Author: Matthew McLean

Best Space Podcasts | Our Favourite Shows for Exploring the Cosmos

In a weird roundabout way, it took making a “space podcast” of our own before we actually went down the rabbit hole of listening to most of these shows ourselves here at The Podcast Host. It’s been such an enjoyable listening experience so far that we figured our own audience might be interested in hearing our current recs. So here’s a Best Space Podcasts roundup for you! Interplanetary Podcast A weekly series from England. Co-hosts Jamie and Matthew discuss the latest news news on all things space exploration in a fun and enjoyable way. They have regular interviews too with...

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How to Get Your Podcast on Spotify

If your podcast isn’t available on Spotify yet then you’re missing out on a huge amount of potential new listeners. Despite being relatively new to the podcasting arena, Spotify swiftly rose to second place behind iTunes/Apple Podcasts as the most popular place podcasts are consumed. According to Libsyn’s official podcast ‘The Feed’, they’re currently accounting for around a 5% slice of the ‘total podcast downloads everywhere’ pie. With around 140 million active subscribers using the app on a daily basis, it’s no real surprise that the music streaming giant has made so much gain in so little time. That...

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Studio Cable Management for Podcasters: Keeping Things Tidy

Podcast studio cable management. A truly riveting subject! It is actually one of these weird subcultures in the tech world though. I hadn’t realised this until I was recently handed the task of tidying up our own studio. There are folks out there who are obsessed with keeping cables tidy. And there’s lots of products out there which help them to do so. The Podcast Host Studio Our own studio was getting embarrassing. It was one of those situations where the basic kit was set up, and then additional things have been added and moved around as and when...

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How Do You Edit and Produce an Audio Drama Podcast?

Audio Drama is one of the most complex types of podcast you can create. From planning to publishing, the entire process dwarfs that of a conversational podcast. For this reason, serialised Audio Dramas are a lot less sustainable than other types of podcast. Few (if any) Audio Dramas run on an ongoing weekly episode schedule. Batch-creating seasons, or putting episodes out as and when they’re ready are more common approaches in this medium. At The Podcast Host, we run a series called Hostile Worlds. This is an Audio Drama combined with space/science documentary elements. It’s a really heavily produced...

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Tools & Tactics for Making a Highly-Produced Podcast | Podcraft 908

In the final episode of our season on creating Highly-Produced Podcasts, we look at some of the tools and tactics to make your workflow as smooth as possible. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS Tools for Planning Evernote Trello Notion Tools for Scripting Scrivener Celtx Trint – Automated transcriptions (cheaper) Rev – Human transcriptions (more accurate) Tools for Production Adobe Audition Audacity Production Tips Have standard operating procedures for mixing in shared sessions. Have a good file naming system. Back up files on a network drive, or in the cloud. Work With Us We can...

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Should I Start Multiple Podcasts?

Most aspiring podcasters don’t just come up with one single idea for a podcast series. It’s a creative medium after all. Audio has limitless possibilities, and here’s also no gatekeepers to tell you what you can and can’t put out there. So, instead of just running one podcast, why not two or three? Many podcasters run multiple shows (successfully), so this absolutely can be done. But is it the right move for you? Not If You’re Just Starting Out If you’ve never run a single podcast series before, then there’s your starting point – run a single podcast series....

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Audiobooks, Patreon & Sponsorship to Monetise a Creative Podcast

In this episode I’m talking to Joanna Penn of ‘The Creative Penn Podcast‘ about monetisation methods for podcasting. Joanna runs one of the UK’s longest lasting shows, alongside her hugely successful ‘self publishing’ website: The Creative Penn. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS Early on she made the decision that the show had to pay for itself, to justify her time away from the main work on her blog. Joanna’s story is a great example of how a bit of creativity and purpose can lead to the ideal combination of monetisation methods for yourself. And the...

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Adobe Audition CC Review | Top Podcast Production Processes

There are many different programs out there for recording and editing audio. Adobe Audition Creative Cloud is one of them, and it’s considered a “premium” option for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s an immensely powerful, intuitive, and flexible DAW (“DAW” stands for “Digital Audio Workstation”, by the way). Secondly, it costs a monthly subscription fee to use it. Whilst I know I can record and edit audio for free with Audacity, or pay a one-off fee and get Reaper, I’ve always stuck with Audition over the years. There’s no single “correct” DAW to use though. It’s really more...

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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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