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? Andy R
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Since, 2005, I’ve personally produced well over 2,700 podcast episodes on my own at gspn.tv and I have helped hundreds of podcasters through one on one consulting. After spending a few years answering the same questions over and over and teaching people how to do exact same thing week after week, I decided to produce some high quality Video Training Tutorials.
These training products allow me to help an even larger number of people at a lower cost to the individual. These tutorials have the added benefits of immediate access and the ability for you to review the training materials over again, as needed. I continue to enjoy working with my clients one on one. However, I encourage everyone to first browse through the list of training materials below to see if there is a tutorial that will help you immediately.
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Note: This tutorial was initially recorded as a free webinar on Saturday, September 3rd. The HD Video Tutorial can be viewed at http://LearnHowToPodcast.com.
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In this video training tutorial, I take someone who had no domain name and no web hosting account and set them up with both, installed WordPress, explained required plugins for podcasting, installed them, and configured them. Also, I configured all the other necessary settings within WordPress as well as set up the rss feed with FeedBurner. I demonstrated how to upload the a podcast episode and release it as a podcast within WordPress. I even used the placeholder audio recording to submit the podcast successfully to iTunes. All of this took place within 90 minutes and was captured in full glory with both high quality audio and video so that you can follow along and do the same thing. I’ve been told by many people that I should at least double the cost of this training product.
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When it comes to podcasting equipment and actual podcast production, I’ve come a long way. Back in December of 2005, I started podcasting, as a hobby, with a cheap (less than $40) Logitech headset with microphone off to the side and free recording software running on my laptop computer. Back then it took me hours to produce a single podcast.
More often than not, I was plagued by improper audio levels, hums and hisses in the background, or hours of lost content due to software issues.
Today, I’ve produced well over 3,100 of my own podcast episodes and I am happy to announce that out of the last 3,000, I’ve only lost one single episode. Not only that, but I’ve learned how to get perfect audio levels 100% of the time and I typically have my podcast episode online within 10 minutes of the end of the recording.
I have well over 10,000 hours of my life that I have invested in getting all this down to a science so that I can do the most important stuff like building relationships with my community! Hundreds of my clients have paid me $300/hr to teach them the exact information found in the tutorials included in Inside The Studio Tutorial Bundle.
As of November, 2013, I have updated the Inside The Studio Tutorial Bundle to include a tutorial called “Equipment Options For Every Budget” as well as a brand new tutorial called “Mixer Basics & Equipment Setup.” I’ve updated my Podcasting Workflow Tutorial that shows exactly how I produce a show with little to no post production required.
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Things covered in this tutorial:
Adobe Audition 101
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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.
Update: Due to the pre-release of Adobe Audition version 4.0 I’ve added a bonus video that shows the “minor” tool placement differences between version 3.0 and version 4.0 of Adobe Audition. This tutorial would be helpful to those using either version of the software.
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This is a video training tutorial on everything you need to know to produce an audio podcast using Audacity, which is available to download for free for Windows, Mac, & Linux . This is not the program I personally use to do all my own audio editing. However, this is software I used when I first started to podcast and is a great place for most people to get started with podcasting. In this series, you’ll learn all the basic editing techniques, including how to insert audio into the front and end of your podcast.
Passive Income Strategies For Podcasters
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I am very excited to offer the Passive Income Strategies For Podcasters Training Series. In this video series, I teamed up with Internet Marketing Strategist, Pat Flynn. Pat is a 27 year old guy from Southern California who makes a living on the internet. Best of all, the income that Pat generates online is all passive income.
Check out his blog and podcast at SmartPassiveIncome.com.
My favorite thing about Pat is that he does not consider himself to be an online marketing guru. He will openly tell you that his techniques are not secrets and what he teaches is not a “get rich quick” scheme. If you’re looking to get rich quick – then Pat’s message and this training series is not for you! Earning a passive income online takes hard work, some patience and a little bit of luck too – but if you’re determined to change your life and you work hard at what you want to accomplish, you WILL get paid for it. The cool thing is that the average podcaster has already done a great deal of this hard work.
Pat and I actually performed this video presentation live in front of an online class in October of 2010. Since then, most everyone that attended this session has reported that they are already starting to see an income coming in after implementing the steps that we laid out in the series.
