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The magic comes in the editing

Every good podcast comes with the final edit. So many people think that a podcast comes with the first recording. That is so far from the truth, whether you are having an interview or a monologue so many things can go wrong and this is why editing your podcast is an important aspect of any podcaster’s journey. This can be somewhat intimidating, but it is much easier than you might have pictured it in your head. I can remember when I first started to edit my podcasts, it made me feel so overwhelmed with the process. This changed fast for me because I found that editing was much easier than I had imagined the process to be. I can also tell you that my podcasts came out so much better, I could take out the parts that I did not want in my final episode, which itself was a game-changer. Little did I know but this process of learning was also good for my self-confidence it helped me see that I could do things that I never thought that I could learn. Today you have so many choices when it comes to editing your podcast and we see the options keep growing and adding so many exciting new ways to make your final episode sound the best it can. I love to explore all of the exciting SAAS products that keep showing up however, I feel that every podcaster should learn the basics of podcast editing. We have so many DAWs that we can choose from and many free options that help make it possible for everyone to discover their potential in podcast editing. Now that we have so many ways to polish our creations, it enables many people who might have been intimidated by using a traditional DAW to edit a podcast episode with little or no tech skills. We should take the time to develop our production process with the least stress possible. Sometimes we should hand certain portions of the process to a team that can handle the job with the least inconvenience for your production process. No matter how you edit your podcast episodes, taking the time to edit your episodes will make the overall finished episode shine. So, it doesn’t matter if you are producing an audio podcast or a video podcast, editing will always make your final episode look and sound much better. Taking out some filler words can help polish the episode by not having your listener turned off by the repetitive ums and ahs that so many of us use in our speech patterns. Taking some of the dead space out when we have long pauses can help your listeners have a better listening experience, this might help them decide to come back and enjoy your next episode or even share it with others. Let’s face the facts we all can be better if we polish the final podcast episode. Once you have taken the time to understand the basics of podcast editing, you will wonder why you were not editing your podcast from the very start. Remember that we will continue to put out various things that can help you with your podcasting journey. Make sure that you check out the Podcaster resources section of the website.

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AI tools can bring numerous benefits to your podcast workflow: But how much is too much?

AI tools can bring numerous benefits to your podcast workflow: But how much is too much? Time-saving: AI tools can significantly reduce the time required for manual tasks such as transcribing audio recordings or editing out mistakes. This allows podcast creators to focus more on content creation and overall quality, and yes AI tools can help with the quality of your final production overall. When we can use the benefits of AI to help reduce your workload and save you time, it is equal to money in your bank account. Cost-effective:   certain processes with AI can reduce the need for outsourcing or hiring additional staff, resulting in cost savings for podcast producers. Later we will share some of our favorite tools, and many you can use for free. We will also help you with a few ideas to help you be more cost-effective in your podcast workflow. Improved accuracy: AI transcription tools can provide very close to 100% accurate and real-time transcriptions of podcast episodes, minimizing human errors and making it easier to create show notes, captions, or searchable content for your podcast episodes. Enhanced editing capabilities: AI-powered editing tools can help streamline the editing process by automatically removing background noise, equalizing audio levels, or even suggesting edits based on predefined preferences. This is a great source to get you started, however, I feel that you should spend some time advancing your human knowledge of how an audio workflow from recording to editing and mastering your recordings work. But no lie, the AI is getting so good that it is becoming hard to keep up with the capabilities that AI can master for you. Content generation and recommendation: Some AI tools can generate content based on specific topics or themes, allowing podcasters to generate ideas or even create short audio clips from text. We are seeing the legal end of this playing out and it is very important to try and stay updated on all the legal implications that come when you use AI tools in your productions. My recommendation is to try and be the master of your creations, this will always make you feel more secure in your content creation process. So, AI can be helpful in many ways, but you need to make sure that you take the time to fact-check the AI and I feel that you should disclose that you have used AI in the generation process. I use AI tools to help ensure that my spelling is checked, and the punctuation is as correct as it can be. So, I find a place and time for using AI in all your workflows. As for the best AI tools for podcasting, here are some recommendations: ChatGPT: It’s a large language model AI that can do a lot with text, including research, show notes, transcription, and idea generation. Descript: Good option if you want features for all stages of the process. I love the power of Descript and we use it for all our Show notes, Blog posts, and Transcription. Semrush ContentShake AI: A tool by SEO and keyword research specialists Semrush. You enter details about your niche and it gives you multiple topics and content ideas. Remember, the best tool for you will depend on your specific needs and workflow. It’s always a good idea to try out a few different options to see what works best for you. AI tools can greatly simplify the process of creating podcast episode artwork. Here are some AI tools that are highly recommended for this purpose: Canva: Known for its user-friendly interface and vast library of templates, Canva also uses AI to suggest designs and layouts, making it a great tool for creating podcast artwork. Bing’s Image Creator: This is another AI-powered tool that can help you design attractive and professional podcast covers. Remember, the effectiveness of these tools can vary based on your specific needs and design preferences. It’s always a good idea to experiment with different tools to see which one works best for you. We have a great collection of podcaster’s resources for you on PodCreations under the Podcaster Resources Tab

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Podcasting Should Not Have GateKeepers

