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Podcasting Gear 101: A Beginners Guide to Podcasting Technology

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Podcasting Gear 101: A Beginners Guide to Podcasting Technology
Does podcasting technology make podcasting look hard? Face your podcasting gear fears head-on with a meetup designed to show you what you need to buy to get started, how to set all of it up before your first recording session, and how to make everything work for your new podcast.

What will you learn?

Learn what you need for a basic podcast recording step-up
Understand what makes a good microphone versus a bad microphone
Understand when you need and don't need a mixer
Understand what software you need to create a recording
Learn the audio recording process and basic sound and recording techniques
Learn how to edit your audio files, add music, and publish a final MP3
Learn how to record a podcast without having to use a computer
The Gagglepod Advantage
Coming to a Gagglepod Meetup comes with the added advantage of being able to ask any question you have about podcasting! Even if you're already podcasting, Gagglepod is all about building a community of podcasters. Come for the talks, stay for the Q&A!

About Gagglepod
Gagglepod is designed to teach you the art and technology behind building better podcasts. Each monthly talk gives you the chance to hear from new and experienced podcasters as they share their experiences in creating, producing, and marketing their own shows. Join the growing community of Fredericksburg Podcasters dedicated to helping you build your own successful podcast.

To learn more, please visit Gagglepod.com.

Where to find Gagglepod Meetups
Germanna Community College
10000 Germanna Point Drive
Workforce Building Room 126
Fredericksburg, VA

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Podcasting Gear 101: A Beginners Guide to Podcasting Technology

