Adobe Audition is one of the most powerful tools used for recording voice and music. Here’s an easy-to-follow basic tip tutorial by Mike Russell on how to use this awesome program.
Today’s post comes as a sort of courtesy to Chris Pirillo who just happens to be one the tech gurus I enjoyed watching and listening to (particularly during the good ol’ days of TechTV) aside from Leo Laporte. It’s a video on what one ought to consider before setting up a podcast.
You can find the text version of the video over at his blog site by clicking on the image above.
Now before you think, “Oh no, here we go again, another take on the ‘How to start a podcast,” keep in mind that this is Chris Pirillo, one of the early, if not first people to podcast before the term podcast was created and iTunes came along.
Of course, Chris doesn’t just discuss podcasting and blogging, but also hardware, software, new trends, and everything else tech! And aside from his YouTube channel, you can of course find him on iTunes as well.
Adobe Audition is a widely-used software that delivers the tools you need for your video and audio productions. Here’s a video tutorial on how to make a podcast using Audition.
Daniel J. Lewis hosts The Audacity to Podcast, the only podcast that regularly focuses on the software Audacity. The show features well-detailed tips and tricks on podcasting using Audacity and more.
Click on the image above to check out all the episodes!
Most, if not all podcasters would tell you that they’d prefer to have a musical theme for their podcast show but getting one isn’t simple nor easy. The audio material doesn’t just have to be good, but also Podsafe.
Podsafe music is simply any music or sound byte which license specifically allows its use in podcasting. Below is a list of sites you can check out to get Podsafe music for your podcast.
Instant Music Now – This provides professional digital quality background theme music for purchase. Podcasters must voice over the music in intervals of 30 seconds or less. In other words podcasters cannot allow any music segments that exceed 30 seconds in length without any additional commentary.
Podcast Themes – If you want your own original track or sound for your podcast, check out Podcast Themes. The site is run by Mark Blasco, and he’ll do all the hard work for you, at a price of course. Head over to his site to know more about his service.
Opuzz – Opuzz is probably the simplest way to get royalty-free music for your podcast. You only pay for the music once and that’s it! No additional fees, no frills.
NeoSounds – NeoSounds provides royalty-free music that starts at around $7 a clip and $1.65 for sound effects. Do note however that using some of the music you get there requires you to fill in and submit a cue sheet.
To know a little more about what Podsafe is, you can read about it over at good ol’ Wikipedia.
When doing live interviews, the face-to-face process is the still best way. But if your guest isn’t available on the said schedule, you can solve this problem by conducting it online via Skype.
Here are some tips to get quality results if you are planning to conduct a Skype interview for your video/audio podcast.
- Get yourself good audio resources and recording tools. Check out Call Recorder for Mac, Total Recorder for Windows, Soundflower, Audio Hijack, Audion, Powergramo and Pamela Recorder which is available to both Mac and Windows.
- Before you start, test the levels and quality of your video and audio. Check if there is feedback, echoes and unnecessary noise so editing will be a lot easier. This will also prevent you from redoing the interview which is a hassle to your interviewee. Use earphones instead of speakers while recording to hear all the details.
- Focus on your interview by looking only at the camera or at your interviewee’s video display position.
- Keep a good flow of the conversation. Stay relaxed because it’s better for your interview. Crack some jokes from time to time as icebreakers if you think the discussion is moving off-track.
- Be wary of the time. Podcasts usually take 25-45 minutes so keep aware of your time. If it takes longer and you think you’ve already covered everything, you may end it or stress that you are conducting a very important interview. You can then split it up into a two-part episode to keep it interesting for your listeners or viewers.
Tim and Damond from The Tech Monks Podcast discuss why both video AND audio podcasters should consider exporting their material to YouTube. They’ve got some great tips on how to prime your posts to get more viewers with regards to tagging your videos and using effective descriptions. They also point out the huge benefits of using YouTube’s helpful features like annotation and analytics, while also taking advantage of its huge user base.
Tim also found a way to create an RSS feed from a YouTube channel. Want to know how? Then click on the Youtube icon above or just read his article.
You can also download the episode and more at iTunes, or catch them on Stitcher Radio, in case you have that app installed on your mobile.
Rick Osborn of RecordingWiz gives us a tutorial on how you can add vocal effects to your music/podcast recording especially if you’re doing a single vocal track. Mixcraft is an easy-to-use recording software lets you record audio, remix tracks, compose virtual instruments, score and edit, arrange loops, etc. The podcast comes with a 10-minute long video and audio format.
Click on the image to launch the video podcast tutorial.
Recording telephone conversations for your podcast can be quite tricky, so here’s the skinny on podcasters’ picks.
For interviews or calls, a huge number of podcasters prefer to use Skype. It’s free as long as you’re both on computers and it’s a one-on-one call. Plus, you can opt for video call, which you can also record! So I’ll be focusing on recording software that optimized for Skype.
Anyway, here are our prospects:
Call Recorder by Ecamm – This is actually a Skype add-on and not a standalone software. It records both Skype audio and video calls (MOV format). What users like about Call Recorder is that it records their and their guest’s voice in separate tracks. It has a utility that can split the sound input into separate files, so you can balance out the volume in the final product and hear the voices of both interviewer and interviewee in the left and right audio channels. It’s built for the Mac OS platform and comes in at about $20.
PrettyMay – Unlike Call Recorder, this one can only record audio in MP3 and WAV file formats. This too is a Skype add-on, and not a standalone software (for Windows). Aside from the free Basic version, it has 2 premium versions: Business, and Professional. Both priced at $25.
Callburner – Want something that’s totally free? Then Callburner is for you! It can also record each side of the call in separate WAV audio file (uncompressed = better quality), which gives you terrific flexibility when editing (e.g. amplifying one side, editing out noise artifacts, etc).
Pamela – I haven’t tried out this one myself but one podcaster claims that the quality is so good that it’s close enough to ISDN (provided that the person on the other line has a good microphone). But of course he also adds that you’d have to be a broadcast pro to notice the difference. Price ranges from $20, $25, and $40 depending on which version you pick.
So there you have it! Four recording software for your Skype calls during your podcast. Aside from Callburner, which is already free, you can download and try out the free trial versions of the other three to see which of them you’d think has enough features that are worth your money.
Tip: Experienced podcasters strongly advise against recording the voices on each end separately because it’ll be almost impossible for them to sync up.
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:
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.