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Record Your Podcast And Sound Like A Pro

teacher avatar Mike Parsons, technology, innovation, and storytelling

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11 Lessons (1h 13m)
    • 1. Class Trailer

    • 2. Set up your desk and computer

    • 3. Microphone Setup

    • 4. Podcast Recording

    • 5. Audio Files

    • 6. Editing Audio & Software

    • 7. Producing Audio

    • 8. Transcribe Your Podcast

    • 9. Outsourcing Editing

    • 10. Publishing and Distribution

    • 11. Make a Youtube Channel

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About This Class

Hi there! I'm Mike Parsons. I'm the creator of the Moonshots Podcast. I've been podcasting for many years and I started in radio over 20 years ago. Today My podcast has over 400,000 downloads. And I make most of the show itself - from artwork to post-production.

After doing more than 100 episodes, I am going to share with you all the lessons I've learnt. Together we're going to record a podcast episode that sounds great.

Here's what we'll cover:

  1. Setting up your microphone, desk and computer
  2. Podcast Recording 
  3. Podcast Editing
  4. Transcribe Your Podcast
  5. Publishing and Distribution

Our project: Recording, Editing and Publishing Your First Episode

This class is for anyone who is ready to record their first podcast. And I hope this class inspires you to publish your story.

See you in the studio.




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Mike Parsons

technology, innovation, and storytelling


Since quitting university after seven weeks, Mike has gone on to achieve remarkable feats. He launched Australia's first internet radio station, lived in Europe and USA, claimed a Guinness Book of Record and sold his Silicon Valley Startup.
Mike is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Qualitance. Together with over 200 staff, he helps clients build future growth products - from banks in Europe to Ford Motors in Australia and Anastasia Beverly Hills in the USA.

During his time in advertising, Mike won many global awards - DA&D Pencils, Cannes Lion's, Effie's – even a TED award.

His talks span innovation, marketing and embracing change in the business world. He’s passionate about understanding how to unlock the value in Design Th... See full profile

