The Podcasters' Survival Guide
"Complete Protection from the Podcasting Gurus." A show all about the creative side of making audio Podcasts.

http://socialaudiothinktank.com/ - Have you ever been faced with truly undesirable Podcasting conditions, and what did you do? Everything from sickness to equipment failure; to echoes and bulldozers can make Podcasting and recording a great sounding Podcast tough. But does it really matter, and what do you do if you just can't avoid the conditions you're faced with as a Podcaster?

What Josh and Jackson talk about:

  1. Josh was faced with illness and a terrible sounding room when REC episodes of his show Braver By The Day Podcast.
  2. Jackson was faced with a live game of tennis while REC an episode of The Forgetting Curve Podcast.
  3. Should you Not Podcast, or should you power through? and aim for a content-first-mindset?
  4. If you're covering an advancing field, you need to always be improving your own production (movies, comics, TV shows, bands etc, they're all improving their own production year-on-year).
  5. Have Josh and Jackson created less-than-desirable conditions for their own Podcasts?

Two minutes of tech (Studio 1, 88.3 Southern FM):
- Microphones – Sennheiser MD421′s
- Desk – Soundcraft EFX12
- Interface – M-Audio Fast Track Pro
- Software REC – Logic Pro for Mac
- Post Production – Logic Pro for Mac

Episode music from:
Theme song – The Elliotts with their track ‘Warriors’

The SATT guys:
@joshuacliston on Twitter
@OzPodcasts on Twitter

Direct download: Implode-isode.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 7:11am EDT
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Do you enjoy using profanity in your Podcast? Yes? We say good on you! 

In this episode of "Social Audio Think Tank" Josh and Jackson share their thoughts on Profanity in Podcasting. This is one of those sticking points for many Podcasters, and the prevailing advice out there in the Podcasts about Podcasting space is that profanity will most likely limit your potential audience size. The SATT guys don't believe that one bit, and below are some reasons why. 

Note: We're not saying the using Profanity has a place in every show or every genre, or even that it makes a Podcast better: we're just putting it out there, that Podcasters who overly-censor themselves are doing themselves and their fans a disservice. BE YOURSELF!

Profanity definitely has a place in Podcasting:

  1. If you use profanity day-to-day and are likely to use it when meeting people face-to-face, then it might confuse fans and listeners if you had zero profanity in your show. 
  2. If a genre is predicated on outrageous statements and entertainment value (like comedy or Pop Culture) then over-censoring your show may seem a little rubbish to the average fan. (Speak how your audience speaks!)
  3. Is appealing to people that don't enjoy Profanity really that important to your non-business Podcast, compared to being yourself? 
  4. If you're hosting a show that includes guests and co-hosts and you try to censor their speech too much, they might not share it the show with as much enthusiasm. (Keep in mind that when your show is new and you're having regular special guests, that the listeners are most likely fans of the guest, not fans of your show. 
  5.  Be Yourself. Whatever that means to you ;)

Two minutes of tech (Studio 1, 88.3 Southern FM):
- Microphones – Sennheiser MD421′s
- Desk – Soundcraft EFX12
- Interface – M-Audio Fast Track Pro
- Software REC – Logic Pro for Mac
- Post Production – Logic Pro for Mac

Episode music from:
Theme song – The Elliotts with their track ‘Warriors’

The SATT guys:
@joshuacliston on Twitter
@OzPodcasts on Twitter

Direct download: Profan-isode.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 5:56am EDT
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In this episode Josh and Jackson discuss how a Warhammer Podcast is planning a live event, and how it's likely to kick some butt. 

In the previous episode of Social Audio Think Tank the guys broke down what worked and what didn't work at their most recent live event, and Josh in particular wasn't exactly convinced that Podcasting live events is worth it. Jackson was a little more positive about Live Event Podcasting, and mentioned in passing that some friends of his were planning an exclusive ticketed event for Warhammer fans. This inspired the "Warhamm-isode" and the guys talk about the following:

  1. A super niche subject might be better for a live event
  2. If you want to set a ticker price go high before you go low
  3. If your community is regularly coming together anyway, a live event might be more worthwhile
  4. Josh was most likely wrong about Podcasting live events. 

