There has been a problem that Android users have suffered from since Android’s start. That problem being to quote Rob Walsh, “Google is not a podcasters Friend”. That is because Google doesn’t make it easy for podcast listeners to subscribe.
Normally a podcast listener on Android opens their podcatcher of their choice searcher for the podcast show they are interested in subscribing to. If they are not able to find it because of whatever reason. Then they have to do the multi-step trial of patients. Most podcast listeners give up before they even try these following steps. This is one of the reasons I do believe Google has failed their platform and not even tried to rectify the issue. This could also be the reason why listening to podcasts is predominantly Apples field and not more Android listeners.
The Traditional Steps were
- Find the website for the show
- Look to see if the RSS feed link is visible on the front page. If not, then the podcast listener may keep looking around till they find the rss feed’s address
- Once they have the RSS feeds address, the listener then copies the URL and pastes it into their Podcast manager.
These are way too many steps. The incredibly smart guys over at Blubrry have come up with a solution, and this solution is pretty innovative. The folks over at Blubrry have created the necessary protocols for podcast manager developers to add to their apps for the simple one click Subscribe on Android.
What it means for the Podcast Listener
How it works is easy. If your podcast player supports the Subscribe on Android, and you come across a podcast that has either the Subscribe on Android logo or uses the PowerPress WordPress plugin then when you click on the link, the podcast show will instantly subscribe in your podcatcher. Cuts out the hard work, by making it easier for you, the listener to subscribe to a show.
What it means for the Podcast Producer
Podcast Producers how you can help is by going to SubscribeOnAndroid.com and place your shows RSS Feed Url into the textbox press the “Subscribe on Android” button. If you scroll all the way to the bottom you will see Embed. Place that logo somewhere on your site, preferably in the same area as your other subscription buttons.. Even if you already use PowerPress. This will help the podcast listeners know that the podcast community is trying to help them by making it easier to consume podcasts.
Who supports the Subscribe on Android
As of the 10th of April Podcast Addict Version 3 is the only app that has the needed protocols but more will follow.
If you are a podcast manager developer
Then Subscribe on Android has the needed information for your app development so you can easily implement it into your app and help your listeners not have to work so hard. That information can be found under the For Developers section they lay out all of the needed details and by the looks of it it is only about 10 lines of code.
So give the guys over at Blubrry a big thank you! by using the Click to Tweet link below.Thank you @Blubrry for the Subscribe on Android! #NeededTHis Click To Tweet
Do you need a mixer?
Reasons for YES
Skype Recording and you do not want to worry if Microsoft is going to pull the API again and you want to be able to do Skype recordings without having to spend anymore money. A mixer comes in very handy for this. you can do what is called a mix minus and that allows for you to be able to record the audio on a separate platform or just to have a backup of the conversation. Mix Minus is…
In audio, a mix-minus is a particular setup of a mixing console or matrix mixer, such that the output to a certain device contains everything except the input from that device. This prevents echoes or feedback from reverberating or howling and squealing through the broadcast or sound reinforcement system.
… Thanks Wikipedia
this is a technique used in not just podcasting but radio too that allows for people calling or skyping in to be mixed into the audio stream but not have to try to talk with their echo coming back at them
Co-hosts you want to have more than one person on, while they are in the studio. It is cumbersome to try to talk to a co-host or guest on your podcast with only one microphone. With some mixer boards you can actually record your podcast episode with each person in their own track so it is easier to edit separate tracks than trying to separate two people talking over each other on one track.
Incorporating a sound board
If you want transitions or background music and you do not want to do the post production insertion of the sounds or transition music. A mixer allows you to control the volume and allows you have a separate channel for the sounds
You want more granular control of your sound. So you don’t sound so flat and you want a little more bass in your voice or a little more treble, the mid range sounds need to be brought out. A mixer can adjust and fine tune your sound.
You can mute a mic if needed. If someone is having a coughing fit you can mute that microphone till your guest or co-host regains their composure.
If you are needing to connect your microphone to your computer. If you have an XLR microphone it can be a little tricky connecting your microphone to your computer if you do not have a digital recorder. A mixer can be a good link to get your audio into your computer by using either USB, if your mixer supports a connection, or by using the audio out into mic port.
Reasons for NOT having a mixer
It is just you. Unless you are wanting to have the control of your sound and push your audio to the sound you want.
If its only you and you only have the one mic that is either USB or you have a TS end then you can plug into either into your Recorder or your computer.
