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471- Double-ender recordings may do it better for podcast interviews

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we discuss the theme of double- enders from the viewpoint of the recent article in thepodcasthost.com titled “What are the benefits of double-ender recording?”

Now, in this podcast series, we have explained what a double-ender recording is (i.e., similar to how it is defined in the article:  “where both participants record their own sides of a remote conversation; these are then synced together in post-production — it can make you sound like you’re in the same room as your guest, even if you’re recording on different continents.”


In addition to describing the double-ender, Matthew Boudreau goes on to state the benefits of a double-ender for recording interviews at a distance.  He also elaborates on these points:

  • “Best Method: Hand Recorder”;
  • Professional tip on “syncing”;
  • Good methods using Smartphone Recording;
  • Professional tip on “microphone choice”;
  • “In a pinch: computer recording”
  • Conclusion with implementing double-ender recording

For this podcaster, I have been using the double-ender since 2006 starting with a handy program called Power-Gramo (which was withdrawn several years ago). However, this program was integrated beautifully with Skype and allowed my audio recording to be on one track and my guest’s recording to be on another track. I would get them both and then proceed to synch the audio very easily, then levelate it and perform EQ, and then finalize a quality mp3 audio recording.

As you will hear in this audio episode, for my podcasts with guests, I have used multiple mics and multiple systems for recording double enders — from Zoom H1, H2, H4n portable recorders, as well as interfaces with Shure SM7 and SM58 microphones — to today’s use of a Samson Go-mic with a backup recording using a Zoom H4n in the other side.

The only problem I have encountered during a heatwave is the ambient noise that can arise with my co-host having his air conditioner running at bull-blast in the same room with his recording equipment. This then forces me to do noise reduction, which then can alter his audio quality. Another example is when his mic was too close to his computer and received lots of internal noise in his background. But other than those, a near-quiet environment usually will allow double-enders to sound as if the recording was in a studio with each person sitting next to each other and the result is good audio.

So, I would suggest that you, as an aspiring podcaster who wishes to publish guest interviews, should review this article and decide on which model would work best for you and your guests in creating a final mp3 audio to provide value for your customers as they listen to your interview resulting from a double-ender.

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461- Live podcast interviews face-to-face

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we discuss the contents of a recent article from thepodcasthost.com.

The name of this article is “How to Record Face-to-Face Podcast Interviews: The Full Guide.”

As the beginning of this article states: “In a world saturated with electronic media, face-to-face, in-person communication is more important than ever.”

How right that is, and how important that is. Especially when the world right now is dominated by the radical left and the media, where the mandate to stay at home and NOT to meet with others is due to the restriction that the left wingers desire, so that no one could discuss politics or have ideas or rational debate and discussion. Why? With the fearmongering caused by the media and the hype of contagion of a Plan-demic, the radical left only wants you to be exposed to a quarantined environment where the only news and discussion you will hear would be from your television, where the media would be spinning its narrative and giving you propaganda that they desire, so that you can be used and abused in an election year as mind-controlled slaves (you may want to see the documentary titled “The Social Dilemma” to see how closely our world today resembles that of the George Orwell world in his novel “1984.”

So now, it is most important to create content when you and your guest (or co-host) may be IN PERSON and debating or discussing the key topics of importance — and you can then prove the “plan-demic” for the hoax and hype that it is.

So, if you wish to really get good content, you should plan on face-to-face interviews or podcast audio episodes with a guest. This can include scheduled episodes with topics to have your interviewee or guest in your “studio” (where ever that may be), or perhaps in a trade show where you may be interviewing a guest in an exhibit area, or a conference room or ballroom, or a “roundtable” discussion,  etc.; or you may be interviewing someone in your studio or in that individual’s studio (e.g., Joe Rogan Experience podcast show).


Now, this article pronounces that they have the “Full Guide” to the face-to-face interviews. I applaud them for the topic and idea, but I am always skeptical of any one person or group saying that they have the “complete” anything.

So, if you want to research what this article is saying, here is a short list of the topics covered with appropriate links to the full details and the examples given:

  1. How to Record Face-to-Face Podcast Interviews: The Full Guide
  2. Zoom H5 Vs Zoom H6 as a Digital Recorder: Which to Choose?
  3. Shure SM58 Review | The Apocalypse Survival Mic
  4. The In-Person Podcast Interview Equipment Setup Guide
  5. Full Audio or Podcast Interview Equipment Shopping List

Now, for myself as a podcaster, I have always preferred the live, in-person, face-to-face interview. And I have last conducted one of these at the recent Podcast Movement – Evolutions conference in February of 2020 in Los Angeles, California, with many podcasters — e.g., Gordon Firemark, Dave Jackson, Todd Cochrane, Rob Greenlee, etc. This conference was the last time that this organization held an inbound, in-person event where people would come in from out-of-town, stay at a hotel and meet in separate rooms for presentations, panel discussions and keynotes where everyone could actually meet others and interview each other face-to-face.

