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to send people with bad audio to help get their audio better. It’s the only page they need.)
HOW TO GET GREAT SPOKEN AUDIO, LIVE OR RECORDED (OR BOTH) FOR ALMOST NO MONEY:
- Read this post (important) for inexpensive excellent spoken audio mic suggestions, mic placement instructions and more: Michael W. Dean’s 20-Minute Audio School
- Extra credit: watch this one video below, you’ll be making great talk show audio like the Freedom Feens in no time.
NOTE: months after this video went up, Podpress was discontinued in the WordPress plug-in options. Use PowerPress instead. It’s great. I”m using it now. And many of the setup tabs are very similar. And we do NOT recommend adding WP Super Cache any more. It can cause problems. And we’re now using FeenPhone, not Skype.
“Bad Audio is a Hate Crime” high quality large sticker (top of post), 4.25 inches by 2.75 inches.
Everything below these lines are optional:
SHORTEST CHEAPEST EASIEST MIC SETUP, EVERYTHING YOU NEED EXCEPT A COMPUTER, COST AROUND 80 BUCKS.
microphone wind screens.
You’ll need a good pair of headphones. Get the most expensive of this list that you can afford. More expensive is better in this case.
Remember, you can also use them for listening to music:
- Sony MDRZX110 ($15) (Get the “no mic” version)
- Sony MDRZX300 ($30)
- Sony MDR-7502 ($55)
- Sony MDR-7506 Only $80.
And we use Voscast for our non-live streaming archive (using Auto DJ on “random loop of ‘songs’.” It treats each episode as a “song.”
When you do a live show via BUTT, you need to stop Auto DJ and connect. Then re-start Auto DJ after you stop being live. You also have to stop and then start Auto DJ when you add new episodes.
We use the 64k stream. It costs $203 per year. I pay it once a year.
to check your levels on streaming, here’s how I do it on LRN:
Freedom Feens now are re-played non-live on LRN. But we used to be live. The way I check the levels is have all three or 4 hosts talk a little each, at normal levels, back and forth. Then I mute my mic and listen to LRN on headphones. It’s delayed about 30 seconds or so due to buffering so it’s easy to check this way.
There are free ways to make streaming shows and non-live podcasts, but nothing beats the control of paying a little each year to do it right. The free solutions all sound like crap, don’t work well with RSS feeds, they put in ads, you are on THEIR server and URL, not YOUR server and URL (so you’re stuck with them unless you want to do a LOT of work to move, and don’t mind losing a lot of your regular listeners), and / or many of them have bandwidth limits, storage limits, and don’t archive you forever.