Author: Matthew McLean

Creating a Promo Trailer for Your Podcast

It’s a good idea to create a short promo trailer for your podcast, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, you can embed it on the front page of your website. That way, everyone who lands on your site can get an immediate taster of your content without the need to jump through any hoops. Secondly, your trailer can be featured and played on other podcasts. This might be a show that invites promo trailer submissions, like Libsyn’s The Feed. Or it might be a ‘trailer swap’ agreement between yourself and another podcast to promote each other to your respective...

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Should I Batch My Podcast Episodes?

In recent years “batching” has become a household term in the podcasting realm. Batching is a productivity method. The concept is basically that it’s more efficient to create multiple episodes in one session than it is to create individual episodes in multiple sessions. It’s hard to argue with that. If you’re setting up and preparing to record just once, instead of five times, then that alone is going to save you a fair bit of time. But there’s always a danger of any one-size-fits-all approach in podcasting. Because many of the medium’s top (and most prolific) podcasters do it...

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8 Ways to Measure Your Podcast Audience Engagement

Download numbers can tell you a lot about how your podcast is doing, but they’re not the full story. The topics and subject matter of podcasts can vary wildly from one show to the next – and that means that so too can the potential audience size. Entertainment and “general” interview shows have huge potential audiences. On the other hand, podcasts with huge potential audiences rarely realise them because they’re simply not targeted enough. A lot of podcast listeners want content that it feels like it’s been made exclusively for them. That’s why it’s often hyper-niche or localised shows...

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The Rode PSA1 – A Professional Studio Boom Arm for Podcasting

All boom arms are not created equally. Many podcasters learn that the hard way by opting for ultra-cheap models that don’t work very well, and break quickly. We’ve had our fair share of duds in The Podcast Host studio, but one of our best boom arm investments has been in the form of the Rode PSA1. It’s a premium model when it comes to buying a mount for your mic – and at the price of $99/£64 it’s certainly a big investment for the podcaster on a tight budget. It’s understandable that many either opt to spend an eighth...

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Zoom H6 Review: The Ultimate Podcasting Recorder?

Zoom are the masters of the digital recorder, and the Zoom H6 is currently their marquee model. We’ve been using the H4 and H5 recorders for a few years here at The Podcast Host, and both are superb bits of kit. But we treated ourselves to an early Christmas present in the shape of the H6, and I’d been looking forward to getting a good look at it. I’ve heard enough glowing reviews of the H6 from well respected podcasters and audio engineers to know that there’s no doubt over its quality. So, in this review, we’ll go over...

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Podcasting for the Blind & Partially Sighted

Launching and running a podcast can have its challenges, and there are many reasons why people might be held back in the medium. Having low or no vision is certainly a big challenge, but it’s one that can be overcome all the same. This is a case study of two podcasters who’ve figured out the tools and techniques that enable them to get their voice out there. Stuart Beveridge Stuart is an Assistive Technology trainer at Fife Society for the Blind in Scotland, and is blind himself. His podcast – Accessible Tech Mentor – is designed to highlight accessible apps for...

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The Podcraft 2017 Christmas Special

The Podcast Host team try the “just 3 guys, in a basement, drinking beer” approach in this Christmas special, where, unfortunately, you’ll learn absolutely nothing about podcasting. Well, maybe there’s a bit of “how not to” in here… Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS Aside from that, some of the topics you will hear about are Scottish beer, animal adoption, tabletop wargaming, and questionable parenting. All the very best for the holiday period, and we’ll be back with plenty more (useful) content in...

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Do I Need a Team to Make a Highly-Produced Podcast? Podcraft 907

The vast majority of podcasts are run by one single person. But does the “one man band” approach work for Highly-Produced Podcasts? The answer is, it depends. There are reasons why it can work, and reasons why it might not. You might really dislike some of the tasks involved in putting this type of show together, and be keen to outsource them to someone else. You might simply not have the time to do it all yourself, or maybe it’s the expertise in certain areas that you feel you’re lacking in. The starting point here is to break yourself...

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The Sony ICD-PX470 Digital Recorder | A Podcasting Review

There’s a plethora of entry-level digital recorders on the market nowadays. And whilst I usually find myself recommending the Zoom H1 or the Tascam DR-05 to beginners, I’m always open to trying out new models. Granted, the Sony ICD-PX470 probably isn’t designed to compete with the H1 or the DR-05, but it is made by Sony, who are certainly no amateurs in this game. On top of that, it’s also around £30/$30 cheaper than the other two. It would be more reasonable to compare the PX470 with the Olympus WS-853 – and it costs less than that model too. The...

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Using Music & SFX in Highly-Produced Podcasts | Podcraft 906

The use of music, ambience, and sound effects can really enhance your podcast episodes and give them that highly-produced feel. In this episode we talk about the use of these elements, and how to get the right balance so that they enhance and compliment your content. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS We discuss where to find music and sound effects for podcasts, and our process for layering them into our own productions. We also cover podcast bitrates, working in stereo, and catering to the listener’s experience. Links & Resources Jamendo AudioBlocks Incompetech Freesound Hostile...

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