Keep it simple There are fewer points of failure so you don’t have as many chances of strange buzz on the line
Update to BluBrry PowerPress
- Released on 1/30/2014
- Fixed bug with MEjs player not working for m4a files (Thanks JT for the code patch!)
- Added logic to PowerPress edit iTunes Subscription URL settings, precaution to make sure the field is saved correctly.
- Made a few CSS changes for WordPress 3.8+
- Noted in the HTML5 audio player option that Firefox 26.0+ now supports mp3 playback. We are aware that Firefox 21.0 supported mp3 playback but it was limited to particular Windows versions.
- Fixed bug where player and links may not appear for custom post type podcasting episodes. (Thanks Seth and Segovia for discovering and helping me debug the problem!)
- Fixed bug where Blubrry hosting customers may not have been able to publish media for custom post type podcasting.
- Renamed post type podcasting setting field in database to avoid possible field setting conflicts.
- Added logic to allow for the premium podcast feeds feature to work with custom post type podcasting.
- Added the HTML5 download attribute, when then download link is clicked the file will be downloaded, rather than streamed to default media player. Only Chrome, Firefox and Opera web browsers currently support this HTML5 attribute.
The Patent troll update
Electronics Frontier Foundation (EFF) was able to raise over $76,000 but the patent troll Personal Audio LLC is now wanting to know who the donors are. Personal Audio is asking a judge to force the EFF to give up the 1300 names on the donor list.
“If Personal Audio succeeds, we fear it will send a message that this new process can be made invasive, cumbersome, and expensive after all, which will in turn discourage others from using it to challenge low quality patents,” – Daniel Nazer lawyer for EFF
Now ArsTechnica was able to get a hold of the CEO of Personal Audio LLC to explain their action and Brad Liddle replied with…
“EFF insinuates the information we are seeking is not relevant to the Texas litigation, but to the extent that other third parties have donated or assisted to the PTO proceeding—to the extent they’ve been working on the inter partes review—they should be bound by the result.”
EFF is fighting and fighting hard to keep the donor list private as it should be.
Some people find shopping for a podcasters a little difficult. Do they need a new mic or mixer. What type do I get? Would they use a new set of cables, or what is a pop filter? The following list is a collection of different equipment needs going from inexpensive, it is the thought that counts; to high dollar, I really love ya, gifts. The podcaster in your life can and will use any of the following you purchase for him.
- Audio-Technica ATR2100 – $39.99 Great beginner podcasters microphone it has a USB interface for those who do not have a mixer to connect and a XLR connector for those who have a sound system. So this is easily the most versatile mic out of the lineup. It Many podcasters use both the USB and the XLR to record while using it with a Skype call. This inexpensive mic also has great sound rejection or not as much background noise is noticeable when being used.
- Dynamic microphone with USB and XLR analog output
- USB to your computer for digital recording, and the XLR connects with your sound system conventional microphone input
- Smooth, extended frequency response ideally suited for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, voiceover, and on-stage use
- Built-in headphone jack allows you to directly monitor your microphone output without audible delay
- Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear
- Built-In Headphone Jack With Volume Control
- Electro Voice RE320 Dynamic Microphone – $276.99 Bring this great professional studio quality dynamic microphone home to really add the desired warmth and depth to your podcasters recording.
- Designed for Broadcast booths, Concert venues, or podcast studio
- Variable-D pattern control
- proximity control minimizes positional and off-axis tonal shifts
- Integrated hum-bucking coil and built in pop filter helps get the best sound you can
- Neodymium magnet creates faster transient response and allows for a cleaner fuller sound
- Unique Dual Personality switch creates two mics in one Extremely durable build, fit and finish
- Heil Sound PR40 – $310.00 The Cadillac of the podcasters microphones. This is a great durable warm sounding microphone. This gem of a microphone helps bring the polishing touch to your sound.
- Copper-wound dynamic with neodymium magnet structure
- Body: Steel body with zinc die-cast bottom ring
- Frequency response: 28Hz to 18kHz
- Impedance: 600 ohms balanced
- Output level: -53.9dB @ 1,000 Hz
- Rode Podcaster USB Dynamic Microphone – $229.00 If you are needing a USB alternative to record with this microphone will help bring your sound to that desired level
- Broadcast sound quality
- 28mm dynamic capsule
- 18-Bit Resolution, 8 – 48 kHz sampling
- Windows and Mac compatible
- Tight Cardioid pattern for superior off axis sound rejection
- DS7200B Adjustable Desk Microphone Stand – $12.95 This little desktop mic stand can do the job of holding your mic so that you will not have to worry about the handling sound.
