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An Introduction to
Podcasting Hammers Hardware
DC Podfest – Tech Talk
November 10, 2018
Podcasting Gear 101
WELCOME TO PODCASTING
WELCOME TO PODCASTING
WELCOME TO PODCASTING
YOU ARE
HERE GOAL!
#1 – Podcasting Gear Principles
#2 – Parts and Pieces
#3 – Situational Podcasting
PODCASTING GEAR 101
Talk Topics
#1 – PODCASTING GEAR PRINCIPLES
#1 – Podcasting Gear Principles
#1 – PODCASTING GEAR PRINCIPLES
“If all you have is a hammer,
everything looks like a nail.”
-- Abraham Maslow
#1 – PODCASTING GEAR PRINCIPLES
The 5 Principles of Podcasting Gear
• Podcasting Gear is a set of audio hardware component...
#2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES
#2 – Parts and Pieces
Basic Recording Setup
• Computer
• Microphone
• Headphones
• Recording Software
• Internet Connection
#2 – PODCASTING PART...
Basic Recording Setup
Laptop
Media Host
#2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES
Microphone
Headphones
USB Equipment Cabling
#2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES
USB Standard USB Mini
Music Microphones
• Condenser Microphones
• Great for Musicians/Singers
• Difficult to edit out sounds
• Usually need powe...
Podcasting Microphones
• Dynamic/Cardioid Mics
• Made for Radio/Podcasting
• Good at removing room noise
• Usually does no...
Dynamic/Cardioid
– Audio Technica
ATR2100 USB
– Heil PR-40
Condenser
– Blue Snowball
– Blue Yeti
#2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND...
Recording Software
• Record Your Voice
• Adobe Audition ($49/mo.)
• Hindenburg ($95/copy)
• Audacity (Free + Plugins)
• Ga...
Advanced Recording Setup
DAW (digital audio workstation)
• Computer
• Audio Recording Software
• Audio Mixer
• XLR Microph...
Advanced Recording Setups
Microphone #1
Laptop
Media Host
Headphones
Audio Mixer
Smartphone
#2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIEC...
XLR Equipment Cabling
#2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES
TS/TRS Equipment Cabling
#2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES
Mono Signal (L)Stereo Signal (L/R)
Two Mono Combining
to form a ...
Intro to Audio Mixers
Mixing Board, Mixing Desk,
Mixing Console, or Sound Board
• Multiple Microphones
• Multiple Devices
...
External Devices into Mixer
• Connect Smartphone,
Tablet, or player
• Skype call directly into
mixer
• Live show and sound...
#2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES
Other Audio Setups
• Compressor/Limiter/Gate ($$$)
Optimize your workflow
• Studio Monito...
Recording on the Road
• No computer needed
• Mixed audio results
• Raw Audio Files
• Background noise
• Minimal Editing
#2...
Mobile Recording Setup
Microphone #1
Laptop
Media Host
Headphones
Mobile Recorder
Smartphone
#2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIE...
Mobile as Recorders
• Mobile Phone ($$$)
Onboard Microphone
• Extending Mobile Phones
Add-on Mics
• Sound Quality
• Backgr...
Field Recorders
• Hand-held recorders ($$-$$$)
Portable Mini-Studios
• Creates multitrack files
Downloadable WAV/MP3
• Com...
Recording Online
• Call Recorders
• Double-Header Recording
• Your Own Phone
• Take Calls or Add Hosts
• YouTube Live Show...
#3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING
#3 – Situational Podcasting
#1 – PODCASTING GEAR PRINCIPLES
“A person with a new idea
is a crank until the idea succeeds.”
-- Mark Twain
PODCAST GEAR RODEO
What equipment do I need
to record my podcast?
PODCAST GEAR RODEO
What do I need to work
on my bike?
PODCAST GEAR RODEO
Well… what kind of bike is it?
PODCAST GEAR RODEO
Or is what you call a bike not what I call a bike?
Level.01 – Beginner
#3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING
– Characters on “Last Man Standing” producing a podcast with everything you need. (Source: ABC)
Level.02 – Novice
#3 – SIT...
– Marc Marion interviews the POTUS on his podcast “WTF with Marc Marion”. (Source: LATimes.com)
Level.03 – Professional
#3...
– NPR podcast training and production room. (Source: npr.org)
Level.04 – Production Studio
#3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING
#3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING
Each Podcast Show Requirements are Different
• Type of Show
• Number of Hosts
• Recording Loca...
#3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING
What equipment best serves
my podcasting situation?
#3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING
Example #1
1 x Host
1 x Studio
Microphone
Headphones
Laptop
USB Cables
Audio Cables
#3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING
Example #1
1 x Host
1 x Studio
Microphone
Headphones
Laptop
2nd
Microphones
2nd
HeadphoneAdd a...
#3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING
Example #2
2 x Hosts
1 x Studio
Laptop XLR Cables
Audio Cables
2x Microphones
2x Headphone
Mix...
#3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING
Example #2
2 x Hosts
1 x Studio
Laptop XLR Cables
Audio Cables
Mixer
3rd
Microphones
3rd
Headp...
