I am more than excited to be heading to Edinburgh Yarn Festival this year and even more so to be going as a podcaster. Part of the programme I’m excited about are the Let’s Make a Podcast sessions run by Louise from KnitBritish.  If you are interested in starting a podcast or asking how any of the more experienced podcasters work their magic then the Podcast Lounge at EYF is a place you should visit.

Louise has a fantastic and detailed blog post on her blog here that sums up the Podcaster lounge perfectly, so do pop on over there and have a read. This year the lounge is again proudly sponsored by Blacker Yarns and you can find them right next to the lounge for all your yarn needs. If you took part in the Blacker PodKAL then you should definitely visit on Saturday at 11 am when the meet up is happening in the lounge.

In our Ravelry group and comments from the CLN Podcast, a few of you have been wondering how I record here, so hopefully this will answer your questions. I am by no means a master of these skills yet but this is my set up:

Earlier Episodes

 

It’s a pretty simple set up. In the earlier episodes, I used Audacity and a headset. Why? Audacity is an amazing tool, it’s pretty powerful and it’s free. The noise reduction alone is excellent. It is most definitely worth your time to learn how to edit sound profiles and get to grips with editing. From all of the free software I used it was the most simple to use with the functions I needed.

The headset was because I was in a room that had an echo and it reduced the pick up of that a lot. The problem with a headset is that it will pick up breathing noises and pops very easily. From the start though when I had no idea if I was going to continue with the podcast it was a great way to put myself out there without investing a lot of cash.

 

Recent Episodes

More recently I moved to Hindenburg . I saw a post in the Shineybees group on Ravelry that Jo had kindly shared and it was reduced for World Radio Day. I do not regret purchasing this one bit and I will probably move to the more expensive option soon. I love how you can add chapters easily and I find it easier to edit. I love the enhanced podcast features it provides and it makes the task of making a youtube video easier. It’s also possible to have a sound profile of your voice which you can run through bad recordings which is handy when you have a cold, which happens a lot in this house.

I have a few mics that I was playing around with all of which are more suited to music recordings rather than voice but I did love using the Steinheiser E835 mic. It just happened to be lying around with my husband’s gear so it was nice to test the podcast with both pieces of software and learning how to adjust the gain with an inline system.  I’m in the process of recording with the Rode podcaster mic and I love the sound of that so I think for now this will be my new baby.

The Process

1. I write the intro, outro and other pieces of the podcast 2 days before it goes live. The interview segments I have been collecting over time so that I can pre-edit these without the stress of a deadline.

2. The interviews are edited when I have time and then these are added to the intro and outro. I will also admit that I don’t edit everything myself. I can’t possibly do everything all the time so I am guilty of annoying my husband into editing. This is great for two reasons; he’s my idiot filter and I’m sure that I’m not the only person who needs one of them and he has a fantastic ear for sound. This includes noise reduction and removing any unwanted noises to the best of our ability.

3. The intro and outro are then added to the interview and all the levels are matched. I add in any chapters and images I need and then export to an MP4 or MP3 with all the relevant tags and metadata that’s required.

4. I then do all the artwork and show notes that are needed and get the format ready for the podcast to be insert and uploaded. I host everything myself so I just need an FTP client.

5.  Timing usually dictates if the show goes live or if I make the YouTube video first. The video is usually just a video file using the images from the enhanced podcast in the same places so this is usually quick enough to edit. I add in the extra artwork, push it to Youtube and then add in the end credtis.

6. Then I post about the episode on social media, within theRavelry group and all the other places that the Cottage Notebook has an online presence. I usually check iTunes to see that it has gone live and everything is working as it should be.

And that’s it, the episode is live. I will say that the recording of the MKAL is a different beast altogether but that’s a story for another day. If you would like to pick my brains or meet up at EYF you will find me in the Podcast Lounge during the Let’s Make A Podcast sessions. You can find out more about them here along with a lineup of what’s on in the lounge. A huge thank you to Blacker Yarns and Knitbritish for allowing me to join in as a podcaster this year. If you have any questions please feel free to add a comment or get in touch via email using nadia@cottagenotebook.ie.

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