Mics

Mazel Tov!  You’re reading another article by me?! Wow, you’re a glutton for punishment. This time we’re talking about microphones…

A Quick Word About Room Tone

Sit comfortably in the room, you’ll be doing your podcast in. Now close your eyes and just listen. Pay attention to every little detail. Now open your eyes. What did you hear? My guess is, more than you thought you would.

Polar Patterns

I was not going to include this but felt I’d better. There are various mic types to choose from but for our purposes lets focus on Dynamic & Condenser mics. These two mics have different polar patterns, which denotes the mics ability to accept or reject sounds, coming from different directions.

Now unless you’re recording in a whisper room (which I’ll get into at another time) you’re going to have to deal with two sources of noise. Noise inside the room, and noise outside the room.

The noise inside the room can be anything from your laptop fan to your cell phone going off, etc. Outside you have much more to contend with. You’re sitting at your desk. You turn on your mic, put on your headphones, and you hear it… the roar of the traffic on the street. Cutting through that….the screams of your kids. They’ve gotten into the sugar, and now your room sounds like Mad Max Fury Road.

So to set your room, turn off your cell phone (GASP!), position your mic away from any fans,  put a sign on your door that tells everyone to go away, and if you want to go the extra mile, you can put up sound proofing on your wall (this is not the same as a sound proof room).

Microphones

This is the #1 question I get about starting a podcast. If you go onto Amazon or B & H Video, you’ll be overwhelmed by the amount of options.  There are rules in life that seem to follow us everywhere.   The rule I’m talking about today is, the more specialized you want – the more expensive it will be.

 

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Beginners ($0 – 50)

  • Mic on your laptop/Tablet/Phone. If you’re going to use your laptop to record your podcast than you have a high chance that it comes with a built in mic. This mic won’t be that high quality but since it’s a sunk cost it would be handy to do for a test show.
  • Headset Mics. I used the, Logitech ClearChat Comfort/USB Headset H390 (Black) mic, for a few shows.  Besides the mic, it also serves as a pair of headphones.

Intermediate ($50-150)

These mics are the intermediate (medium range) mics in both price and quality. I’ve used both mics and the aforementioned problems with room tone came to late using them. They’re not bad mics but you if you purchase one you should definitely look into buying a Pop Filter.

Advanced ($150-1000)

This is what professionals use. Every pro podcast, including my show, has a set up similar to this.

Which is Right For Me?

If you have to ask, pick the cheapest. Don’t be that guy that jumps into podcasting full force, buys all that expensive gear, and then decides he hates it, and all that gear sits in a closet for years. Also I want you to pay attention to the the project management triangle. There are three sides to the triangle…

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If you want something to be Fast & Cheap, it won’t be Good. If you want it Fast & Good, it won’t be Cheap. If you want it Cheap and Good, it won’t be Fast. Just keep this mind as you’re putting not only your podcast but future projects as well.

Key Take Aways

  • Pay close attention to how loud your room is. You’ll be amazed at the small noises that can pop up.
  • Last post we figured out your concept so keep that in mind for buying mics. If you’re having a round table style podcast with guests in the room with you, you’ll need that many dynamic mics.
  • There is no shame in buying the cheapest mics & headphones to start as everyone has to start somewhere

 

Where to next?

So far you have your concept, and now you have an idea for what equipment to buy. And we know what to look for to minimize background noise and interference. So now what?
Before you start asking people to come onto your cool new podcast, I want to talk about you. That’s right YOU! In the next article we’ll be talking about finding your interview style, and I’ll also tell you the tricks of hosts like Howard Stern, John Lee Dumas, and more.

Are you excited yet?!  You should be!

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— Her new book, ‘Sell Your Story in a Single Sentence

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This is Part I of My How To Podcast series. In case you clicked this link and have no idea who I am my bio can be found here.

Why I Created My Podcast

I’ve been there.  Two years ago I was burned out on all fronts and I wanted to create something but I didn’t know what. The thought dawned on me about starting my own podcast. I knew going in, much like the women who’ve gone a date with me…. things can end in disappointment.

Your Podcasting Goals

Before we talk about the concept, the very first thing we should do is figure out what are our goals for this podcast.

The Why

‘Why do you want to start your own podcast?’ The why is a specific answer. This is your broad goal. For example it could be something like,’Because I want to promote my new book’ or even if you just want to do it because it’s fun.

 The What
What are you hoping to get out of your podcast?  The what is a specific answer that is measurable. This is your specifc goal. For example maybe your goal is, ‘I want to sell X amount of books each episode’ or ‘I want to meet a new person with every episode I do.’

Your Podcast: The Concept

Your Idea

So now that we know why we’re creating this podcast we need now ideas for our show.

If you already have an idea, that’s great (if you don’t see below). So then you’re next step would be to evolve that concept. Don’t just use the first idea that pops into your head and then run with it. Take some time to do some research. Check to see if that name is available by typing the term/phrase into Google and see what comes back. Additionally check out the topic in iTunes.

What to do if you don’t have an idea for a show?

My recommendation is to create an idea list. An idea list is something I learned from James Altucher. It’s very simple but very powerful. What you do is sit down with a legal pad (James recommends a waiters pad) and force yourself to brainstorm ten ideas. Don’t worry about good ideas vs bad ideas while you’re brainstorming. Instead let if flow. Write down all ideas as they come. When you’ve completed your list then you can go back and pick which ideas you like (what will work) and ideas you don’t like (what won’t work).

The Topic of Your Podcast

So what topic does your podcast fall under? Now I hope to God that you already know that. But now is your chance to be even more specific. Are you business orientated? If so what kind of business.

Maybe you’re setting up a new Social Media podcast but there’s a lot of them around. What could you do to be even more specific?

