#228 Blogworld Expo Introduction to Audio Podcasting

In this episode you’ll hear the session I taught on how to create an audio podcast using the Mac. In this talk I walk through all of the tools I use, and I explain how each piece fits together to create the show. I give a bit of advice on microphones and recording software, I explain how to compress the files, and how to turn the audio recording actually into a Podcast feed. If you’d like to follow along with the slides, you can find them at slideshare.net/nosillacast.

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Today is Sunday October 18th, 2009 and this is show number 228.

This week was a whirlwind with Steve and my trip to Blogworld and New Media Expo. We had a fantastic trip, mostly because of the quality time we got to spend with our podcasting homies. The downside of having so many good friends at the show was that we didn’t get to meet a lot of new people like we usually do. If you see a table full of your friends you’re less likely to go make new friends. I wouldn’t give up for the world the time with Victor Cajaio, Don McAllister, Andy McCaskey, John Chambers, George Starcher, Dave Hamilton, John F Braun, Jean MacDonald, Donald Burr, Chuck Joiner, David Sparks, Chris Christianson and especially Louis Trepani who wins the award for the hardest way to get to Blogworld (21 hours to get from New York to Vegas). We DID manage to meet a whole new Belgian – a lovely man named Stefaan Lesage, who does a Mac podcast called itutorpodcast.com. I was hoping to listen to it but it’s in Dutch so all our Belgian friends will get to enjoy it! Can someone explain to me why we have such a high percentage of Belgians on this show? It’s getting kind of spooky! Stefaan hung out with the Mac Roundtable crew the whole time and we really enjoyed getting to know him.

al before her big debutI was thrilled to get to speak at Blogworld, and I did a session called simply Introduction to Audio Podcasting. As is frequently the case with me, when I get excited I talk REALLY fast. So what I thought would be a 45 minute presentation ended up only taking 30 minutes. That turned out to be perfect because they had a lot of questions and the whole thing turned out to be about one hour. My plan was that I would turn on my Zoom H2 on the podium to record myself, but it wasn’t until I got to the part where I wanted to show the audience the H2 that I realized I never set it up to record. the good news is that Donald Burr was in the front row with his Zoom H2 (and he DID remember to record) and Steve had his camcorder recording as well. Now this gave Steve and me an excuse to learn how to extract audio from iMovie, and how to use SoundSoap from Bias Inc. as a plugin for Wiretap studio to extract noise, remove rumble, and amplify the sound so that it’s at least tolerable for you. the irony of this is that the very first time I met Donald Burr was at the Bias booth at the Podcast Expo a few years ago! So here we are 3 years later and I’m using SoundSoap to enhance the recording Donald made for me. How’s that for the circle of life?

The charts for my pitch are available at slideshare.net/nosillacast so you can follow along if you like. The slides are very minimalistic to give visual cues, but the last 3 pages has links to all the products I talked about and the cost of each product. I’m very pleased with the slides – it was actually my first official foray into Apple’s Keynote software and I was delighted with how quickly I was able to figure out how to do stuff, like transitions and a teeny bit of animation on the slides. I was even more delighted when I received an email from slideshare.net telling me that they were featuring my slides on their home page under Blogworld! How cool is that?

I took a bunch of photos – if you’d like to see them, here’s a link to my Flickr gallery.

Anyway, next week I’ll talk a bit more about the show and hopefully start going through some of the products I learned about and the people I met. For this week, let’s go ahead and get started with the audio recording of my pitch Introduction to Audio Podcasting:

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I hope you enjoyed that whirlwind tour through my philosophies and tools on how I create an audio podcast. I had a great time doing the presentation and the people who came up and talked to me afterwards were VERY enthusiastic. I was delighted that they so quickly grasped our Dumb Question Corner philosophy – they embraced it! Remember if you want to see the charts, with all of the links and prices on the tools go to slideshare.net/nosillacast. Next week’s show will be a “normal” show with lots of NosillaCast goodness – Evan and Donald and Rose all have good things in store for us. Keep the emails coming, especially those dumb questions, to allison@podfeet.com. Be sure to follow me on Twitter to at twitter.com/podfeet. Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed.

5 thoughts on “#228 Blogworld Expo Introduction to Audio Podcasting

  1. Eileen Paulin - October 20, 2009

    Allison,
    Your presentation at BlogWorld was wonderful. Thank you for sharing very valuable information. Really appreciate your openness and willingness to share.

  2. Stefaan Lesage - October 20, 2009

    Hi Allison,

    Well was great meeting up with you guys, really loved it. Spending some time with really great Mac Podcasters is always a good thing, so I enjoyed every bit of it. Your presentation at the Blogworld & New Media Expo was very good as well. Hope the video / audio recording went smoothly (if I remember it correctly someone forgot about the record button).

    Hope to keep in touch with you guys, and hopefully we will meet again in the future.

    Best regards, and thank for the fabulous time.

    Stefaan

  3. Donald Burr of Borg - October 22, 2009

    Hey, you forgot to mention the part about my rather, erm, dramatic entrance to your session.. 😉

  4. podfeet - October 22, 2009

    LOL – that WAS pretty, erm, dramatic! I wouldn’t dare mock you for it but if you feel the deep need to incorporate it into your next review for the show, be my guest!

  5. Donald Burr of Borg - October 24, 2009

    I dunno, I think it was rather funny. Basically, I was running late that morning, and was SO enthused about seeing Allison’s presentation that I, erm, wasn’t exactly looking where I was going. So here I am, coming into the room where Allison’s talk is being held, running like a bat out of hell, and BOOM, I crash into… a mic stand. With a live mic on it. Made a rather horrendous noise, and of course I made a rather ungraceful landing. Fortunately, both myself, my gear (computer, etc. I was carrying with me) and the mic+mic stand survived the ordeal.

    Now in my defense, that mic stand was awfully camouflaged. The floor had this weird pattern on it, and the mic stand and mic sorta blended in with it, so I didn’t see it at first. Although if I wasn’t running at Warp 9, and had I not been so nervous, I probably (maybe) would have been able to avoid it.

    It was kinda funny tho, in retrospect. 😉

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