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MacCast    80

Many people ask so I decided to post this here for everyone to reference

 

Current Recording Setup (updated 11/29/2011)

- Audio-Technica AT2020 (My current mic)

- DBX 286A Mic Preamp/Processor

- Alesis I|O 14 Firewire Audio Interface

 

Current Mobile Setup (updated 11/29/2011)

- Zoom H4 Handy Recorder

- Sennheiser MD46 Mic

 

Current Mac Hardware & Software (updated 11/29/2011)

- 2011 15" Macbook Pro, 2 GHz Intel Core i7 with 8GB RAM

- GarageBand

 

 

Past Equipment

- MXL990 Condenser Mic (my first mic)

- Behringer Eurorack UB802 Mixer

- Samson C01U USB Condensor Mic (Road Mic)

- Edirol UA-1EX (my current USB audio interface, allows for 24-bit/96kHz audio)

- Griffin iMic (my original USB audio interface)

- Apple iBook G4/933MHz 14" with 640MB RAM

 

Additional stuff

- Libsyn (File hosting)

- GoDaddy (web site hosting)

- WordPress (web site/blogging software)

- PHPBB (forum software)

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jhogarty    0

Kewl, you saved me from having to ask. :-)

 

BTW, the MacCast is one of the best sounding podcasts I've encountered.

 

J.

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mTorbin    0

Adam... I have to say I'm a bit dissappointed and wonderfully surprised all at the same time. The quality of the show is AMAZING. I was expecting you to have some huge, expensive audio set up. On the same token, I am wonderfully surprised at het another great use for GarageBand.

 

- MT

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MacCast    80

Nope. All except the DBX, which really isn't need too much can be had for about $200.

 

:)

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mTorbin    0

So how do you go about exporting the AIFF file to get the decent quality that you do?

 

- MT

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Bigpics    0
Many people ask so I decided to post this here for everyone to reference

 

- GarageBand 2

 

Additional stuff

- Libsyn (File hosting)

- APlus.net (web site hosting)

- WordPress (web site/blogging software)

- PHPBB (forum software)

 

Totally understand the first part and am recording high quality audio into GBand -- but it's the "additional stuff" part that still throws me. I've been to many sites that go into great detail about how to record the sound file and then like it was obvious, they say something like you wrap the file in an enclosure, get it turned into an RSS feed, add show notes and images off to iTunes.

 

Uhhhhh...... ....OK......

 

:?: :?: :?:

 

For many of us there are GREAT LEAPS twixt save the file in GBand and its appearance in iTunes with all those other mysterious things accomplished!! And no one I've found, not Mac Audio Guy, not Apple's site, or several others has made these latter production steps comprehensible.

 

(And I've spent time on Libsyn and Feedburner as well and run a blog http://1poetrygroup.blogspot.com. But even after 20 years of computing, I'm finding some of their pages to be gobbledygook.)

 

Whoever does demystify the "additional stuff" will be bringing a lot of voices into this brave new broadcasting (or narrowcasting) world.

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Bigpics    0

Well, guess I'll partly answer my own post, since I'm seeing more and more info about how to podcast on the net.

 

:oops:

 

http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/home

has much useful new info.

 

http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/popup-quick...3DA2ED3A06.app3

focuses on how to publish a podcast through Feedburner.

 

Podcasting news.com is in general a good resource on the whole topic. http://www.podcastingnews.com/

 

http://www.podcastingnews.com/articles/How...to-Podcast.html

has an article about making your first podcast.

 

http://www.podcastingnews.com/articles/Mak...st_Blogger.html

has a detailed article about starting a podcast using Blogger, which it says is not the blog of choice for podcasting.

 

WordPress, Typepad and Moveable Type are other choices -- these are discussed as blogging tools at:

http://www.macworld.com/2005/10/features/b...rblog/index.php

 

While http://www.podcastingnews.com/articles/Get..._With_Podc.html

has an article about setting up and using iPodder.

 

http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/wind...ts_with_pc.html

has one of the best articles I've found. It's PC-based, but everything in the article applies to Macs, and makes some of the undefined terms in other articles clearer.

 

https://www.libsyn.com/index.php?&mode=logout&message=

is another good resource of both services and how to use them.

 

You can't and obviously don't need to do all these things and use all these tools, and all the workflows are slightly different, but you WILL begin to get a sense of how to publish a podcast from the sum of them.

 

I'm still a little confused about the need for a separate server apart from a hosted blog to hold the mp3's, but maybe Libsyn is the answer for that???

 

In any case, nothing in any of the above links is excessively costly to utilize and many are free.

 

 

Jim K.

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houltmac    254

Bigpics: Thanks for those links; they look very useful as I am looking into the same kind of thing myself. I will certainly try them out. Again, thank you for the resource.

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craigeth    0

as i said in comments of the digital fusion post, would adam please be able to give us all a bit of insight into what he does in order to prepare for a show? please? thanks

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buckdog    0

Could you please post some pictures?

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cfsporn    0

I wish that the Maccast had a sample rate of 44.1 khz. It would make the sound quality so much better.

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wizgold    0

I would like to ask what you use the DBX 286A Mic Preamp/Processor for?

 

Do you use it in conjunction with the Behringer mixer or instead of ?

 

I am planning to buy a behringer mixer to use with making my Wizardgold podcast, hence my query about the Mic pre amp. I have a really good condenser mic to use with the mixer.

