Before You Record, You Need To Know Your Audience

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Knowing your audience is an important part of anything you do in public: blogging, speaking, training sessions, and podcasting. If you don’t know your audience, you may not be making the emotional and intellectual connections that you need for growing and retaining your podcast and it’s audience.   Why Do You Need To Know Them? Like […]

How to Remove Background Noise With Audacity

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Noise from ventilation systems, cars driving down the street, keeping yourself warm with a heater or even the hum of flourescent lighting – these are all sources of background noise that can make or break your audio quality. Having a constant hum or buzz in the background can be very distracting and cause people to turn away from your podcast. Fortunately, the Audacity audio editing app can help you get rid of the noise in a few… not quite so straight forward steps. Not to worry, though – while the 2 step process may be a little bit odd when you first see it, it is not difficult to understand or accomplish.

Episode 5 With Rob Conery: Don’t Suck

In this episode of the Signals & Leaves podcast, I have the pleasure of interviewing Rob Conery – a well known software developer, blogger, screencaster and podcaster. Rob has an amazing ability to create compelling stories out of interviews and additional information that he gathers while researching a subject. He has a knack for finding what he calls “the truth” in an interview – that deep down part of the story where the person talking is lost in thought, expressing their inner-most sense of themselves in whatever they are talking about. And I was lucky enough to get Rob to share how he approaches story tellign in podcast, how he digs further for the truth of the story, and how he puts it all together to create something wonderful.

Episode 4 With Craig McKeachie

Craig is starting up a new podcast on front-end web development and is going through all the usual steps of getting started, getting episodes recorded and getting them published. This episode was recorded live at CodeMash 2014 in a room that was full of noise from ventilation and other environmental things. I used Audacity to clean up the noise, which worked surprisingly well. There is some noise leftover during louder portions of the audio, though.

Episode 3: Tips On Podcast With Podcaster, John Sonmez

In this episode, I have the pleasure of interview my friend and fellow podcaster, John Sonmez from SimpleProgrammer.com. We talk about his podcast at GetupAndCode.com – a podcast that combines fitness and programming – and dig in to his lessons learned, success and failures in podcasting. It’s a great episode full of useful tips for those that are just starting as well as those that have already started to get on a roll with a podcast.