Recording and Editing a Podcast

Podcast Mic 1If you love liberty, if you understand the principles that can keep us free, if you have the gift of gab… you can be a part of DallyPost Radio or the DallyPost Academy by simply placing your awesome pod-cast in our stream.

Are you thinking of stating a podcast but think it sounds daunting? Don’t worry… the basics are not too difficult. It does, however, take some planning and setup.

The first thing you’ll need to do is create a concept for your show. What is your theme? Who is your audience? What do you want to teach them? This is your starting point.

Now, on to the format. I absolutely do not recommend scripting out the show but I do recommend defining a general format. This is not a speech or a presentation. This is a conversation. With that in mind, come up with a format that is easy to understand, introduces some variety, and moves along at a good pace. Here is the template I use:

  • Intro and Welcome
  • Constitutional Minute
  • Strange News (something weird to add interest)
  • Sound Off (read , play and respond to listener comments)
  • Young Americans for Liberty
  • Primary topic overview and guest introduction if applicable
  • Action Items (a few actionable items that people can implement immediately)
  • Random (a few minutes of goofing off)
  • Closing and Sign off

The next question to answer is pertaining to the equipment you will need. There are many options. I will limit my comments to two affordable but highly workable solutions.

With Skype With a Field Recorder
Your guests can call in to your computer using Skype. Skype is free. You can use a field recorder. I use the Tascam DR-40. Zoom makes an H4n which is roughly equivalent but I have no experience with it. This recorder has two inputs which can be easily balanced. You can insert any combination of professional mics, inexpensive armature mics or a mic for you and a connection to your phone so that your guest can call in. This option is a bit more expensive.
The recording quality of most computers is acceptable but not great. The audio quality of a good field recorder is excellent.
Your computer may not be very portable. The field recorder can be slipped in your pocket and used as a combination mic and recorder for interviews in the field.

Once your show is recorded, bring it into Audacity and prepare it for broadcasting. The following video will guide you through the basics of audio file prep. Below the video are the basics in a quick bullet point list.

  1. Click Effect > Normalize. Make sure that Remove DC offset is checked. Make sure that Normalize maximum amplitude is checked and set to -1.0. Make sure that Normalize stereo channels independently is not checked. This will bring the volume level to a stand, insuring that all produced shows can be heard without adjusting the volume.
  2. Listen to your audio and remove ahhs, uhhs and other filler words or mistakes that do not contribute to the quality of your audio. Do this by:
    • Choosing the select tool.
    • Selecting undesirable portion of your audio track.
    • Clicking the delete key to remove the selected audio.
  3. Click Effect > Compressor to eliminate spikes and render a more pleasing audio. Recommended settings are:
    • Threshold: -14 db
    • Noise Floor: -40 db
    • Ratio: 2:1
    • Attack Time: 0.2
    • Release Time: 1.0
  4. If your audio has an annoying background hiss or hum, this is the time to remove it.
    • Click on the Selection Tool
    • Select a portion of the audio that should be producing no sound and click Effects > Noise Reduction.
    • Click Get Noise Profile.
    • Click on your track to unselect the previous selection.
    • Click Effects > Noise Reduction.
    • Click OK to remove background noise in the entire track.
  5. If you desire to include intro music or sound clips, view the above video to see how it is done. Free music files may be found at www.bensound.com, www.flashkit.com, www.freestockmusic.com, www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music and other sites which may be located with a simple google search. You can drag and drop video files into Audacity. The program will simply include the audio portion of a video and disregard the rest (Downloaded YouTube videos can be a great source of political sound bites).
  6. Tou can create pleasing fades between imported sounds by:
    • Clicking the Select Tool.
    • Selecting a portion of an audio track to be faded.
    • Clicking Effects > Fade In or Effects > Fade Out.
  7. The last step is critical. Once again, normalize your file as described in step 1.
  8. When everything is perfect, save your file by clicking on File > Export file. The above video speaks of a required naming convention and proper meta tags. Don’t you worry about that. Name and tag your file any way you like.

The last step is to get your show on DallyPost.com where I can help increase your visibility and create a common source for all things pertaining to local liberty..

  • Prepare your show and upload it directly to your pod-cast.
  • Log in at DallyPost.com and create a post. Be sure to embed a pod-cast player for your show.
  • I will review and publish your post.
  • Finally, I will market your posts just as I do my own.

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