273 Recording Audio On A Tight Budget – Multiple Guests With Audio Clips – File Formats – And More!
Summary: Equipment Options For Under $200 My primary focus with Podcast Answer Man is to help people create amazing sounding and extremely well produced shows. However, I am often asked what is available to those who want to record their audio on a very limited budget. In this episode, Steve called in to ask what the minimum requirements were to record a podcast and what I would recommend if someone had $199 to put toward equipment purchases. In the episode, I explain that there are a large number of options out there. However, I chose to focus on six options. Have a listen to hear my full explanation of each of the following: - Option 1: Any Telephone using a service like TalkShoe.com. - Option 2: Built In Microphone - Option 3: Smart phone with recording app like Griffin's iTalk. - Option 4: A USB Headset. - Option 5: The Shure X2U SM58 Combo. - Option 6: The Roland R-05. See Podcast Answer Man Episode 228 What file format should I use for my podcast? Technically, an audio podcast can be made up of any digital audio file, regardless of which file format you use, that is made available through an rss feed. Trinity called in to say that she has been producing an audio podcast where some folks are complaining that they are unable to play the episodes on their media player of choice. In the episode, I explain why I feel that every audio podcaster should be producing their show as an .mp3 audio file. What do I need to bring multiple guests and audio clips into my show? Every day, I get emails that contain the phrase "quick question." One of the reasons that I produce this show each week is to answer the more frequently asked questions so that I can have a resource to point people to when the same question comes up again in the future. Kelsey originally wrote me such an email and I asked if he would be willing to call in the question so that I could answer it in the show. He wants to create a variety show with a cohost and wants to also be able to bring a 3rd party on, as a guest, and wants to be able to play audio clips so that all three of them can hear each other and the audio clips, and have all of the above recorded. He asked if it was possible to do all of this simply using hardware on a single computer. If not, he wanted to know a list of equipment that he might need to pull this off. During my answer, I referred to this PDF Diagram. This type of question typically takes a bit more of a one on one approach. It is best answered with the use of visual aide, via screen sharing, and getting feedback from the other person to make sure they are following along. I'd like to think that I would get an A for effort for attempting to answer this question via an audio podcast. However, by the end, I was almost certain that I'd got a bit too technical and that what I was explaining may simply be too much to answer via an audio response. Have a listen and let me know what you think about the answer I gave in the comments section below. Personal Plug of The Week This week’s personal plug of the week goes out to the Social Media Marketing Podcast by Michael Stelzner. If you check out his show and like it, please be sure to let him know you heard about the show from The Podcast Answer Man! Taking My Public Speaking To The Next Level! I signed up for Kent Julian’s Speak It Forward Bootcamp that will take place in Georgia on October 25-27, 2012. I’ve been doing a lot of public speaking over the past few years and I’m going to be delivering my first Keynote speech at the end of this month. I’ll do a decent job with my talk. However, I’m ready to take my public speaking to the NEXT LEVEL! Maybe you will consider joining me. I’m Coming To Dallas/Fort Worth I’m so excited to announce that I am going to be speaking at the Catholic New Media Conference. The conference is going to be held in the Dallas/Fort Worth Texas area on August 29th-31st.