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My audacity workflowWith the new version of Audacity out I thought it would be a good time to cover what is  new in the new version 2.1. and refresh how I use Audacity.

Many of the improvements are you can now preview plugin settings for your audio on the fly. Now this isn’t all plugins but the Linux Audio Developer’s Simple Plugin API (LADSPA), Virtual Studio Technology (VST) and then for Mac user there is also Audio Unit but for the Windows units the first two work and it works great.

You will now no longer have Noise Removal which was a bit deceiving and improved its functions under the new name of Noise Reduction

Cross fading works a lot better now. Instead of way to many steps to get a good cross fad. You now select the two tracks at the point you want the cross fade to happen and choose Cross Fade. No longer do you choose the Cross fade out and the Cross Fade in.

You can Chain different Effects together.

There is an improvement to the Recording Meter bars. along with new spectral adjusting or editing.

You can now Truncate Detected Silence or Compress Excess Silence. Truncate Detected silence  will remove sound down to 0.5 seconds while the compress will shrink silence that is crosses a specific threshold and shrink it be a certain percent.

You can read all of the release notes on the Audacity Wiki

In my research I found out Audacity has been around for 15 years!

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So with the new improvements how does one use this audacity for their podcast?

For many people podcasting is done as inexpensively as they can and often the phrase you get what you pay for is also applied. Yet when it comes to Audacity it does still apply but more in the expense of time than quality. yet when it comes to the learning curve of Audacity it is step but not very high. So, you may spend a day learning the basics and then the extras are easy to figure out.

What is my Audacity workflow?

I have used Audacity two different ways Live to Drive in other words I have used my computer as the recording device, and recorded straight to Audacity and I have, and still do, import my wav files for editing and post production. For the Work flow I am going to cover what happens after the recording has stopped, and the editing is beginning.

Import extra audio and arrange

I bring in my intro outro and any other audio that I am going to use in that episode. I then name the Show tracks “Summary” and “Body” My intro track is Intro and outro is the same Each track will have  a descriptive name so I can easily find it when I need to select it for editing.

I then arrange each track it the order it will appear so the Summary track is at the top and the Hayrolling trailer is at the bottom. This is to make it as easy to align each track with the next with out having to jump to the top then to the bottom and back and forth and start getting confused.

Reduce noise

First effect I like to run is the Reduce Noise. It was Noise removal till this new update. To do this, when I am recording I give at least 20 seconds to record silence so I have any background and line hum showing up in the recording. In the Audacity editor select the the “silence” and open the Effects select Noise Reduction. In the window that opens up click the “Get Noise Profile” button at the top.  Then close the Noise Reduction window select the track in this example case it would be the Body track, by double clicking.  I would then reopen the Noise Reduction window and chose OK and the noise is then removed.

If the sound is not cleared to your likings then you can adjust your settings to your satisfaction. Most people are pretty satisfied by the default settings or adjusting the attack setting.

Truncate Silence

After silencing all of the noise in the background you will have lots of background space. Often times there maybe too much silence. There are two different ways you can take up that extra dead air by going to each spot and removing a portion of the silence, or you can use truncate silence.

Now silence is natural. There are normal starts and stops to your speech pattern and when removing all of the silence from your audio the sound hits a kind of Uncanny valley and become very unnatural. There for you want silence and even the pregnant pause is good from time to time. Dead air will get people attention. but if you …

Have way…

Too much dead…

Air then you might want to remove some of that with Truncate silence. Now most of the time the default settings are fine for removing just enough silence, but with the new two types of settings the Compress Excessive silence would be the better choice. that way the silence is still in a natural rhythm but not too excessive. The duration is the threshold that any silence that is detected, and then it is compressed by however much percent is set. SO if there is Duration of silence that is 4 seconds long then it will be compressed to 20 seconds long.  That way everything still has a natural rhythm and you don’t sound like a robot.

Run compressor

Now I use Chris’ Dynamic Compressor. This is when I use this effect after I have removed all background noise and taken out all excess silence. The reason is because at the end of the compression there are times I would get a strange amplification of sound and I was able to prevent that after removing all noise and taken care of the silence.

