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 2,400 of my own podcast episodes and I am happy to announce that out of the last 2,300, I’ve only lost one single episode. Not only that, but I’ve learned how to get perfect audio levels 100% of the time.
Every Thursday, I record and release 8 podcast episodes back to back. I do this live, for all but one of my shows, at http://gspn.tv/live between the hours of 8:30am and 4pm. These podcasts are a mixture of solo shows that just include myself as the host, co-hosted shows where some co-hosts may be in the studio, and many that include co-hosts that are not only in another state, but also one show where my co-host is actually in The Netherlands!
With any of my shows, I have the full ability to do live telephone interviews and even take live calls from my audience if I desire. The best part is that I’m able have every single one of these shows posted to my website(s) before I even sit down at the dinner table on Thursday evening. These files are then consumed by more than 60,000 people around the world.
How do I do it? This tutorial answers that question! If you would to know what equipment I use, why I use it, how I hook it up to accomplish everything mentioned above and a step by step walk through of my podcast production workflow, from beginning to end, then you should get this video tutorial!
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 $150/hr to teach them this exact information. I’m so excited to finally announce that I have taken the time to put all this information into this two hour video tutorial series. I’m now able to offer this training at a fraction of the cost (Only $75) which allows me to help even more one on one consulting clients during my work week.
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To give you an idea of the level of quality put into this video tutorial series, I’m sharing the one of the eight videos from this tutorial here for free. Please take some time to review the following material. If you like what you see and want to see the rest, please just click any of the “Buy Now” buttons found on this page to purchase access to the full series.
Inside The Studio Tutorial Part 3 of 7
(Note: Audio Quality Is MUCH Higher In Downloadable Version)
When I did this video tutorial live, it was attended by more than sixty people. I had people who had not yet recorded their first podcast yet and I had people who had already produced more than 100 podcast episodes. 100% of those who attended said that this video tutorial series was way beyond what they expected and that they came away with insights that they had not considered previously.
The following diagram will make perfect sense after you finish viewing the video tutorial. And my step by step podcast production workflow will give you insights on how you can become more efficient in producing your show!
Here’s My Current Studio Setup
The following images show the latest redesign on my studio as of October 2010. This redesign actually took three days to complete. Just below these images, you will see a time lapse video that I put together. If you pay close attention, you’ll see where it’s night, daylight, and then night again.
This video is a time lapse of my latest studio redesign:
Here Are Some Photos From My Podcasting Journey
In the following photo, you will notice three computers. Back in the corner to the left was an old windows desktop that was used for recording only. The laptop to the right of that computer, up against the wall, was dedicated to Skype for our very first show with Skype co-hosts. We had five co-hosts from around the world. On the table you see my laptop that I used to queue up audio clips.
If you look even closer, you’ll see my Sharp MiniDisk recorder that I used as a backup audio recording device. Oh how I cringe to see those MXL 990 condenser microphones. If you don’t know this about me already, I hate condenser microphones for studio recording!
Oh my goodness. I remember the night shown in this photo (early 2006) as if it were yesterday. As you can see, I didn’t always have a room in my home dedicated to studio space. Would you believe it took me three hours to get everything set up and sound checked before I could go live with this broadcast. It was my very first ever live show where we had a live internet audience. We recorded for about two hours and had a two hour post show discussion. I am very close friends, today, with people I met, for the first time, the very night this photo was taken.
This next photo was my first dedicated studio space. I was given one corner of the family room. I did a lot of podcasting in that little corner.
Okay, so by the time this photo was taken, it was obvious that podcasting was becoming more than a just a hobby for me. I had convinced Stephanie that I needed to take over 50% of our downstairs family room.
See the wall behind my desk chair? That was when I convinced Stephanie that the studio needed it’s own room in the house. The only problem is that there was not an extra room in the house to devote to podcasting. The only logical step was to create one. We took our family room, which took up the entire length of our home, and cut it in half by putting up this wall.
The week this wall went up, I knew that there was no turning back. At this point, I knew that I eventually wanted to go into podcasting full-time as my career. And well, here I am today, sitting in front of that wall making more money than I’ve ever made before in my life. Every day I wake up and sit in front of this wall and do what I love for a living! And I try to remember to thank God every single day for this blessing!
For those of you who enjoyed the time lapse video above, here’s the video I did back in December of 2008. As you can see, I’ve made the complete switch from Windows to Mac in the past two years.
Well that was fun, going down memory lane. I hope this page helps people understand that my journey into podcasting as my career didn’t happen over night. As I write this, it’s been five years. An amazing five years. The best part is that I have all this experience to share with my clients. Let me help you avoid all the costly mistakes that I’ve made and teach you what I’ve learned.
The Inside The Studio: Equipment Setup & Podcasting Workflow Tutorial would be the perfect place to start.
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