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1. Class Trailer: Hi there, I'm Mike possums and welcome to my new course. Had to record your podcast and sound like a professional. I'm the creator of the moon shots podcast, and over the last couple of years, I've published hundreds of episodes today, my podcasts has had over 400 thousand downloads, and I make most of the show myself from editing the sound to actually recording and pulling it all together as a great sounding package. I'm going to share with you the lessons that I've learned, all those little tips and tricks that have helped me get a great sound. Here's what we'll cover. Setting up your microphone desk and computer, podcast recording, podcasts, editing, transcribing your podcasts, and publishing and distribution. Our project will be to record, edit, and publish your very first episode. And when we're done, you'll be ready to share it with the world. This class is for anyone who's ready to share their story, to record their voice, and to go out into the world and show what they've got to say. I'll see you in the studio. 2. Set up your desk and computer: How to set up for a successful recording. Yeah, it is really all about getting set up well. And this really starts with preparation. Now my thoughts here on how you get prepared for your podcast recording session. How you get ready to sound like a real professional is it's all about being rigorous. If you've got everything taken care of, then you'll be naturally engaged on your podcast. You'll sound comfortable and ready to go and you'll be able to explore the conversation rather than worrying about software or what's next. So to start that we're going to get into the computer setup and I'm going to systematically go through your computer, your desk, the entire setup and really help you be ready to record. So first of all, there's a bunch of things we're going to cover its bat. You'll notifications, monitoring your recording software, making sure you have a run sheet at the ready. I'll explain what a run Cheetos Don't worry about that and closing everything. Alright, so we're gonna get into this whole idea of how to get to your desk, get to your computer, and set yourself up. Now thought this was a bit of a laugh. This is Ira Glass. Great podcast from NPR. This is how he's recording his show. And he must be incredibly talented, because honestly, I couldn't think of anything more uncomfortable. And I'll give you a few insights of why he's in the wool job. It's because he gets good acoustics there. And he's apartment or a house isn't really set up for recording. Now you don't have to do it like this. So what I'm going to show you is I'm going to show you my setup. I'm going to take you through it. I'm gonna take you through all the things that I do to get this great crisp sound and to sound like a professional. So what we're gonna do is we're actually going to have a look at my setup in my study so you can see exactly what I do to get professional sound. Alright, so there you have it. A bunch of things that are going on here that I have found after hundreds and hundreds of podcasts episodes that are really essential to prepare well. Now, what you'll notice in the center here is microphone is front and center. You need to design your setups or the mike is right there. It's the lead, it's the lead input. Everything is coming in through that Mike. So make sure that it's not off to the side. Make sure you've got lots of space. So you can really command the mike. Obviously, I have my keyboard and my mass to the side there. And you'll notice over to the left-hand side, I've got water handy. So this is really important because if you Tolkien a lot, you might actually find that you need a drink of water. You just got a bit of a dry mouth or you might get a bit of a tickle in your throat. Now let's focus on the monitor setup. You'll notice here that I have my run sheet over to the right, the recording software to the left. This makes me feel like I'm at a command center here. Because what I can essentially do is look at what's coming up in the show, check the recording levels, everything is there at my disposal. You'll notice that I've turned off notifications and I even have soundproofing behind me. The point to all of these elements is, this is my go-to setup. Now I'm more than full 100 episodes into podcasting. This just works great. I often get a lot of good feedback about the quality of the sound of my podcasts. And this is the setup that gets it. And I'm gonna give you a little treat here. There's something else that I do which is to attend the other side. I even have some soundproofing behind me. I have some soft furnishings so it really absorbs all of the echo and the reverb in the room. And that's the setup that helps me record like a pro. 3. Microphone Setup: So now we're gonna go a level deeper. Now we're going to go into your microphone, set up m. I'm going to show you how to get quality when it, in terms of how you'll recording. But it actually starts with the microphone itself. We're gonna talk about the right distance. We're going to check your inputs and balance. You'll audio levels. Oh, very, very important things if you want to sound like a professional. Now, first thing I don't want you to do is to think you can podcast with your iPhone headphones. These will not generate the audio quality at all. So please dispel that. They're not going to work. It's going to sound pretty muffled. And it's not going to lead to a quality input. In fact, if you can get a really good Mike, This will be at least half the battle to actually sounding good. So this is what a good molecule looks like. I choose to use a lot of audio products from audio technical, very, very good quality. In this case, I'm using there AT 2020. You can describe it anywhere, Amazon and the like. The key reason that I choose this, it's small, compact, and it's mobile. It easily wraps up in a travel bag and so I can take it when I've got travel, I can still keep the routine of my podcasts, which is essential for your success. So having a mobile Mike versus a big heavy fixed Mike, I think far a lot of people who have jobs that includes some travel, this is a really essential thing to keep into consideration. Otherwise, what you're going to find yourself saying is, I'm not recording because I'm traveling and my mix at home. And that is one recipe for losing audience if you're not consistent. So if you have a mobile microphone, portable mike, you'll be able to keep your promise to you listeners. Now another really interesting and very important item about your mike setup is the distance that you have from the mic. So what I would encourage you to do is what we said in the industry, it's the one hand distance. So literally if you stretch your little pinky to your thumb, have your handout wide. That should be the distance between you and the microphone. And you might have a little Papa there to stop you with a heavy pays if you need it. But the key thing is, is 56 inches some way there abouts. And it's really important that as you set your mockup, actually record with it and try different things. The biggest thing is that your distance, if you're a pretty loud speaker, you might want to sit back a little bit. And the other thing you can do is you can actually tilt the angle of your mike to get different types of recording. So generally speaking, if you're playing with those angles, you might change the standard angle if you want to come in a little bit deeper. So. The rule here is record a few different approaches, few distances if you're different angles, and then have a listen to them and see which one really feels good for you. The key thing here is the one hand distance between your mouth and the Mike. Now something that really trips up a lot of people. It's going to sound super basic. But I have to really emphasize it because particularly when working with gas or helping friends who are getting into podcasting. This is a really big challenge, which is the first of two things, checking your levels and we'll get to the routing in a second. What you can see here is a preview in my system preferences of how my audio is actually coming in as an input. What I've highlighted for you here is a key issue. It is input volume. A lot of people have gone to the effort of getting a good Mike, but their input volumes are either too low or too high. So if you come into high, once a recording is over indexing, over modulating, and having lots of distortion because it's too heavy on the input. It is very hard to fix. Admittedly, if it's too soft, you can fix that. But it also is not great. You actually want to find the perfect input measure for your voice. Now what you can see here is that I'm roughly just pos that middle point where the little radio button is there. And you can see I can get a