 

BTW My Podcast is on iTunes and can be found by seaching for Wizardgold in the podcast part of the music Store.

 

The USB condenser mic you used on your last podcast sounded pretty I thought....

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dlacher    0

Adam,

 

What is the feed generator that you are using. I am going to start up a podcast and I don't care to hand code the rss feed.

 

Thanks for the great Mac show.

 

dl

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wizgold    0

When I set up my podcast I have with blogger.com I used feedburner at feedburner.com and it was really easy.

 

But then I got worried about having extra bandwith charges so I went for the libsyn service that is $5 per month and that has everything to set up your RSS feed as part of the deal and is easy too.

 

But

If you are going to use the new iLife with the garageband and iWeb via a .Mac account you could do it that way and it may be extremely easy once set up. Not sure about the bandwith with .Mac compared to libsyn. But if Apple are expecting people to use it for podcasting and video casting then maybe it will be enough. And you will have the benefits of the .Mac account too.

 

My Podcast is about earning money online and can be found in iTunes by searching for Wizardgold. I am going to be recording the second show today....

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wizgold    0

Don't know how good the software is but it costs 29.95. Not much I know but I have my RSS feeds set up for free with feedburner

 

libsyn gives me an RSS feed too.

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RadarOnPaws    0

Adam,

 

Interesting, for one of my podcasts I am using the Samson C01U as my "desk" mic, while you are using it for your travel mic. I would use it for all 3 of my podcasts, but two of them have co-hosts who skype in, and Skype for the mac blows chunks and does not allow control of the AGC. So using certain usb mics like the C01U, the input volume slider keeps jumping up until it's at full volume. You can imagine what that does to the noise levels.

 

I *REALLY* hope Skype fixes the problem when they finally get us up to a current standard with the OS X version of the program.

 

Cheers,

 

Scott

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drivec    0

You have a great setup that amazes me. So much for so "little" (i.e. G4, Garage band 2)

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Boogie    0
.... And no one I've found, not Mac Audio Guy, not Apple's site, or several others has made these latter production steps comprehensible.

...

Whoever does demystify the "additional stuff" will be bringing a lot of voices into this brave new broadcasting (or narrowcasting) world.

 

 

Hear hear!

 

Okay, so, recording the podcast as a podcasting newbie is EASY. Garageband: I'll figure it out eventually :) But the publishing part, HOW? Especially with all the tags in rss itunes needs. Can we do it from within Garageband (3) ? Or do we need things like "feeder"?

 

Oh mighty one, please help us :P

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Bainzey    4

Forum software: PHPBB?

 

I thought you use IPB?, Well atleast this forum is IPB!

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MitchA    0
Forum software: PHPBB?

 

I thought you use IPB?, Well atleast this forum is IPB!

The post is out of date, we switched to IPB over the summer.

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flashvipe    0

Hey Adam,

 

first of thanks for your weekly dosis Macnews - cheers for that!

 

got a question to your MacWorld interviews. What equipment did you use at the time? I assume the H4 and your Samson C01U USB Condensor Mic.

 

I am just about to start my own podcast together with someone - we are planing a German audio-guide for London. We got ourselves the H4 but are not particular impressed with the volum levels of the internal mic. We are looking into getting two mics - one each as we'll be walking around town while recording our podcast. I am not even sure if we can do that with the H4 ;-)! Anyway we do not have the slightest clue what mic is best for this sort of field recording.

 

Any thoughts our guidance would be highly appreciated.

 

Thanks again for the great show - you have been truly inspirational !!!

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MacCast    80

I actually used:

 

Zoom H4 Handy Recorder

Sennheiser MD46 Mic

 

 

 

Hey Adam,

 

first of thanks for your weekly dosis Macnews - cheers for that!

 

got a question to your MacWorld interviews. What equipment did you use at the time? I assume the H4 and your Samson C01U USB Condensor Mic.

 

I am just about to start my own podcast together with someone - we are planing a German audio-guide for London. We got ourselves the H4 but are not particular impressed with the volum levels of the internal mic. We are looking into getting two mics - one each as we'll be walking around town while recording our podcast. I am not even sure if we can do that with the H4 ;-)! Anyway we do not have the slightest clue what mic is best for this sort of field recording.

 

Any thoughts our guidance would be highly appreciated.

 

Thanks again for the great show - you have been truly inspirational !!!

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MacCast    80

As for the mic levels. I am having an issue there as well. They seem fine when on the Zoom's display (in the -12 to -6Db range), but when I actually get the files on the Mac they seem to be about half that level. I am needing to do an RMS adjustment of up to 20Db which is WAY too much. The good news is you can do it no problem and it still sounds great. I actually just converted the raw MP3s to AIFF in QuickTime Pro and then ran those through Gigavox Levelator and they came out beautiful as you heard.

 

Hey Adam,

 

first of thanks for your weekly dosis Macnews - cheers for that!

 

got a question to your MacWorld interviews. What equipment did you use at the time? I assume the H4 and your Samson C01U USB Condensor Mic.

 

I am just about to start my own podcast together with someone - we are planing a German audio-guide for London. We got ourselves the H4 but are not particular impressed with the volum levels of the internal mic. We are looking into getting two mics - one each as we'll be walking around town while recording our podcast. I am not even sure if we can do that with the H4 ;-)! Anyway we do not have the slightest clue what mic is best for this sort of field recording.

 

Any thoughts our guidance would be highly appreciated.

 

Thanks again for the great show - you have been truly inspirational !!!

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