Two minutes of tech (Studio 1, 88.3 Southern FM):
- Microphones – Sennheiser MD421′s
- Desk – Soundcraft EFX12
- Interface – M-Audio Fast Track Pro
- Software REC – Logic Pro for Mac
- Post Production – Logic Pro for Mac

Episode music from:

Theme song – The Elliotts with their track ‘Warriors’

The SATT guys:

@joshuacliston on Twitter

@OzPodcasts on Twitter

Direct download: Warhammersode.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 5:52am EDT
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Triv-isode: Live Podcasting a trivia night, and our take aways for Podcasters planning an event

Have you ever considered running your own Live Podcasting event? Jackson and I have, and we did twice: the following are some take-aways from our second live Podcasting event. 

What was it? 

- A live trivia night based around Podcast centric topics like: Podcasting, Sport, Pop Culture, and Music.

- The event was ticketed and those tickets were free - we ended up pre-selling 15 tickets.

- The event was awesome really fun, and Jackson and I took turns on hosting rounds.

- Less than 5 people turned up. 

Our takeaways from OzPodcasts Live 2:

- Think long and hard about whether the audience for a Podcast, is going to be interested in actually coming together and hanging out in public.

- Keep the marketing and branding focussed on the Fan Experience and the FUN to be had, not the fact that you (the Podcaster) are REC the event, and using it as content.

- Don't expect that spending money on your event will equal more people, it most likely will just equal 'less money'.

- If your event is ticketed, ensure there is clear value to securing a pre-sale ticket. 

- ASK YOUR AUDIENCE IF THEY EVEN WANT TO A LIVE EVENT! ;)

Two minutes of tech (Studio 1, 88.3 Southern FM - Buzz Cuts are FREE):

- Microphones – Sennheiser MD421′s

- Desk – Soundcraft EFX12

- Interface – M-Audio Fast Track Pro

- Software REC – Logic Pro for Mac

- Post Production – Logic Pro for Mac

Podcast recommendation of the week:

- Crash Course In Awesome (Josh)

- TOFOP/FOFOP (Jackson)

Episode music from:

Theme song - The Elliotts with their track ‘Warriors’

The SATT guys:

@joshuacliston on Twitter

@OzPodcasts on Twitter

Direct download: SATT_Triv-isode.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 2:46am EDT
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Have you spent some quality time really thinking about your choice of Podcast theme music? It's OK not many Podcasters have! 

In todays episode of "Social Audio Think Tank" Josh and Jackson discuss the whys, hows and who froms of Podcast theme music, and how-to get some good tracks for your show. 

Both Josh and Jackson agree that many Podcasters leave music to the last minute, and end up going with some tried and true vanilla Podcast music, and then never think to change it. But why you ask, would a Podcaster choose theme music that really doesn't represent their own musical tastes?

Here are several reasons (if you can call them that) that producers choose the music they do:

  1. The music is really really cheap (or FREE)
  2. The music sounds a lot like the music in similar shows
  3. The producer doesn't want to offend anyone (EVER!!!), and
  4. They simply got locked in with a theme song early on, and never think to change it to something more in-line with what they personally love 

Some places to get AWESOME music (please choose what's in your heart, not what's in your borrowed-from-some-other-Podcasters-brain !!!):

  1. Ask any musically talented friends, family or extended family to produce something for you
  2. Go to PremiumBeat.com
  3. Ask around your local community/college or public radio station for the names and numbers of marketing savvy and musically talented acts that might want some extra exposure 
  4. Check out Music X-Ray

Two minutes of tech (Studio 1, 88.3 Southern FM - Buzz Cuts are FREE):

- Microphones – Sennheiser MD421′s

- Desk – Soundcraft EFX12

- Interface – M-Audio Fast Track Pro

- Software REC – Logic Pro for Mac

- Post Production – Logic Pro for Mac

Episode music from:

Theme song - The Elliotts with their track ‘Warriors’

The SATT blokes:

@joshuacliston on Twitter

@OzPodcasts on Twitter

Direct download: Musicol-isode.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 8:28am EDT
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