While I have been running my own online business for several years now, the material that Pat shared inspired me to implement a few things differently and my income just half way through the month of November 2010 was already DOUBLE the income that I had earned from the entire month of October 2010.
Every podcaster that has already attracted their first 50 podcast subscribers should get this training series if they have any interest at all in monetizing their podcast!
ScreenFlow Basics Tutorial
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The ScreenFlow Basics tutorial was originally recorded as a Podcast Mastermind Success Seminar to in response to members who asked if I could demonstrate how I use ScreenFlow to create the digital tutorials and other various videos that I have made available.
I have decided to also make this tutorial available, for purchase, for those who are not Podcast Mastermind members, as this has been one of the top requested training products from my Podcasting A to Z students over the past few years.
This tutorial contains a total of 99 minutes of me showing some of the basic editing techniques that I use with ScreenFlow and it also includes many tips about resources that can help you take your videos to the “Next Level.”
Behringer MDX-4600 Setup Tutorial
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The Behringer MDX-4600 Compressor/Limiter/Gate is the only piece of equipment that I had purchased and 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 100% of the static in the background of my my telephone interviews when my interviewee was not talking, as well as help keep my audio levels from peaking, and 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 out to set up. As a result, many of my clients end up purchasing this exact unit just so they can copy wiring setup as well as all my knob and button settings. Now, instead of hiring me for my minimum 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.
Evaluating Your Podcast:
People often hire me to review and evaluate their podcast. When I do this, I typically review two or three episodes of their podcast, I review their entire website, their iTunes listing page, and more. In this digital training product, I share with you everything I look at when I do a podcast evaluation. I have had podcasters who have been podcasting for years tell me that I had helped them become aware of many items that they had overlooked and that have helped them take their own podcasts to the next level. Whether you are just starting out or have been podcasting for years, I believe that you would benefit from knowing these nearly 100 items that I look at. The cost of this training product is $100 which is 1/3 the cost of what I charge for one on one podcast evaluations.
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Social Media 101
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This is a two hour video training product broken up into five, 20 to 30 minutes video sessions. In this training, I share how I have used social media to build my brand and to build a community with those who listen to my podcasts. There are far too many items covered in this product for me to list here. However, the following will give you just a hint as to what is included:
* How did I build my audience?
* How did I promote my brand online?
* What is community and how do we build it?
* The importance of owning your own “Home On The Web.”
* Why I choose WordPress for my home one the web.
* Why I do audio podcasting v/s video podcasting.
* How I build relationships with the use of email and a voicemail hotline.
* How live shows with a chat room help foster community.
* When to add an online discussion forum, and when not to.
* The value of comments on your blog.
* How I “join the conversation.”
* How and why I use Twitter.
* How I stay connected with those on Facebook, even though I only log on once a week.
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The Edirol R-09HR Tutorial is a four part video series that runs a total of 54 minutes in length. This tutorial also works great for the Roland R-05 Recorder! In this video, I share everything a podcaster needs to know to get perfect audio levels 100% of the time. I’ve recorded well over 2,000 of my own podcast episodes onto this device and have never had an issue with my audio levels and I’ve never lost any recordings to crashed software.
The tutorial, recorded in HD, will walk you through every button and menu setting on the unit. The best part is that you will be able view these videos from my website or download them to your computer for reference anytime in the future at a fraction of what it costs to hire me for one on one consulting/coaching to teach you the same information.
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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.
ps I am on a big marketing membership site currently pushing podcasting and will link to your site from their forum!
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
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 (I plan to purchase your tutorial), and my computer. Thanks for your help.
I remember you mention that you know people who make professional logos. Is there link to there contact info I can get?
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?
Cliff, Thanks again for all you do. Is there a special WP plugin (or something else) you use to unlock pages for paid subscribers?
Cliff...who does your audio commercials? I seem to remember in the past you had a service you recommended. Thanks! @Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff, I want to use Adobe Audition as you suggest (on my Mac), and buy your video on how to use it. I'm a little confused. I follow your affiliate link for Au and it takes me to a place I don't understand. I don't want to pay a recurring $30 a month (I don't think so, anyway). Is it possible to just buy the software, and is the software Audition CS6 Version 5 for Mac? What do you recommend, paying each month or just buying outright?