preview of my, my levels. If you can come in at about 60 to 75 percent of max, this is where you want to be in terms of your inputs because it really good quality input need not so much production work in post. So if you have good inputs, you're halfway to having a good shot. So level's really check them before you start recording and obviously record a test run for a minute and just check your audio levels that you're not coming into. O2 soft. Now another big one and we're now starting to get really into some of the weeds of production here is to check your input routing and your app. What routing? The key thing here is that a lot of people plugging their Mike, but they don't select it as the input. It's really important that you tell your computer, Hey, I want you to take the input from my really nice microphone, not from the speaker is in my laptop. Because the degradation of quality is huge. As soon as you make that step, even if you've got a fancy MacBook Pro, it's still going to be quite pole compared to what you can get on a studio Mike. So make sure that that routing is set up. And a little tip here, I check this every single shot. This is just part of my ritual. My pre-shared Rachel is to set up all of that routing, check all of those levels just so that the recording is crisp. Now another thing you really need to focus on, if you have, I co-host. And is to record everybody separately. Now most podcasting and audio recording software will allow you to do it as it's a best practice with making a podcast or a radio show. Now in this case, we're looking at the software that I use, which is Zen Casta. There's also squad cast, which is very popular with podcasters as well. And what you can see here is that each of the host, myself, Mike, and my other co-hosts mock with both being recorded separately as high fidelity, actually lossless audio, which is the Wab full format. We'll talk a lot more about that in post-production. But the key thing here is to record separate web, which is really high-quality, record separate web tracks. Now, he's the reason why you want to do that. Having them separate means that if, for example, in this case, Mike was really close to the microphone and Mach was a little bit too far away. In post-production, we might need to play with the audio levels of Bach. And so you'll need to edit his voice in isolation from mine. If you have combined them into one wife fall, can you imagine going to every single snippet where he's talking and changing the volume. And again of that pot of this would be like this would drive you crazy. So if you record in separate files, you'll find post-production much easier. And I've got a lot of tips coming up I, for how we can do that. But this is all about getting yourself set up. So make sure that your podcast recording software can actually record in separate web tracks. Now another thing that you really need to get set up prior to pressing the record button is to have a log and a foot night, either in the software that you're recording in or just good old pen and paper. His wife, coast of the show. You might notice there's a couple of things that just weren't quite right or those long pauses. Gas, someone drops a phone on the grant and you can hear it banging in the background. If you have a footnote or a log that captures all of that, then when you all the posts and during post-production can receive a brief saying, Hey, at 30 minutes and 44 minutes and 59, there, these background noises that need to be edited out, this will save you so much trouble because what you want to avoid is the post-production becomes an act of listening to the entire show all over again. It's very costly in terms of time. You want to be at a jumper and get to the bits that needed fine tuning and then move on. Okay? So I think there's a sort of a cool message here for us that's really important. Which is the more you invest in good inputs in good setups, the better your podcast will sound. So find the ritual of the complete desk Mike software setup that is good for you and you will do great. 4. Podcast Recording: The recording, we're going to get into the things that need to happen in, let's say, for the most part, the 30 minutes before you hit that recording button. Lots of different tips here. Hopefully what you've learnt so far is how to get your general setup ready. So now let's jump into showed production. And there's a bunch of things we need to cover here, which is the run shape. Having a warm-up session just before you start recording, sticking to that run sheet. And lastly, what happens? This is my get out of jail free. If there's something not quite working in your podcast recording. In terms of the conversation discussion, I've got a really good framework that's going to help you get out of that. But first, let's go to the run shade again. Now, my strong advice if you have the time is to prepare your run shape at least a day before you record your podcast. Why? I often find that if we have really good discussions, myself, my co-host and my research, and my produce. If we're all kicking around ideas, a diode to be full. What I invariably find is that when I wake up on the day of recording, I'm ready. I'm really in the subject matter. I may have even had a few ideas that I might research on the day of the show, some little refinements and additions. Now the run sheet is your outline of your show, how it's going to run over the course of the hour. What you'll see here in front of you, this is actually the run shape that I've used religiously now for years. And this is one of our most recent shows. And the interesting thing that you can see here is we even highlight when we're going to use research clips. You can see we've got an intro and outro. We've got a two block structure, generally coat and a block and a baby book, is how we talk about it in a fancy radio will hold. But you can see here this is circulated at least 24. We usually get it at about 48 hours before the show. And what you'll notice, I did an inset here to show you that it's actually front-and-center right there by my mike. This is in front of me. This is my guide for the conversation. I'm constantly referring to this so that I'm really present in the conversation, but also aware of where we need to get to over the course of the era. So prepare your run at least a day before if you can. Okay, Now we get into that 30 minute, 15 minute before recording. I strongly recommend that you and your co-hosts do a warm-up session. Now this warm-up session just helps you kind of get into the conversation. This will help you be present. What I find is that we all need 1520 minutes to switch off from what we were doing before to jump into the recording of the show. So what we do on the moon shots podcast, we actually discuss the context of the individual that we're studying on the show. We tend to focus on an author and an entrepreneur and study their work and sort of learn out loud without listeners. And we ask ourselves, what have they done? Why is it so unique? How did they do it? What the belief systems that they're using? We remind ourselves of our call to action is going to be in the show. And we remind ourselves to use the chat while we're recording to inspire each other during the conversation, we would spend a good 1520 minutes doing this every shot. Sometimes if we're a little bit tied, we might need up to half an hour to really just get ourselves into the zone. This warm up is really essential because when you come on in, when you hit record, this is really powerful because you'll sort of primed, you're a little bit fired up and you're ready to go. Otherwise, what you will find if you don't have a Wilma and you'll show is your show will get really good about 30 minutes in because you're really getting into the subject matter. But the catch is most podcast listeners will actually tune out by then. If you can finish your podcasts with 20 or 30 percent of people still listening, it's actually a really good result looking at data from common podcasts. So you got to start good. And if you want to start good, you need to warm up a really, really strong piece of advice. Okay, run sheets and sticking to them. Now, what I strongly recommend here, when you look at your run sheet is that you've allocated an amount of time per segment of the show. Perhaps it's a 40, five-minute allocation of time. This is really good because this always helps you quickly reflect upon where are we and how much time do we have? Less? Have? For example, intro, six QUIC segments, great, 30-minute show, boom, done. Now, here's the key thing. If for whatever reason maybe you have a guest that has some really good content is taking you along, skip a segment. So one of the reasons that I'm really good advising this idea of skipping segments rather than running along is everything about