Podcast Training Products

Since, 2005, I’ve personally produced well over 3,600 of my very own podcast episodes and I have helped thousands of podcasters through one on one consulting and my Podcasting A to Z Coaching Course.

After years of answering the same questions over and over and teaching people how to do exact same thing week after week, it occurred to me that I should create in-depth tutorials that would contain all the in-depth information that I share in my training sessions which would allow for the added benefit of re-watching the training material as often as desired, all at a fraction of what it would cost to hire me one-on-one to provide the same information.

I encourage you browse through the list of training materials below to see if there is a tutorial that will help you take your message, your business and your life to the next level.


 
WordPress For Podcasters
WordPress For Podcasters Tutorial
Only $100

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This one tutorial is typically the missing piece of the puzzle for those who have been struggling with the technical aspects of how to get their podcast into iTunes and the other podcast directories.

Over the years, I have had hundreds of people hire me to walk them through the process of launching their audio podcast using the WordPress platform. I’ve created this tutorial with step-by-step instructions that will allow you to setup and configure your podcast using WordPress at a fraction of the cost that others have paid me in the past.

The Following Topics Are Covered:

  • Setting up a web hosting account, if you don’t already have one.
  • Installing WordPress, if not already installed.
  • Configuring WordPress for Podcasting.
  • Setting up your Podcast RSS Feed.
  • How to submit your podcast to iTunes and other podcast directories.
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    Equipment Options For Any Budget & Audio Mixer Basics
    Equipment Options For Any Budget
    & Audio Mixer Basics

    Only $100

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    Two tutorials for the price of one!

    Equipment Options For Any Budget was created to help you make educated decisions about the right equipment to meet your specific needs. With this tutorial, you’ll get the right equipment, the first time. You’ll also learn the basics of how to hook up the various pieces of podcast gear.

    Audio Mixer Basics is a tutorial that will help you understand the basic concepts of the most common audio mixers used in podcasting. It’s a tutorial that will finally help you make sense of all those buttons and knobs.

     
     


     

    Podcaster’s Guide To Recording Co-Hosts, Guests & Podcast Interviews
    Only $100.00

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    This tutorial was created for those who are planning to produce a podcast with a regular co-host or those who are looking to include podcast interviews as a part of the format for their show. Whether the other person is in the studio with you or if you need to connect to someone in a remote location, this tutorial will explain several recording options that are available to you.

    Things covered in this tutorial:

  • What is the difference between a Co-Host, a Guest and an Interviewee?
  • What are the different audio quality levels that are acceptable coming from each of these people that we may bring into our show?
  • Recording in the same studio – Equipment setup options for doing so.
  • Tips for recording in studio.
  • ISDN Audio Codec. What is it and who would use it?
  • Skype To Skype Connections – Tips for getting the best quality from Skype.
  • What equipment are the equipment options for the person on the other end of Skype need?
  • Skype to Telephone Connections.
  • Recording Skype Calls On Your Computer.
  • Equipment options for you if you are recording Skype calls into software on your computer.
  • Recording everything, including Skype, into your digital audio recorder.
  • What is a MixMinus and how does it work?
  • What is a Digital Hybrid (Telephone Interface) and when might you need it?
  • What is a Double Ender and how does it work?
  • The free Telephone conference call recording option.
  • In the field recording and interviews.
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    Roland R-05 Tutorial
    Roland R-05 Digital Audio Recorder Tutorial
    Only $49

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    I’ve recorded well over 3,500 of my own podcast episodes onto a Roland digital audio recorder. I have never had an issue with my audio levels and I’ve never lost any recordings due to crashed software.

    This tutorial is designed to walk you through everything you need to know about the Roland R-05 Digital Audio Recorder. I walk you, step by step, through each button on the recorder and through each of the menu settings as I explain how I am able to use this recorder to get perfect audio levels 100% of the time.

    Note: This tutorial now includes a bonus video tutorial that demonstrates six different options for doing interviews out in the field with the Roland recorder.

     
     


     

    Behringer MDX-4600 Setup Tutorial
    Only $49.00

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    The Behringer MDX-4600 Compressor/Limiter/Gate is the only piece of equipment that I did not put to immediate use. I was immediately overwhelmed by trying to figure out how to set this unit properly. As someone who hates to read owner’s manuals, I simply allowed this to sit and gather dust for months.

    When I finally learned how this one piece of equipment could eliminate the ambient background noise in my recording when I’m not talking, as well as make my voice sound a little more “powerful,” I decided I would finally dig in and figure this thing out. After a few hours of reading the description of every function of the unit and how every knob and button on the device affected the audio signal, I finally found the perfect settings that allowed me to do everything that I wanted to do with this unit.

    While there are many other Compressor/Limiter/Gate options out there. This is the only one that I’ve taken the time to learn how to set up. As a result, many of my clients end up purchasing this exact unit just so they can copy the wiring setup as well as all my knob and button settings. Now, instead of hiring me for an hour of consulting to help you set this up, you can simply buy this video tutorial that I put together that walks you through the entire setup process.

