I recently spoke on the topic of podcasting at Social Media Week D.C. (#SMWDC) and it presented some great opportunities to use gear that I don’t always use and speak to people face to face instead of from behind the mic. This of course led to some insights that are perfect for podcasters.
Public speaking introduces an added element of excitement, nervousness and adrenaline that you might also experience the first few times you sit down to a microphone to record your podcast. In each scenario it’s a good idea to remind yourself to slow down. Even after recording hundreds of podcasts episodes, I still find myself having to slow down when speaking in public.
When you slow down you give your mind a chance to catch up with your mouth. Talking too fast is often the reason we insert the “ums” and “ahs” in between our words. We just don’t give our brain the chance to think of the next word and so we insert anything in the empty space because we feel awkward leaving just silence. But as any parent knows, silence can be golden.
When you slow down you’ll use less placeholders, creating breathing room for yourself and your audience and you’ll also save lots of time in the editing process because spaces are easy to see, tighten up or get rid of because they display as flat waveforms (lines) in your editor.
I recorded the audio for this talk via wireless mics and the Zoom H4n. The H4n has some unique abilities that give it some advantages over recorders with less features such as the Roland and cheaper Zoom and Tascam models. Primarily the Zoom H4n lets you plug in professional microphones via two XLR inputs and record four track audio.
Recording separate tracks allowed me to use the Zoom’s on-board mics to capture the audience’s questions while separating my audio on it’s own track. This has huge advantages in quality and flexibility in post production.
Also discussed on this episode are the top five podcasting directories where I think you should submit your podcast first. See the blog post for more information but in order of appearance (according to my stats) the top five are:
Orlando sent in an mp3 file to the show to ask about my Mackie ProFX 12 mixer. He wanted to know if I was having an issue with USB connection. The answer is yes. It appears there is a known issue with this line of mixers that introduces some buzz via the USB on some models. My particulare mixer happens to suffer from this.
The mixer is a great mixer for the price and the features you get. However, if you are buying a mixer to record into your computer via USB I would consider another mixer as I have heard that this has been an issue for other ProFX owners.
But if you looking for a mixer with great pre-amps, insert channels, lots of inputs, real faders, two aux sends, etc, this is potentially a great buy and it’s working great in my studio. I don’t record into the computer and if I do I use the analog inputs to get audio into the computer for things like Google Hangouts, Skype, etc.
Links mentioned in this episode:
- Social Media Week DC talk – coming soon
- Cheap microphone windscreen
- Keynote for mac – OSX version of PowerPoint
- Gumroad – Easily sell digital products
- MailChimp – Free email newsletters
- Zoom H4n – Full featured digital audio recorder
- Roland R-05, Zoom H2
- Top 5 Podcast Directories – Where to submit your podcast first
- Screenflow – Screencasting software for the mac
- Camtasia – Screencasting software for Windows
- Final Cut Pro X – Professional video editing for mac
- Mackie ProFX 12 – My current mixer (2013)
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