podcasting is ritual, is habit, and that's built from consistency. So if you can stick to the rhonchi and if you can't, keep your time allocation of the entire show very consistent. Because podcasting is very powerful, because you become part of a daily, weekly, or monthly routine of your listeners. And when you start varying too much, listeners might looking at, oh geez, the shows nearly two hours. I only have a 40 minute commute, for example, or any good to the gym for one hour. So be very mindful of sticking to those basic constraints. And if you have two, I've skipped segments before. And it's really not a problem for your audience. But I'd strongly suggest it so that you can keep consistent. Now something that is really. The human nature of podcasting. And it's a discussion is that we're going to get lost or we might get off track, we might follow a tangent. Or maybe someone makes the same point many, many, many times. And you get to these moments where if you're recording the show, you're like, I'm feeling like we're not really on track. So I've developed a simple little framework that will help you if you and you'll co-host or your guest if you're a bit lost. Here's some sort of questions and talking points. And I what, how, why structure that would be very powerful if you have them in mind. And this is k. Before you record. This will be really helpful when you are coding. For example, the conversation. It's a bit monotonous. You stayed in the same area for little wall. Try this kind of summarize exercise. What, well, what do you saying? And what you might try is asking questions where you say, what's your real point here? And you'd want them to say, Well, my point, the point that I'm making is et cetera, et cetera. All, what advice are you really trying to give you? 0? In short, my advice is this. So these clarification, definition, kind of prompts and questions can really help if you feel like someone's not making a point very clearly. The next one you can do is you can ask them, well, what do you actually teaching here? And you'd be looking for sponsors. Well, if you do X, then you'll achieve why. Well, the lesson I always remind myself of is, so this is more of like, okay, how are we approaching this? What are you actually teaching? So what was the outcome? How was kind of how you got there? And lastly, ask why, why does this omega, what's the value of this? Why is this so important? And you can use the what, how, why as three very different ways to come into conversation. If you feel like it's not on track, or simply you might use some of these just to move the conversation along a little bit just because I feel like I kind of got it, but how can we move it on? These are the sorts of questions and prompts you can use. But if none of that works, he's the good news. Unless you're doing at a live broadcast, you can stop, pause, and go again. You can redo it. So here's what I strongly suggest, and this will happen a fair bit in the first few recordings. Let's say someone makes a mistake, so loses their train of thinking. No problem, stop, take a breath, hit that drink of water that you've got by the side. Breathe in and go again. Because remember, you can edit out mistakes, mistakes in, in post-production. And I generally like to keep the recording going even when these happen. I didn't press Pause. Just keep going, keep the momentum. Get back on the bike and go again. Doesn't create a major Stop Stop moment because that actually might be more of a hindrance to your guest or co-host than actually helping them. So just pause, slowed down, reset and go again and keep recording. 5. Audio Files : Okay, now we're talking about editing and production. This is where we get into some pretty technical stuff, which is really enjoyable, I have to say. But there's kind of some pretty specific things you need to do to get the good quality. You want to sound like a professional. You want it to sound crazy. We're going to talk about the audio files. We're going to talk about what software to use had to go about organizing and editing your content and lastly, transcription. Okay, so let's have a look at the foundational basics of your audio files. The key thing is you need to record your voice. You'll co-host in your guest in a WAV format. This is lossless audio, will be big files, so just watch out for that. But they won't be compressed and you have the best chance of editing them for a great sounding, shut. The next thing is make sure if you do have intros and outros to show which are pretty common, make sure they are also in that web format because you don't want to have these great sounding audio from your voice. And then only for the music to sound a bit muffled, Dow, because it wasn't in a high lossless format. Now if you're introducing third parties gleich clips, audio beds affects all. Guess on your podcast. Make sure you get all of them together, preferably in a web format, but get them all in the same place because this is a really important role. If you're doing a weekly or monthly show, you're going to be swamped in files. So I'm going to show you how to get your files organized. What you can see here is that we have all of our clips, a final versions and transcripts in separate folders. We even do production on the audio clips that we use inside the show. And we have a separate folder for our recordings. I cannot stress that you should follow a very similar structure because you will need to go back, find things. You need to check, you've got the right files, you need a repository that you can always go back to. So I sync everything to the Cloud so I don't have my computer getting old, jammed out with lots of files. I would definitely have your recordings. You'll find those in different photos and then any other clips that you're using in separate files, so they're really findable. And you'll notice here that having naming conventions will also be really good. Make sure that all of your clips are titled correctly because it's all about when you're trying to find things, when you're going into the archive, trying to find a clip because maybe you want to use it. And the light. It was a bad synergy, but I didn't call it that. And then it becomes hard to find. And then you lose a lot of time. 6. Editing Audio & Software : Okay, now we're talking about editing and production. This is where we get into some pretty technical stuff, which is really enjoyable, I have to say. But there's kind of some pretty specific things you need to do to get the good quality. You want to sound like a professional. You want it to sound crazy. We're going to talk about the audio files. We're going to talk about what software to use had to go about organizing and editing your content and lastly, transcription. Okay, so let's have a look at the foundational basics of your audio files. The key thing is you need to record your voice. You'll co-host in your guest in a Wab format. This is lossless audio, will be big files, so just watch out for that. But they won't be compressed and you have the best chance of editing them for a great sounding, shut. The next thing is make sure if you do have intros and outros to show which are pretty common, make sure they are also in that web format because you don't want to have these great sounding audio from your voice. And then only for the music to sound a bit muffled, Dow, because it wasn't in a high lossless format. Now if you're introducing the parties gleich clips, audio beds affects all. Guess on your podcast. Make sure you get all of them together, preferably in a web format, but get them all in the same place because this is a really important role. If you're doing a weekly or monthly show, you're going to be swamped in files. So I'm going to show you how to get your files organized. What you can see here is that we have all of our clips, a final versions and transcripts in separate folders. We even do production on the audio clips that we use inside the show. And we have a separate folder for our recordings. I cannot stress that you should follow a very similar structure because you will need to go back, find things. You need to check. You've got the right files, you need a repository that you can always go back to. So I sync everything to the Cloud so I don't have my computer getting old jam doubt with lots of files, but I would definitely have your recordings. You'll find those in different photos and then any other clips that you're using in separate files, so they're really findable. And you'll notice here that having naming conventions will also be really good. Make sure that all of your clips are titled correctly because it's all about when you're trying to find things, when you're going into the archive, trying to find a clip because maybe you want to use it. And the light. It was a bad synergy, but I didn't call it that. And then