Podcasting 101

 

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The title of this article would suggest that its being written by a veteran of 100+ podcasts.. That’s not true.. I’ve posted just one audio entry so far. This post is more about sharing how that was done and exploring if you people could give me a solution to a couple of issues I faced while doing it.

So, if you need to podcast, here is “What you need”, the basics..

1. A Microphone – I had a regular Creative Desktop Microphone that I use for Voice-chat and it seems to have served me well.

  • TIP #1: If your Mic is a very sensitive one, keep it at a distance of about 8-10 inches from your mouth. Otherwise the sound of the air you blow out while speaking would lead to noise in the sound-track. Those of you who are used to speaking on the Mic in public would know what I am talking about.

2. Sound Editing Software – Absolutely essential! Most of the better ones are stuff you would have to dish out money for. However some free versions are also available. I would suggest you to try searching for “Freeware / Shareware” on Download.com. As for me, I used Adobe Audition (Full version) – formerly Cool Edit Pro.

Check out this comprehensive list of digital audio recorders, including whether they are Free / Chargeable.

  • TIP #2: If you’re a “newbie” (like me!) / “Just exploring“, the regular Windows Sound Recorder would be fine but I found the quality of the recorded sound to be very poor. Besides, a Sound Editor enables takes / re-takes / edits until you get that “piece” which you would call a “master-piece”.. (Yeah! We all love appreciating ourselves, don’t we?)

Now, something for those of you on WordPress.com, first of all you need to figure out how to add mp3 files to your WordPress.com blog. Secondly (and unfortunately!), WordPress.com (free) users cannot upload mp3 files on their servers. So you basically have 2 options if you are a free WP user:

  1. Buy the space upgrade (which enables you to upload mp3, ogg, wma etc); or
  2. Upload the mp3 file “somewhere” on the Internet.

The question is, where would the “somewhere” be. I tried using a lot of free server / file-sharing sites like 4shared.com, esnips.com etc. They all allow you to upload mp3 files but the problem is that you cannot get a “link” to the particular mp3 file which you would need to add the file to your posts while publishing. I was lucky, I help build and maintain this spirituality site on a server on which we had purchased space.. But then this is only a stop-gap arrangement. So as of now, I am looking for a nice (free!) file share which lets me link directly to the mp3 file rather than give me an encrypted link which can “lead” me to it.

WordPress has a Sonific Widget which you can add to your sidebar(s). So you could create a Sonific Account and then add all your audio files there and link them on the widget. I could have done this, but decided against it because I liked the idea of pod-casting “on the fly” along with (and inside!) my post rather than them appearing like a random mp3 / music file on my sidebar.

There are Loads of other ideas in my head about how this medium can be used / exploited and how we could “do it better”.. But first I need to settle this “space” problem. I might go in for a Space upgrade but that would mean I’d have to shell out some “moolah”.. Am I ready for it?

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14 thoughts on “Podcasting 101

  1. @ Poonam,

    As Ruhi has mentioned in the comment, Odeo can be used for free MP3 file uploading.. Planning to use it the next time I try and post an audio entry.. Try it! .. It;’s not to bad… FOllow the exact SAME procedure mentioned in the post.. (Trust me, it doesn’t take as much time as it soudns!).. sign up on Odeo.com, upload the file on their server.. and then link it from WordPress..

    You CAN! :)… Cheerz.. and Glad you liked it!

  2. @ Ashish

    Glad you liekd the “HowTo”… yeah…we should create a Podcasting Community.. and help each other with these nagging issues if they arise, Whattsay?… Maybe just an unofficial circle of “Podcasters” on the sidebar of each of our blogs…

    Kpowerinfinity has tried it..
    Poonam has expressed an interest as well..

    Thanks for the tip off on the StumbleUpon link.. will correct it RIGHT away!.. (Once I get home.. am at work now!).. :mrgreen:

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