Anime Podcasting for Beginners

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Got something to say about anime or manga? Podcasts are a great way to let your voice be heard. Learn how to produce and distribute your very own anime or manga podcast on a shoestring budget.

This panel was given at Anime Expo 2010.

For full show notes, including links to the products and services mentioned, go to http://otakunopodcast.com/podcasting/

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  • Saw this on ANN. Made me nervous. This is my first panel. Will try not to cause anything to explode, but to be on the safe side, please look around and memorize the position of all emergency exits...
  • The Wikipedia definition


  • If this video isn’t playing for you, you can view it at:
    http://commoncraft.com/podcasting


  • You might think that you need some sort of fancy recording studio such as this.
  • The setup of Leo Laporte, the internet’s most prolific podcaster.


  • If you’re a gamer, or if you regularly voice chat with friends and family, then most likely you already have a computer and a chat headset. If so, then you’re all set!

  • The podcasting community as a whole, and the anime podcasting community in particular, are in need of (more than) a few good podcasters...
  • Let your voice be heard!
    We need more, diverse voices

  • You can explore fandubs, voice acting


  • You’ll need a computer of some sort. Almost any computer made within the last 5 years is more than capable of producing an audio podcast. If you plan on covering events (cons, etc.) a laptop might be a good thing to consider. PC or Mac, both work.
  • You’ll need a computer of some sort. Almost any computer made within the last 5 years is more than capable of producing an audio podcast. If you plan on covering events (cons, etc.) a laptop might be a good thing to consider. PC or Mac, both work.
  • You’ll need a computer of some sort. Almost any computer made within the last 5 years is more than capable of producing an audio podcast. If you plan on covering events (cons, etc.) a laptop might be a good thing to consider. PC or Mac, both work.
  • You’ll need a mic. USB mike are the easiest.
    Many shapes and sizes.
    Or a USB headset - gamer’s headset, video conferencing, ...

  • You’ll need a mic. USB mike are the easiest.
    Many shapes and sizes.
    Or a USB headset - gamer’s headset, video conferencing, ...

  • You’ll need a mic. USB mike are the easiest.
    Many shapes and sizes.
    Or a USB headset - gamer’s headset, video conferencing, ...

  • Don’t use speakers - they create feedback, ruin your recording
  • Still need a laptop to encode/upload/post

  • Still need a laptop to encode/upload/post

  • Still need a laptop to encode/upload/post




  • GarageBand - GREAT audio app, free on all Macs
    Audacity - very good cross platform audio app, Mac and Windows
    Levelator - levelate your sound (equalize - loud and soft noises)
    iTunes - encode mp3s and listen to your podcast
    Drop a Few My Way - Easy drag and drop mp3 encoding for Mac (requires itunes)
    LamedropXPd - easy drag and drop mp3 encoding for Windows

  • GarageBand - GREAT audio app, free on all Macs
    Audacity - very good cross platform audio app, Mac and Windows
    Levelator - levelate your sound (equalize - loud and soft noises)
    iTunes - encode mp3s and listen to your podcast
    Drop a Few My Way - Easy drag and drop mp3 encoding for Mac (requires itunes)
    LamedropXPd - easy drag and drop mp3 encoding for Windows

  • GarageBand - GREAT audio app, free on all Macs
    Audacity - very good cross platform audio app, Mac and Windows
    Levelator - levelate your sound (equalize - loud and soft noises)
    iTunes - encode mp3s and listen to your podcast
    Drop a Few My Way - Easy drag and drop mp3 encoding for Mac (requires itunes)
    LamedropXPd - easy drag and drop mp3 encoding for Windows

  • GarageBand - GREAT audio app, free on all Macs
    Audacity - very good cross platform audio app, Mac and Windows
    Levelator - levelate your sound (equalize - loud and soft noises)
    iTunes - encode mp3s and listen to your podcast
    Drop a Few My Way - Easy drag and drop mp3 encoding for Mac (requires itunes)
    LamedropXPd - easy drag and drop mp3 encoding for Windows

