Presentation deck (PDF) from the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture workshop on April 7. 2021
Some of the podcasts discussed:
- Invisible Women
- Titans as Teens
- My Friend Ted
- Anthony Bourdain podcast from 2006 for Raincoast Books
- Open hearts. Honest conversations. Family Services of the North Shore
- Pocket Girl Podcast
- Yellow Jack Podcast
- in the works: The Electric Genny podcast
Simplified Podcast Launch Roadmap (pdf)
Audio montage of recent podcasts – various production types:
Helpful articles and enews letters:
Subscribe to Podnews (it’s free) and get daily updates from the podcast world – it’s an excellent source of info
Another daily podcasting enewsletter is PodMov, subscribe for free here.
Pacific Content is a branded podcast company in Vancouver and their blog has a ton of useful info.
Sound Summit is a conference about pro sound gear – they have a YouTube channel of past events
Podcast cover preview
Some Microphone Advice
Email marketing tips from Headliner
Remote Recording (Double Enders):
Iris (was Ringr)
Resonate Remote Recorder
Source-Connect Now (a free version of industry standard Source-Connect – uses Chrome browser)
If you do any recording in the field (i.e. in person) you’ll want to use a proper recorder rather than a computer.
Most modern digital recorders do double duty as a DAC and a mixer. I’ve been using Sound Devices recorders for 25 years and the Mix-Pre series is a fantastic fit for a serious podcaster who need to record with more than one mic. They are simple to use and solidly built for field work. They have great mic pre-amps so your microphones will sound great. They are more expensive than consumer focused gear, but worth every penny.
Like everything else, when selecting a recorder, you should pick the one that fits your requirements – they all have different features – many you will never use.
Sound Devices Mix Pre
There are so many options and it really depends on the type of production. You really get what you pay for with microphones. Remember to check to see what pattern the mic has.
My current favourite USB mic for podcasting is the Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ this is an outstanding mic for the price. (around 220.00 CAD).
How to: Setting up your microphone (Audio-Technica AT 2020 microphone)
Blue makes a range of USB mics (Yeti and variants) that are a favourite of podcasters.
If you need something robust and able to withstand almost any abuse, the EV 635a is what you want. This is the ‘man on the street’ interview mic used the world over. As a reporter this is the mic is used to file every story for 10 years.
The shotgun mic I use at my desk (and what you hear when I’m on Zoom) is a Sennheiser short shotgun (ME36) .
For lavalier (lapel) mics I prefer Tram or Countryman mics. I use Lectrosonic wireless transmitters/receivers, but these are very expensive. (You can also use these mics wired with the right adapter).
If you are going to do a lot of voice work the Neumann TLM 103 is a big investment but will make you sound amazing.
If you’re going to use multiple XLR mics in the same location, you’ll want a mixer. Mackie makes great gear – it’s reasonably priced and really robust mixers. Their small desktop series is called Mix Series in 5, 8 and 12 channels.
Behringer has a line of low priced mixers as well. I prefer the Mackie gear, but Behringer makes a nifty little mixer, the 1002B (10 in, 2 bus) that will run on 9 V alkaline batteries. I have one of these and found it extremely useful in remote recording situations where I didn’t have access to AC.
I’d still prefer to use XLR mics and a mixer into a recorder, or a DAC with multiple inputs straight into ProTools, BUT… Rode has some software that will let you use multiple of their USB mics into a PC, something called Rode Connect.
If you invest in one of Sound Devices Mix-Pre multitrack field recorders, you won’t need the mixer at all. Plug your mics into the recorder, mix on the fly, or just use the ISO tracks (each input is recorded on its own track). The audio from the multiple channels are wrapped in a single file you can just drop into your DAW. These have great pre-amps so your mics will sound awesome.
Audiogram Example: Titans as Teens
Example of a podcast on YouTube
Podcast cover art:
We like working with creative people, so we collaborate with designer Sara Bailey for our podcast cover art. She creates templates we can use for episode specific art and cards for social media.
Some tools you can consider for cover art:
Adobe Creative Cloud Express (formerly Adobe Spark)
Free podcast cover art template from Adobe
Making cover art for your podcast article at Podcast Host
Buzzsprout article on creating cover art
An article on what to do or not do from Captivate
Podcast cover preview, handy to check to see how your art will stand out from the crowd