5 Reasons Your Podcast Technically Sucks

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Originally given at PodCamp AZ 2009.

There are lots of ways to make a podcast. And the technical aspects can be daunting. But did you know that while there are many right ways, there are also some major pitfalls to avoid when creating your podcast's .mp3 files?

This quick presentation takes a look at the five most common errors made on the technical side of podcasting, and how to fix them.

5 Reasons Your Podcast Technically Sucks

  1. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks… AND WHAT YO U CAN DO ABO UT IT Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
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  3. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks November 2005 December 2007 July 2008 Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
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  5. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks 5 years 1 months 1 day Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
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  7. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #1. You don’t use The Levelator Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  8. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #1. You don’t use The Levelator Voice #1 Voice #2 Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  9. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #1. You don’t use The Levelator Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  10. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #1. You don’t use The Levelator Arguments against: • I want to mix effects in real-time Then get better at mixing in real-time. • But I lose my dynamic range! I drive a rag-top Jeep. Do you think I hear it? • I can do a better job on my own manually. You have more time than I. Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  11. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #2. You are encoding incorrectly Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  12. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #2. You are encoding incorrectly Sample Rate: How “frequent” samples of sound are taken to create the file. ~20 kHz x2 = ~40 kHz Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  13. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #2. You are encoding incorrectly Adobe Flash Players: Native sample rate of 11.025 kHz. 22.050 kHz 44.1 kHz 48 kHz gives… unusual results. Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  14. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #2. You are encoding incorrectly Adobe Flash Player 10: Only allows a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz. Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz… ALWAYS (for now). Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  15. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #2. You are encoding incorrectly Bit Rate: Number of “bits” of data per second. 32 kbps = AM radio 96 kbps = FM radio 192 kbps = Digital radio 320 kbps = CD quality Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  16. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #2. You are encoding incorrectly Bit Rate: Number of “bits” of data per second. 128 kbps… for now. Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  17. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #2. You are encoding incorrectly Channels: Mono vs. Stereo vs. Joint Stereo Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  18. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #2. You are encoding incorrectly Channels: Mono vs. Stereo vs. Joint Stereo Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  19. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #2. You are encoding incorrectly Channels: Mono vs. Stereo vs. Joint Stereo Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  20. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #2. You are encoding incorrectly 44.1 kHz | 128 kbps | Joint Stereo Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  21. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #2. You are encoding incorrectly 44.1 kHz | 128 kbps | Joint Stereo Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  22. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #2. You are encoding incorrectly 44.1 kHz | 128 kbps | Joint Stereo Arguments against: • I’m lazy. I know. • I forget. Write it down. Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  23. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #3. You aren’t using ID3 tags properly Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  24. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #3. You aren’t using ID3 tags properly <TITLE> of Episode/Post Download Year <TITLE> of Show Podcast Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  25. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #3. You aren’t using ID3 tags properly <TITLE> of Episode/Post Download Year <TITLE> of Show Podcast Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  26. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #3. You aren’t using ID3 tags properly Name/Title: Name of THIS episode Artist: Host of the show. Keep consistent. Album: Name of the SHOW. Genre: “Podcast”. Always. Year: Year of recording/release Track Number: Sequential number Grouping: Good if part of a “network” Comments: For “in the wild” files. Part of Compilation: Only if truly needed Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  27. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #3. You aren’t using ID3 tags properly Name/Title: Name of THIS episode Artist: Host of the show. Keep consistent. Album: Name of the SHOW. Genre: “Podcast”. Always. Year: Year of recording/release Track Number: Sequential number Grouping: Good if part of a “network” Comments: For “in the wild” files. Part of Compilation: Only if truly needed Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  28. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #3. You aren’t using ID3 tags properly Arguments against: • Blah, blah, blah. I hear your lips moving… Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  29. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #4. You aren’t using headphones when you edit Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  30. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #4. You aren’t using headphones when you edit 1. Put your headphones on. 2. Listen to something loud, as loud as you can stand it. 3. Listen to your file. Do you have to adjust up the volume? 4. If you did, adjust volume to as loud as you can stand your file. 5. Now -- without adjusting your volume -- listen to the loud track again. 6. When your ears quit ringing/bleeding, normalize your track’s volume. 7. You’re welcome, from all of us with tinnitus thanks to you & those like you. Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  31. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #4. You aren’t using headphones when you edit Arguments against: • [redacted] Don’t even try and justify this crap. Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  32. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #5. You don’t listen – To your own show • Post-editing • Post-encoding • Subscribe & listen like a listener Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  33. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #5. You don’t listen – To other shows like yours • Learn & grow • Understand audience’s expectation • Connect with your peers Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  34. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #5. You don’t listen – To any other podcast • How do you know what to do? • How do you know what anyone wants? • Why the hell are you here? Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  35. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #5. You don’t listen Arguments against: • But it takes time. Yes. Yes this does. • And I’m busy. Aren’t we all. • And I’m just doing this for fun. And that’s relevant how? Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  36. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #1. You don’t use The Levelator #2. You are encoding incorrectly #3. You aren’t using ID3 tags properly #4. You aren’t using headphones when you edit #5. You don’t listen Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
  37. 5 Reasons Your Podcast TECHNICALLY Sucks #1. Use The Levelator #2. Encode correctly #3. Use ID3 tags properly #4. Use headphones when you edit #5. Listen Evo Terra FunAnymore.com
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