The bad news about Episode 2
Last week I was starting to wonder how episode 2 was coming along. In fact, I was surprised that I hadn’t received it back yet from my audio engineer. I figured I better touch base and get a status check. When I got word back, it wasn’t good. Evidently there was a tapping sound, like someone drumming on the table, throughout the episode. I wondered how that was possible, I was seated across from my guest, in a quiet office, and far from any equipment. I told them to do their best to clean it up, and checked back the next day. When I downloaded and listened initially the audio was great. Then I started hearing the tapping sounds. My heart sunk, all that effort, scheduling and precious guest time was in peril.
What could it be?
It was driving me nuts trying to figure out if I had a nervous toe-tapping habit or something. Then I noticed the tapping was during some of the most notable parts of the interview, when I was taking notes. Oh my, it was my note taking. You see I am new to this format of Podcast production. My previous episodes were all recorded live on Blog Talk Radio. I was using a headset talking to one or more guests over phone lines or Skype. It never occurred to me for even a second that writing notes would transfer so clearly, to the microphone. Evidently my trusty old Yeti microphone was not going to cut it for this format. I need to take notes, so I remember to ask follow up questions and know where some of the high points of the conversation occurred.
The good news: new gear and a chance to make Episode 2 even better
I sought out information on mobile podcast production, and found a great article complete with links to cardioid microphones and multi-channel digital recorders. Without boring you to death, cardioid microphones hear only what is right in front of them. This allows for a quality podcast recording even in a noisier environment. I ordered up a batch of gear on Amazon and it arrived on Sunday, the day before I was headed to Sierra College to interview Carol Pepper-Kittredge and two students. Everything arrived on time, and I did a quick test run with a family member. It sounded like we were ready to give a traffic report on the local radio station. This setup was great! While I hadn’t planned to invest in new equipment, I am glad that I did.
Monday I gave the bad news to Joe over at Tri Tool. I am sure in his days he has experienced a lot more adversity than having to re-record a podcast. As you might expect from a calm, cool, CEO Joe didn’t seem phased and we’ve rescheduled the interview. Needless to say, it’s not running today as promised. I do anticipate barring any huge technological failures for it to run next Wednesday, so don’t forget to sign up so you can be one of the first to listen.