  1. 1. Podcast Gear 101 Kyle Bondo kyle@trenchbucket.com meetup.com/gagglepod gagglepod.com PODCAST GEAR 101 Gagglepod A Beginners Guide to Podcasting Technology
  2. 2. Tonight's Goals: Gagglepod Process Starting Tools Advanced Tools Mobile Recording Tools PODCAST SHOW DEVELOPMENT Alt Recording Tools Recording Environment Recording Principles Putting It All Together
  3. 3. GAGGLEPOD PROCESS Gagglepod Process A Podcast Development Approach
  4. 4. GAGGLEPOD PROCESS EXPERTISE IDEA BUILD MICTOOLS LAUNCH The Gagglepod Process DEV 1. Something you’re good at 2. Have an idea 3. Develop your show 4. Get some tools 5. Use a good microphone 6. Launch it 7. Build an Audience
  5. 5. GAGGLEPOD PROCESS EXPERTISE IDEA BUILD MICTOOLS LAUNCH The Gagglepod Process DEV 1. Something you’re good at 2. Have an idea 3. Develop your show 4. Get some tools 5. Use a good microphone 6. Launch it 7. Build an Audience
  6. 6. GAGGLEPOD PROCESS TOOLS MIC The Gagglepod Show Development Process WHAT DO YOU NEED TO RECORD? WHAT DO YOU NEED TO SOUND GOOD?
  7. 7. “It’s not about the microphone.” – Dave Jackson, School of Podcasting STARTING TOOLS Starting Tools What do you need to record a podcast?
  8. 8. Simple Recording Setup • Computer • Dynamic Microphone • Pop Filter • Recording Software • Headphones STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP
  9. 9. Bad Podcasting Microphones • Condenser Microphones • Great for Musicians/Singers • Take in too much sound • Difficult to edit out sounds STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP – Blue Snowball – Blue Yeti
  10. 10. Good Podcasting Microphones • Dynamic/Cardioid Mics • Made for Radio/Podcasting • Audio Technica ATR2100 ($65) • Heil PR-40 ($330) – Audio Technica ATR2100 USB – Heil PR-40 STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP
  11. 11. Dynamic/Cardioid – Audio Technica ATR2100 USB – Heil PR-40 Condenser – Blue Snowball – Blue Yeti STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP
  12. 12. Record your voice • Recording Software • Adobe Audition ($49/mo.) • Hindenburg ($95/copy) • Audacity (Free) • Garage Band ($5) STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP
  13. 13. How much does this gear cost? • Computer – Laptop ($$$) Internet Connection • Cardioid/Dynamic Microphone ($) • Audio Recording Software Adobe Audition ($$) Hindenburg ($) Audacity (Free) STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP
  14. 14. DEMO #1 Simple Setup *Using an Audio Technica ATR2100 USB Microphone STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP
  15. 15. “Let me ‘splain… No, there is too much. Let me sum up..” – Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride ADVANCED TOOLS Advanced Tools What can you use to improve your podcast?
  16. 16. 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 ADVANCED TOOLS – ADVANCED RECORDING SETUP
  17. 17. Intro to Audio Mixers Mixing Board, Mixing Desk, Mixing Console, or Sound Board • Multiple Mics (Co-Host) • Multiple Devices • Built for growth ($$-$$$) Channels • Complex Setup Wiring and Use ADVANCED TOOLS – ADVANCED RECORDING SETUP
  18. 18. DEMO #2 Audio Mixer *Using Mackie ProFX8 Professional Effects Mixer STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP
  19. 19. XLR Microphones Remember… • Condenser Microphones ($) Musicians, Singers • Dynamic/Cardioid Mics ($) Podcasters • High-End Microphones ($$$) ADVANCED TOOLS – ADVANCED RECORDING SETUP
  20. 20. DEMO #3 Multiple Microphones *Using a 2 x Audio Technica ATR2100 XLR Microphones STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP
  21. 21. External Devices into Mixer • Connect Smartphone, Tablet, or player • Skype call directly into mixer • Live show and sound effects ADVANCED TOOLS – ADVANCED RECORDING SETUP
  22. 22. DEMO #4 Mobile Device Demo *Using a Mobile Device Connected to the Mixer STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP
  23. 23. OTHER AUDIO TOOLS Other Audio Setups • Compressor/Limiter/Gate ($$$) Optimize your workflow • Studio Monitor Speakers Listen without Headphones • Axillary Recorders Backup Recording
  24. 24. “Learning is not done to you. Learning is something you choose to do.” – Seth Godin ALTERNATIVE RECORDING TOOLS Mobile Recording Tools What can you record a podcast on the road?
  25. 25. Mobile as Recorders • Mobile Phone ($$$) Onboard Microphone • Extending Mobile Phones Add-on Mics • Sound Quality • Background Sounds MOBILE RECORDING TOOLS
  26. 26. Field Recorders • Hand-held recorders ($$-$$$) Portable Mini-Studios • Creates multitrack files Downloadable WAV/MP3 • Complex Setup Configuration and Use MOBILE RECORDING TOOLS
  27. 27. MOBILE RECORDING TOOLS
  28. 28. Recording on the Road • No computer needed • Mixed audio results • Raw Audio Files • Background noise • Minimal Editing MOBILE RECORDING TOOLS
  29. 29. “Learning is not done to you. Learning is something you choose to do.” – Seth Godin ALTERNATIVE RECORDING TOOLS Alternative Recording Tools What are other podcasting options?
  30. 30. Audio Editing Software • Sound Effects Apps Bossjock Studio Soundboard Soundpad • Online Audio Tools Auphonic • Audio Services Podcast Fast Track ALT RECORDING TOOLS
  31. 31. Recording Online • Audio Connections • Call Recorders • Double-Header Setups • 3rd Party Services ALT RECORDING TOOLS
  32. 32. Recording Live • Audio and/or Video Connections • Output as Podcast Audio • 3rd Party Services • Combine with Chat Rooms • Take Calls or Add Hosts ALT RECORDING TOOLS
  33. 33. “Learning is not done to you. Learning is something you choose to do.” – Seth Godin RECORDING ENVIRONMENT Recording Environment How do I prepare my space for recording?
  34. 34. Bootstrap Spaces • Soundproofing: Block-out external noise (periodic) • Acoustic Treatment: Absorbing excessive ambience (constant) • Alternatives Recording Areas and Acoustic Treatments ($) RECORDING ENVIRONMENT
  35. 35. Professional Spaces • Professional Studio Setups ($$-$$$) • Remove Wall Vibrations Insulation/Sheetblock • Damping/Acoustic Panels • Decoupling/Filling Air Gaps RECORDING ENVIRONMENT
  36. 36. “It’s not about the microphone.” – Dave Jackson, School of Podcasting RECORDING PRINCIPLES Recording Principles How do I sound good?
  37. 37. #1 – Have a process • Planning your content • Preparing your space • Preparing your gear • Warming up your voice • Rehearsal time RECORDING PRINCIPLES
  38. 38. #2 – Practice your Voice Skills • Practice, practice, practice! • Speak slow and deliberate • Learn your habits • Simplify your editing • Good enough over Perfect RECORDING PRINCIPLES
  39. 39. #3 – Stick to the Script • Remember your format • Have an outline • Stay on script to a point • Use natural voice RECORDING PRINCIPLES
  40. 40. #4 – Create your episode in parts • Record in small batches • Focus on content first • Think about Intro/Outro after • Add Music last • Review your drafts RECORDING PRINCIPLES
  41. 41. “It’s not about the microphone.” – Dave Jackson, School of Podcasting PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER Putting it All Together How do I edit my audio files?
  42. 42. Putting it all together • Edit as you go • Multitrack setup • Export *.mp3 file • Review your final draft • Ready to publish PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
  43. 43. DEMO #1 Audio File Editing *Using Adobe Audition CC 2017 PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
  44. 44. HELP – WHERE CAN I GET HELP? Help Where can I get help? “The two best times to start a podcast: In 2006… and NOW!” – Dave Jackson, School of Podcasting
  45. 45. HELP – WHERE CAN I GET HELP? Podcasts about Podcasting • School of Podcasting – schoolofpodcasting.com • Ask the Podcast Coach – askthepodcastcoach.com • Audacity to Podcast – audacitytopodcast.com • The Podcasters Studio – thepodcastersstudio.com • Podcasters’ Roundtable – podcastersroundtable.com • Podcast Answerman – podcastanswerman.com
  46. 46. Local Connections Merchants of Dirt @MerchantsofDirt merchantsofdirt.com reckoneer.com Gagglepod Podcasters Meetup gagglepod.com meetup.com/gagglepod Get Lost Racing @MerchantsofDirt getlostracing.com reckoneer.com HELP – WHERE CAN I GET HELP?
  47. 47. THANK YOU Kyle Bondo @MerchantsofDirt kyle@trenchbucket.com meetup.com/gagglepod gagglepod.com

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