it becomes hard to find. And then you lose a lot of time. Software, okay? There are really a lot of different software and the weld I'm going to talk about too, which I think are the two that you really need to know about. There's Udacity, which is totally free, open-source, really solid piece of software. And then there's Adobe Audition, which is subscription base. Now, let's have a look at each of those and I'll kind of give you the pros and cons of h. Now, the interesting thing about Udacity is it actually does a ton. But I'm pretty sure you're having this feeling of seeing it on screen at the moment AT is not the most elegant interface. In fact, this interface has hardly changed in my living memory of using this software. So it doesn't load of stuff, not the easiest to use and it's totally free. So there's actually a lot of people using this and you can go on YouTube and find a ton of tutorials. If you want to go super deep into Audacity, you can find a ton of how you won't be stuck, not having anybody to help you if you do hit some sort of blocker in your production. So this is Audacity, totally free. Strongly recommend it, but just watch at that interface. It's scary stuff. Now, the reason I've chosen Adobe Audition is that chances are if you're relatively new to podcasting and you are thinking about creating a podcast, chances are you create other stuff as well. And you might have Photoshop Illustrator, one of the other Adobe products through the subscription service. If that's the case, you can get audition as part of the standard Adobe subscription. And I would say to you, this is like ten times easier to use than Audacity. This is my choice. This obviously comes with a monthly subscription. But Udacity is fantastic. If you've got time and you have your short on cash budget alone time, That's great. Adobe Audition. It's the invest, simple, easy, quick to use. Lots of support, lots of research, lots of blog posts and videos about how to use it. The key thing is here, elegant interface. You can rise tickets if you've got troubles. But this is really good. If you more time scarce and you've got some budget, then this is where I would get a W addition. Okay, now we're going to talk about sort of the mindset or the models and the rules that I use when I jump into editing content. So right now, you've got all your audio files recorded from the show. You've got everything sitting in a folder. And you want to open up and you want to get going and to produce a great show. So what I'm going to show you is a couple of key things inside of Adobe Audition than I do to kind of structure my thinking around the show and to produce it. I've highlighted different sections of it. And what we're gonna do together is see how to start with the content, the basics, the foundational pace of your podcast episode. And then we'll jump into tidying up. Then we'll jump into how we might go about edit the final production, the final shot. Okay, so now we are in Adobe Audition. And what I'm going to show you is how I build up a final show. And we're going to stop at this first paradigm. Editing the content, get the foundation, get the basics right. So we're going to build this. But what I'm actually going to do is I'm actually going to take us all out stuff from scratch and you're going to see how to build up from the ground, you'll shut. Now the show is one of the episodes of dementia. It is Podcast, which is my podcast. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to show you how I build it up and how we can polish show, and how you get those basic content blocks working correctly. First thing I always like to do is to grab the hosts. So here I am, this is me. I'm put in. You'll notice here that it's a web file, txt, pretty big, 364 meg. If this was an MP3, it would be way, way, way, way smaller. And the other thing we're gonna do is we're going to go over and grab my co-host mock, and we're going to put him in. Okay, Now we're putting them into Adobe Audition. You'll see each type of audio gets like its own channel. So this means you can do with it in isolation. And this comes back to something we said earlier in the course. You really do want to record separate web files. And I showed you Zen casta, which is the product that we use to record. There's also scored cast that low recorded separately. And it's now here in the editing. You'll see why it's so important. You can change anything you like really about these input. And if you remember, we wanted really good quality inputs. And this means you have to do a lot less in post-production editing. So let's build up the show. Let's just make sure we got things working so far. Let's have a listen. Okay, so you can hear that Dan here, we've got our intro, so I'm just going to mute that. Hello and welcome to the moon shots podcast. So there you go. So that's just me doing a roar insurer. And now if I zoom in on here, you'll see here there's lots of editing we're gonna do together. I even muted the chart and I'll show you how to bring that in. Okay, So what we've got now is on the top row here. This is me, this is my co-host. And you can see because they were recorded in sync, they all match up nicely. And so a big content basic here is always make sure that when you are moving these about, that they're done together. Otherwise it will get out of sync. Okay, So now they snap together, looking good that when not gonna get any into any of the finite polishing of the sound yet, because I can see some things in here already. But what we're gonna do is we're going to go and complete this process of bringing in all the separate audio. So what I'm dragging in here. Seven audio clips. Now we play soil, so audio clips and then we discuss them. That's the format of our podcast. And what my job to do now is just to organize all these inputs so that they are in a kind of full picture for me to produce a great sounding podcast. Okay, so I can see here then I'm going to look for opportunities to, you know, what I've done is I've put them in the wrong old us and let's actually go in here. And this will be much easier. I just saved myself some time there. Okay. So what you do is you go and try and spot the gaps with my eye. Well, obviously fine tune this together. Later on. Let's go over here. You can see I'm really trying to spot those gaps where we're obviously playing a clip for our audience. So it was in here, I can probably lands in about there. Okay. So now my rough setup is I'm going to take yourself off mute. That's my intro. I've got my output over here on a separate, I've got my clips here. And finally, I've got myself and my co-host, so we're ready to get in and do some editing. Okay, now it's a very similar process in Audacity. If you want to use a free product. I'm just a fan of audition. Okay? So the first thing we'll notice here is that in the beginning of the audio, There's just some data. So what we're gonna do is we're going to pick up these clips and we're going to move them. Because I know this is where I'm gonna do my intro. And I'm going to mute this for a second so you can hear what I'm about to do. This is just the very basic stuff to get started. Okay, So that's me doing some Xin Lai breathing. Totally don't need that. So what we're gonna do is we're going to drop these mock are on 10. And what I'm gonna do is I'm just going to snap both of our ODI there. So it's nice and crisp. And if you have a listen to this, I'll put on the music for the intro and have a listen. Hello and welcome to the moon shots podcasts. Are there you got to wear off to the races. So what we have to do now is to, is to get things generally lined up. Now. Right now if I don't do if I didn't do really specific, accurate alignment of all the audio sources, it's all going to get a bit messy. So what you can see here is that Mach is talking and the clip right now is out of place. You can see here that actually it needs to be here. Because what we'll do is we'll drop it in here. Actually, we might go a little bit further away and I'll show you a nice little production and trade. So I'm just going to play the tiling of his introduction to the clip and then we'll set up this clip together. Okay, hey, we got to get into the rest of this show. This is going to be all Foundation at all ANCA to refer back to. And remember as we dig into mindsets as well as practical tips. This first clip is Brian Jones and telling us about Dale Carnegie's How to stop worrying, stop living, and why it's key to quit worrying. Okay, that's exactly where I want it to come in. So now I just slide it up here and watch this. And why it's key to quit worrying. First, we need to understand what worried does for us as guilt. All right, and then I'll just go and check the outright. No worries. That's that's good. And noticed there wasn't much of a gap there at all. It feels really