However, when I saw the detail from this “Full” Guide, I was rather disappointed because all that was mentioned was the equipment — especially microphones. As for myself, I chose to attend the PM Evolutions conference with only a Zoom Q3 video and audio recorder built in one compact device. This battery-powered unit served me well and delivered the results that I wanted for allowing me to create a final, finished mp3 with great audio after post-production. And although this unit is dated after several years, it is the function and result that it delivers more important than the most recent Zoom products.

Also, there are some steps and processes and procedures that a podcaster should be aware of before conducting a face-to-face interview (either at your “studio” or on the street or outdoors or at a live conference, etc.). I would have hoped that these processes would have received some mention other than just the microphones.

However, if you plan on doing face-to-face interviews, it is suggested that this overview may be the first that you can examine for planning good interviews with your guest or co-host. Then you should also see about how to prepare your interview, how to plan your post-production, and how to use good mic techniques to get the best audio. I myself do plan to provide some of these in a future episode of The Podcast Reporter — but after I attend the NEXT in-person podcast conference where I can then use my own practical application as examples of recording face-to-face.

So, if you wish to create content with face-to-face interviews, I wish you success in preparing your equipment, as well as preparing your content and workflow for creating great value for your listeners.

Thank you for your attention.

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451- Podcast Media Kit — what it should have

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we review a recent post from thepodcasthost.com titled “How to make a Podcast Media Kit:  Make a media kit to engage listeners, reviewers and sponsors, using some basic journalism concepts!”

Now, for this podcaster, I have been involved with the creation of my own podcast media kit since 2006. I created a very simple one and brought it to the Podcast and Portable Media Expo in Ontario, California, for the conference where media kits were very new to the Podosphere and very few podcasters had them. In fact, the only podcaster who recognized my package as a media kit was Jason Van Orden of Impact podcast (in those days, his podcast was The Podcasting Underground).

I also created various press kits (as they were also called) and media kits in 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The last one had a CD and fact sheets and press releases and album art and also some written pages for the New Media Expo (when I was announcing a product and another podcast show).

As you will hear in this audio episode, I step you through the sections of the media kit, as explained in the article:

  • the WHO
  • the What,
  • the Where,
  • the Why,
  • the When, and
  • the How

of your podcast.

I also give my own experience in having PRESS RELEASES created and included in the media kit — this critical so that the news outlets also know when you are launching your show or when it was available and some words of positive review. Included would be both hardcopy and softcopy of any positive podcast reviews of your episodes — as this would be a favorable mention that would catch your individual’s eyes.

So, we strongly encourage you to consume the article and check to see if your strategy incudes a media kit. I would strongly suggest both a hardcopy folder with all the hardcopy contents and CD and USB thumb drive with the softcopy elements. And remember, if the individual does not wish to accept the hardcopy folder, then the USB drive with the contents is a great alternative.

And most importantly, you should plan and schedule to follow up with the key individual so that you can get feedback on the content of your media kit — this should then deliver to you an honest review of your kit and the effect that it could have on the intended audience. We hope that this is great and positive, and that it can be one tactic that can help to make your podcast a success.

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389- Remote podcast recording software — overview

In this episode of PodcastReporter.com, we discuss the different types of apps and programs that support remote podcast call recording — which was published in thepodcasthost.com

The article goes on to list the available software recording programs and apps today, with a short description of each in its own environment.

In my own environment, I did enjoy using the older program called PowerGramo. This allowed me to record remote calls over Skype, especially where one track had my audio and the other track recorded my interviewee or guest audio. However, this program is no longer available (ever since Skype was acquired by Microsoft).

So, I have tolerated using the technique of the double-ender to record audio conversations over the telephone and interviews with my co-host of 2030Podcast.com, Matt Cox of Brunch With The Brits podcast. I have also used this for an interview with Don Winn of Soldiers Stories Podcast.

So, whatever method you choose to use for remote podcast recording or interviewing over the phone or via the internet, we hope that you can get the best audio quality at the best cost for your successful podcast show.

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377- Structuring intros and outros for podcasts

In this episode of PodcastReporter.com, we discuss some ideas for structuring the intros and outros of your podcast episodes.

As you will hear from this repurposed episode, some of the tips come from a recent post in thepodcasthost.com. These tips can be summarized in the following:

  • Your intro should “hook” the listener;
  • Your intro gives your listener an idea of the content of your show — you should make him WANT to consume the content;
  • Your outro can summarize the benefits of your content;
  • Your outro can have a call-to-action for your listener, especially for subscribing to get future episodes.
  • You need to create thougtful and COMPELLING intros and outros to compete with the other 1 million podcasts shows in the podosphere.

and there are other tips that suggest what you should include in your intros and outros. In fact, there is even the beginning of a template for an intro in this episode.

Remember, a poor outro can be the determining factor for your listener becoming a fan or losing interest or following your call-to-action. And yes, there are several examples for different outro calls-to-action.

One of the best podcast episodes that went into great detail about intros and outros was delivered by Daniel J Lewis in his episode 30 of his show called The Audacity to Podcast.

Although the topic of music is not touched upon in this episode, we hope that these suggestions can be value for you to implement in your show.

Thank you for your attention.

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