Re: [podcasters] Article: Audio Content and Podcast Usability
> Article summary: "The first part of this article will help you decideJohn,
> if you want to create podcasts and audio content. Assuming you want
> to dive into podcasting, then the second goal is to help you do it
> right; usability applies to podcasts."
> Here's the link...
Thanks so much for your thoughtful and helpful article. I have been
feeling many of the same things as I listen to all the new podcasts
that are popping up. Everyone who is currently producing or thinking
of producing podcasts, or any audio content for that matter, would be
wise to read John's article. Especially important is the notion that
technology never supersedes presentation; just because your blog is now
in an audio format, doesn't mean it's better all of a sudden.
Producing an audio program is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from writing a
weblog. Below are just a few follow-up comments to John's article:
> Test all of your equipment before and after your recording session.Audio editing can be a crucial aspect of your production. I am an
> Check your microphone(s), check your software, check your outlets.
> This might sound like silly advice, but just get in the habit of
> checking everything. Remember, editing audio isn't fun. It sucks up
> time that you could be using to produce new content.
audio editor/engineer myself, and very often what it takes someone 10
minutes to say off the top of his head can be pared down to about 6
minutes of valuable content. Yes editing is time-consuming, but it can
be fun, and it definitely makes for a better show in the end.
Listeners probably do not want to hear you ramble; they want something
that's tight and terse.
> Test your content on various output devices. Some people will listenI can't emphasize enough how important this is. Your radio show will
> to your content with headphones, others with a decked out PC sound
> system. Check your volumes and your channels. Have the right balance
> of sound to voice. Experiment. Have users "try" your content on their
> own devices. Don't give them advice and don't help them. Throw them
> the file and let them tell you how it worked. Use their feedback to
> improve your production. Once you have a good system in place, and you
> feel that your listeners will be happy, save your settings. Make back
> ups of everything, including your settings.
likely be heavily compressed (when translated to MP3 format), and
without the proper regard for adequate volume levels and equilization
settings, your show will end up sounding like total crap. Listen to
NPR, observe how they mix their shows and try to mimic it. The more
professional your show sounds, the more likely people will continue to
listen. That said, content is everything. Even if your show sounds
great, if you have nothing interesting/entertaining to say, people