I’m looking across the table at my microphone, and all the gear spread out in front of me. It’s looking back and asking me what I’m going to do. It knows me, a little too well.
I want to make better podcasts, and more podcasts. And I hope you do to.
Looking at the podcasting sites out there, they don’t seem to be much help beyond pure promotion. There aren’t many places to go to find out how to record a podcast, how to make it sound good, and the tools available to podcasters – ones that are actually helpful to them. Most of the tutorials are several years old, and the tools we use have grown up a bit. There are also gaps in the knowledge of podcasters, or new, better and different techniques you or I haven’t considered.
We are in a fun place with podcasting. It was deemed to be the next big thing, but instead, it has simply become a thing. Those that were looking for a get rich quick scheme have moved on, and the ones who stuck around are more interested in growing the medium, and making good shows. People have more access to content, and the tools to make content. Better still, they can create content that is just as good as what you get from broadcast and mainstream outlets. The tools today are much better than the ones we had when I was working in radio in the mid-90s. We were still cutting tape and using 8-track reel to reel recorders. Now there are people making podcasts who have never seen a reel of tape in person. On the hard drive of my laptop, I have a multitrack studio, live performance space, samplers, synths, high quality studio effects, and playback tools that would have made radio studio techs drool a few years ago. It’s more than I know what to do with.
Even with all of this power at our disposal, it’s hard to make our own shows. Sometimes, our knowledge, time, and budget (I know, I brought up money, but don’t run away) runs out, and we get frustrated, or worse yet, pod-fade. I know people who were ready to give up because they were having a hard time with the tools, and were tired of the quality of the shows they were producing. I don’t want that to happen. Unlike the zero-sum game of broadcast, there is a lot of room out there for good podcasts, and if we are going to create podcasts, why not create really good ones.
I want to make shows that I’m proud of, and would like to help others create shows they are proud of as well. If I can help a few people out there, maybe give someone a new toolkit or a boost in their creativity, their inspiration, then I feel like I’ve done something. Maybe I can give a little back to people making the very thing I love to listen to, love to produce.
I want to put up tutorials with the podcaster in mind, and start pointing to other great tutorials, content, news, and more designed to help other podcasters. My main direction is to help other podcasters, and maybe help make the medium a little better.
Hi, I’m James. Let’s make something awesome.