tight. You don't want that day. So I would then go along and I would get the perfect alignment for all of these clips. And now I'm really starting to pull the show together. Now, if I think about this show, there's a particular thing I want to talk about, which is just getting your intros and outros lined up properly. Very basic thing. So here is the end of the show. I'll mute this for you. Let's have a listen to this. The moon shots podcast that's Arad. Okay, So this may wrapping up the show. So what I know is we loved to have this signature way of ending up without voucher. It really works quite nicely. So we want to have the drop somewhere bad. He little bit more clear. So I unmute that. And then let's just have a listen to the end. That's the moon shots podcast. That's a rat. That's good. That's really good. Okay, nice and tight production. Now, what we've done is we've talked entitled it. Let's go to here. We've got our intro set out. We've learned Apocalypse. Now normally you would obviously go and finish during this, you've kind of got the idea on how to line up your alternative audio inputs. This could be a bid and a separate interview. You might be playing some sort of audio format. Once you've got all that in, what you can now start to see is you've got the big picture of the show. So we've fully zoomed out here on iOS. Like to do this, I go and have a listen to the intro. Hello and welcome to the k. That's sounding pretty good. Up either to the atria, you know the drill, you will truly stop living. All right, That's the moon shots podcast. That's all right. Great. Now, if you just want to get the general feel for your show, what I always look for is big moments in the audio signal. Listen here just to check in that everything sounds okay, Good on that. You can then start the kind of repairing and improving because maybe I want to zoom in because I can actually see that there's some audio from macaca. Let's make sure we're not talking over each other. He is the beauty. Now, are you ready, Mac? So I've taken, I think that's perfect. So the reason I can build all of these blocks and jump around is everything's nice and tight. I can say that b when I and all I'm a bad is looking here in the signature of the audio file, make sure there's no blue gateway. And it's wonderful to. Now. What I am doing here is showing you how to skim through the basic format so that you don't have to listen to the entire showed to edit the show because that's really costly in terms of time. I mean, Ash, I was an arrow awake. I try and have all of that production donning and now there's no way I could listen to the whole thing and producing and out. So this is really the fundamentals. Make sure you've got your intro, you've got your outro, you've got your additional third audio sources 0 nicely lined up. Then you've got your two highs. You might have three has this gives you the foundation. And what we'll do next is we're going to jump into particular parts of this to get some fine tuning done on your editing. 7. Producing Audio: So now we've done all of the basics in our editing suite. And this means that you can get that general play through. Here's what I strongly suggest. It's only at that point that you'd go and do you tidy ups. You've got all your basics in place now you can really refine the audio production. So this kinda have a look at how we do that. What I'm going to show you some of the classic things I do inside Audition to get the sound really crisp, sending really professional fine tuning. That's what we're gonna do. So now we're going to start by zooming in, and it's going to be a lot of zooming in as we find chain our audio. Now what I don't want, it wanted to show you here as I always really try to get the end points really crisp and tight and well edited. So that when we have audio starting like this, don't have a big lag like this, where you've got a lot of dead space in your audio. Because if you have a list in here, I'll just mute this so you don't get the bed. Let's have a listen. All right, so good editing means going across here saying, you know what, we can get rid of all of that. And then you can start here. Hello and welcome to the. So they really could always get those endpoints nice and tight. Now, the next thing I wanna do is show you that you should take the time. For. Every time there is a handover between two hosts and maybe a third party is to make sure that those Segways a really clean. So you don't, for example, want this. Let's say we're playing a clip and telling us about Dale Carnegie's How to stop worrying and start living and why it's key to quit worrying. Okay, hey, this is old dead space. So what you want to make sure when we were doing this in the basic setup is always make sure those breaks. A natural sounding really good. So let's have a listen here that Dale Carnegie's How to stop worrying and start living and why it's key to quit worrying. Now you'll notice that this is a real inside audiometric. That loss gap here in his that creates a tempo. So that means that my tempo to come in should be a bad here. And the beauty is I can just snap it up using audition. It just snaps into place. So let's have a look and see how that sounds. This first clip is Brian Jones and telling us about they will count against how to stop worrying, stop living, and why it's key to quit worrying. First, we need to understand Vega. Now that timing, that tempo, that's like a production style thing. You can make it a stupid, stupid guy. I like a little bit of a pause site feels like in the natural rhythm of the conversation. This is a very good fine tuning thing that you can do throughout your entire shot. Because this is a great way to think about getting it nicely tight, not with lots of those uncomfortable pauses and so forth. You can edit those OLAP. Hopefully, as you get in the groove, you will need less and less editing because both you and your co-host getting to a really good groove. So I noticed that my editing after a 100 shows is probably in the order of 60, 70 percent less than when we first started. Oh my gosh. And whatever you do when you listen to your first shows, you, you'll just careens because it's the first ones, they wouldn't be so great. So now I want to show something to you That's a really quick when you'll notice here that the thickness and frequency of my audio here compared to that of my co-host, is I've got getting a much bigger signaling to that than that of my co-host mock. Nice just due to our setups. So one of the things that you can actually do here is you can actually change our levels because look at what happens. We'll go into, into some really interesting stuff here. So you'll notice that you really start to see the difference in the levels. So I'm going to show you that if I don't play with these levels, okay, in post is going to happen, is I'm going to get this to a 0 and show you what it sounds like for both of us. And you'll see that we will sound a little bit different. Hello and welcome to the moon shots podcasts. It's good morning, Mike. It is a pretty special episode as we begin a brand new site. So it both coming in really full because we get up close to the mix. So you'll notice that the real problem here is that we started getting rate read signal on the Meta. And that is something that the top one day. So let's have a look at that again. So watch down here because this is your overall outputs. Hello. And notice that we have and welcome to the moon shots part of I. Okay, so how do we solve that? This is one of the best ways to clean up the sound of your show. What I can do here is I can get everything in this channel, I can knock it down. So as you saw, I did have it at a seven, but we can have a look at it at full. Hello and welcome to the MOOC. Still hot. So we can go down, I'll make it a bit dramatic foil and go down to eight. Hello and welcome to the moon shots podcast. Perfect. So what we've just done then is adjusted for the input quality and we've cleaned it up so we get nice, clean yellow signal. You never want to be in the Rachel is going to be in the Yeah. Well, let's go and have a look at Mach Now. Morning Mike. It is a pretty special. So he's coming in a little hot too. So we're going to knock that down to, well, what would happen if we went to 16 episode as we begin a brand new series, isn't it? It is period T stuff when we start in US, I've gone up consistencies across all four and a little bit of room there he was he's got a little bit more room. So I think if you remember correctly, bird about a four vigils, Satya, as well as Christine as well as Jeff and decay. So we're not getting any reds there. Let's have a listen to how we both sound together. This is a great fine tuning tidy up is you just go to these handoff segways between each other just to check that the sound levels are the same, that