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iTunes is one of the most important tools for a podcaster. Regardless of how you feel about Apple, the iTunes software and store is something that every podcaster should be familiar with inside and out.

On this episode I cover some of the basics of iTunes such as how to get your show listed in the iTunes directory (submitting your feed) and some of the reasons why this is the first place you want your show to be listed.

Also discussed are some more advanced topics such as how to have a better shot at getting your show featured within iTunes and how you can use iTunes as a tool for adding ID3 tags and converting file formats.

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Links Discussed in this episode:

iTunes podcast spec page: http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/specs.html

HTML code for creating your own clickable URL: <a href=”CLICKABLE URL”><img src=”IMAGE URL HERE” width=”435″ height=”75″ /></a>

TPS Ep. 020 – VIDEO Interview with Steve Cherubino (from Podcamp Philly ’09)

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Steve Cherubino interviewed at Podcamp Philly 2009 about his show the Podnutz Podcast.

Steve gives us a tip from his presentation on podcasting about how to dramitcailly increase the number of viewers for your podcast with one, easy to follow method.

Steve also shares his favorite piece of podcasting software.

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