     
     


     

    Adobe Audition 101 Tutorial
    Only $100.00

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    Adobe Audition is, by far, my favorite piece of podcasting software that I use on my computer. This tutorial was created with those who have never used audio editing software before. However, this tutorial will also be helpful to those who are simply transitioning from another audio editing software solution to Audition.

    This is the program I use to do all my audio editing. There are a few features that this software has that is found in no other alternative software. Also, there is a certain “process” that you can run on your audio files that turns your recordings into something that sounds like they come from the best of radio broadcasting stations. In this video training product, I walk you through EVERYTHING you would need to know as a podcaster and even share my “Secret Sauce” for the settings of the “Multi-Band Compressor.” This course will take what appears to be a very intimidating software and make it as easy to use as a Fisher Price child’s toy.

     
     


     

    Audacity 101 Tutorial
    Only $100.00

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    Audacity is a wonderful audio editing solution for those who are looking for a free software solution. I, personally, got my start in podcasting using Audacity. While, I have since upgraded to using Adobe Audition, and prefer it, many podcasters today still find that Audacity allows them to do everything that they require without having to pay a monthly fee to use the software.

    This tutorial was created for those who have never used audio editing software before. However, this tutorial will also be helpful to those who are simply transitioning from another audio editing software solution to Audacity.

     
     

    • BenGreenfield1

      Cliff…who does your audio commercials? I seem to remember in the past you had a service you recommended. Thanks!

    • BenGreenfield1  Ben, that would be Mike & Izabela Russell from Music Radio Creative.  I have an exclusive package with them at http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/audio

    • Cliff Ravenscraft thanks so much Cliff! BenGreenfield1 hello 🙂

    • JohnMillstead

      Cliff, Thanks again for all you do. Is there a special WP plugin (or something else) you use to unlock pages for paid subscribers?
      Thanks,
      John

    • JohnMillstead Not that I use.   WordPress has built in password protection on pages.

    • TrevorKimball

      Cliff, 
      Thanks for your fantastic resources!

      In the past, I’ve recorded Skype audio interviews using my Heil PR40, Audacity (for my voice) and an old mp3 external audio recorder (for my guest). It’s worked okay.

      I want to improve the quality and setup and, in addition to the PR40, have a Behringer UB1204FX-pro mixer, and Zoom H4n recorder. I’m considering replacing the mixer with a smaller one (Behringer xenyx 1002 or Behringer Xenyx Q802USB) for portability.

      I’ve picked up a little knowledge about audio along the way but want to do things “right” this time and make good use of my equipment.  

      Your videos look great but I’m using different equipment so I’m wondering if they’ll give me all that I need. What do you think?

    • TrevorKimball  I just looked up the Behringer Xenyx Q802USB and see that it is very similar to the layout of the mixers that I use to demonstrate everything in my tutorials.  Both my Inside The Studio tutorial set and my Podcasters’s Guide to Recording Co-Hosts, Guests & Podcast Interviews would work fine for you.

      Know that I don’t recommend using the USB, the FX SEND is the same as AUX SEND that I talk about on the mixers and the 2 Track Out is the same as TAPE OUT on the mixers.

    • TrevorKimball

      Cliff Ravenscraft Do you know if my Zoom H4n is similar enough to the Roland R05 that you use for me to be able to set it up using one of those tutorials? 

      Also, will I need an external sound card?

    • TrevorKimball It is not.  I do not have a tutorial for the Zoom H4n

    • BernardAnderson

      I remember you mention that you know people who make professional logos. Is there link to there contact info I can get?

    • BernardAnderson  Yep… http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/artwork.  She’s booked through May 2nd right now due to my Podcasting A to Z course.

    • BernardAnderson

      Cliff Ravenscraft BernardAnderson Thanks Cliff! I will reach out to her soon. One thing I thought it would worthy to point out. On the Passive Income Strategies ForPodcasters tutorial( when you and Pat were talking about becoming affiliates), 
      I wanted to mention that not everyone is eligible to become an affiliate based off where you live.
      Like me, I can’t sign up for affiliate programs from amazon or audible because of Illinois internet tax laws. I can’t remember what other states that couldn’t. I just figured it would be something that the community would want to know.

    • BernardAnderson.  Actually, I think it is more accurate to say that not everyone is eligible to become an an affiliate with Amazon/Audible due to particular state tax laws.

      Audible is owned by Amazon.   It’s my understanding that Amazon is allowed to offer you the affiliate program, however, to do so, they would be REQUIRED BY LAW to charge SALES TAX to everyone in your state that buys products from their site.

      You see, if Amazon has a “physical presence” in your state, they are required to charge sales tax.  If they bring you in as an “affiliate” then, under your state’s tax law, they consider Amazon to have a physical presence in your state, just the same as if they had a distribution center / warehouse.

      At least that’s how it was explained to me years ago.

      At any rate, I’m sure that there are many companies out there, even in your state, that will allow you to become an affiliate.

    • BernardAnderson

      Cliff Ravenscraft BernardAndersonThanks for all the info. I will look for other companies.

