Here’s the setup I’m currently using to record the First Crack Podcast:
Behringer XM8500 microphone >> M-Audio MobilePre USB Mobile Preamp >> Apple Powerbook >> GarageBand >> iTunes.
When I’m done recording in GarageBand, I select ‘Export to iTunes’ from GarageBand’s ‘File’ menu. That sends the file to iTunes as an aiff. In iTunes, I set the meta-data for the file:
- Title: [Your Podcast Show Name] [Episode Number] [Episode Name]
(I recommend putting your show name in the song name for aggregators like audio.weblogs.com that only show the episode name)
- Artist: [Your Name Here]
- Album: [Your Podcast Show Name]
- Track: [Episode Number]
- Comments: [Episode Description]
- Genre: Podcast
Then, I cmd-click the file and select ‘convert selection to MP3’. After the conversion is complete, I pull the file out of my iTunes library, and rename to something internet-friendly like: YourPodcastShowName_EpisodeNumber-ShortEpisodeName.mp3
I FTP the resulting file to the site, write a post on the weblog and include the mp3 file within an “a href” tag. WordPress handles the RSS file creation automatically. Automatic enclosure support can be found in WordPress 1.5. I’ve created WP-iPodCatter, a WordPress plugin and replacement RSS file to generate an iTunes-friendly feed out of WordPress.
If you’re wondering what type of show to have, I’d recommend reading Principles of Podcasting. It contains my thoughts on what makes a good podcast after publishing 16 episodes of the First Crack Podcast.
If you’re having issues with Garage Band or want to pull audio from iChat, Skype, or iTunes into your podcast, check out:recording a Podcast with Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack Pro. Audio Hijack Pro wraps everything up into a single mp3 file – ID3 tags and all. If you don’t need Garage Band’s or Audacity’s multiple tracks, Audio Hijack Pro might make your podcasting much easier.
I specify the ID3 tags in Audio Hijack Pro and set up an Automator script to automatically upload the resulting MP3 to the BetDirCaster audio directory via Transmit.
First off, an Apple iPod is not required. Podcasts are simply mp3 files. If you have something that will play mp3s, you can listen.
“So if an iPod isn’t required, why is it called podcasting?”
I’m glad you asked, the answer is: Podcasting rhymes with broadcasting.
Broadcasting, like a grey blanket, covers everyone in the same stuff. iPods are very personal, intimate devices. So, even though the NBC affiliate in your area has the same prime time schedule, no one has the same stuff on their iPod (or other digital music library).
If you’re looking for some shows to get you started head over to PodcastMN.com, this is a list of podcasts produced in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, and “Garrick’s PodRoll”, these are the shows I currently subscribe to.
UPDATE: December 10, 2005
I just wrote up my current 12-Step Podcast Production Process. Hopefully the process will get simplier from here.