Since I need to ventilate the studio of smoke and keep it cool during the summer I purchased two small USB powered fans that are very quiet; and the sound is not picked up by the Blue microphone in settings -1- or -2- ; nor is the air conditioner that’s within 5 feet. The Clip on fan I purchased at home depot for $10 and the fan with the base is by Opolar F60 for $16 on Prime. They have the same motor design and the Home Depot version includes an optional base as well. I keep one placed above me and another blowing out the window. When smoking I keep my air conditioner running for return air and my window cracked. To combat outdoor sound when the window is open, I draw the curtains which still allows air through the top while muffling outside sounds.
Getting your podcast accepted into iTunes
First off I can’t help you with the picture that’s required for a podcast submission, I was not able to find free software to make it a 1400 x 1400 – 3000 x 3000 pix JPG or PNG file smaller than 500KB in size which Apple requires.
Photo shop will easily do this or ask a Friendly Grimerican. *fist bump*
You must go through this link to get apple to accept your podcast for iTunes and the web page is really buggy. http://podcastsconnect.apple.com. Once logged in, click on your show, then hit the link to refresh (do not change *ANYTHING* else). Your show should update within a day. I tried Firefox, explorer and chrome which ended up working after several tries. Assuming you are using Libsyn and follow their instructions for validating your feed you should be ready to publish across all major platforms. If you are going to publish to SoundCloud you are only given 3 hours on a free account. If your like me, that’s only one podcast and you will need to delete the previous episode from your SoundCloud account before you publish to Libsyn.
To record Skype phone calls I use Pamela which is available for PC and will cost you $30. I have read that you can use Audacity but its not automatic and I haven’t tried. If you listened to the most recent FTK 07 Podcast with Arcade High something went wrong and half the show wasn’t recorded. This single recording system is critically flawed I will be addressing it with the forthcoming computer upgrade and a follow up blog.
Audacity nutshell basics
~If you are new to audio editing strap in and go to YouTube, Audacity is complicated until you figure things out.
~Different selection tools react differently with the play settings.
~You can click each track to select it and it will darken
~Click everywhere, every inch does something you need to know.
~You can disable quick play with a right click.
~Right side play button is for playing different speed.
~To do noise reduction you must first –select- the background audio you want to remove and then (click) -EFFECTS-NOISE REDUCTION- and -GET NOISE PROFILE-. Then (select) the audio you want the background sound removed from. (Click) -EFFECTS-NOISE REDUCTION-and (click) -OK-.
~To increase audio to max level without audio “clipping” (select) the low audio and (click) -effects-amplify- and Audacity will amplify to maximum without clipping. To increase audio beyond this limit, disable the auto feature by (checking) the -allow clipping box-.
Well guys that’s about it, hopefully your eyeballs didn’t fall out. I will be writing a follow up to this blog in the near future documenting the coming equipment upgrade.
This equipment set up was used for FTK 07
FTK 01 – web camv-u0011 MIC used for audio
FTK 07 – Superlux HD668SB monitor headphones – Modified
FTK 1-07 – Toshiba Satellite T135-S309