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Tips and Tricks

To get the best results when recording your podcast, here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Read the included User Guide and How-To Guide. I initially missed some important setup tips that seem obvious in hindsight.
  • Install the LAME MP3 encoder so you can export MP3 files from Audacity. Visit this site for details.
  • Use a pop filter to eliminate pop. You can make an impromptu pop filter by stretching an old nylon over a bent coat hanger or an embroidery hoop. However, I didn't have a pop filter, and if you listen to my sample podcast, you can hear me "popping my Ps" at one point. You’ll know just what I’m talking about when you hear it.
  • Windows users can use Skype and PowerGramo to record co-hosts to their podcasts. Under OS X, try Skype and Audio Hijack Pro.
  • Practice makes perfect. Script your podcast (or at the very least write an outline for what you plan to talk about) and do a dry run so you can get used to talking into a microphone.
  • Check your levels. When using PowerGramo (or Audio Hijack Pro) and Skype to record multiple contributors, check them again.
  • The pause button is your friend. If you need to collect your thoughts, pause your recording and then begin again when you’re ready.
  • Try the Podsafe Network for music you can use on your podcast, either as your introduction music or as filler.
  • Engage your listeners—talk to them, not at them. Try to speak naturally and not too quickly.
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