leadership series is pretty good, wasn't it? Yeah. I I'm really, really that's pretty close. I'm just tweaking them up a little bit more. Let's have a listen again. What that leadership series is pretty good, wasn't it? Yeah, I, I'm really, really struck by the the there you go. So what I've been able to do is by affecting the levels, I've got a really good clean sound by fine tuning me a little bit more aggressively, my co-host less. We both net-net command at the same volume. Now the last thing that I want to show you is if you are, which is quite a standard, having some sort of intro and outro music or audio beds is what we call them as well. I'm going to show you what we need to do. It's called ducking. And this is how you can find the right level of music bed that goes under your voice without it being too loud and distracting. Because in the end, if it's too large, you don't show whether you should listen to the music or the voice. So let's have a listen. Just to the music for a second. This, okay. Now you'll notice that what happens here is there is a yellow line. So we're going to dig into this. I'm going to show you what that's doing. So when you select your quit, it can do this in audacity as well. As you'll notice, I can play here, this is my ducking or fighting out. So if I have the fade out starting here, it's going to be too loud, will have a listen this. Hello, and welcome to the u. So the levels were going crazy. But the other thing is you actually don't know what to listen to it, but you're going to try and just listen to my voice. Hello, and welcome to the moon. It's really hard, isn't it? So what you do is you bring this fade right up here. And odd, what I like to do is jumping in and a bad here actually before I start speaking. So I'm not even bring it here. And then I can take different shapes. So let's try this shape. So I've got it quite strong, right? Welcome to the podcast episode. Now what I noticed in the sand there, is it still too full? The music bed is just twofold because I'm struggling to, in my mind to pass out the voice. So what I can do is I can make the fade more aggressive. It's what I'm gonna do is i'll, I'll make it really aggressive and you can, It's probably a bit too much, but I'll show you how to listen this. Hello and welcome to the moon shots podcasts it. Okay. Did you feel that did there that was a bit too big. So I think it's feeling like probably do that here. Let's see if this works. This is adjusting the fight out so that you can do a voiceover or what's commonly called in the business, doing an audio duck. Hello and welcome to the moon shots podcast, episode 190. I'm your co-host, might Parsons. And as always, I'm joined by the unflappable, the man who just can't worry, Mr. mop, he is in Freeland. Good morning. Hey, good morning, Mike. Well, there you go. That sounded really pretty good for a quick session in Adobe Audition. Obviously, once you've got all of your audio cleaned up, polished and you're feeling really good about it. You need to export. So now I'm gonna just show you a very important step to in age. Do you want to export a multi-track mixdown which is taking every single track, every single channel. And we're going to take the whole session. Now where you get the opportunity to have some fun here is you obviously, you get to go and you save it somewhere on your drive. And make sure you've got a good repository that's well-organized. But the key thing I want to point out to you here is your format. Now, you work with web files here. These are high quality. There's no compression whatsoever. The standard for podcasting is obviously MP3s and P3s take out a lot of file size, but not too much quality. And this obviously, for spoken word, you can actually be pretty aggressive on how much you can press your clips. So you can see here that my format is an MP3 and we use a 192 kilobits per second. Now you will see that you'll software will give you all sorts of different options. If you'll just voice no music, you can probably export a really small file size, around 90, 612 kilobits. We obviously play some music, so we tend to be up around here. I know some people that will try and push out a 160 or 128 kilobits per second. The rule here is experiment, just take the same shot and try one at 961, at 320 and 192 and see how you guys, unless it's really special, you shouldn't need anything above 190 too. So you'll export your clip. You'll have it on your drive. And then what we're gonna do for the rest of this lesson and this course is we're going to talk about how you can package it all up and distribute it to as many people as possible. 8. Transcribe Your Podcast: Let's talk transcripts. And I'm going to show you this new tool called descript, which does some pretty crazy stuff. Okay? So first of all, you create a little project. So we're going to open that up. And you can see here this is a previous one that gives me the ability to have a full transcript of a shock. And I'm going to show you how to do that. So you can see here, here's all the conversation which has been decoded. Actually, what we'll do is we've got a little demo here I think we can use. Okay, so what I'm going to do now is I'm going to go over to my archive. I'm going to pick up an old show and I'm actually going to show you how you do this. We're going to grab the final show. We're going to drop it in here. Hey, we got now, so you've dropped your final export. This is your fully produced show, music v i's and so forth. And you can get a transcript. The other thing that you can do is you can drop your role files in here and edit them. Just for the benefit of speed, I'm going to do it all within this transcript. So what happens is you upload your MP3 and what's going to happen is the software is going to upload it to this service. And it's going to actually transcribe, it's going to really translate your entire file into a conversation tolerably text-based. Now, the good thing about this is that this will give you a really fast and easy way to get a high-quality transcript that doesn't require it doesn't require the use of third-party humans to do it. What you will find is if you send your final show to a service, it's going to be very expensive and hard to sustain over time. If you're having individuals transcribe shows. So descript is not perfect, but it does a really good job. What I'm going to propose to you is I actually think it's good enough to publish later in this course. I'm actually got a lesson on the power of transcriptions and how they can help you get the wood out around your show, and how you can be insanely findable through Google if you're actually publishing your transcriptions. So while this is transcribing, I'm going to pop over here and show you what all are transcriptions look like. So you can see here as fully transcribed. And you'll notice that all the audio is Dan here. And so you can navigate either through text or through audio. The main thing you'll do first up is when you've got that transcription is you'll go and you'll share it and export it. Now what's really good about this skirt is you can export it just to raw text. Or you can use it as your subtitles. You can move it to an application where you might be requiring at the subtitles, the transcript. It's really, really powerful. So what we would do is add a minimum is to export that text file. Boom, you get it in a Word doc and away you go. Now let's get back to where we were before. And let's have a look at see if this transcription magic is working its way. So here we have, we have the trend scription. Now, prior to this, I was showing you how to export this. But let's just for a moment to a level higher. What descriptive labels you to do is to actually edit the audio through the words. Let me explain. So you press Play. Hello and welcome to the man shouts podcast episode one. Okay, so there you saw as it was played in the audio, you sorting text. But let's say we don't like the word main shots. Select it. Hit the delete button and wait for it. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the podcast, episode 119. I'm your co-host. Might, you know what I've done like this whole bit here. Let's get straight into this podcast, episode 119. Yeah, I I'm really, really struck by the DG. She isn't that just amazing. So you can edit sound through text. It's a really, really powerful, this is great for spoken word projects. It obviously, it creates an extra thing in your workflow if you're gonna use it for your podcast, it could be very worth it because he has some of the other things it can do. It can remove those famous gaps that were editing. In addition, have a look at this. So I've asked it to find 3 second gaps and it's actually found two of them. But this is where it's going to get really scary. Remove filler words. I'm scared to do is it's going to be a lot of these k. So it's found a lot of instances of the wood. Yeah, lots of ums and ahs, o d let's have this considering. Oh, yeah. Now what you could do considering all these possibilities and that is you could actually say, you know what apply to all of this. I want you to scrub the ADA and remove all ums and ahs. Isn't that amazing? So it's really powerful, discrete. It can help you get your transcript and you can publish it for shy notes. But what it can do is help you clean it up. And this is really good for early-stage podcasts, is if you get a really good recording together, it's just a few, too many gaps and ums and ahs, this can automate that process for you if you have the time and inclination to use discrete. 