Change tracks from Stereo to Mono

Export to wav file.

 


News

If you want to keep your SEO ranking you might want to become mobile friendly. Google is changing their algorithm to place mobile friendly pages higher up on  the ranking. With podcasting being a mobile medium, your site should be mobile too. Whether that is a responsive design or a mobile friendly

iTunes changes their specs AGAIN.

This is almost becoming a habit. the iTunes album art for podcasts has been changed to the max size of 3000 x 3000 pixels. The minimum is still 1400×1400 So you don’t have to change your artwork just yet but if you are tapped by iTunes to be featured then they are going to want a 3000×3000 image. So at least start working on getting it updated.

relatedLillian Yang over at Brand Bear the Cover Art Specialist would like to help you with your cover art.

Podcasters tool

A problem podcaster have is with their podcast feed being valid. You can use something like feedvalidator.org but it is a bit out of date and give a few false errors. A good alternative for Podcasters is Podbase it Checks to see if there is an RSS feed and how fast it responds to a request. Checks to see if it is a valid XML file and if it is an actual RSS XML file. It also checks your Sharing and SEO for the feed. Ten it also checks the enclosure tags to see if they are iTunes compliant. If there are any problems like the size being too big . Great service to put in your tool box.

PodkickerARTBeen a little while since I have done a review of a podcasting app for the Android OS and I will be starting up iOS reviews here soon but I will continue to focus on Android because they are so under used when it comes to podcasting, and I want the android users to know that they can listen to podcasts and they can do so easily with the right app. But this Android app has been around for a while.

Podkicker is a fairly well balanced app that is has many of the needed features for new podcasters to be able to subscribe and listen to shows. There is the great setting that allows to a file to be deleted after playing, and settings like downloading only when connected to a wi-fi access point. There are other features that are great for the dedicated listener. Like all auto play from cars and resume playing when an audio jack is reinserted. One of my favorite features. Unplug for what ever reason and the moment I plug it back in the app starts back up where I left off. Very handy.

Now I will preface this with I have gone to an iOS device here recently and so my mindset on where to find things are little different now. Like closing subwindows in the app tripped me up for a short while because I forgot about the back button. which actually surprised me because for the longest time I was always hitting the non-existent back button on the iPhone 6 but with the readjusting of my mind around how the old GS3 works I was able to find out how to unsubscribe to the shows that are already installed. Yes when you first install the app Podkicker on your Android device you will have about 8 shows that you are already subscribed to. You can unsubscribe to them if you want. They are some good shows quality and production is not bad so if you are new to listening to podcast you might find your first show in this list. Then again if none of these shows interest you then just long press on the show and choose unsubscribe and they are gone. No muss no fuss.

If you want to have the new episodes download automatically you need to go into each episode and choose the option for that particular show. I would actually like to see that set to auto from the start. Yet they do have Chromecast support if like listening from the Television.

I find podkicker to

The Good

  • Starts with a show of some good starter podcast casts about GLobal news, history and the like
  • Recognises rss feeds and will redirect an rss feed from the Browser to the app.
  • Uses the iTunes directory so you have a large supply of shows to search through.
  • Can import and export your subscriptions using OPML
  • Chromecast

The Not so Good

  • Starts with a show of some good starter podcast casts about GLobal news, history and the like you are subscribed to the podcasts so you quickly have to learn how
  • The navigation is not as intuitive as it could be. most everything you are going to need is found by long pressing the particular show.
  • Would like to see an easier way to search for new podcasts
  • Be nice of the downloads were set to automatic.

Price: Free

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MP3ClampFirst OOPS! If you are looking for episode 30 that I was calling episode 31 just follow the link, and again sorry for the mix up.

There is a lot of discussion in the podcasting space about MP3’s and should they be encoded at 64 bps or 128bps while some people think 96 bits is what you need to use. Why are people talking about Stitchers audio quality being so bad? Why does Stitcher have such a low quality of sound? There are reasons for this. The debate is a good one to have because there are so many different variable that go into sound quality and size. There is the saying that you can not get something for nothing. The same goes for MP3s you have quality and you have file size. Both are important to the podcaster.

