Spill Crew Podcasts: Movie Reviews for the Average Joe

Movie critics! Who doesn’t love them? Well, maybe not you (and 2 million other moviegoers) because they can be too technical or artsy-fartsy with their reviews when all you want to know if the movie they’re critiquing is good or bad.

Enter the Spill Crew! These are four guys who simply love watching movies. Why should you care? Because they’re someone that the average Joe (or Jane) can relate to when it comes to movie discussions. Listen to their hilarious podcasts as they discuss the trailers and teasers of upcoming movies.

To give you an idea about their approach, click HERE to watch this 5min video of their review on the movie The Devil Inside, or click HERE for the full uncensored audio version of their review instead.

Download NBC Podcasts for Free!

Download your favorite NBC and MSNBC news program straight to your PC or any portable media player, as msnbc.com brings you free video and audio podcasts. Simply subscribe and choose from any of the available shows listed HERE. These are perfect for listeners who like getting news updates while on the go.

If you have any inquiries on their podcasts, click HERE.

All podcast shows are available on iTunes, Zune, and other podcast clients. Enjoy!

Interested in other news podcasts? Visit our podcast directory.

Mic in Review: The Black Hole BH-2

If you’re a podcaster who considers himself as a hardcore audiophile and is looking for a unique brand of microphone then you might want to check out The Black Hole BH-2 by JZ Microphones. Designed as a condenser mic, the BH-2 comes in a nice-looking cherry wood finish case. Included is a uniquely designed shock mount that snaps into the 2 pins in the mic’s center, making it look like it’s floating from the stand.

It is available with an optional custom blast filter, and it sounds great with the Tube Tech plugin. The cardioid pattern allowed for a nice off-axis leniency and very good rejection. It works well with both male and female voices, with tenors where it almost doesn’t need any further equalizing.

With a street price tag that hovers somewhere around $1,099, this isn’t what you would call your daddy’s microphone. After all, I did say “hardcore audiophile” in the beginning didn’t I? ;)

Comedy Bang Bang: Ghost Protocol

Scott Aukerman, an alumni of Mr. Show, is also the creator of Comedy Bang Bang, a wacky get-together between him and his friends. This particular podcast stars funnyman Andy Richter and actor/director Werner Herzog. Listen to these guys wax comedic on their plans for 2012 and laugh out loud with their funny antics!

Comedy Bang Bang: Ghost Protocol (episode 138)

Helpful Browser Apps for Avid Podcast Listeners

Avid podcast listeners who use Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have something to cheer about! I’m talking about browser extensions: add-ons (Firefox) and apps (Chrome).

Here’s a short list of cool browser extensions that may enhance your podcasting experience. Let’s start with Google Chrome.

1. iTunes Audio Preview/Podcast Downloader – This allows you to download podcasts and audio previews from the iTunes website manually WITHOUT the need for QuickTime and iTunes!
2. ChromeCast – This nifty browser extension lets you play your favorite podcasts within your browser. It definitely sounds like a cool plugin to have but judging from the most recent user feedback, it seems to have a bit of a minor issue with feedburner. Try it out and see if it’ll work with your favorite feeds.
3. Podcast Alarm Clock – Wake up to the sound of your favorite podcast!
4. SpokenText – Convert text on any web page to speech. Select the text, run the extension, press ‘Record’, and you’re done! It supports English, French, and Spanish.

And now for Mozilla FireFox:
1. Huffduffer – Bookmark your favorite audio files and create your own podcast of found sounds.
2. FoxVox – FoxVox will speak any text you highlight in a web page; it’like SpokenText for Chrome. You can create audiobooks with this awesome add-on and even turn your blogs and articles into podcasts!
3. Youtube MP3 Podcaster – With this self-contained add-on you can download YouTube videos and convert them to mp3 files for easy listening on podcasting gadgets!

Of course there are other add-ons but we’ve picked out the most popular ones for you. You can also head on to your browser’s site and check out their corresponding extensions page for more.

I tried searching for podcast-related add-ons for the other browsers (IE, Opera, and Safari) but so far they only came up with one result. Perhaps we’ll find more soon, but for the meantime, enjoy these apps!

Using Audacity

Audacity is a free downloadable software which is used to record and edit audio material, available for both PC and Mac OS X. Many podcasters swear by this program because it’s user-friendly, versatile, and free.

For editing, you can:

1. Cut, Copy and Paste, Delete, Insert Silence, Duplicate and Split the audio files.

2.Apply the plugin effects to any part of your recording.

3. Customize playback rate on each tracks.

4. Align the audio segments.

The new version has fixed its bugs from the previous version. Its improvements are as follows:

1. Normalize preserves the left-right balance in stereo tracks by default and has an option to normalize stereo channels independently.

2. Spectograms allow window sizes to 32768 and frequencies to half the sample rate.

3. The Mix and Render function preserves the clip length by not rendering the white space before the audio starts and also preserves it before time zero.

4. CleanSpeech Mode is removed from Preferences, but you can still run or disable it in 1.3.14 by changing the Preferences in the previous version.

5. For OS X, there is added support for Audio Unit Music Effects but no MIDI support.

Check the site and download it HERE.

After you have downloaded Audacity, you need to set the Preferences before recording your project. This will ensure that the playback and sound source options are correctly set with the bit rate, quality indicators, etc.

Steps in Setting Preferences

1. Launch Audacity and go to Edit > Preferences.

2. From the Preferences dialog box, choose Audio I/O. This will tell where you will record your sound from and where to play it back.

3. From the dropdown menu under Playback, select the output device you would like to route your sound through. If you’re using an interface, you should install its driver and select it, but if you’re using your computer’s soundcard, then select it.

4. Under Recording > Device, select the sound source. If you’re only recording your voice, there’s no need to check the Record in Stereo box. Check it only if you’re recording music as well. You may also uncheck the ‘Play other tracks while recording new one’ check box.

5. Set the audio quality under the Quality tab. Set default sample rate at 44100 Hz for a good sound quality. The higher sample rate it is set, the better audio quality you’ll get but it will consume a large amount of file size. Leave the other settings at their default.

If you’re using the new version, it may look a little different, so here’s a screen shot. You can follow the steps above.

Set the channel to 1 Mono since Stereo will use up a large file size when saved.

You may also watch these video tutorials to learn more about Audacity:

Audacity Tools

Editing and Trimming

Adjusting Levels

Importing and Adding Music

Saving and Exporting into MP3

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