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Podcasting Gear Rodeo

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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 (and not buy) to get started, how to set all of it up before your first recording session, or how to make what you do have to produce a podcast sound better.

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Podcasting Gear Rodeo

  1. 1. Gagglepod.com Meetup.com/gagglepod December 11, 2017
  2. 2. Podcast Gear Rodeo Kyle Bondo gagglepod@gmail.com @Gagglepod meetup.com/gagglepod gagglepod.com PODCAST GEAR RODEO Introduction to Podcasting Technology
  3. 3. #1 – Gagglepod Process #2 – Starting Tools #3 – Advance Tools #4 – Mobile Recording PODCAST GEAR RODEO #5 – Alternative Recording #6 – Recording Environments #7 – Recording Principles #8 – Putting it All Together Meetup Topics At-A-Glance
  4. 4. GAGGLEPOD PROCESS #1 – Gagglepod Process A Podcast Development Approach “You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” – Richard Branson
  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 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
  7. 7. GAGGLEPOD PROCESS TOOLS MIC The Gagglepod Show Development Process WHAT DO YOU NEED TO RECORD? WHAT DO YOU NEED TO SOUND GOOD?
  8. 8. “It’s not about the microphone.” – Dave Jackson, School of Podcasting STARTING TOOLS #2 – Starting Tools What do you need to record a podcast?
  9. 9. Simple Recording Setup • Computer/Smartphone • Microphone • Headphones/Ear Buds • Recording Software/App • Place to Host the File STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP
  10. 10. Simple Recording Setups STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP USB Microphone Laptop Media Host USB Microphone Smartphone Headphones Earbuds
  11. 11. Microphone Pickup Patterns STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP
  12. 12. Microphone Pickup Patterns STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP
  13. 13. Bad Podcasting Microphones • Condenser Microphones • Omnidirectional Pattern • Great for Musicians/Singers • Take in too much sound • Difficult to edit STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP – Blue Snowball – Blue Yeti
  14. 14. Good Podcasting Microphones • Cardioid Microphones • Restricted Directional Pattern • Made for Radio/Podcasting • Good for voice recording • Rejects extra sounds by design – Audio Technica ATR2100 USB ($65) STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP – Neumann TLM103 ($1,100) – Heil PR-40 ($330)
  15. 15. Cardioid (Dynamic) – Audio Technica ATR2100 USB – Heil PR-40 Condenser (Omni) – Blue Snowball – Blue Yeti STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP
  16. 16. Record your voice • Recording Software • Adobe Audition ($49/mo.) • Hindenburg ($95/copy) • Audacity (Free) • Garage Band ($5) STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. DEMO #1 Simple Setup *Using an Audio Technica ATR2100 USB Microphone STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP
  19. 19. “Let me ‘splain… No, there is too much. Let me sum up..” – Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride ADVANCED TOOLS #3 – Advanced Tools What can you use to improve your podcast?
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. Advanced Recording Setups STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP USB Microphone Laptop Media Host Headphones Audio Mixer Smartphone Recorder
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. DEMO #2 Audio Mixer *Using Mackie ProFX8 Professional Effects Mixer STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP
  24. 24. XLR Microphones Remember… • Condenser Microphones ($) Musicians, Singers • Dynamic/Cardioid Mics ($) Podcasters • High-End Microphones ($$$) ADVANCED TOOLS – ADVANCED RECORDING SETUP
  25. 25. DEMO #3 Multiple Microphones *Using a 2 x Audio Technica ATR2100 XLR Microphones STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP
  26. 26. External Devices into Mixer • Connect Smartphone, Tablet, or player • Skype call directly into mixer • Live show and sound effects ADVANCED TOOLS – ADVANCED RECORDING SETUP