Quality

But we want the best quality of sound! You are correct. As a podcaster we all want to have the best sound we can possibly produce to make it to our fans ears. We don’t want to assault them with horrible audio. We want to show our listeners that we care about our show and at the same time about their delicate senses. What messes with the audio faster than a bad pre-amp? Compression, and getting that Frying Bacon Underwater sound gets more and more prevalent as you mash your audio file smaller. The Compression is done by the changing the different bit rates. The higher the bit rate the better the sound. When you have better sound you get listeners to stick with you longer and gather more value from your show.

File size

There are many parts as to why file size is important to you the podcaster. Main one is your hosting service. Many if not all have a limit of one type or another on the size of your file. With Blubrry podcast hosting and Libsyn they both limit how much you can upload in a month. If you upload a 100MB file each week you would have to use Libsyn’s $20 plan to have enough space and hope that you didn’t go over that 100 MB in that month because you would not be able to upload that last file. Because of the limit.

If you have an account with a service like Spreaker then you are limited by the amount of  space on the servers. So, after a while you have to start removing your back catalog to make room for new podcast episodes. So your audience misses out on the great content of your back catalog. So, you as a podcaster have to worry about your file size.

Then there is another aspect of the size you need to take into account, and that is your audience. The larger the file size the longer it takes to download. Now It may not be as big of a deal as it was back in 1998. When we used dial-up modems to get online and if you had a 5 meg file you were downloading it could take almost 30 minutes to download. That is if you had a good connection. Yet, Your listener who is downloading your file has limited space on their phone or other listening device. Also many people do not use Sprint and their unlimited plan. Most people in America have a tiered data plan so they are limited to a certain number of Gigs they can download. And if that person is on a shared data plan then even though they have 15 GB of data they can download through a billing period, there is the other members of the family who are also eating through the data. So, in the short form many people who are likely your listeners are going want to download your show and if you make your files too big then they will shy away from downloading your latest episode.

This also applies to those who are doing progressive downloading of your show. So if someone is listening to your podcast through the browser on their phone then they are downloading the show as they listen. This also eats up their data. So, you want to help your audience be able to consume your content.

This is one of the reasons why Stitcher has such a low compression for the shows it adds to their directory. Stitcher is sacrificing quality for size, but they do so in thought of most people will not be listening on studio cans.

Samples

64 bit Mono

96 Bit Mono

128 bit Mono

256 bit Mono

Updates!

PowerPress got an update to 6.0.2

6.0.2

  • Fixed bug where specific global podcast settings are not applied when podcast channel settings iTunes new feed URL or feed maximizer option were configured then deleted afterward. This only effected settings if you deleted the default podcast feed.
  • Added wp-config define optionPOWERPRESS_DISABLE_ITUNES_UTF8, when set to true PowerPress will not convert iTunes values to UTF-8. This is for the very small number of folks who are not using UTF-8 in their website.
  • The subscribe shortcode embed attributes are now strictly enforced. If you enter a category or a podcast channel and it does not exist, the shortcode will be empty and will no longer fall-back to the main podcast settings.
  • The subscribe shortcode embed specifying a category not displaying category fixed (thanks elembemedia for bringing to our attention)
  • Subscribe links below player for category podcasts now works but only if you select 1 category. 2 or more categories complicates things.
  • Added logic to fix situation with JetPack and automatic excerpts. Manual excerpts or regular content pages are not affected. (Thanks grahamharper for the details!)
  • Added new “Having Issues?” option “Yes, excluding excerpts”, will apply player and links fix logic except when the_excerpt filter is called first.
  • AudioObject and VideoObject descriptions are now set using the blog post if no itunes subtitle is set.
  • Fixed Episode Titles bug, if you did not set a custom episode title the program title was not appended.
  • Fixed “Feature Episode” bug, unchecking the option will now properly save.
  • Fixed playlist player date attribute not applying when set to false (thanks trb310 for pointing out the issue!)
  • Danish translation updated, thanks Team Blogos!
  • Added new subscribe embed attribute “heading”, you can now customize the “Subscribe to” label, e.g. add “the” to the Subscribe to label [powerpress_subscribe heading="Subscribe to the"
  • Added new define POWERPRESS_DEBUG for PowerPress debugging.