  • GarageBand - GREAT audio app, free on all Macs
    Audacity - very good cross platform audio app, Mac and Windows
    Levelator - levelate your sound (equalize - loud and soft noises)
    iTunes - encode mp3s and listen to your podcast
    Drop a Few My Way - Easy drag and drop mp3 encoding for Mac (requires itunes)
    LamedropXPd - easy drag and drop mp3 encoding for Windows

  • GarageBand - GREAT audio app, free on all Macs
    Audacity - very good cross platform audio app, Mac and Windows
    Levelator - levelate your sound (equalize - loud and soft noises)
    iTunes - encode mp3s and listen to your podcast
    Drop a Few My Way - Easy drag and drop mp3 encoding for Mac (requires itunes)
    LamedropXPd - easy drag and drop mp3 encoding for Windows

  • Skype - VOIP, used for remote hosts/interviews (will talk more about it later)
    Skype Call Recorder - Mac $20, Windows free
    Bias SoundSoap - about $100 - for fixing really bad audio

  • Skype - VOIP, used for remote hosts/interviews (will talk more about it later)
    Skype Call Recorder - Mac $20, Windows free
    Bias SoundSoap - about $100 - for fixing really bad audio

  • Skype - VOIP, used for remote hosts/interviews (will talk more about it later)
    Skype Call Recorder - Mac $20, Windows free
    Bias SoundSoap - about $100 - for fixing really bad audio

  • Skype - VOIP, used for remote hosts/interviews (will talk more about it later)
    Skype Call Recorder - Mac $20, Windows free
    Bias SoundSoap - about $100 - for fixing really bad audio

  • Even just a few years ago the free podcasting options were slim to nil, and were usually complex and weird. MUCH better now. PodBean is one of the best I’ve seen.
  • Even just a few years ago the free podcasting options were slim to nil, and were usually complex and weird. MUCH better now. PodBean is one of the best I’ve seen.
  • Even just a few years ago the free podcasting options were slim to nil, and were usually complex and weird. MUCH better now. PodBean is one of the best I’ve seen.
  • Even just a few years ago the free podcasting options were slim to nil, and were usually complex and weird. MUCH better now. PodBean is one of the best I’ve seen.
  • Even just a few years ago the free podcasting options were slim to nil, and were usually complex and weird. MUCH better now. PodBean is one of the best I’ve seen.
  • Even just a few years ago the free podcasting options were slim to nil, and were usually complex and weird. MUCH better now. PodBean is one of the best I’ve seen.


  • Hannibal from A-Team “I love it when a plan comes together”
























  • Small enclosed space - Minimize echos, etc.
    Typically for pro recording studios, it’s the most innermost room
    Sound booth - used during anime dubs
    Hellsing cosplayers have a distinct advantage here - they can podcast in their Coffins! ;-)
    How to do at home? Use the most innermost room (an inner bedroom etc.) Walk in closet = perfect. Some have even used their bathrooms, laundry rooms, etc.

  • Small enclosed space - Minimize echos, etc.
    Typically for pro recording studios, it’s the most innermost room
    Sound booth - used during anime dubs
    Hellsing cosplayers have a distinct advantage here - they can podcast in their Coffins! ;-)
    How to do at home? Use the most innermost room (an inner bedroom etc.) Walk in closet = perfect. Some have even used their bathrooms, laundry rooms, etc.

  • Eliminate hard surfaces for sound to echo off of - by covering them with soft things
    Auralex - That funky foam found on the wall of almost every recording studio (not spouse friendly)
    Cheaper alternative - hang curtains! (or towels, or blankets, or...)
    (even temporarily - use thumbtacks)
  • Eliminate hard surfaces for sound to echo off of - by covering them with soft things
    Auralex - That funky foam found on the wall of almost every recording studio (not spouse friendly)
    Cheaper alternative - hang curtains! (or towels, or blankets, or...)
    (even temporarily - use thumbtacks)
  • Plosives - P-popping
    Use a pop filter - usually only $10-20
    Or you can make one yourself out of a coat hanger/hose clamp and pantyhose
    (borrow them from wife/girlfriend - tell them you’re crossplaying!)