I just finished the WP tutorial and I have to say it was great. I got my entire podcast set-up over the course of the program and it is a time saver. Also, your instruction is clear and complete so it's easy to follow your suggestions. You have saved me an incredible amount of time and as we all know time is money.
This is one of the best training programs I've purchased hands down. Thanks for the help and I'm looking forward to purchasing additional programs. The studio set-up is next!
I loved this email that I just received....
Just finished going through your adobe audition tutorial. I have to say when I first purchased audition for my podcasting project I was extremely intimidated by it.
To liken it to a starwars type display would be understating the obvious. Thus my podcasting plans came to an abrupt halt.
Thank the Father above I learned about your tutorial on this subject and decided to spend the money in an attempt to salvage my adobe purchase and use.
Your style of teaching is excellent. Your layed back--straight talk--personna is ideal for such an intimidating subject matter and I now have at least half the courage of David to face the Goliath Audition.
Thank you for your excellent work.
I am trusting in the Lord to launch my first full-podcast episode in March.
Blessings to you.
A loyal follower and client,
Cliff- Simply outstanding products and customer service. I'm impressed with the time you've already shared with me and will continue to recommend your products and services to my clients and friends. Also just gave you a Friday afternoon "shout out" over on Chris Brogan's "The Secret Team" Facebook Group! If you'd ever like to Spreecast about all the exciting reasons we all need to being podcasting (I'm starting to see the light :-) , just give me a holler! Mitch
Salaam (peace) Cliff, I just purchased using your affiliate link and intend to purchase the tutorial as soon as it arrives, thanks.
I'm looking for some Wordpress membership spftware that handles protected RSS but am struggling to find one that I'm completly happy with. Do you have any recommendations/afiliate links that I can check out.
Thanks in advance,
Hello Potential Customer your search is over!!
You have finally found a site that will not only teach you what you need to know, but Cliff will stay with you through the entire process. I purchased his WordPress for Podcasters tutorial. Not only is the tutorial first rate, Cliff's customer service is amazing!! In an age were you can't get a human on the phone 90% of the time, let alone the internet, Cliff not only answers his own emails, but is very prompt with his reply!!
Stop search and driving yourself crazy. I would highly recommend this site and Cliff's products. I will definitely purchase from Cliff again.
Thank you Cliff!!!
Thank you Cliff!
I will send you a nice tip, when I do my first podcast. You really care about newbies and not trying to pick our pockets,
while we are trying to learn. We can smell that type a mile away! All of us have talents, and we should get our incomes from jobs, and share our talents for free or donations. I have shared my talents free, and was so happy, when my student
was able to fly solo. God rewarded me. I have to thank you and others for getting me to this point, and you have been the BEST for a newbie! God bless you my friend.
Your products continue to make a massive impact on the quality of the podcast I produce on the tsquareg.net website. I recently purchased the Roland R-05 training product and found it very useful indeed. I do have a question about mixer settings. I have the Mackie Profx and was wondering what are the optimum gain and volume settings for the mic to ensure pristine quality ?
Keep up the excellent work !
Hi Cliff- Do you have a training product for creating a Video podcast? Doyou use something like PowerPoint? You have been a great help.
Purchased the MDX4600 training product and found it helpful in improving my podcast at www.tsquareg.net. Thanks a million Cliff !
@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.
@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.
@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
@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.
@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.
@JohnMillstead Not that I use. WordPress has built in password protection on pages.
@Otis Woodard Adobe changed the way they sell their software. They now only allow for monthly subscriptions. I think this is a bonehead move. However, they do have a $19/mo option for only one piece of software. That would be the road I would go if it were me.
@kenneth_burke Thank you so much for the encouraging feedback Ken! I wish you continued success in your podcasting efforts!
@jacksonwilson Thank you so much for the encouraging feedback and for the shout out. Will keep you in mind if I have some free time to jump on spreecast!
@mujahidabdullah Thank you so much!
@BenCurry I don't have any that I recommend. Never found any I'm happy with yet.
@DawnFord31 Thank you so much Dawn for the glowing testimonial for the products. I am so thankful that they have been so valuable to you. :)
@acajudi Judith, I only have agree with you. You are correct that I care about newbies. You are correct that I am not simply into this for the money. I am happy to offer my http://LearnHowToPodcast.com tutorial for free with no strings attached as well as my audio podcast with well over 250 hours of free content to help people take their content production to the next level.