Tool of the week!

Square Cash is a new tool for being able to allow your audience to donate money to your podcasting fund. The service is brought to you by the same people who brought you square. It will cost you 1.5% of the money that is transferred great way to send and receive money for services rendered or just for the coffee fund.

To sign up you have to have either an iOS device or Android powered phone.

iOS

Android

You can see my page at cash.me/$podcastdojo and yes you have to have the Dollar sign($)

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Ghost in the MP3

One of the most common questions new podcasters ask is

What Microphone should I use?

cardioid pickup patternOften times podcasters will jump in to big long soliloquy of why this microphone is far superior to that microphone or you will have some old Radio personality or internet marketer who has spent the last 5 hours researching how to podcast and talks about the Blue snowball. There are several different types of microphones out on the market. There are Carbon mics, Electret Microphone, Ribbon Microphones, and Crystal Microphones the the most common microphones for podcasters are Dynamic, and Condensers.

What is the difference in microphones?

Condenser microphones are designed so that the diaphragm acts as a capacitor and changes the electrical frequencies sent to the mic. Because of how the microphone is set up it is very sensitive to a wide range of frequencies, and this is great for picking up the warm natural tones of a humans voice. Many ill informed Podcast Gurus, or Internet marketeers who have just quickly read up on podcasting, will suggest a condenser microphone due to this fact without taking into consideration the environment of MOST podcasters, and the environment of the podcast listeners. The common podcaster is recording at best in a closet and at worst in a bedroom with the kiddos playing in the next room. The podcaster will have 1 – 3 electronic devices around them and these will have hard drive noises, fan noises. Throw in the squeaky chairs and the family pet walking on hard wood floors. This environment is not conducive to quite recording using condenser microphones. Because they are sensitive. I often joke that they can pick up a mouse farting down the hall. Granted they are not as sensitive as a laser microphone, but in the realms of podcasting it is not far off. Condenser microphones, also typically have to have some sort of external power often called phantom power to be able to work. This will come in the means of having to have a mixer or from your USB plug. So it can be a challenge to have condensor microphones in a mobile setup.

Dynamic microphones are set in a little different style in that there is a type electromagnet in use. Basically when you speak into a dynamic microphone your voice or other sound creates the electrical current that is sent to the recording equipment. This type of microphone isn’t AS sensitive to outside noises like the Condenser microphone, and is a little more forgiving to the noises that a typical family house makes. Yes, there is a loss of frequency that are picked up but when you throw in where most people listen to podcasts, for instance in their car, on a walk or while mowing the lawn, then only the true hard core audiophiles will notice.

One part of microphone discussions that I don’t hear very much about is, the Pickup pattern or Polar Pattern. From what I see there are about 4 to 6 different Polar patters in microphones. These influence also what is picked up on your microphone. A Polar pattern is also known as directionality as in Omni directional or Shotgun.

The omnidirectional microphone pickup

Omnidirectional pickup

Omnidirectional

As the name suggests this is all around pickup. You can be infront of the mic and it will pick up your voice. you can be beside the mic and it will still pickup your voice. You can even be behind the microphone and it will pick up your voice. Not the best solution for a podcaster. Due to the fact aht many podcasters podcast in a room that has walls. The walls and other flat objects reflect the sound back and the microphone will pick it up. So you will get this reverb or in other words you will sound like you are recording in a well. Many omnidirectional microphones are condensers

Polar_pattern_figure_eight

Bidirectional Pickup

Bi directional

You have two areas that will pick up sound equally that is in front and in back. Ribbon Microphones will often have this Polar pattern. Great if you have two hosts and only one mic. Just make sure you have a breath mint.