  • Plosives - P-popping
    Use a pop filter - usually only $10-20
    Or you can make one yourself out of a coat hanger/hose clamp and pantyhose
    (borrow them from wife/girlfriend - tell them you’re crossplaying!)

  • Plosives - P-popping
    Use a pop filter - usually only $10-20
    Or you can make one yourself out of a coat hanger/hose clamp and pantyhose
    (borrow them from wife/girlfriend - tell them you’re crossplaying!)

  • Plosives - P-popping
    Use a pop filter - usually only $10-20
    Or you can make one yourself out of a coat hanger/hose clamp and pantyhose
    (borrow them from wife/girlfriend - tell them you’re crossplaying!)













  • Best way - a mixer and multiple mics. Price has really come down but is still pricy and complex.
    Something that’s worked well for me is a good omnidirectional mike (the Snowball is great - with its omni setting). Has to be in a relatively quiet location tho.

  • Best way - a mixer and multiple mics. Price has really come down but is still pricy and complex.
    Something that’s worked well for me is a good omnidirectional mike (the Snowball is great - with its omni setting). Has to be in a relatively quiet location tho.

  • Skype - a podcaster’s best friend. 9 times out of 10, when a podcaster is doing a remote, he/she’s using Skype. Yes, even the pros (Leo, etc.) use Skype.
    Free computer-to-computer, requires both you + your victim to install Skype, exchange Skype id’s
    Two options if they are unable/unwilling:
    SkypeOut - $2.95/month, free unlimited calling in the US, very good rates overseas
    Requires you to call them. Be mindful of time zones!
    SkypeIn - $18 every 3 months. They call you. Usually a long distance number. If doing it with overseas guests, you might be getting calls at weird hours. But is excellent for a call-in line - Skype voicemail will take their message!

  • Skype - a podcaster’s best friend. 9 times out of 10, when a podcaster is doing a remote, he/she’s using Skype. Yes, even the pros (Leo, etc.) use Skype.
    Free computer-to-computer, requires both you + your victim to install Skype, exchange Skype id’s
    Two options if they are unable/unwilling:
    SkypeOut - $2.95/month, free unlimited calling in the US, very good rates overseas
    Requires you to call them. Be mindful of time zones!
    SkypeIn - $18 every 3 months. They call you. Usually a long distance number. If doing it with overseas guests, you might be getting calls at weird hours. But is excellent for a call-in line - Skype voicemail will take their message!

  • Skype - a podcaster’s best friend. 9 times out of 10, when a podcaster is doing a remote, he/she’s using Skype. Yes, even the pros (Leo, etc.) use Skype.
    Free computer-to-computer, requires both you + your victim to install Skype, exchange Skype id’s
    Two options if they are unable/unwilling:
    SkypeOut - $2.95/month, free unlimited calling in the US, very good rates overseas
    Requires you to call them. Be mindful of time zones!
    SkypeIn - $18 every 3 months. They call you. Usually a long distance number. If doing it with overseas guests, you might be getting calls at weird hours. But is excellent for a call-in line - Skype voicemail will take their message!

  • Skype - a podcaster’s best friend. 9 times out of 10, when a podcaster is doing a remote, he/she’s using Skype. Yes, even the pros (Leo, etc.) use Skype.
    Free computer-to-computer, requires both you + your victim to install Skype, exchange Skype id’s
    Two options if they are unable/unwilling:
    SkypeOut - $2.95/month, free unlimited calling in the US, very good rates overseas
    Requires you to call them. Be mindful of time zones!
    SkypeIn - $18 every 3 months. They call you. Usually a long distance number. If doing it with overseas guests, you might be getting calls at weird hours. But is excellent for a call-in line - Skype voicemail will take their message!

