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Practice Your Podcast

Know Your Equipment

If you look at other people in entertainment:
Musicians
Actors
Athletes

They all have some sort of “pre-seasons, or “Dress Rehearsal” to work out the kinks and your podcast should follow their example.

I am going to Podcast Movement next week and I have the following gear ready to use/test:

Tascam DR-10X miniature recorder
SC6-L Mobile Interview Kit
Rode Interviewer Microphone

I haven't used any of this equipment and I will have TONS of opportunities to use it at Podcast movement.

I DONT WANT MY FIRST “REAL” INTERVIEW TO BE MY GUINEA PIG

Don't use a real guest as a guinea pig

You Will Thank Me Later

If your parents (or anyone who made an impact on your life) are still around, use them as your “test” interview. There are some fun twists with this:
1) As you are “in control” as the interviewer you may feel more comfortable asking questions you normally wouldn't.

2) They may really expand on stories as this is being recorded and they want to give you good content (they are your parents still)

3). If life goes according to plan, you will outlive them (I hate to bum you out) but you will thank me later

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Podcast Media Hosting

What Podcast Media Host Should I Use?

When it comes to creating a podcast you need to use a podcast media host. A web host may advertise “Unlimited band and storage” but that is for web page (not media files)

Here is my criteria for a podcast media hosting:

1. Don't mess with my file. What I upload is what I want people to download.
2. Give me the ability to have an unlimited back catalog (unlimited storage)
3. Don't limit my audience size (unlimited bandwidth)
4. Don't control my feed, and make it easy to leave if I choose to do so. I need to be able to put in an iTunes redirect script.
5. Give me support.
6. Charge me for your service so you can stay in business
7. Give me stats so I can see what's working. It would be nice if they were accurate.
8. I need to own my content and control how it is used.
9. Be 100% Apple compatible

Here are some popular options

Libsyn.com (get a free month using the coupon code sopfree )
Blubrry.com (get a free month using the coupon code sopfree )
Podbean (get a free month using the coupon code sopfree )

What about spreaker.com, Pinecast.com? Simplecast.com?

Simplecast re-encodes your file, “If encoded as a 128kbps or less MP3, we will not re-encode or transcode the audio. If an audio file is over we will encode it to 128kbps in MP3 format.” Now I realize if you export at 128 this isn't a problem (it does add a small amount of time to publishing as you wait for it to re-encode your file). There are some music podcasters who want to export at a lower bit rate (case in point Marc Maron). Podcaster should be able to export in whatever format they want  source 

Spreaker does not offer an unlimited back catalog

Pinecast does not offer episode numbers for Apple podcast unless you have configured your show to be serial (I guess episodic shows don't have episode numbers?)

Soundcloud – Does not offer all of the Apple fields, and their stats are not recognized by many services as you can purchase plays (and are not reliable)

Squarespace – While they make pretty websites, you miss out on some great syndication options

Anchor.fm – This free service has HORRIBLE terms of service and enables people to do whatever they want with your content. They also offer to submit your show to Apple “for you” and forget to inform you that they then own your show in Apple. Most free media hosts go out of business after three years (see more information)

What Is Your Favorite?

I was a Libsyn custom for 10 years. I love their syndication option, their flexibilty, their ability to make a smartphone app for me, as well as syndication into iHeart Radio, Spotify, LinkedIn, and many other options. I can sell my back catalog, or even create a private podcast for my business.

Here is the problem. I became an employee two years ago, and now people call my credibility into question. They think I will always say that Libsyn is the best (even though I have 10 years of me saying that they were the best in 400+ episodes before I became an employee). So Libsyn, Bluburry, and Podbean are not band choices. There are others mentioned here that are not horrible. I always tell people I don't say Libsyn.com is the best because I work for them. It's the opposite because Libsyn.com is THE BEST, I chose to work for them when I found myself unemployed.

What Media Hosts to Stay Away From

If you are shopping for a media host, be sure to ask them if they follow the above criteria. ESPECIALLY the ability to do a 301 redirect. If they don't do that, and you want to leave, they own your audience. For me the ones I steer people away from are

anchor.fm

soundcloud.com

squaspace.com (for your podcast)

streamcast.com

talkshoe.com

As I said before, use my criteria and make sure they pass (they should)

If you have any questions, please contact me

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Starter Podcast Microphones

When it comes to starting a microphone you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on a single microphone. Some of the best “starter microphones” for podcasting are

The Audio Technica ATR2100

The Audio Technica AT2005

The Samson Q2U

All of the above microphones with via USB or you can plugin them into a mixer.

When Do I Need a Mixer For My Podcast?

You need a mixer when:

  • You have more than one person in the room with you
  • You have more than one source of audio (i.e. you and an iPad that you are playing sounds through)

If you don't have one of the above scenarios you don't need a mixer (but they are nice to have around). You can add bass and treble to your voice and other items.

Speaking of the sound of your own voice, we will be talking about why most people hate the sound of their own voice in a future episode.