Behind The Mic

I'm fairly new to the podcasting game. My tools will evolve as I learn and become more proficient with the ones I'm using now. One of the drivers behind making this podcast was bringing more openness to the world of work, and with that spirit I'm sharing the tools and resources I use to put this show together in case it might be helpful for aspiring podcasters. I'll keep this updated as I discover and use new tools.

Preparation: Google Docs and Evernote

I use Google Docs to maintain an intro sheet for guests with details on the podcast and recommended best practices for recording. I use Evernote to track show notes, content calendar, and assorted podcast tools / tips / best practices I clip from the web. 

Mic: Apogee 96k Microphone

I used an Apogee 96k Mic for the first four episodes, then transitioned to the Rode Podcaster for episode five and beyond (if you hear a difference, that's why). The Apogee is much more compact, so still my preferred travel mic as it connects directly to iPhones using a lightning plug adapter.

Interview Platform: Skype

I use Skype audio to conduct the interviews so that I can use Call Recorder as a backup audio source. Skype Audio can be spotty depending on bandwidth, so I usually try to have guests record audio native on their computer and send me the raw audio file that I edit in Camtasia 2 (below).

Audio Editing: Camtasia 2

Most podcasters use tools like Final Cut, Adobe, or even Garage Band for Macs. I've used Camtasia for basic video/audio editing in the past, so just used what I knew. I may transition in the future, but for now this meets my needs. 

Mastering: LANDR

I'm no audiophile and certainly not an audio engineer. I can manipulate things like volume in Camtasia, but I'm still not strong enough of a user to do all the things you need to produce clean audio. That's where LANDR helps me. Once I've created the finished .m4a file in Camtasia, I drag it into LANDR which masters it based on some predetermined sound parameters. The end result is something a little cleaner than I have the ability to produce on my own (for not at least).

Hosting: SoundCloud

I use SoundCloud to host and syndicate the podcast, with an upgrade to a PRO account. There are other options, but I'm a fan of SoundCloud and like the embedded social nature of the platform that makes it easy to share, embed, and comment on content. They're analytics are also very solid. 

Distribution: Website and iTunes

I created the using SquareSpace. That the primary hub for the show. I also made the show available on iTunes through SoundCloud's RSS feed to give listeners another option to listen.