Recording Skype with No Mixer or Software

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Recording a Skype interview can be a tricky process. There are “easy” ways to do this with software like Audio Hijack Pro for Mac and Pamela for Windows but they can still be hard to setup and of course anytime you’re using software you are at risk of it crashing and losing the entire interview. My other complaint about using software is that it’s not as easy to monitor the audio that you are recording to ensure that everything sounds right throughout the recording.

Here’s a very specific setup that while it uses a particular piece gear (ATR2100 or AT2005)* it gives you lots of flexibility with the final audio file(s) as well as a more reliable system for capturing your Skype interviews and achieving latency free monitoring.

In the video I say that you have to have an ATR2100 style microphone. For this exact setup that is true however you can achieve a Skype recording with your audio recorder with any XLR connected microphone (see section below).

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Best Podcasting Directories – Where to Submit Your Podcast

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Whether you just started a new podcast or are looking to grow your audience, being in the best podcasting directories will make your show more visible to potential viewers.

Where to Submit Your Podcast [Infographic]

Ranked in the order of where my shows are seeing the largest audiences, below is a list of the best podcast directories (a.k.a. podcatchers) to submit your RSS feed. itunes

iTunes – Still the number one place podcasts are found. iTunes is the first place you should submit your podcast. Watch this video on how to submit your show to the iTunes store.

Stitcher – A mobile podcast app, Stitcher is on the rise with lots of podcasts being consumed by its users. They’re also leading the charge to get podcasts into the car (their app now works natively inside some BMW’s).

Google Play Music – While not currently available to podcast listeners, podcast producers can submit their RSS feeds now. With native support for Android devices and hopefully some strong marketing by Google, this directory is likely to become the most popular place to find podcasts behind iTunes.

Miro – The open-source podcatcher. Available for users on most major operating systems (Mac, Windows, Linux).

TuneIn – A blend of terrestrial radio, music and podcasts, TuneIn Radio provides users with a wealth of audio content.

Submitting here will also make your podcast available on the Amazon Echo.

Submitting your show to all of these directories will grow your podcast by making it available to more people searching for content they enjoy at the place they are already consuming podcasts.

Get more details on how to submit your podcast to the above directories.

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…]

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. 016 – Podcast Freebies, Skype Tune Up, Mic Review, and Much More

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This episode of The Podcasters Studio takes a look at a variety of podcasting options such as how to record Skype calls for free (if you’re on a mac), how to make your Skype better suited for recording interviews, a great review by Neil aka @GeekwithGlasses covering the Audio Technica ATR3350 wired lavalier mic for video cameras, a great way to make easy money from your show, and much more! SkypeandGaragebandGraphic

Below are the links to all the items talked about in this episode.

Podsafe Music Network Artists featured on this episode of The Podcasters Studio. (listed in order of appearance)

  • Al Phlipp & The Woo Team – A man Reborn (open)creative_commons
  • Adam Woodall Band – Runaway (intro)
  • Bodybag – Tears Garden (featured as a transition)
  • cshc – e-cock (transition)
  • Aron Bass – lma (transition)
  • Anonymous American – Sleep Tight (outro)

All artists and songs are made available via Creative Commons License at www.MusicAlley.com

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