My Top Tips for Podcasters Recording on the Road 072 Just the Tip Podcast

My Top Tips for Podcasters Recording on the Road 072 Just the Tip Podcast


Hey Podcaster
I’m Tim Wohlberg your Podcast Performance Coach with another actionable tip, so you can sound like a pro…
and gain more podcast fans. Today’s tip is about podcasting RIGHT, from
the road. Do I sound different to you? Slightly? I’m podcasting from the road this episode. And the only reason I’m telling you this
is because my episode is all about this. You know how important sound quality is for
me when it comes to podcasting. I’ve even talked about what the bare minimum should
be when it comes to quality in episode 67. Podcasting from the road doesn’t have to
be hard and no one really needs to know, if you don’t want them to. I’m on a Caribbean island right now. Yeah I said Caribbean. Some people are totally annoyed by the word
Caribbean, They say it’s cari-bee’-in. If you’re Johnny Depp maybe, but I think
Carribean sound waaaaay sexier. That’s the only reason I say it. As I was packing, I waffled back and forth
about recreating my exact studio sound from the road. Should I bring my mic & mixer, then I need
a stand. I don’t know what the security is going
to be like at this Air b’n’b. That’s a lot of equipment to lugging around
the world when space is limited. I usually have room for 3 things. My Flip-flops & trunks on the way down, and
as much rum I can load into my suitcase with on the way back. So here’s where I landed. I’ve got adobe audition software on my computer
for recording and editing. And for my mic, I tested a few in my space
including the $30 USB headset mic that I brought with me for conference calls. Perfect for that and probably just fine if
I were a guest on a podcast. Almost anything is better than your onboard
mic of your laptop, but not as a host. What won out for me? My iPad! And a really great FREE recording app called
Voice Record Pro. I’ve put the link in my show notes and my
website’s resources page. It lets you record high quality wav files. The only other thing I need is a soft room. That’s the key to getting the most out of
a not so expensive microphone. As I explain in episode 42. Let’s test my options. This house is concrete and tile from floor
to ceiling. Perfect for recording right? Let’s start in the biggest room, the kitchen. Wonderful. There’s nothing I like more than spending
an extra 3 hours on a 5 minute podcast trying to remove echo. Better yet, I’ll just sepnd $400 now on
software that will remove the echo so I can always record in crappy locations! NEXT
This bathroom shower has got to be another great option. NEXT Let’s try the front room, it’s got an
area rug and a couple of couches. It’s an improvement, but can I make it better? Lot’s of pillows here…and I love building
forts so let’s try something. Definitely an option. One more space to check. The bedroom. Having a massive sponge in the middle of the
room should absorb some of the sound. That’s the bed it’self, but it also has this mattress topper. So I whipped it off but it on it’s side and I’m back in the bedroom. There’s also a tiny wardrobe closet that
I can stick my head into. I don’t know if i can stand the smell of
all the tanktops that I’m not wearing but it’s definitely an options for a dead space. You”ve got to do some testing. I recorded in a couple of these locations
and listened back to see what was the best. You also need to consider the time you’re record. Here in Curacao, every house seems to have
5 dogs that bark all the time. There are a few chickens around lots of traffic. So I’m recording this in the evening when
it’s a little quieter. As for editing. I’ll use a few extra filters if I need to
clean it up and beef up this mic and I’ll sound decent. So decent that A – That you’re not annoyed
by the poor quality and leave. B You’re not having to work any harder to
hear me than you would on any other episode and C – best case scenario, you wouldn’t
even notice if I didn’t tell you i was on the road. So what if you have guests. All these things still apply.. just make sure
you’ve got a solid wi-fi connection for the interview. For me, this is sort of a working vacation. I’m still editing podcasts and coaching
podcasters from here. So it’s just like working from home…still
no pants, cuz pants are for suckers, but now, no shirt. (only for client calls) If you just want to be on vacation when you’re
on vacation, then get ahead of your record schedule, batch record, so you can take that
well deserved break! If you absolutely need to do an episode when
you’re on the road, then record a solo episode. It might be easier than having to deal
with a guest that week. A car also can make a great soundbooth if
you need one in a pinch…and you’re not going to fry recording for a half an hour
in the heat. So let’s say you’ve done you’re very
best and it comes out sounding like garbage and doesn’t meet the bare minimum requirement. I don’t think I’d air it. If you can’t be proud if it. Throw it away. Does any of this matter to your listener? NO! They especially don’t care how big of a
challenge it was setting up and getting this episode published, so don’t mention you’re
on the road unless it’s relevant. I’m not saying you have to hide the fact
you’re on the road. Just keep it brief. It can help paint a picture of where you are
and what you’re doing. Like right now when you’re picturing me
shirtless in my couch fort. If you’re going to mention it, KEEP IT SHORT
and then get to your content! Unless your episode is all about the location. If I’m a podcast coach and I’m broadcasting
LIVE from PODCAST MOVEMENT, then yeah, I’m going to set the scene. It’s all about the scene. Or you’re a digital nomad working around
the world or if you have a podcast about travel. A lot of people podcast from the road and
do it well. Do it once and you’ll quickly learn whether
you’ll ever want to do it again. Or what you need to make it better. So when you do, keep it simple, keep it soft
and keep it a secret if you can. I hope that’s just the tip you need. Wouldn’t you like to be on vacation right
now? Break free from your podcast! If you’re tired of editing your show and
don’t mind me editing it pantless & shirtless from time to time. Check out my podcast editing packages at PodcastPerformanceCoach.com
I’m Tim Wohlberg See Ya!

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