I was watching Mike And Mike recently (with a guest host in this case, I think), and paying attention to the microphones they were using. At some point in watching them, I noticed how incredibly close they were to their mics so I snapped a couple of photos from my phone. There’s a few interesting things you can learn from watching these guys talk, to help you learn better mic position for yourself, among other things.
There’s not shortage of people and websites claiming that they have “the right equipment” for you to get started with your podcast. Even this blog has an equipment list. And there seems to be a constant clammor for more, all around the internet. I’ll make it simple for you, though: start with what you have, […]
In a previous blog post I talked about the need for both file and audio compression on your podcasts. At the end of that post, I linked out to an article from Scott Burton on audio compression, but did not have any information on MP3 file compression at the time. Well, I have all the MP3 file compression information, along with bit rates and my own judgement on audio quality vs file size now. And you might be surprised at the results! I know I was!
Bandwidth for streaming podcasts is expensive, and using it up with podcast audio that is too quiet, then too loud, then too quiet again is a giant waste of money. Fear not! Just toss in a little bit of compression and you can save money, conserve bandwidth, and please the ears of your listeners all at the same time. But… audio compression, or file compression? Wait, what’s the difference? I’m already exporting to .mp3 files, and they’re compressed, right? Yes, but that’s file compression. Audio compression is something entirely different, and is just as important. Knowing when you have enough compression of both kinds is also important, and knowing what they are and how they affect your podcast is critical.
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.
Do you think the quality of the microphone is going to make or break your podcast? If you do, I’d like to show you that it won’t. And if you already don’t, then why are you still obsessed with getting “the right mic”? Is it just another excuse to not start that podcast?
There seems to be an common misunderstanding about iTunes. Your subscribers find you through iTunes, right? So, isn’t that where you host your podcast? Sorry, but no – podcasts distribution doesn’t work like that. Instead of uploading podcast episodes directly to iTunes, it’s only a network for finding and subscribing to podcast RSS feeds. You still need your own host, bandwidth for streaming and RSS for your podcast.
Welcome to the new SignalLeaf blog! Consider this the obligatory “hello world!” blog post for the new blog: Signals And Leaves. Read on for a little bit of info on what SignalLeaf is, what it provides, and what I’ll be doing with the Signals And Leaves podcast and blog!