The ebook opens with a look at how to plan a podcast's topic, format, and polish. Then Andy focuses on choosing the right microphone and audio software, followed by step-by-step instructions for recording using Audio Hijack Pro, GarageBand, Sound Studio, WireTap Studio, and Ubercaster, with advice about conducting interviews by phone, iChat, and Skype. Once your audio is in the can, you'll learn how to use audio plug-ins to make the recording sound better, complete with downloadable sound files to supplement the text. You'll also find out how to edit out any awkward bits, plug in additional audio, and mix tracks. Finally, the ebook covers how to encode your podcast, add useful tags and chapters, find a publishing tool, and publish your podcast for the world to hear.
Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions such as:
What types of microphones are best for podcasting?
Which software should I use to record and edit my podcast?
How can I find and use audio plug-ins to improve my podcast's sound quality?
What's the best way to conduct a podcast interview?
Should I record directly into MP3 format or encode later?
How do I remove weird pauses or other glitches from my recording?
How do I smoothly add music to the start and end of my podcast?
What should I watch out for when choosing an Internet host for my podcast?
What tools are available for publishing podcasts?
Where should I promote my podcast to attract the most listeners?
Can anyone create a podcast and list it in the iTunes Store?
Andy J. Williams Affleck (the Affleck part was stolen from his wife) has been using Macs since 1984 and has always been obsessed with any new medium that improves communication. At first it was mainframebased chat systems (Dartmouth College's XYZ for anyone who would remember that); and then email, instant messaging, newsletters; and finally the Web. He built Dartmouth College's first Web site in 1993, put together the original Web site for the sitcom Friends, and started a virtual community that's still around and kicking 13 years later. He has a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Technology in Education, specifically online networks for teaching and learning. When he's not figuring out new ways for people to communicate online, he's a senior project management officer (PMO), freelance Web and graphic designer, an accessible Web design expert (Section 508), and a Cub Scout Den Leader. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and son.