Polar_pattern_cardioid

See the heart shape of the Cardioid Microphone

Cardioid

As the name sounds this polar pattern is heart shaped, and is one of the best patterns for a microphone to pick up a person talking into it without having the rest of the outside world working in to the recording. Great example of a cardioid dynamic microphone is the Audio Technica ATR-2100 and ATR-2005

With Super and Hyper sub sets

These are some subset of the polar pattern that have a little more pickup behind the microphone. So super and even hyper is not that cool in the world of podcasting.

Polar_pattern_directional

picks up most from the front with a Shotgun mic

Shotgun

Almost all of the pickup is in front of the microphone while there are little zones that are at the sides this is normaly used by television and movies to pick up a mic that is over head. So if you have a video podcast this could be a good solution.

So what type of Microphone?

The one you like the most. Yeah I might cringe a bit when I hear someone bought a Blue Snowball but if they like the sound it produces then my opinion doesn’t matter. If you are able to test out different microphones then I would suggest you do so. Each microphone brand has its own particular brand of sound. Heil PR-40 does a better job of picking up the higher frequencies than a Shure Microphone. So test and listen.

Links mentioned

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Funding your site is not easy but is can be doneOne of the big questions that podcasters want to know is how to support their habit. How do I make money with my show? Making money can be a challenge. It is usually the biggest challenge podcasters face. How to make the ever elusive cash.

This is where some very smart people decided to take the crowdfunding craze and apply it to media creators and you have what was 4 sites that are down to 3 but these three sites

  • Podfund – Very close to Kickstarter but… They are closed. This funding site opened their doors about the same time as Patreon
  1. Use WePay and very confusing as to how to set it up.
  2. Setups Donations or Goals
  3. Support page is broken
  4. at the end there were only 14 people that had used podfund
  5. After talking to the guys at podfund through twitter I found out that there is a new group that has taken over the site and are working on getting it back up and operational again
  • Castbacker – new guy centered around only podcasting
  1. Uses Stripe – so you will need to set up that first
  2. For Podcasters
  3. Pretty straight forward for your fans to back your podcast.
  • Patreon – currently the old guard for this field
  1. Most popular and has had the most success in helping fund podcasts.
  2. Tom Merritt brought most attention to the platform and is currently bringing in $14,444 dollars a month.
  3. You can set up Per episode or per month
  1. Invite only
  2. they have some pretty big claims in being able to help bring money into your show.

Brainstorming to comeup with a new topic is a critical part of podcastingYou have blown through your 10 starter topics. You have a show due tomorrow. What are you going to talk about? There are ways you can search to conversation topics. You just have to get a little creative at times, while other options are very simple and can wield great results.

Brianstorm with Online community or groups

The idea for this very topic came from a Facebook groups. I I picked up last weeks topic up from a facebook group’s discussion about whether or not you need to have an RSS feed on your website. The topic captured the group so much there was lots of discussions on the topic and subtopics. Your topic is often talked about in some area of the internet. It is just a matter of finding these elusive people.

Don’t just target Facebook Groups, Google plus Communities, and LinkedIn Groups. Look to the different forums that are Centered around your topic, or if you are feeling really retro, you might check out different IRC channels.  You will need an IRC client like mIRC or a web based client like KiwiIRC. There are times that you will find some great discussion on these early day chat rooms.

There are people gathered around the internet and they are talking about your area of expertise. If you spend a little time each day at a couple of these places you will be able glean some great information.

Brainstorm with Google Alerts

Want topics to be sent to your email on a daily basis? Or do you use and RSS reader and you would rather have that infomation appear there as it shows up? Then Google Alerts is a great tool to use. Google Alerts is a service that allows for you to get notifications of different search terms as they are found by Google. So, the moment Google indexes say “Microphones for podcasting” I will get an entry in my RSS reader Feedly and I can see if it is something that is worth looking in to. So, Start searching and turn it into an alert.

Brainstorm with your Guests

If you do interviews on your podcast then many times your guest will give you topic ideas. That you can either bring them back on and grow that relationship even more. Then again they may mention a person who might be of interest to interview. You can also ask your guest at the end of the show name three other people you should interview. Ask, it is quite possibly the most powerful tool when brainstorming. Ask your guest who you think should be interviewed, or what topic you think your audience would like to hear about?