  • Skype - a podcaster’s best friend. 9 times out of 10, when a podcaster is doing a remote, he/she’s using Skype. Yes, even the pros (Leo, etc.) use Skype.
    Free computer-to-computer, requires both you + your victim to install Skype, exchange Skype id’s
    Two options if they are unable/unwilling:
    SkypeOut - $2.95/month, free unlimited calling in the US, very good rates overseas
    Requires you to call them. Be mindful of time zones!
    SkypeIn - $18 every 3 months. They call you. Usually a long distance number. If doing it with overseas guests, you might be getting calls at weird hours. But is excellent for a call-in line - Skype voicemail will take their message!

  • Supernode: turn off “launch Skype at startup”. also: https://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/twiki/view/CF/SkypeConfiguration#Disable_Supernode


  • Supernode: turn off “launch Skype at startup”. also: https://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/twiki/view/CF/SkypeConfiguration#Disable_Supernode


  • Supernode: turn off “launch Skype at startup”. also: https://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/twiki/view/CF/SkypeConfiguration#Disable_Supernode


  • Supernode: turn off “launch Skype at startup”. also: https://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/twiki/view/CF/SkypeConfiguration#Disable_Supernode


  • Supernode: turn off “launch Skype at startup”. also: https://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/twiki/view/CF/SkypeConfiguration#Disable_Supernode


  • Supernode: turn off “launch Skype at startup”. also: https://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/twiki/view/CF/SkypeConfiguration#Disable_Supernode














  • XXX FIX THIS TO USE THE NEW DRAG AND DROP METHOD















  • Podcast Your Passion - Be Passionate About Your Subject
  • Community - Form a community, let them do your work for you, but don’t abuse/neglect them. Tell the story of Allison and how she has to do almost no work now thanks to her listeners submissions.

  • Sound Matters - Good sound can be done cheaply/easily
  • Keep it fairly short. About 30 minutes to 1 hour.
    Any longer and people start nodding off.
    According to 2008 American Community Survey released by US Census, average daily commute to work is 25.5 minutes.
  • Be consistent - Audiences hate fly-by-night operations
    Doesn’t necessarily have to be weekly - Bi-weekly, monthly...
    But Be Consistent
    Tons of news/goings on in the anime community, so there’s no shortage of stuff to talk about
    If you have to take a break, warn your listeners, be kind and they will understand
  • Determination - Stick with it. You will podfade. There will be “that moment” that makes it all worthwhile for you.
  • The sky’s the limit - You can upgrade gear, there’s video, etc.
  • If you get serious about this there are two conferences you might be interested in: Blogworld and PodCamp
  • Spread the Word - Tell others about podcasting, even if you don’t start one yourself.
  • Even if you don’t intend to start a podcast yourself, please spread the word about podcasting -- to your anime friends as well as your non-anime friends! Load up iTunes on their computer, show them around the Podcast directory, and help them subscribe to a few podcasts that fit their interests. We need more listeners!
  • HAVE FUN!!!!