  27. 27. DEMO #4 Mobile Device Demo *Using a Mobile Device Connected to the Mixer STARTING TOOLS – SIMPLE RECORDING SETUP
  28. 28. OTHER AUDIO TOOLS Other Audio Setups • Compressor/Limiter/Gate ($$$) Optimize your workflow • Studio Monitor Speakers Listen without Headphones • Axillary Recorders Backup Recording
  29. 29. “Learning is not done to you. Learning is something you choose to do.” – Seth Godin ALTERNATIVE RECORDING TOOLS #4 – Mobile Recording Tools What can you record a podcast on the road?
  30. 30. Mobile as Recorders • Mobile Phone ($$$) Onboard Microphone • Extending Mobile Phones Add-on Mics • Sound Quality • Background Sounds MOBILE RECORDING TOOLS
  31. 31. Field Recorders • Hand-held recorders ($$-$$$) Portable Mini-Studios • Creates multitrack files Downloadable WAV/MP3 • Complex Setup Configuration and Use MOBILE RECORDING TOOLS
  32. 32. MOBILE RECORDING TOOLS
  33. 33. Recording on the Road • No computer needed • Mixed audio results • Raw Audio Files • Background noise • Minimal Editing MOBILE RECORDING TOOLS
  34. 34. “Learning is not done to you. Learning is something you choose to do.” – Seth Godin ALTERNATIVE RECORDING TOOLS #5 – Alternative Recording Tools What are other podcasting options?
  35. 35. Audio Editing Software • Sound Effects Apps Bossjock Studio Soundboard Soundpad • Online Audio Tools Auphonic • Audio Services Podcast Fast Track ALT RECORDING TOOLS
  36. 36. Recording Online • Audio Connections • Call Recorders • Double-Header Setups • 3rd Party Services ALT RECORDING TOOLS
  37. 37. Recording Live • Audio and/or Video Connections • Output as Podcast Audio • 3rd Party Services • Combine with Chat Rooms • Take Calls or Add Hosts ALT RECORDING TOOLS
  38. 38. “Learning is not done to you. Learning is something you choose to do.” – Seth Godin RECORDING ENVIRONMENT #6 – Recording Environment How do I prepare my space for recording?
  39. 39. Bootstrap Spaces • Soundproofing: Block-out external noise (periodic) • Acoustic Treatment: Absorbing excessive ambience (constant) • Alternatives Recording Areas and Acoustic Treatments ($) RECORDING ENVIRONMENT
  40. 40. Professional Spaces • Professional Studio Setups ($$-$$$) • Remove Wall Vibrations Insulation/Sheetblock • Damping/Acoustic Panels • Decoupling/Filling Air Gaps RECORDING ENVIRONMENT
  41. 41. “It’s not about the microphone.” – Dave Jackson, School of Podcasting RECORDING PRINCIPLES #7 – Recording Principles How do I sound good?
  42. 42. #1 – Have a process • Planning your content • Preparing your space • Preparing your gear • Warming up your voice • Rehearsal time RECORDING PRINCIPLES
  43. 43. #2 – Practice your Voice Skills • Practice, practice, practice! • Speak slow and deliberate • Learn your habits • Simplify your editing • Good enough over Perfect RECORDING PRINCIPLES
  44. 44. #3 – Stick to the Script • Remember your format • Have an outline • Stay on script to a point • Use natural voice RECORDING PRINCIPLES
  45. 45. #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
  46. 46. “It’s not about the microphone.” – Dave Jackson, School of Podcasting PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER #8 – Putting it All Together How do I edit my audio files?
  47. 47. Putting it all together • Buy only what you need • Grow with your show • Good sound – Easy Edit • Content over Tech • Practice and Experiment PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
  48. 48. DEMO #1 Audio File Editing *Using Adobe Audition CC 2017 PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
  49. 49. HELP – WHERE CAN I GET HELP? Additional Help Want to know more? “The two best times to start a podcast: In 2006… and NOW!” – Dave Jackson, School of Podcasting
  50. 50. 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
  51. 51. 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?
  52. 52. THANK YOU Kyle Bondo @Gagglpod gagglepod@gmail.com meetup.com/gagglepod Gagglepod.com

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