I would even agree that we should get our income from our jobs (or I prefer to say the work that we do). However, I believe that more people should be doing the work for which they were created. I believe that there is a greater chance of success in life when we do work (or find a job) that works well with both the natural talent that God has gifted us with and the talent that we have been blessed with the ability to groom through our experience and education.
I am a very strong proponent of getting paid based upon the value you provide to others. What I love best is that the more I seem to get paid for creating more value for more people (using my talents), the more I am able to do for free, with no strings attached, for others. You'll notice that there is no mention of a way to "donate" to anything I am doing through Podcast Answer Man.
I am so thankful that you have been blessed by the information that I have provided for free. Blessing to you as well!
@shorter126 I am so thankful that the products that I have created continue to help you increase the production value of your show. That is music to my hears and is exactly why I created them.
As for your questiona bout gain and volume settings. These will be different for every mixer and every microphone that is out there. The most important thing is to keep your levels on the recorder in that -12 to -6 db range. Do that, any you should get perfect audio levels all the time.
@tflynn I do not "currently" have a video creating a video "podcast." I do have a tutorial on how I create my Webinars and Digital training products It shares a little bit about who I use Keynote, PhotoShop Elements, ScreenFlow, etc.
@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.
@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?
@Cliff Ravenscraft @Otis Woodard Thanks so much for the reply, Cliff. I will do that. Looking very forward to using your videos to get myself up and going. While I am tempted to do the free versions of stuff initially until I get kicking on this stuff, my consulting business is so business right now I don't want to have to relearn anything. So off we go. Thanks for the support, great products and being the example and hence exemplar for what is possible in podcasting. A fan from Oregon, Otis
@Cliff Ravenscraft I heard John Dumas interview the guy from Wishlist Member. Was a great interview and he ounces like a nice guy so I went for Wishlist. Thanks for the reply. I heard you latest ep already, just so you know, I have not had any break in service from livefyre.
@Cliff Ravenscraft Hey Cliff, I just finished listening to your lively discussion about all the ins and outs of podcasting on The Rise To The Top. Great exchange. I am currently a student in David's Create Awesome Interviews course and between you, @David Siteman Garland , and @Pat Flynn
, I am gleaning a ton of top notch value about how to do things right from the start!
I appreciate your comment above and definitely see you as a prime example of someone online who is receiving abundance on many levels as a direct result of your desire to be of joyful service.
I look forward to learning more from you via your podcast.
@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.
@TrevorKimball It is not. I do not have a tutorial for the Zoom H4n
@clankorbit For folks who use multiple Adobe products, then it makes a lot of sense.
However, there are a ton of people who would never need anything more than PhotoShop Elements ($80) and Adobe Audition ($350). Not only that, but whichever version they purchased would probably work for them for at least five to ten years without a need to upgrade.
There are just a few people who prefer to "own" their software. ;)
I'm in a very unique situation now, though. I am at a place where I will likely sign up for the cloud version so that I can update my tutorial. Though, I am really thinking about signing up for a single month at $20, recording my tutorial, and then cancelling and going back to using my Audition CS5.5
@Cliff Ravenscraft I believe the subscription service is the best move ever made by Adobe Systems. I use 9 Adobe apps for only $29/mo (qualified). This would literally cost me a fortune if I bought everything outright. Plus you never have to hassel with upgrading apps, everything is already included with the membership. I can have access to ALL Adobe titles for a small monthly fee. Buying all their apps outright and paying for upgrades would cost me thousands yearly!
With that said, if you only want ONE Adobe app then yeah it's not so great. But who only wants one Adobe app? Anyway, I disagree with it being a bonehead move.
@BenCurry Yeah, I solved my LiveFyre issue. I just had a spam filter issue which I've fixed. So I am back in business. ;)
Glad you found a plugin that is working for you.
@amymiyamoto @David Siteman Garland @Pat Flynn Amy, I can't thank you enough for this very encouraging feedback. Honestly, it is feedback like this that really does mean more to me than the $$$ I generate from what I do. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to share these thoughts with me.