Brainstorm with Your Audience

When it comes to wanting what your audience wants, there is no better source than your audience themselves. Your group has a rare insight into what they want to know and they are coming to your for that knowledge. So, they will tell you what they want many times in direct ways. Your podcast listeners will communicate their desires through email, comments, and phone calls. These may be low hanging fruit but then it may be a trend that you might start to notice and that is where the hidden gems and the power of your community comes into place.

Brainstorm with other people in your genre

Yep look to your competition. Listen to podcasts and read blogs of the same people in your field and topic of discussion. These people will many times bring up great topics just in passing without even thinking of how important it is for your followers.  They could also talk about a great topic and you can then share that information with your audience. Or you can invite that person on to your show and forge a relationship with that thought leader.

Your analytics

What topics are your audience searching for? you might look to using a wordpress plugin like Swiftype. This plugin will actually give your search analytics to what people are searching for on your site along with a better indexing of your articles and show notes. Then there is Google’s analytics. This is the best analytics system available for the whole website. Now Google has turned off the keyword searching in whole but you can still pick out what people are after by seeing what you higher ranking pages happen to show up on your listings.

Social media in general

Try looking and doing searches for different phrases for your topic on Twitter or Google plus. With these floodgates of information moving at a continuous flow there are show ideas always running and you just have to do a search for yoru shows topic. You will find people asking questions making comments sharing articles with show topics.

Google News

Google has many great services and one of the best to show ideas is Google News. You can save different search terms in News and go back and see what is current for that specific topics from day to day.

Free writing

You can also pull up an old trick may bloggers and writers use. Free writing is the process of you just writing and typing for the sake of doing so. As you write you mind actually opens up and wierd thought will come to the surface and with those thoughts hints to different topics can be hidden or even fully exposed to the world.

Use your material as inspiration

Many times while writing I have come to the next topic of discussion by working on another blog post or my shownotes. When writing you will start writng something and realise that it is a bigger topic than you were thinking and instead of spending 30 minutes on this topic you might just use that topic for next week and flesh it out even more

Exercise

If all else fails go for a walk. Get your blood flowing with more oxygen in your blood it is bound to go to your brain and with the increase of oxygenated blood the ideas will increase.

NEWS

BlogTalkRadio Misses the point.

Podcast.place – If you are going to be a consultant please show people that you know what you are talking about.

 

Only thinking of iTuens is a big mistake for yoru podcast you are leaving out many podcast listenersRecently, there was a kerfuffle on a podcasters group over on Facebook. Basically it was a Podcast award announcement and a member of the group complained about having to have an RSS feed on their site to have a chance to win. That got the ball rolling and rolling it did. Lots of thoughts and opinions were tossed about, toes were stepped on, eyes gouged, at one time I think I saw Rick Flair body slamming someone. Got so bad that the original message was removed. Podcasters, yeah we are a little opinionated.

Yet, this is why looking to groups and online communities are great for finding topics for your particular show. Many times unexpected show ideas crop up much like this. The main topic of this discussion was why you should have a RSS feed on your front page of your site, or you even need a website for your podcast? Both of these tie into each other.

RSS feed in a nutshell is a special file created by your CMS that points news readers to the most current content on your site. This allows for your information to be syndicated to your readers of your blog and this same file format is what allows for podcatchers to see that you have put out a new show and retrieve the show and show notes. It looks like a mess if you try to look at an RSS feed in your browser, and that is because it wasn’t meant to be read by people.

Why Have The RSS Feed

If the file isn’t suppose to be seen by people then why do you want this on your site? Why not just give iTunes your feed and be done with it? This is the discussion. If you look at your statics. you see that the vast majority of your shows are downloaded by some type of Apple product. Be it an iPhone iPad or iPod there is some type of Apple Core Media or iTunes client grabbing your feed. That isn’t the largest mobile device out there. that belongs to Android operating system created and put out by Google. The Android devices out number iOS by a huge number, but only claim a quarter of the downloads of shows. I put a good portion of the blame for this on Google. Yes, they could make it easier for podcasts to be found, they are in the search business. Yet I also put some blame of the podcast producers who only think of iTunes.