  • Anime Podcasting for Beginners

    1. 1. ANIME PODCASTING FOR BEGINNERS Presented by Donald Burr of Otaku no Podcast http://otakunopodcast.com/ email: dburr@borg-cube.com
    2. 2. WRITE THIS DOWN!!! http://otakunopodcast.com/podcasting/
    3. 3. WHAT IS A PODCAST? “A podcast is a series of digital media files (either audio or video) that are released episodically and downloaded through web syndication.”
    4. 4. WHAT IS A PODCAST? “TiVO for radio”
    5. 5. OH... JUST WATCH THE VIDEO!
    6. 6. The video is not included due to copyright restrictions. You may view it at the author’s website: http://commoncraft.com/podcasting
    7. 7. “BUT WAIT! THAT’S GOTTA BE PRETTY EXPENSIVE/COMPLEX/ HARD TO DO...”
    8. 8. NOPE! (you probably already have most, if not all, of what you need...)
    9. 9. SO WHY AM I GIVING THIS TALK?
    10. 10. WHAT YOU NEED
    11. 11. SOFTWARE
    12. 12. SOFTWARE
    13. 13. SOFTWARE
    14. 14. SOFTWARE
    15. 15. SOFTWARE
    16. 16. SOFTWARE
    17. 17. SOFTWARE
    18. 18. OPTIONAL BUT USEFUL
    19. 19. OPTIONAL BUT USEFUL
    20. 20. OPTIONAL BUT USEFUL
    21. 21. OPTIONAL BUT USEFUL
    22. 22. WEB HOSTING
    23. 23. WEB HOSTING 100 MB storage 5 GB/month bandwidth Easy web-based file upload Limited customizability Basic stats tracking
    24. 24. LET’S DO IT!
    25. 25. THE FOUR PHASES
    26. 26. PLANNING So what are you gonna say?
    27. 27. PLANNING
    28. 28. PLANNING Unscripted - “off the cuff” Spontaneous, fun May make you sound scatterbrained Could involve lots of editing Interviewees don’t like this
    29. 29. PLANNING
    30. 30. PLANNING Scripted Less chance of getting flustered Interviewees really like this! Requires some sort of prompting May make you sound flat, robotic Unless you’re a REALLY good actor/actress
    31. 31. PLANNING
    32. 32. PLANNING The Compromise - Outlining Keeps you on point while allowing for some spontaneity Can be memorized - no prompters/shuffling of papers Good compromise for interviews Talking points with room to improvise Needs some skill to properly pull it off
    33. 33. RECORDING
    34. 34. GOOD AUDIO IS KEY
    35. 35. ACOUSTICS
    36. 36. ACOUSTICS
    37. 37. ACOUSTICS
    38. 38. ACOUSTICS
    39. 39. ACOUSTICS
    40. 40. ACOUSTICS
    41. 41. PLOSIVES
    42. 42. PLOSIVES
    43. 43. PLOSIVES
    44. 44. PLOSIVES
    45. 45. PLOSIVES
    46. 46. RECORDING GOOD AUDIO
    47. 47. RECORDING GOOD AUDIO Record at night Eliminate as many distracting noises as possible Computer fans, heavy breathing, outside noises, change/jewelry Eliminate mouth “tackiness” Rinse with lukewarm water No sodas, juices, milk Don’t eat right before recording Use lip balm
    48. 48. SO SHUT UP AND RECORD ALREADY!!
    49. 49. SHARING THE FUN
    50. 50. PANEL DISCUSSIONS
    51. 51. PANEL DISCUSSIONS
    52. 52. PANEL DISCUSSIONS
    53. 53. REMOTE HOSTS/ INTERVIEWS
    54. 54. REMOTE HOSTS/ INTERVIEWS
    55. 55. REMOTE HOSTS/ INTERVIEWS $2.95/month (USA & Canada)
    56. 56. REMOTE HOSTS/ INTERVIEWS $2.95/month $18/3 months (USA & Canada) Long distance call
    57. 57. GETTING HIGH QUALITY SKYPE CALLS
    58. 58. GETTING HIGH QUALITY SKYPE CALLS Avoid WiFi Get a router with QoS Turn off “supernode” feature Avoid downloading, web browsing, email Upgrade to the latest version of Skype Stop your torrents!
    59. 59. EDITING
    60. 60. SETTING UP YOUR WEB HOST
    61. 61. PUBLISHING
    62. 62. FINAL THOUGHTS
    63. 63. WHERE TO GO FROM HERE
    64. 64. http://otakunopodcast.com/podcasting/
    65. 65. ANY QUESTIONS???
    66. 66. NOW GET OUT THERE AND PODCAST!! (And thanks for coming to my panel!)

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