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Issues of Podcasting

By Daniel Brusilovsky of Apple Universe

In my last post about podcasting, I went over the basics. But what people don’t know are the challenges! When I podcast, I face many challenges in the microphone, audio, mixer problems and even problems with the recording software! That is why it is very important to check all these things before you start recording. Before a podcast, I take a good 15-20 minutes checking all the mic levels, mixer levels, making sure that the theme music is set. I try to strive to make sure that everything is where it needs to be. A good podcast starts with good equipment!

Some problems that I have faced over my time as a podcaster go from anywhere to the software, to the microphone cable, to the internet being down! You have to be prepared! Check to make sure everything works before you start! If the reason you are podcasting is to have fun, great! But you need to take this serious. If you make an error, it is your job as the host to fix the error so it will never happen again. During episodes, I have guests come into the show! To have them on the show, we use a free program called Skype. When a guest from lets say L.A calls in, I need to make sure that the recorder picks up the guests voice!

My point being, be prepared! Problems do occur. Do not try to avoid them because they will come back and haunt you! But remember, have fun podcasting!


Daniel Brusilovsky blogs and podcasts at Apple Universe covering Apple computers and technology. He is a sophomore at Aragon High School in California and co-President of the technology club, Mousesquad.

5 Comments

  1. Posted August 10, 2007 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Here are some of the issues you need to watch out for!

    ~Daniel

  2. Posted August 10, 2007 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    So your recording equipment/software records directly through Skype or you use some part of Skype to record the voices?

  3. Posted August 10, 2007 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been interviewed over Skype not too long ago, and the clip turned out pretty well. I could hear myself and my host very clearly.

    I emailed my host to ask what program/software she used to record our conversation, but she has yet to reply (she’s probably very busy), do you have any suggestions?

  4. Posted August 28, 2007 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,

    I use a program called PowerGramo to record my Skype calls – even the free version will allow you to do it although I’m thinking of upgrading to the registered version as it’s pretty cool. The recordings can be exported to mp3 or 0gg files for use later.

    What I’m curious about is: do you have people come in on Skype as you’re doing your show?

    In terms of planning, I’d opt for simpler solution: recorded them earlier! Then you can have time to edit the clip as necessary if you like. It removes the potential for gaffs and blunders and you just add a line like “here’s an interview I did earlier with X who said…” to your podcast. It’s an old radio trick that I picked up from my dad years ago…

    I completely agree with you though – nothing quite like planning and making sure everthing works!

  5. Posted August 28, 2007 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    I think you are asking Daniel. I don’t have a “show”. Yet. :D

    With great guest bloggers like I’ve had recently on the subject of podcasting, I’m giving it serious thought.

    Personally, I’m totally for planning everything when it comes to entertainment, be it blog, podcast, or video. And then edit, edit, edit, and fix. :-)


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