    • dg3478

      Cliff, I had a podcasting setup that was able to conduct interviews over the phone. I could talk to the person on the line through my Rode Procaster. The device I was using was the JK Audio AutoHybrid. Then I moved, and sold my equipment before I left. Now that I’m settled in my new place, I want to get back into podcasting again. My phone line is a PRI Exchange, and I don’t know if the AutoHybrid can be used on my lines. Do you have any advice?
      The other equipment that will be used is a small board/mixer, two Rode procaster mics, the Behringer Compressor you list on this page, and my computer. Thanks for your help.

    • dg3478  I don’t have any recommendation for phone hybrids on digital lines at this time.  You may want to contact the sales department of JK Audio. They are super helpful over there.  Their number is 800-552-8346.

    • BernardAnderson

      Hey cliff I have a problem my feed wont show up. I was watching the “wordpress for podcasters” Training product and I saw that you typed in balancedlivingweekly.com/category/podcast/feed, your feed popped up. I tried the same thing and mine didn’t. Any ideas? Here is my website

      http://youngpoliticspodcast.com/category/podcast/

    • BernardAnderson  In the tutorial, I am using the FireFox browser.  If you were to look at that URL inside FireFox, it would look like it does in my tutorial.    I’ve made a note to mention this in the next revision of the tutorial.  Thanks

    • AlanKlima

      I think on another page or comment stream on your site you do not recommend the Behringer MDX-4600
      I am a little confused about this now. Maybe I did not read it right.

      Love your site by the way and I’m definitely going to order multiple tutorials.

      I am going to do a “radio call-in show” podcast and want to invest money in high production. I already have a small tribe but only do instanteleseminar calls with them which as you know is not usable audio for podcasting.

      My main thing is wanting to have multiple callers on the line and speaking with them, and minimizing the crappy sound from their phones and cellphones. I will go through your tech set ups but want the best mixer for this job. I hope to have several people on the line at once but not sure how I can do that.

      Any help with the mixer question is much appreciated. My own phone line is a DSL from a regular old phone line.

      Alan

      ps I am on a big marketing membership site currently pushing podcasting and will link to your site from their forum!

    • AlanKlima  There are better built compressor/limiter/gates out there than the MDX-4600.  However, they are all at least twice if not three times the cost of the MDX-4600.   At the time I got mine, I couldn’t afford those more expensive units.  I can today, but even if I needed to replace the one I have or get another, I’d still get an MDX-4600 because I simply know how they work. 😉

      As for the mixer question, I encourage you to think about purchasing my Inside The Studio tutorial series on this page.

    • 29E6

      Hi Cliff, I am interested in the screenflow tutorial.  In particular, I was wondering if the screenflow tutorial includes guidance on how to use some of the audio editing features such as the AU Effects addins, etc.  I am trying to get a little more depth to my audio, and maybe take out some of the ‘s’ sounds (I know I should have used a pop filter, doh).  Any thoughts?

    • 29E6 The ScreenFlow tutorial does not go over any sort of advanced audio techniques.  It’s just a “basics” tutorial showing how I use ScreenFlow to create the video training tutorials that I make.

    • BernardAnderson

      I see that you updated the word press tutorial. Do you plan on updating any of the others? If so, which ones and when?

    • BernardAnderson Yes. I plan to updated Audacity 101 and Adobe Audition 101 before my next session of Podcasting A to Z starts on Monday, January 12th, 2015.

    • jnmariec02

      @Cliff Ravenscraft
      Hi Cliiff,
      You are doing a great job. this is a ministry.
      I have an Internet Radio (Paroledelivrance.org). On this site my webmaster uses ‘Joomla’.
      i would like to know if I buy your WordPress Video to create a Podcast, after that can I put my podcast on the site of Internet radio that is using ‘Joomla’.
      Thanks

    • Jan Mueller

      Should I monitor the mixer or the audio recorder during recording? Why not output via main mix?

      Hello Cliff and thanks. I just purchased several of your video tutorials and found them very helpful. Two quick questions:

      I’m wondering if one should not monitor a recording session via the recorder instead of the mixer. Most people it seems monitor the mixer but what the recorder is receiving is what actually matters.

      Relatedly, I had been outputting via the main mix ports on my Mackie 1202 VLZ Pro mixer, but I see you use the tape out instead in all your videos. Is there a reason for that? What’s the difference?

      Thanks, Jan in Michigan

    • Thanks for your purchase. The most important thing is that your end result is that you get good recording levesl. I always attempt to get the levels between -12db to -6db on my digital audio recorder. Tape and out and Main out will produce approximately the same results from what I hear. However, I’ve always used Tape Out because it’s the first cable configuration I tried and got great results since that time.

    • Hi Cliff, I’m wondering if you have a tutorial or a suggestion for software for video capture and edit. Adobe Audition seems to do only audio. What are you using for your video blogs of the same podcasts?

    • For the video capture of my live show broadcast, I’ve been using Ustream Producer Pro. For editing, I use Screenflow – http://gspn.tv/screenflow