Podcast Production Quality Is Imperative
It is said by the pros that the most important part of video presentations is the audio. When all you have is audio, the quality can literally make or break your blog content.
Here are 8 professional podcast production tips to help your podcast blog content stand out.
The 8 podcast production tips are:
- Get A Nice Mic-A good directional microphone can cancel room noise and provide an up close and personal feel to your podcast.
- Pick A Good Space-It should be quiet, obviously. Thick carpet, drawn curtains and furniture help minimize echoes.
- Record Separate Channels-It’s better to have each participant record their own part on their own computer and edit them together later. Sound quality over the phone is greatly reduced.
- Stereo or Mono?-Stereo allows you to pan the participants to either side which makes it easier to follow but greatly increases the file size. Know your audience before deciding.
- Compress-This helps minimize the huge dynamic swings in a recording. But don’t overdue it or you risk having a flat, lifeless recording.
- Normalize-This helps boost the overall volume of the recording so it can be heard by all listeners without having to adjust their volume.
- Export to MP3-Mandatory and probably the only audio format you’ll ever need for your podcast.
- Tag It!-Find some software for setting metadata or just use iTunes. Consider adding an image for the podcast artwork.
Using Podcasts To Diversify Your Blog Content
Before you say anything, let me tell you that I’m aware I don’t have a podcast available yet. That project is scheduled for the first quarter of 2009. In fact, as close to the beginning of the year that I can complete it.
For now, I just want to plead with you to consider starting a podcast to add a new avenue to your blog content. Podcasting is exploding right now and having an unbelievably huge distribution channel like iTunes can add a completely new audience for your blog.
The tips in this post come from a SitePoint Blog article entitled “8 Professional Podcast Production Tips“. I highly recommend you go to their site and spend some time. You’ll discover something you didn’t know each time you visit.