#3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING
Example #3
2 x Hosts
1 x Studio
Laptop XLR Cables
Audio Cables
Mixer
2x Microphones
2x Headpho...
#3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING
Example #3
2 x Hosts
1 x Studio
Laptop XLR Cables
Audio Cables
Mixer
2x Microphones
2x Headpho...
#3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING
How crazy can this podcasting
gear thing get?
MOBILE PODCASTER GEAR
1 x Host/1 x Guest
1 x Mobile Location
#3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING
Multi-Host/Multi-Guest
Multi-Studios
#3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING
Types of Shows
1 x Host
1 x Mobile
2 x Hosts
2 x Remote Studios
1 x Host/1 x Guest
2 x Remote ...
#3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING
Types of Shows
4+ Hosts/Actors
1 x Pro Studio
1 x Host/1 x Guest
1 x Mobile Location
1 x Host/...
#3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING
The 5 ADDITIONAL Principles of Podcasting Gear
• Test, test, test… then test some more.
• YOU ...
PODCASTING GEAR 101
So… what podcasting gear
do you NEED
to start YOUR podcast?
VAPODA Meetup -- http://vapoda.org
First Monday – Every Month
Germanna Community College
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Virginia...
THANK YOU
Kyle Bondo
Gagglepod.com
kyle@gagglepod.com
Vapoda.org
kyle@vapoda.org
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Does podcasting technology make podcasting look hard? Face your podcasting gear fears head-on with a tech talk designed to show you what you need to to get started as a podcaster. Join Kyle Bondo in learning the principles behind choosing the right podcasting gear, understand the parts and pieces that podcasters use, and learn why Situational Podcasting is the secret to knowing what to buy and when.

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DC Podfest Tech Talk: Podcasting Gear 101

  1. 1. An Introduction to Podcasting Hammers Hardware DC Podfest – Tech Talk November 10, 2018 Podcasting Gear 101
  2. 2. WELCOME TO PODCASTING
  3. 3. WELCOME TO PODCASTING
  4. 4. WELCOME TO PODCASTING YOU ARE HERE GOAL!
  5. 5. #1 – Podcasting Gear Principles #2 – Parts and Pieces #3 – Situational Podcasting PODCASTING GEAR 101 Talk Topics
  6. 6. #1 – PODCASTING GEAR PRINCIPLES #1 – Podcasting Gear Principles
  7. 7. #1 – PODCASTING GEAR PRINCIPLES “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” -- Abraham Maslow
  8. 8. #1 – PODCASTING GEAR PRINCIPLES The 5 Principles of Podcasting Gear • Podcasting Gear is a set of audio hardware components. • All audio hardware components are tools. • Not all tools are created equal. • No all Podcaster set of tools are the same. • Tool popularity is influenced  marketing over usefulness.
  9. 9. #2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES #2 – Parts and Pieces
  10. 10. Basic Recording Setup • Computer • Microphone • Headphones • Recording Software • Internet Connection #2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES
  11. 11. Basic Recording Setup Laptop Media Host #2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES Microphone Headphones
  12. 12. USB Equipment Cabling #2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES USB Standard USB Mini
  13. 13. Music Microphones • Condenser Microphones • Great for Musicians/Singers • Difficult to edit out sounds • Usually need power • Shotgun and Lavalier Mics #2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES – Blue Snowball – Blue Yeti
  14. 14. Podcasting Microphones • Dynamic/Cardioid Mics • Made for Radio/Podcasting • Good at removing room noise • Usually does not require power • Need to get close to record – Audio Technica ATR2100 USB ($65) – Heil Sound PR-40 ($330) #2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES
  15. 15. Dynamic/Cardioid – Audio Technica ATR2100 USB – Heil PR-40 Condenser – Blue Snowball – Blue Yeti #2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES
  16. 16. Recording Software • Record Your Voice • Adobe Audition ($49/mo.) • Hindenburg ($95/copy) • Audacity (Free + Plugins) • Garage Band ($5) #2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES
  17. 17. Advanced Recording Setup DAW (digital audio workstation) • Computer • Audio Recording Software • Audio Mixer • XLR Microphone(s) • Pop-Filters and Stands • Headphones • External Devices • Studio Environment #2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES
  18. 18. Advanced Recording Setups Microphone #1 Laptop Media Host Headphones Audio Mixer Smartphone #2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES Microphone #2
  19. 19. XLR Equipment Cabling #2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES
  20. 20. TS/TRS Equipment Cabling #2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES Mono Signal (L)Stereo Signal (L/R) Two Mono Combining to form a stereo TRS
  21. 21. Intro to Audio Mixers Mixing Board, Mixing Desk, Mixing Console, or Sound Board • Multiple Microphones • Multiple Devices • Built for growth ($$-$$$) Channels • Complex Setup Cabling and Use #2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES
  22. 22. External Devices into Mixer • Connect Smartphone, Tablet, or player • Skype call directly into mixer • Live show and sound effects #2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES
  23. 23. #2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES Other Audio Setups • Compressor/Limiter/Gate ($$$) Optimize your workflow • Studio Monitor Speakers Listen without Headphones • Axillary Recorders Backup Recording
  24. 24. Recording on the Road • No computer needed • Mixed audio results • Raw Audio Files • Background noise • Minimal Editing #2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES
  25. 25. Mobile Recording Setup Microphone #1 Laptop Media Host Headphones Mobile Recorder Smartphone #2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES Microphone #2
  26. 26. Mobile as Recorders • Mobile Phone ($$$) Onboard Microphone • Extending Mobile Phones Add-on Mics • Sound Quality • Background Sounds M#2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES
  27. 27. Field Recorders • Hand-held recorders ($$-$$$) Portable Mini-Studios • Creates multitrack files Downloadable WAV/MP3 • Complex Setup Configuration and Use #2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES
  28. 28. Recording Online • Call Recorders • Double-Header Recording • Your Own Phone • Take Calls or Add Hosts • YouTube Live Shows #2 – PODCASTING PARTS AND PIECES
  29. 29. #3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING #3 – Situational Podcasting
  30. 30. #1 – PODCASTING GEAR PRINCIPLES “A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.” -- Mark Twain
  31. 31. PODCAST GEAR RODEO What equipment do I need to record my podcast?
