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Simple Trick to Record Skype Calls

by Nick Seuberling on February 9, 2014

Have you ever recorded a podcast interview with a guest over Skype and you noticed that your guests audio is just a little too low? Or maybe your guests audio levels are perfect but for some reason your audio levels are a little too hot? One of the biggest mistakes podcasters make when recording interviews over Skype is that they record the audio as one mix. Once you’ve recorded your interview it’s next to impossible to go in and clean up the audio. It’s not impossible but it’s very time consuming. Here are the steps I take when recording a Skype call for my podcasts.

Utilize the Pan Feature
Most analog audio mixers have the ability to pan the audio. What exactly does pan mean? Panning allows you to send the audio from one channel of your mixer to a certain side of the signal that’s being outputted. Say what? Put your headphones on, and talk into your microphone. Locate the channel on your mixer where your microphone has been plugged into and find the pan knob. You’ll notice you can either rotate that knob to the left or the right. While talking into your microphone, pan your audio from left to right. You’ll hear your voice move from your left ear to your right ear, then eventually both ears once the audio is panned to the middle.

If I’m recording a guest or host I always try to put them one side of the stereo mix and myself on the other. So in my case on channel 3-4 of my mixer is my microphone, I pan that channel to the right. Channel 5-6 is usually my guests audio, I will always pan them to the left.

Start Recording
Now I’ve gone ahead plugged in the main out cord from my mixer into my TASCAM DR-05. Once I start recording the audio and talking I can see the meter on my recorder bouncing up and down on the right channel of the stereo track. Then once my guest starts talking on Skype I can see his/her audio bouncing up and down on the left channel of the stereo track.

Using Adobe Audition
I’ve got my interviewed wrapped up and I’m ready to edit this bad boy. Once I import my WAV file into Adobe Audition CC I can see in the waveform editor that the audio is appearing on different channels of the stereo track. The right being my audio, the left being my guests audio. Right click inside the waveform editor where you’ll select the “Extract Channels to Mono Files”. This will actually create two brand new WAV files, one file being solely your guests audio, the other being your audio.

Multitrack Editing
Once you have your two files you’ll want to open up the multitrack editing function in Adobe Audition. From there you can place each file (your guests file and your file) on different channels within the multitrack. Once you have the two files in place you and then lower/raise the audio levels for either your guests audio or your own audio.

If you need a visual of what I just described, check out this video tutorial I created explaining the process I use.

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Goodbye CommentCast, Hello ReviewCast

by Nick Seuberling on February 3, 2014

For those of you who are currently OS users subscribed to the CommentCast system, you may have received an alert today that said that CommentCast is no longer. But don’t worry, they’ve launched a new service that’s available to all platforms, Windows, Linux etc. All you need is an email address. The new service is called ReviewCast and they’ll now allow you to subscribe via email. They will email you the last 25 reviews from all over the world for any iOS Application, OS X Application, Podcast or iBook listed on the the App Store or iTunes Store. I tested it out this morning and I’ve already received a few automated emails from them. I’m just glad as a Windows user I can now have access whereas before I had to rely on friends (Corey Fineran I’m looking at you) for updates on CommentCast.

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Update Your Blubrry PowerPress Plugin Immediately!

by Nick Seuberling on January 24, 2013

For those of you who logged into your Blubrry stats page last night may have noticed a notice from the folks at Blubrry asking that you update your PowerPress plugin immediately. The reason? A security flaw with the 1 pixel out audio player. Make sure that if you’re using PowerPress that you update to version 4.0.6. immediately.

Here is the information regarding the update:

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Podcasting Pet Peeves

What better way to learn about what sets podcast producers and consumers off about podcasts! Do you have a pet peeve that wasn’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments section below. Special thanks to Ray Ortega for inviting me to be on his show this week. Check out the podcast’s page at PodcastersRoundtable.com.

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Podcasters’ Roundtable – Podcasting Pet Peeves

I am really excited about the opportunity to share my podcasting pet peeves with the podcasting community this Friday night! I will be serving as a panelist on Ray Ortega’s Podcasters’ Roundtable: Round 5 show. You can tune in LIVE during our Google+ Hangout or you can also catch the audio archive at podcastersroundtable.com. The […]

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Podcast Your Passion

I always admire the people out there who want to start a podcast. It takes courage to get behind that microphone for the first time and talk. The question I get asked the most when podcasting is “How does it work?”. I tell people that I’ve been podcasting for years and even I still don’t […]

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Podcasting Equipment

If you’re just starting out as a podcaster there are a couple of things you’ll want to keep in mind when purchasing audio equipment. One, you don’t need to spend a lot of money right away. Two, audio quality is very important. No one will listen, or more importantly subscribe to podcasts that have terrible […]

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How To Make a Microphone Flag for less than 10 Bucks!

For those podcasters out there currently using video, you may have thought about using a microphone flag to help promote your show or possibly a sponsor of your show. I’m here to tell you how to make a microphone flag for less than $10.

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