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Podcasting Bumps and Potholes

So…this has been an enlightening week. I’ve run into a few…issues making my first podcast (due out Saturday by the way), and I was hoping I could share them with you guys so you could learn from my mistakes. Let’s jump right in.

Vista hates me

Most competent operating systems allow you to record whatever it is you’re hearing, in addition to what’s being said into the mic. Vista, of course, is not a competent OS. I really don’t understand this one. XP let me do it. Maybe Microsoft is trying to prevent music piracy? Whatever the reason, it’s really annoying. No matter what I did, I could not get Audacity to record what I was hearing. That left me with two options: Use the ‘line in’ port or find a different program. Thankfully, I found a program built specifically for recording Skype calls, so disaster averted. The only minor annoyance was that it exports files in the .ogg format (stupid open sourcers), but Audacity can read and import those as well.

Make sure your setup works before starting the interview

Props to Nick for having a lot of patience. I called him up, hit record, and hit a brick wall. As I mentioned earlier, it was recording me and not him. After keeping him on for a few too many minutes, I told him I’d call back later. Several hours later, I finally had things working and did the interview.

Keep in mind that, unless you’re paying them, the people you interview are doing you a favor. Keeping them waiting is unprofessional, so make 100% sure everything is working before calling them up.

Make sure your volume matches theirs

My interview with Nick is going to sound a little…odd. It wasn’t until after I had finished the whole thing and started playing it back that I realized that my mic’s volume was sitting at 2 while his was ALL THE WAY UP TO 11. It took me over an hour to get my volume matching his, and it really doesn’t sound right. For starters, you can hear a lot of white noise when I’m talking. Secondly, if we’re both talking at the same time, you can barely hear me at all. Lesson learned: Turn up your mic. It’s easier to lower the volume than to raise it.

Practice a bit beforehand

Always know the direction your interview is going. Keep a list of questions open and try to make the conversation flow without any long pauses or awkward transition. Also, keep in mind that interviews require a bit of improv, so just do your best to keep things fluid and moving.

Learn from my mistakes

Yeah, it’s been frustrating, but it’s really rewarding to see (hear?) it all come together. I’ll be interviewing Jason later today, and after that I just need to stitch the whole mess together. Come Saturday, it’ll see the light of day. I hope you guys like it.

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