Everything you need to know about how we podcast


We get a lot of questions asking which kit we use for our EduFuturists podcast. So I will break down the different stages of production and what we use to make it happen.

1. Planning

After we've confirmed a guest, we create a Google Calendar event and we invite the guest into the event. When creating the event we 'add conferencing' in the options and select Google Hangouts. This is important, as it gives us and the guest a link to a Hangout location where we will interview them remotely. At this point, we will also include in the notes section of the calendar event a rough outline of the questions, so that the guest can begin to think about their answers.

A day or two before the interview and recording of the podcast we will update our podcast script. This is created in a Google Doc that is shared between us (not the guest). We flesh out the questions, add some facts and stats for that part of the show, add a guest biography and any other relevant notes for the show.


2. Recording

When the time comes to record the show we do it from three separate locations. I am in Gateshead (north east England), Ben is in Oswaldtwiste (north west England) and our guest could be anywhere in the world.

I use a Audio Technica AT2020 microphone, with a pop filter, which is plugged into the Tascam MiNiSTUDIO Creator with a Stagg XLR lead. This is then plugged into my Mac via USB. The sounds we use in the show are pre-set in to the Tascam Ministudio and can be played using buttons on the front of the mini desk.

From Ben's end he uses the Blue Yeti USB Microphone, which is one of the best USB condenser microphones on the market. Ben and the guest's vocal comes through the Google Hangout and into the Tascam Ministudio, where it meets my vocal and is then fed into the Mac, where Adobe Audition records the audio.

As a back up we also feed a line from the Tascam Ministudio into a Roland R-05 recorder. The broadcast quality microphones on this device, mean that it can also be used when recording interviews 'in the field'.

During the interview myself and Ben will communicate via Facebook messenger so that we can adapt to the direction of the interview. We also set a 15 minute timer on a Google Pixel phone.


3. Post Production

When all parts of the show are recorded, we then edit the podcast in Adobe Audition. When this is done we run a wav copy through the Levelator to ensure all the audio is at the same volume level. Then we condense the audio file as an MP3.

4. Publishing and Promotion

Finally we upload and publish the podcast to our website and to our podcast host Buzzsprout. For a small fee, Buzzsprout links our podcast to all the main podcast provides, such as iTunes, Google podcasts, Tunein etc. Then we promote the podcast through social media and our weekly newsletter.

If you have any questions please Tweet us.

Here is a list of all the hardware and software mentioned, with links:

Audio Technica AT2020

Studio condenser microphones https://www.amazon.co.uk/Audio-Technica-AT2020-x/dp/B0006H92QK


Blue Yeti USB Microphone https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blue-Microphones-Yeti-Microphone-Silver/dp/B002VA464S


Stagg 3m High Quality XLR to XLR Plug Microphone Cable https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stagg-High-Quality-Microphone-Cable/dp/B002YUAK54


Tascam MiNiSTUDIO Creator US-42 – Audio interface for personal broadcasting

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tascam-MiNiSTUDIO-Creator-US-42-broadcasting/dp/B01EWDZ8L6


Roland R-05 broadcast quality audio recorder

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Roland-R-05-Digital-Recorder/dp/B003FGN0I0/ref=sr_1_10?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1549899820&sr=1-10&keywords=roland+recorder


Adobe Audition

https://www.adobe.com/uk/products/audition.html


Audacity (Free alternative to Adobe Audition)

https://www.audacityteam.org/


Levelator

https://download.cnet.com/The-Levelator/3000-2170_4-197650.html


Buzzsprout https://www.buzzsprout.com/


Google Hangouts https://hangouts.google.com


Google Docs https://docs.google.com


Google Docs https://calendar.google.com


Facebook Messenger https://www.messenger.com/


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