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Host: Brent
VirginWorlds is a weekly news podcast covering Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) such as World of Warcraft, EverQuest, Guild Wars, City of Heroes, Eve Online, Vanguard, Lord of the Rings Online and many many more. The VirginWorlds MMORPG Podcast is the flagship podcast of the VirginWorlds MMO Podcast Collective found at http://www.virginworlds.com

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VirginWorlds Podcast #70 - Making of a Podcast
Tue, 22 May 2007 22:22:00 GMT [download/play]



The long awaited Making of a Podcast show is finally done and ready for your consumption. No MMO news in this one - just details on how to make a podcast the VirginWorlds way. I'm certainly no expert, but after 70 shows I've learned a few tricks that have served me well. Hopefully they will serve you well too. Following is a list of tools and sites I reference during the show. Enjoy, and thanks for listening.

-Brent

Software:
Audio Editing Software
Adobe Audition
Audacity
Garage band
Waves Diamond Bundle

Voice over IP Software
Skype
Powergramo
Pamela
Gizmo Project

Misc Software
Filezilla FTp
iTunes
paint Shop Pro
Gimp
Ultra Edit


Hardware:
Plantronic DSP 500
iAudio U2
Rode Podcasting Mic
A decent AKG condenser mic
M-Audio interfaces
Marantz recorders
M-Audio Microtrack
Pop guard
Foam!

Resources:
Ascap
BMI
SESAC
Sound Exchange
Liberated Syndication
Podcast Directories
 
VirginWorlds is a weekly news podcast covering Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) such as World of Warcraft, EverQuest, Guild Wars, City of Heroes, Eve Online, Vanguard, and many many more. The main site can be found at http://www.VirginWorlds.com

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Episode 70 Discussion Thread

'Interesting stuff !' by twistah
Submitted on 2007-05-23 02:58:39 CST
I listen to a whole range of podcasts and I have to say that I really appreciate you putting so much effort into making a good sounding, well planned and excellent paced podcast. Compared to most podcast, VirginWorlds are one of the most pleasing to listen to, technically speaking.

Kudos ! :)



'Alternative Equipment' by QforQ
Submitted on 2007-05-23 03:18:28 CST
Just to throw out what mic I use, I use a Shure SM57 microphone which is great for vocals, micing amps and instruments. I plug it into a Crate CMX62 Mixer and then plug that into my microphone jack on my soundcard.

You can get the mic and the mixer for about...150$ altogether I bet. 60$ or so being for the board, 90$ being for the mic.



'Wow' by fl1pper
Submitted on 2007-05-23 04:11:00 CST
Not having a voice for podcasting (or a face for video), I listened just out of curiosity to see how you did it. I never realised it was so complicated. Respect to you mate.


'Other alts.' by Kami
Submitted on 2007-05-23 09:44:25 CST
Loved the show, i didnt realise how much i UM and EH untill you mentioned it.. im gonna try and stop it now :)

Like QforQ i use an SM57 thru a desk. (Behringer)

Just a quick tip. I was in a pawn shop today looking for XBOX360's and noticed that they had alot of sound gear.

Good Mic + 4 Channel Eurorack (amazingly priced and great for voice over stuff) + Insert Compressor + Cables = Less than £150 (£138 if my memory serves)

In otherwords, if your a novice looking to improve your sound, check your local pawn shops, you'd be amazed...



'pawn shops...' by Wilhelm2451
Submitted on 2007-05-23 18:52:38 CST
There is a symbiotic relationship between pawn shops and musicians. I have never been in a pawn shop that did not have a collection of music and recording equipment.


'Phew....how much work ?' by Dathmar
Submitted on 2007-05-24 14:59:35 CST
Looks like you put a great deal of effort into the podcast, but to be honest I cannot tell the difference in production values between the official SOE podcast and yours - so I would say it pays off.

Congratulations - This was a really interesting podcast.

Perhaps you could send this podcast to editor@mmorpg.com
Last few podcasts from MMORPG.COM sound like they are being recorded in the gents toilets
:)

Now I have all this info...stand by for The Naked MMO podcast (TM)....coming soon
(Audio only - Sorry ladies)
;)



'Don't skip this one' by Shawn
Submitted on 2007-05-25 12:48:53 CST
I knew I had a few things to learn even after 72 show of my own, but I had no idea! I'm going to point my own listeners to this episode when they ask me how to make a podcast.


'Great Podcast!' by pdecker
Submitted on 2007-06-29 19:14:38 CST
I've been listening for some time, and I love your podcast, but I skipped this one originally. With the short news this week, I came back and grabbed this one today...

Well, first off, it was very informative, and you got me wondering if anyone in Denver has a simliarly converted warehouse for musicians to practice in. :)

But anyway, I have to say that I've always been really forgiving of many of the podcast annoyances you spoke about, since some other podcasts are really egregious in this regard. Also, since most are labors of love, I always thought it was kinda like being picky about freeware.

Anyway, after I listened, my player went on to the next podcast I'd downloaded, (which shall remain nameless). Then I immediately noticed all of the mic cord noise in the recording, the levels all being wrong, (WAYY high music, maybe -1 db compressed, but voice uncompressed and probably down around -20db), no discernible editing whatsoever, etc. It drove me crazy! After 10 mins I couldn't take it, so I went to a different podcast... and this one, needed... um...ah... editing... um.. badly....

I always listened to podcasts the same way you listen to AM radio - they're full of static, pops, all kinds of issues that you just ignore. Now that you've pointed out how the imperfections are unnecessary, my musical ear now notices every glitch! AHH! Thanks for pointing it out! :)

Anyway, love the show, keep up the good work!



'Thanks for this amazing HowTo podcast' by crazykinux
Submitted on 2008-02-12 21:19:33 CST
A reference for any wannabe podcaster!