What Mike and Mike Can Teach You About Mics

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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.

MP3 Bit Rates, File Size and Audio Quality

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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!

Audio vs File Compression, And Why You Need Both

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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.

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.

Can’t I Just Host My Podcast On iTunes?

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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.