Another successful weekend coffee event in the books. Thanks everyone for the great conversation.
This Is So Dumb by Dennis & Bill
Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do by Tom Singer
“Podcast” by Cooper Cherry
Raw Data by Mike Osborne
Words for Wednesday by Dara Zycherman
John Pruett – Writer, Audio Engineering background; Looking to get started.
Assem Elsheemy – Soon to launch “A Podcast in Arabic”
Open Topic discussion but here are some quick highlights:
Episode Backlog – Dara noted that she is quickly running out of her backlog of episodes and need to get back into the grind of scripting and recording new episodes. Mark noted that this is a double edge sword from his experience; You have a backlog of content but it made him slack and before he knew it he had run out of content. Most of the attendees recorded “just-in-time” meaning they have no backlog and a new episode is recorded every week before release
Audio Editing – We chatted briefly about what audio tools we used and there was a mix between GarageBand, Audacity, Audition, and Hindenburg. Mark shared info about destructive and non-destructive editing as the question came up in discussion:
- Destructive Editing: This changes the actual source audio. When you modify the waveforms in your editing tool such as Audacity, or Audition, you are actually modifying the source audio file. You can never undo the change.
- Non-Destructive Editing: Your modifications DO NOT edit the source audio. Tools like Hindenburg, Audition, and GarageBand offer non-destructive editing as the audio is typically copied to their own project files for you to modify.
With that, always save your RAW audio in WAV format and keep a backup before beginning any editing work.
How To Get More Listeners – Lively discussion but here are a few that sums up everything we shared:
- Get on others podcasts (be interviewed, guest host)
- Interview other podcasters in your genre
- Advertise in podcasts with tools such as Overcast.
- Where are your listeners? Go to where they hang out.
Finding Guests – Tom shared what he looks for when others want to be interviewed on his show:
- What can you do for them? Your approach/pitch shouldn’t be all about you. If looking for a guest, how can they help you? If you are looking to be a guest, how can you help them?
- You’re a team: A guest should be an equal partner in promoting and making sure everything is A+ with the episode pre and post release.
Tools / Services
Here are some tools and services that were mentioned:
Podfly– Podcast production.
- Zoom – Recording service
- Creative Commons – A podcast legal guide
- Sounds.com – Sound/Music service
- Marketing Best Practices – A guide by Apple.
- Last Gas – Austin Comedy page (they’ve done a big revamp since my last visit. Previously austincomedy.info)
Where To Find Us
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