New at the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast: Starting a Podcast? What Do You Need and How Much Will It Cost?

Welcome to episode 18 of the Audacity Bootcamp podcast. Are you thinking about starting a podcast? What kind of hardware and software will you need and how much is it going to cost? Do I need to sink hundreds of dollars into microphones and other hardware? Do I need to spend thousands of dollars on a studio quality room? How about software training? Am I facing a huge expenditure for software training? These are great questions that need to be asked when taking on any new project and podcasting is no exception. It’s also the subject of this podcast episode. Links to things I talk about in this episode:

You’ll find me online at First Person Audio: https://firstpersonaudio.com/

This podcast is at https://audacitybootcamp.libsyn.com/ 

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An Audacity Bootcamp Podcast Update

Today I released a new episode of the Audacity Bootcamp podcast. I’ve decided to revert the name of the podcast back to the Audacity Bootcamp and I explain a few reasons why in this episode. I also talk about my minimalist approach to recording and editing audio for my podcast and for my videos, and the new version of Audacity (3.0.4) that’s been released.

Podcasting doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. If you’re just getting started in podcasting, you don’t have to sink a lot of cash into what you’re doing. You can get inexpensive hardware and Audacity is free. The most important part of your podcast is the room you record in. You can get great audio with inexpensive gear if your initial recording is free of echo and room noise. That’s not hard to achieve. Some blankets, pillows, moving blankets, and closed curtains will add immeasurably to the quality of the audio in your podcast. I’ll be talking more about that in the next episode.

Links referenced in this episode:

-Enjoy!

Audacity Version 3.0.4 Is Out

Audacity has announced the release of a new version. Audacity version 3.0.4 was released on August 24th. It’s a hotfix which means it was released to fix bugs in the previous version. There was a problem in version 3.0.3 with control points when using the Filter Curve and Graphic EQ effects. With this release I also got to test the update notification that was part of the version 3.0.3 update and I’m happy to say it works!

How to Open GarageBand Without Opening the Previous Project

In this video I’m going to show you how to start GarageBand without opening the last project you worked on. If you use GarageBand you already know that when you start it each time, it opens the last project by default. But you may not want that to happen each time. In this video I show you how to get around that and open GarageBand to a blank screen.

Rode NT USB Mini Microphone and RodeConnect Software Demo

Welcome to First Person Audio. In this video I take a look at the Rode NT-USB-Mini microphone and its associate recording software, RodeConnect. This little condenser mic has a cardioid pattern and is rugged with an all metal construction, making it a great choice for on-the-road travels and quick setup. While it’s a USB mic that can be used with any DAW, I coupled it with the RodeConnect software in this video for the purpose of demonstrating both the mic and the software that’s specifically designed for this mic. The first time you connect the Rode NT-USB-Mini mic to the Rode software, it prompts you to do a firmware upgrade on the mic. The reason it does this is to add an internal noise gate, compressor, exciter, and and low-pass filter to the mic itself, all of which can be controlled in the RodeConnect software. I paid for this mic out-of-pocket and I’m not associated with RRode in any way. Here’s some links for you:

Pixel Professional Lavalier Lapel Microphone for iPhone/iPad

Welcome to this inaugural video of the newly rebranded First Person Audio YouTube channel. This is the channel formerly known as The Audacity Bootcamp. In this video I do a short review of the Pixel Professional Lavalier Lapel Microphone for iPhone/iPad. I’m always on the lookout for a good lapel mic and when I come across one that was made for the iPhone and/or iPad, my interest was peaked.

This Pixel lavalier mic is a high quality mic with metal construction and a braided cord. I bought the one with the 9 foot cord. It actually says 9.8 feet. I demo this mic plugged into my iPhone 11. Something’s going on with my iPhone because I’m hearing a little bit of static every now and then. It isn’t coming from the mic because I can hear it on recordings with no mic attached. The quality of this mic will be very obvious once I unplug it and talk to you using the mic on my iPhone. Other than loudness leveling and cleaning up a few mouth sounds, I did no post production on the audio to give you a good sample of what it sounds like out of the box.

Here’s my affiliate link to this mic: https://amzn.to/2W0gG1e

-Mike