Or at least the gallant attempt at producing one
One thing listeners and fans of the T3 podcast will be aware of is how infrequent it became in its later life. Many bemoaned at the lack of Duncan Bell’s tones and RIM jokes as a tech group we have fairly low levels of humour so don’t expect anything highbrow here.
The thing is podcasts are actually hard. So far Imtiaz and myself have faced infrequent wifi signals, Police helicopters overhead and a loss of 40 minutes worth of recording. As an update this is the page where I will try and post the podcasts. I have submitted the RSS feed to itunes but have not heard anything back from Apple yet. I am also working on creating a full wordpress page that hopefully will allow the plugins to link the podcast directly from here as opposed to podomatic which over the coming months may cost a small fortune.
Right then, hands up and fair enough this is a complete dogs dinner of a podcast this time. In the first one we used the iPad to record using HD recorder via Skype. This time we moved onto Audiacity on the the brand new Apple Macbook Air. It was getting on a bit and neither of us had eaten and I had been at work all day so we were prepared with the running order of what we wanted to say and hopes were high that we would improve on the first.
So, the Macbook was fired up, Skype was booted on and Audiacity was running fine. Pressed record and 35 minutes in it died on us, no idea whether the Air crashed or it was an issue with Audiacity but regardless all of that time was wasted. Rebooted the Air and went to look at the recovered file but this was empty, full of nada,zip, bugger all. The result was a hasty lets start again but make it shorter and tighter. We did, no crashes and the file was saved all ready for the edit and upload the day after. Yeah,big mistake in thinking that was going to happen. What I got the day after was a split stereo file that was out of sync with the left and right and HUGE, proper HUGE gaps of silence inserted randomly throughout the track. As there are clearly gaps in our sentences I can only presume that these gaps were where some of the spoken track vanished. Please note I am not a studio engineer, had any audio training and until the other month had even looked at podcast recording and editing. Sometimes life throws you a funny ball and you run with it or fumble and drop it. What you may listen to is a fumble by any account and has given Imtiaz and myself a newfound respect for the T3 podcast team. No wonder they stopped the pod after losing their engineering support.
I suggest listing to this after a period of heavy drinking or spending the duration in a bath with your ears below water level.You have been warned:
Words from me and now Imtiaz:
As you might have guessed from the blog title, this is about the pain and suffering of podcast creation process, particularly for noobs like us. Now, some of you reading this might think that this is just a long arse excuse to hide behind the shameful effort which was our second episode but no! Stop right there, person! We of the TekTalk parish won’t apologise for that second episode because of the following reasons.
Firstly, we would like to let you in on the process behind the podcast here. It is recorded, believe it or not, using just an iPad each and some free app [insert name here] which provides us with HD recording quality. No editing, just one 30-40minutes conversation delivered in a single take and delivered to your respective podcast-catchers in an hour’s time. On the second episode, myself and Mike decided to experiment with some software to a) make uploading to the site easier and to establish easy upload links to podcast-catchers like downcast and iTunes which led to the mess known as episode #2.
The thing is, those issues which happened to us, happens to most independent start-up podcasts. The difference between us and them is that we have decided to show you guys and girls our massive cock-up as a way of providing an insight to the work we are doing. Myself and Mike are learning on the job so to speak, creating a site from the bottom up and creating a podcast with what free time we have. We want to share our pain and suffering in creating the podcast and site, to you, as a way of documenting our journey from start-up to hopefully a hub of informative and witty opinion. We have had ideas thrown at us (not literally, don’t worry) about different recording methods, different software and so on but the thing we are most comfortable with and will probably use from now on is simply 2 iPads and a free Voice Recorder app. A device which is supposedly just for content consumption and a free app.
Finally, this blog’s purpose was to show you that nothing is built in one flick of a brush that it takes time and mistakes happen. Learning from them is what makes us better people and this place a better site. We don’t have the budgets and editing prowess of podcasting giants but with your help and understanding, we want to achieve something of a comparable quality. And to do that, we have to make mistakes along the way. Bear with us, we’ll get there eventually.