Podcast! No Foolin’!

April 1st, 2006
 

Tonight I got the urge to try something new, so I put together my first podcast. I bought a new lapel microphone a week or so ago, and I wanted to test it out to see how well it worked with my camcorder and computer. Turns out it works fairly well with both. It took me a couple of hours to figure out how to best use the microphone, then to write and record the podcast, edit the audio down to a final version, and post it here. This is something I probably won’t be doing very often. Click the little podcast icon there on the left to hear my first podcast.

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4 Responses to “Podcast! No Foolin’!”

  1. Ginger Says:

    Cool stuff! I recently started airing on an internet radio station, and now I do a three hour show every Friday evening. 1.5 hours is reserved for alternative music, and another 1.5 for “cheese”–the yucky ballads and 80s crap you just can’t get enough of. :)

  2. jackie salmons Says:

    That is really cool – it sounds like you are sitting in my screen chatting with me – very clear on this end and me being the computer geek want to be I am loving it!

  3. Jim Says:

    What radio station, and where do we find it?

  4. Jerry Says:

    Jim,
    I have been following podcasting for about a year now. Anyway, Audacity is pretty good for most of us (my podcasts are in the “this is cool, but I don’t have enough content worth publishing phase”), but there is another piece of software called CastBlaster that is still in beta but is pretty simple, as well. The advantage of CastBlaster is that it supposed to be the complete, though simple, package that allows the recording and producing of the podcast, as well as publishing to the server with show notes.

    I find that Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code is pretty informative about all of this; his podcast is easily one of the best produced shows, and he uses CastBlaster. He also uses compressors and other “from radio” techniques and equipment to get the radio-quality production that many other podcasts either don’t have or don’t want to have. If you can suffer through his, “Here I am at the Curry Cottage in the affluent suburb of Surrey, after a spin in my new Jaguar”, affect, then you will be able to pick up quite a bit of podcast for podcasters type content. His earier DSC shows in the 100 to 250 range highlight his fiddling around with the various podcast setups he has for his cottage, the condo in SF, his mobile rig, etc. His is not the only podcast show about podcasting, so there might be better SNR on those shows than his; the DSC is nearly daily, and at 40 minutes each, there is a lot of content to dig through.

    O’Reilly has a Podcasting Hacks book that is pretty good in that Hacks-style of writing. I would suggest two things for you right off the bat. One, lapel mics are great for on the road podcasting, but you lose the range that a desktop mic gives you. There are lots of details that revolve around the mic’s pickup pattern, and where you should be positioned in relation to the mic, that make a big difference. Your mic from your WEGL days is an example of a mic that probably performed best when you were speaking directly into it. Two, it has been awhile, but frankly, I did not recognize your voice. In fact, to me, your voice sounded more like me when I listen to my replays than it did you. I attribute this to a limited dynamic range and/or the distance away from the mic. I also noticed the echo more than the noise you were discussing. I think cutting down on the echo (think bedroom and a quilt hanging on the wall for this) might be useful.

    Anyway, I was really excited to hear that you were getting into podcasting, even if just on an occasional basis. Knowing that I have a friend into podcasting should be motivation enough for me to start producing mine and making them available.

    Hope this helps,
    Jerry