  32. 32. PODCAST GEAR RODEO What do I need to work on my bike?
  33. 33. PODCAST GEAR RODEO Well… what kind of bike is it?
  34. 34. PODCAST GEAR RODEO Or is what you call a bike not what I call a bike?
  35. 35. Level.01 – Beginner #3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING
  36. 36. – Characters on “Last Man Standing” producing a podcast with everything you need. (Source: ABC) Level.02 – Novice #3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING
  37. 37. – Marc Marion interviews the POTUS on his podcast “WTF with Marc Marion”. (Source: LATimes.com) Level.03 – Professional #3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING
  38. 38. – NPR podcast training and production room. (Source: npr.org) Level.04 – Production Studio #3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING
  39. 39. #3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING Each Podcast Show Requirements are Different • Type of Show • Number of Hosts • Recording Locations • Show Budget • Technical Skill
  40. 40. #3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING What equipment best serves my podcasting situation?
  41. 41. #3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING Example #1 1 x Host 1 x Studio Microphone Headphones Laptop USB Cables Audio Cables
  42. 42. #3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING Example #1 1 x Host 1 x Studio Microphone Headphones Laptop 2nd Microphones 2nd HeadphoneAdd a Guest In Studio/Online Headphone Splitter Skype AccountUSB Port Hub USB Cables Audio Cables
  43. 43. #3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING Example #2 2 x Hosts 1 x Studio Laptop XLR Cables Audio Cables 2x Microphones 2x Headphone Mixer
  44. 44. #3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING Example #2 2 x Hosts 1 x Studio Laptop XLR Cables Audio Cables Mixer 3rd Microphones 3rd HeadphoneAdd a Guest In Studio/Online Headphone Amp Skype Account 2x Microphones 2x Headphone
  45. 45. #3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING Example #3 2 x Hosts 1 x Studio Laptop XLR Cables Audio Cables Mixer 2x Microphones 2x Headphone
  46. 46. #3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING Example #3 2 x Hosts 1 x Studio Laptop XLR Cables Audio Cables Mixer 2x Microphones 2x Headphone 1 x Host/1 x Guest Remote Studios Internet Connection
  47. 47. #3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING How crazy can this podcasting gear thing get?
  48. 48. MOBILE PODCASTER GEAR 1 x Host/1 x Guest 1 x Mobile Location
  49. 49. #3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING Multi-Host/Multi-Guest Multi-Studios
  50. 50. #3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING Types of Shows 1 x Host 1 x Mobile 2 x Hosts 2 x Remote Studios 1 x Host/1 x Guest 2 x Remote Studios 1 x Host/2 x Guest 3 x Remote Studios 2 x Hosts/2 x Guest 4 x Remote Studios
  51. 51. #3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING Types of Shows 4+ Hosts/Actors 1 x Pro Studio 1 x Host/1 x Guest 1 x Mobile Location 1 x Host/3+ Guest Panel 1 x Mobile Location
  52. 52. #3 – SITUATIONAL PODCASTING The 5 ADDITIONAL Principles of Podcasting Gear • Test, test, test… then test some more. • YOU will sound different on other peoples gear. • Keep it simple – Complexity creates chaos. • Garbage in, garbage out. Garbage gear, Garbage results. • There is no PERFECT setup.
  53. 53. PODCASTING GEAR 101 So… what podcasting gear do you NEED to start YOUR podcast?
  54. 54. VAPODA Meetup -- http://vapoda.org First Monday – Every Month Germanna Community College Fredericksburg, Virginia Virginia Podcasters Association
  55. 55. THANK YOU Kyle Bondo Gagglepod.com kyle@gagglepod.com Vapoda.org kyle@vapoda.org

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