- Pyle-Pro PMKS3 Tripod Microphone Stand W/ Extending Boom – $27.94 To keep the sound of your desktop at bay then you might want to have a mic stand that is free standing and away from the desk
- Heil Sound PL-2T Overhead Broadcast Boom – $120.00 Balanced to handle the Heil Pr40 This boom arm mic stand is designed to keep noise to a minimum
- Okeba shock mount and Pop filter $11.99 Dave Jackson of the School of Podcasting found this little gem. which will fit most stick style of mics
- Heil Sound PRSM Black Shockmount for Heil PR30 and PR40 Mics $105.00 This special shock mount will kill any sound that may still be traveling through your arm to keep it from entering your recording.
- Peavey PV 10 10-channel Compact Mixer $229.99 Great little mixer with XLR inputs along with 1/4″ TRS connections the slider controls help with the percission of getting the sound just right.
- Built-in DSP effects processor
- 6 RQ (reference-quality) low noise microphone inputs with insert points
- Channels 7/8 and 9/10 w/ dual switchable stereo line inputs
- 3-band EQ on all channels
- LED clip, signal, mute indication
- Mackie 1402VLZ4, 14-channel Compact Mixer$399.99 Recommended by many podcasting enthusiasts
- 14-channel mixer featuring Mackie signature high-headroom/low-noise design
- 6 Onyx mic preamps
- RF rejection perfect for broadcasting
- Phantom power for Condenser Mics
- 14 line inputs with +4/-10 operation control
- Allen & Heath ZED-14 14-Channel Mixer $399.00 Perfect mixer for the beginning Podcaster that is looking to add a mixer to their audio chain. Contains a USB for the chance to send the recording to a computer if you choose.
- 14 inputs total, with 6 DuoPre mic inputs
- 4 auxiliary sends, 2 stereo returns
- 3-Band EQ with sweepable mids
- 12-100MM faders for a professional feel
- Sony MDR7506 Professional Headphone $89.95 Probably one of the clearest sounding headphones allows for you to hear the minute background noises.
- Audio-Technical ATH-M40FS $52.99 Low cost alternative to clearly hear the sound you have recorded, with these around ear cans.
- Roland R-05 Studio WAVE/MP3 Recorder $188.00 – You will want to have the Roland Recorder Power Adapter$43.65 This is a must have if you have a podcaster in your life and they are recording into a computer. Hep them out and get them this little personal digital recorder. The Built in condenser mics are incredible to record with but if you like you can also record in the mic input and ass an extra line input.
- Zoom H4N Handy Portable Digital Recorder $215.00 Quite possibly the most versitile personal digital recorder you could use. With a wide pattern of recording you can use the built in mics or you can use any mic you like because the H4N has 2 XLR input jacks that provide phantom power.
Who doesn’t need adapters? We all need adapters. All are needed in one form fashion or another, Buy one of each or ones you have heard your podcaster talk about
GLS Audio Mic Windscreens – $9.99 These are your typical foam ball mic cover it helps with the plosives and mild wind noise.
Rode Dead Kitten Windscreen – $24.99 Designed for the Rode SVM but will fit any mic that is shaped like it. but dont worry no cats were harmed in the making of these windscreens
Studio Microphone Mic Wind Screen Pop Filter/ Swivel Mount / Mask Shied For Speaking Recording – $7.59 to keep the noise of plosive and simblances at bay your podcaster needs to use a popfilter this will clamp on to just about any stand
Auphonix Pop Filter for Best Recording – $16.99 a double meshed pop filter for added filtering.
Like the adapters a podcaster can always use cables. normally they will just need either XLR male to XLR Female or XLR female to 1/4 Male TRS
6 Foot XLR Male / Female Microphone cable – $8.09 XLR male to Female
DBX 286s Microphone Pre-amp Processor – $187.89 many times you need just a little extra power and clean gain.
Fethead inline mic preamp – €69.95 great inline preamp, that does a incredible job of increasing the gain of a mic without the noise.
Macally Audio and Video Cable for iPod classic 4G, 5G, 5.5G (White) – $9.95 This cable is great for tying an audio device to a mixer.
PNY High Performance 32GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Card (P-SDH32G10H-GE) -$21.99 if you have a personal digital recorder then you want to have an SD card
Tip of the Week
Adapters, thes little things are a life saver!