9. Outsourcing Editing: Okay, Let's talk about outsourcing, editing. If all of that Adobe Audition or Audacity descript software, if that's all a little bit too much, whether it's time, money, effort, you do have an outsourcing option with editing. There's two companies that I've come into contact with. I've heard several times that are good, reliable firms and that is we edit podcasts and resonate. Now, the whole trick here is you need to have some decent budget because particularly if you have a weekly show, this is going to get pretty costly to edit and produce. All of that work to make it sound, right, and to package it all up. So it is an option, you've got it. These are two good ones, There's plenty of others. You might even know a good sound producer who can jumping that and get you sounding good. But it's important that you see that you have a spectrum here. Whether you want to use free or paid software or whether you want to outsource it, you really need to employ one of these options in order to sound great. Now the big thing about sanding great is being able to focus on the content. So my big recommendation for you is be systematic and you'll be free to focus on the content. So think of your production and your editing process. Be very systematic about it. Go step-by-step, very linear. And that way you'll have a good consistent sanding podcasts and that will help you grow. 10. Publishing and Distribution: All right, Let's talk about publishing and distribution. This is sort of the last lakes are hanging in there. We're going to talk about what you do once you've got that final MP3 file, you're ready to go. You're ready to share your story with the world. What do you need to do? Well, there's hosting, show notes and YouTube. This will complete the picture for you. With this, you'll get to plenty of people around the world. And this couple of really good practices you could employ here to make it as easy as possible. So let's talk about podcasting and uploading of your show. Now the critical thing to understand is that Apple doesn't actually host. You'll podcast file. Let's say it's a 150 meg MP3 file. They don't actually host that. It's a separate company does. And it's exactly the same. If you think about Google, they don't host your website. They have an index, and then they'd point uses to the website which is hosted by a third party. It's exactly the same with podcasting. So it's really easy. But if you find a really good Patna, you'll be really rocking and rolling. I like to use transistor. Transistor. Transistor is super easy to use, really consistent. There's never any outages. I'm really fond of it. I've got three podcasts on the platform, and I really have very, very few issues at all. So once you have your file, the key thing is to upload it into your platform of choice. Makes sure that you check all the different elements. Number one, make sure you upload the audio file. Number two, there should be a title description tags, show notes, transcripts like everything. You possibly can get it loaded up and associated with that MP3 file and get it scheduled or published into your application of choice. Now, a company like transistor, we'll do some really important things for you. It will send your show to Apple to Spotify into Google Podcasts. They'll do all of that and you'll a half. This is really important. You can go directly to each of those platforms. However, that's a lot of work. So I strongly recommend if you use a platform like transistor, a good podcasting hosting platform such as bus route is also a good one. Get your show uploaded into the night, Take care, distribution, analytics, and make sure it's available to the world. Now another bonus here is what that will also do is create some sort of basic website or web version of your show. So you're not only available the podcast app, but also via browser to, and I actually noticed that we do get a fair bit of listenership outside of Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Show notes. Okay, this is an often neglected area of podcasting and I really want to emphasize this because show notes again to do a lot of good things for you. Most importantly, you've gone to all that effort to produce a show. Don't keep your production notes to yourself, share it with the world. So here's what we do. Will publish a blog announcement that every single new episode. But subsequently to that, we will publish the entire show notes, which is a list of all the clips we played. Links to references and so forth. But here's the other thing we do, as you will have seen from add to script lesson, is that we also publish a full transcript. So we get a blog post, show notes, transcript, every single episode. This is really important to bundle with your MP3 file when you distribute it to the world. And I'm going to show you why. Here's a recent snapshot of visitors to our website, moon shots dot AIA. And what you'll see is four out of ten top most visited pages, four of them, a transcript pages. What this translates into is that Google's search loves a transcript. And you can see here that the second most popular page on the entire side is a transcript of Agile Rogan Show. So lots to do, but it's worth it. And if you do this, if you actually get your show notes and your transcripts flowing and getting that good systematic production approach. Over time, you would just keep building audience. That's been one of the real secrets to how we've accumulated well over 25 thousand listeners a month. It's this systematic approach. 11. Make a Youtube Channel: This is a real surprise. You think of YouTube, you think video. But actually there are people sitting down and working and listening to podcasts via YouTube. And I want to show you with very little effort what we've been able to do to create a, quite a significant audience on YouTube. So here's the channel for the man shouts podcast. Now the important thing I want to clarify here is that only thing that we do is repost the show. We didn't change any of the show. We add a little thumbnail pace of art that's specific to the YouTube format and that's it. But have a look at that. You can see here that going from left to right, some of the shows have had sixteen thousand, four thousand, three thousand, two thousand, two thousand views. And all we're doing is re-posting the show. We actually get feedback from these listeners. So actually not, they are pretty engaged. They come to us with suggestions and so forth. But it's not a lot of effort, but it's really expanding our audience. So let's have a look at some of the analytics. So for the last year, we've had 39 and a 0.5 thousand views of the podcast via YouTube. That's translating into 3.8 thousand hours of watch time. And right now I think we're over 550. Subscribe to the channel. All of this was made possible by just distributing our content. Again. I was surprised to see the level of engagement. I just assumed it would have to be a video first format to succeed on YouTube. But that's not the case. So I strongly recommend to you that you should publish. You're shown ads, blog about every episode, get a transcript, but also publish your podcast to YouTube. You'll find that there's lots of engaging paper there. You'll be surprised at how many people go to YouTube and listen to music and podcasts throughout the day. So there you have it. We have gone from start to end of the production of a podcast. It started with getting organized. Then it was all about making sure you've got all the right tools and systems set up so that you can record well and edit well. And then last week we got into distribution. And distribution was all about making sure you've got the right host. But going the extra mile with those show notes, those transcripts. And if you have the time and energy, get your podcast into YouTube. Because if you do all of these things, not only will you be having a podcast that is successful, but you really are going to sound like a professional and reach as many people as possible. And I'm sure that's what you wanna do because I'm absolutely sure you've got a story to tell.