Just remember niches create riches… 

The Name of Your Podcast

Naming your podcast is key. It needs to sum up your podcast so potential listeners know what you’re show is. Think of your favorite podcast and it’s name.

Some example of podcasts named from the topic of business/entrepeurnship:
Entrepreneur on Fire
Tropical MBA
– The $100 MBA show

Examples of podcasts named from the topic of film production/marketing:
Indie Film Hustle
Indie Film Academy
Film Trooper
Filmmaking Stuff

Examples of podcasts named after a book:
Examples of podcasts named after successful websites:
Examples of podcasts named after their hosts (which isn’t a bad idea… I mean after all that’s what I did.)
The Joe Rogan Experience
The Adam Carolla Show
WTF Podcast – Marc Maron
Tim Ferriss experiment

Who is Your Target Audience?

Who is your audience? What are they pain points?

Your audience is apart of a certain industry. Some may have been in the field for 30 years, others may just be entering. There is a reason they will listen to you.

A pain point is a problem whether real or perceived. Your new book,seminar,webinar,class, etc is a solution to that pain point because its going to show them how to overcome this problem or problems.

Maybe you’re going to start a podcast about starting your own business. Focus on what kind of business it will be.

What will your show format be?

The who we know, it’s you. Is it just you or are you going to have multiple hosts?

When, weekly? Twice a week? Monthly?

Where will you be podcasting at? A static position or are you going to go place to place?

Is it going to be an interview style show? Roundtable discussion? Or maybe its just you discussing a topic?

How long is each episode going to be?

Like most successful shows you need to have that same format each episode so your audience will know what to expect.

In Conclusion

There are no wrong answers. Just one more tip for this week, the more moving parts, the harder it will be to produce. Just keep that in mind when designing your podcast.

So now we have your podcast goals, formed some show idea(s), we’ve found your target audience and we know the format of your show. So now where do we go?

Next week we’ll get into something I get asked a lot about. Gear.

 In parting….

Remember this…

The digital age has allowed everyone to take a shot but no one is guaranteed any success.

Starting a podcast? Feel free to pick me brain about anything.
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Alex Ferrari is the host of the #1 ranked filmmaking podcast, and runs the ultra-popular indie film blog, Indie Film Hustle. He’s currently crowdfunding his new film, ‘THIS IS MEG‘, on Seed & Spark. 
 

Show Notes

– Rebel Without A Crew – Robert Rodriquez’s legendary, groundbreaking book about his journey making, El Mariachi, as a one man crew
– Indie Film Syndicate Filmmaking Community 

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Dave Bullis

— Twitter
— Youtube

— Blab

Gary Knudson (Sound Engineer)

— SoundCloud
— Hire Gary

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Andrew Shaffer is the author of Fifty Shames of Earl Grey Tea, How to Survive A Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters,and he has two books coming out, Day of the Donald, and the Ghostbusters tie in, Ghosts from Our Past in June 2016.


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— Day of the Donald (via Amazon) When Trump’s previous biographer turns up dead, Bernwood must do some real investigative reporting, get to the bottom of a long series of murders…and, if it’s absolutely unavoidable, save the country. The Day of the Donald is a hilariously hair-raising look at the (possible) future of America.
– Ghostbusters: Ghosts of Our Past (via Amazon) – Years before they made headlines with the Ghostbusters, Erin Gilbert and Abby L. Yates published the groundbreaking study of the paranormal, Ghosts from Our Past. Once lost to history, this criminally underappreciated book is now back in print, revised and somewhat updated for the new century.
 
 

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Nellie Akalp is an entrepreneur, small business expert, speaker, and CEO of CorpNet.com.

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I’ve been working on a lot of stuff behind the scenes,one of which is more info on podcasting. I get asked a lot about podcasting so I thought the best idea would be to compile a bunch of helpful advice & links that I’ll eventually turn into an ebook and/or online class.

Here are the forthcoming blog articles I’m writing on podcast;

I: The Why & The What
II: The Concept for Your Show
III: Your location
IV The Equipment
V: Recording Your First Episode
VI: Editing
VII: Uploading and Hosting the Episode
IX: Marketing
X: FAQ’s

You can follow along these blog posts as they will guide you through step by step to creating your own show. If there’s anything else you’d like me to discuss drop me a line, tweet me, or even leave a comment below.

Until next time,

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Paul Peditto is an award-winning screenwriter and director. His low-budget film Jane Doe starring Calista Flockhart won Best Feature at the New York Independent Film & Video Festival. Six of his screenplays have been optioned including Crossroaders to Haft Entertainment (Emma, Dead Poets Society). He recently wrote and produced the micro-budget feature Chat, currently being distributed by Showcase Entertainment.Peditto is an adjunct professor of screenwriting at Columbia College. Under his guidance his
students have written and produced films that have appeared in major film festivals, have semifinal placings at Nicholl Fellowship, and have won awards and screened at film festivals around the country.  His new book, The D.I.Y. Filmmaker (Self-Counsel Press) is available on Amazon and elsewhere.

Show Notes

Rodriguez List – List of everything you have access to make a film as cheap as possible

— Jason Brubaker – How to Sell Your Film – Link to a ton of article by Jason
— Scott McMahon – Marketing – Link to a ton of articles by Scott

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They’ve returned! Sledge Hammer and The Zen Master return for another round of crowdfunding this time giving advice to two currently crowdfunding campaigns, Walk with the Devil, and Zombie with a Shotgun.

John Trigonis. John is the Film Campaign Strategist at IndieGogo, and author of the book, ‘Crowdfunding for Filmmakers.’

Michael Dougherty is a filmmaker, and crowdfunding specialist.

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Michael Dougherty 

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— Walk with the Devil – Indiegogo campaign (ends Saturday June 4th, 2016)

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