There is more to the world than Apple products. I know. I am an Android user and I run into this very problems many times. I find a podcast I want to check out. I search Pocketcasts and pull up nothing. So I then do a search for the shows website. More often than not I find the site and then look for the RSS feed. If I am not able to find it then I go to the podcast page and look there for the RSS feed, and several times I still dont find it. This is where a critical decision is made, How badly do I want to hear this show? If I dont care that much , then my search ends there. If I want to listener to the show pretty badly then I will check to see if it is a WordPress site. When it is then I will try to get the feed by typing in domainname.com/feed/podcast or if that doesn’t work domainname.com/feed. If either of these paths dont work, then they do not want listeners that bad and I will just drop the search. I will go through a lot more work to get a show than your typical person. Most will stop if they can not find it on their Podcast manager search feature.

I have made it a mission that when I find a podcast I would like to listen too and there is no findable RSS feed to educate that person. I try to contact them. Let that show host know of us special cases. Many have responded  some even didn’t realise there was a world outside of iTunes.

This isn’t the only reason either Window phone users their podcasts app actually uses BING and it will only pull up podcasts RSS feeds not the show. so you need to let Bing know how to find your RSS feeds too. RSS feeds are important, they may not look pleasing to you but there is a purpose to that file.  In fact you don’t have a podcast unless you have an RSS Feed. So, have a link somewhere on your homepage the more prominent the better. IF for whatever reason you can’t have it there, then put it on your Podcast shows page.

Podcast Websites

I have heard why do you need to have a website for your show? Well in truth you don’t you can use what is automatically generated by your media host, and it works great especially if you are using a service like Libsyn They create an RSS feed for you automatically. But what do you tell your listeners? How do new people searching for your topic find you? They will find you, but you are not making it easy for them. You are relying on nothing more than word of mouth and happenstance. Where do you want your fans to go so that they are able to get your information? You going to use a Subdomain? that works it is a little more for your to remember. Is that tumblr with or without an ‘E’? Is it Blogger or Blogspot? So, make it easier at least get an address and own a little bit of your brand. You might be surprised as to how many people are actually looking for you.

There are Android users who consume podcasts be mindful of us we are trying to tell the world.

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There is one thing as a podcaster you will hear from other podcasters and that is,

I am going to be authentic and real

Podcasting is always needed to be real and you should be authentic.There are two reasons as to why a podcast host would even say this? They are not being authentic and that host is trying to cover up a feeling of guilt. If you are trying to cover up the fact that you are doing something that is not real. I hear that phrase and I wonder what that host is trying to hide. Why do they feel that they are not being authentic?

Then there to the context of I don’t want to edit. I just want to keep it real. Well, on this angle that needs to be addressed. There are three items that are important to being authentic.

Authentic sound

When your show is being recorded most folks are not recording in a professional recording booth. Instead they are recording in their bedroom, livingroom, in a basement beside the water heater, or at best in a closet. When recording in one of these uncontrolled environments is you get weird noises, parts of conversations going on in the background. When recording in these conditions it is normal and almost expected in  a podcast. Yet there are times that podcasters will go off and drop a book or knock over their microphone. Often heard after that is I am going to leave that in because I am going to be “authentic”.

OK that is fair that is a way to be authentic true but look at you blog post. or an email you are writing. Did you spell check? Did you grammar check? Did you look to see if you put the right email address? If and when you found mistakes did you not remove those mistakes? So, Are you not being real in your emails to your fans since you didn’t leave those real life moments in? Or are you just being professional and courteous to your reader for not making them have to figure out what you are talking about?

Authentic Courtesies to the  listeners

The same courtesies go to the listeners. They don’t need to hear every “um” or “You know” that is being said, often those comments, start to get old and worn out. If it is doing too much there might be a drinking game created out of the repetitions and crutches and we dont want our listeners driving drunk. Listeners are hard enough to come by we don’t need them killed.

