Mark’s pic for the new Alternative Jukebox is ‘Computer World’ by Kraftwerk’s 1981 album of the same name. I revel in being allowed Lyrics with Little Dragon’s ‘Ritual Union’ from their 2011 album, also called ‘Ritual Union’.
Both tracks are on The Alt Relative Paths Playlist.
We’re still pretty new podcasters, and the learning curve is pretty steep. The early days of any podcast seem to be a blend of confusion and mistakes but also excitement and possibilities. There are though some things we wish we’d known before we got going.
Echo has been a problem for us. We record at our homes and neither are an ideal studio environment so limiting room echo is something we wish we’d done earlier. Now we do everything possible to limit echo by covering glass surfaces (pulling the curtains basically) and softening and padding the area immediately below and surrounding the microphone, a large ‘bath towel’ works well. Keeping the microphone at mouth level or higher, sitting as close to it as is comfortable and turning down the gain also helps.
For a two-person recording with one stereo microphone, we favoured sitting opposite each other to maximise channel separation. But that proved to be a bit of a problem for editing, so we now use the omni directional setting.
We used to self host the podcast files, but this meant that tracking listener number involved a lot of guesswork as hits and downloads don’t reliably reflect subscriber or listener numbers. We now host on Soundcloud, which means we can track listeners more accurately and provides some extra functionality too.
Don’t put the podcast feed on a CDN. If the feed needs to be moved you’ll want to be able to use rewrites (.htaccess or similar) to tell client apps that it’s moved, and most CDNs don’t make provision for this.Never apply a ‘destructive’ process to the original recording. Stick a backup on Dropbox or something for a rainy day the second recording stops.
We still have much to learn, but the one thing we always try to focus on is to make good content, and enjoy the ride.