With all kidding aside, a podcaster is not being fake or non-authentic to himself or to their listeners because the show was edited to remove SOME of the verbal crutches used. At the same time do not, remove all the verbal crutches in your recording. That starts to sound fake and unnatural when all the “Umms” are removed.

Authentically care for the show

For this I want to use a little different example. There is a sub-group of American males that like to take a typical pick up, and modify it. They raise it up but huge tires on, and them find a large mud area and go, “Muddin”. It is great! Lots of fun you and the pickup get absolutely filthy covered in mud and goop and you laugh the whole time. Yet when it is done you can be authentic show the world that this pick up went muddin and leave all the mud on the pick up and try to see through a dirty windshield. Leaving the pick up muddy also allows the natural chemicals in the dirt eat at your paint job and cause other problems when left on. So, after all the fun  most guys then go and wash the truck so that it looks good for the gals they are going to drive around town.

So, is that fun-loving red-blooded muddy american guy inauthentic for washing his truck? No, He is taking his girlfriend in mind by cleaning it up. That guy cares about his pickup. The same as you should care about your podcast. Editing is always needed, even if it is just to remove the silence from the coffee kicking in and running to the bathroom.

Be authentic in your thoughts opinions, and views. Yet, when it comes to editing there is no deviation from the image of being authentic. No one will call fake for editing the microphone stand falling over, in fact your audience wont even know.

 

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Sarah Koenig is giving closing keynote at Podcast Movement

There was an update to Powerpress 6 to 6.0.1 The changes made are mostly backend stuff. Like CSS and PHP scripting. I also noticed that there was a change in the iTunes link so instead of itpc it now directs to the itunes page. There is also a change to an Android podcast Manager, Podcast Republic that allows the RSS feed be easier to find. This way it is easier for android users to subscribe to shows.

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podcatcher for androidAntennaPod is described as

…an open-source podcast manager for Android 2.3.3 and above. It offers all the basic features you expect from a podcatcher, like streaming and downloading episodes, refreshing all feeds automatically or adding them to a queue to listen to them later. Moreover, AntennaPod lets you flattr podcasts and episodes from within the app.

And that is just about all that it does. Looking at the app you have the basics.  Download, playback, playback at variable speeds, streaming you can set your download options so that it will only download on Wifi, this is good so that people are not eating up their data plans.  You can also set your max number of episodes you want to have on your device so that shows you don’t listen to very much are not taking up too much room

Big drawback for Power consumers is that there is not organization options on the app. That mean if you have a hundred different shows you will have to manually organise them so you hear what you want first. There are no list options. So, this does cause a problem for category or list makers who only like listening to certain shows first. For the people who only listen to one or two shows then this will not be too much of a problem.

AntennaPod does integrate with gPodder Podcast network so that you can find new shows, but the search is very basic and so if you are searching for a specific show then use the quotes or you will be digging through 2000 different pages. Yet in the same breath you can manage your subscriptions through gPodder or through your decvice. So the ease is great for everyone.

Speaking of ease the makers of AntennaPod also integrated Flattr in to the app  so that you can throw shome shekels at your favorite podcast host and help them pay for their hosting or coffee.

This app is pretty balance needs some features like the ability to automatically notice podcast feeds and offer ability to subscribe. This would go a long ways in helping new podcast listeners into finding shows that they like. Yet, other than that the app is pretty good.

AntennaPod Goods

Integration with Gpodder directory

Flattr integration. So you can send your favorite podcast some cash.

You can set whether your shows download on any wifi or only on particular wifi’s. This is great so that you don’t have to worry about eating up some strangers data if they left their mobile hotspot open, or if your office has a slow connection and you don’t want to be inconsiderate and eat up the bandwidth while your shows are downloading.

Setting for number of episodes that can be downloaded, great for not using up data plans

AntennaPod Bad

No way of organizing your shows

To get variable speed playback you have to use Presto Sound Library or Prestissimo on your device. This doesn’t make it easy for users new or old who are using the app.

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