Podcasting Should Not Have GateKeepers If you have been podcasting for any time, you have found out about the “GateKeepers.” They run everything about podcasting, which is what they would have you believe. After as many years as I have been involved with the podcasting space, you could say that I have witnessed my share of shady behaviors. This is why I feel that it is up to the independent podcaster to set industry standards and not the so-called gatekeepers. So, who are the so-called gatekeepers? Let me start by saying that I don’t feel that there is such thing as gatekeepers in podcasting, also I don’t think that podcasting should have any gatekeepers in the space. This is the pure genius in the RSS feeds itself, by design it allows a very open way for all of us to disseminate information. This means you can freely express yourself via written word, Audio, or video, the choice is yours. Even with the design of the RSS feed you find yourself fighting an uphill battle against the “So-Called GateKeepers.” Yes, the struggle is real, and it is one of the reasons not good but great podcasters fail. You find them selling your hosting, in places where you share your podcasts like Directories, Social media platforms, and more. As a creator, it is up to you to get around the gatekeepers. Do you have a personal website? Do you control the website? This is the sort of question that every podcaster should be asking. If you are playing the game you need to understand whom you are playing against. Make sure that you do your homework and find ways that you can save money. The GateKeepers love to be inside your head telling you that you need this or that to be a good podcaster, driving their profits up and driving you out of podcasting. One of the best ways to do that is to use your ego against you. So, as you are paying for that award or podcast promotion is it real? or are you just feeding your ego and the gatekeeper’s pocketbook? Podcasting can be very profitable for some, Are you one of them? Before you let the gatekeepers run you off, take just a moment and remember the spark that made you interested in podcasting in the first place. This is the place your head should be in, not on the hype that is always present in podcasting. I have witnessed so many fading fads in podcasting and yes, I have taken the bait on my share of them. But, I’m here to tell you that you can enjoy podcasting without the FOMO! (Fear Of Missing Out). Every one of us understands this feeling, and the gatekeepers also understand this and that is why they spent big money on the research to help drive their profits. You should be having fun and knowing that you are helping others with your struggles and achievements that you chose to share with your audience. It is always better when you keep it at a level of professionalism that makes you happy and not ready to quit the project that you have started. Now before I close, I would like to tell you that every part of your dream of being an outstanding podcaster can and will come true if you make the right choices along your journey. I want to give you the number one tip that will help make this come true. “Consistency!” Make sure that you keep putting episodes out each week or on the schedule that you base your show’s release date on. This is the only thing that I can say that truly works. You will always get comments that make you say to yourself that this will never work. KEEP DOING IT! It is never going to happen overnight and if you just keep growing with each release, you will be a great podcaster. Let’s also remember that podcasting was made for people just like you so that you can share your voice in the manner that you choose. Make sure that you join us and ask your questions about podcasting.

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When The Audio File Monster Comes

It will catch you off guard! As a podcaster, the worst thing can happen when we face the nightmare of losing all our podcast audio files. It will and does happen to all podcasters at some point. It is dangerous to think that it could never happen to you. It hits you hard after you work so hard to bring your production to life, to see it all go away in the blink of an eye. I have had it happen to me a few times now, and even when you think you have a solid plan, devastation strikes from the least expected place. The protection of your work is always dependent on how well you prepare for devastation. Redundant backups of all of your work are the only true way of making sure that you have the files when something happens that might not be in your control. Imagine that you wake up from a great night’s sleep and you find yourself with a great morning cup of coffee sitting in front of your computer going over your morning emails and sticking out like a sore thumb is an email from your podcast hosting provider that read as follows. Hi Ed, The team has restored the system to working order. However, as noted below, the hacking incident impacted the existing audio files. The path forward to restore your podcast to working order is to re-upload the audio files. Click here for instructions. We are happy to assist in the upload process. As your audio files are likely too large to share via email, you can share them via your preferred service (DropBox, Google Drive, etc.) by sending a link to hi@******.com. If you’d like our team to upload your audio, please ensure the episodes are named in a manner that we can recognize the Season, Episode Number, and Name. We know this is not an ideal situation, but it is currently our best option. Thank you again for your support and understanding, The ****** Team — We wanted to reach out and let you know what we’ve learned since Saturday’s system outage. What we originally thought was a server error due to the release of new ******Studio features turned out to not be the case. It was discovered that hackers found a vulnerability in AWS and managed to access a component of the server where audio files are stored. A password was added to both the main and backup servers with a request for ransom. The good news is that no personal information was breached, as this is stored in a different server location than the podcast audio files. There was also no loss of ****** Connect user data. The bad news is that our podcast audio files have been rendered inaccessible. If you are creating a new podcast, you will experience no issues. We are working to update the Replace Audio feature so you can re-upload the audio files from your local device to your current podcast. We are trying to complete this as soon as possible, and hope to have this available today. Both Amazon and the FBI are involved in this effort. Click here to watch a brief video update from our CEO and Founder,*****. We will share another update as soon as possible. We know how upsetting this is, and our full team is working around the clock to get everything back in working order. Thank you for your patience, The ****** Team It can be devastating for a podcaster who might be new to the podcasting space. You must always have your files ready to fight back against such an attack. I have all of my files in a structure that allows me easy access to restoring all of my creations. This also includes the episode artwork and all of your show notes. Any thing that you put out as a creator I suggest that you have everything backed up in at least 3 different locations, this includes an online backup source.  Save yourself from major upsets and keep your spirit on a higher level knowing that you have your files in a secure location in case of any type of devastation that might be avoided. Because you have chosen the path of preparation you will find yourself with a lot more time for yourself and other things that might need your attention.  Have a good plan and structure when you are saving your work so it will be easier when devastation hits!

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Did you buy a Kick Drum Microphone?

It’s always exciting as a podcaster when you receive new equipment. It often feels like Christmas Day when you open that package and you receive that new item for your podcast, often anticipating what might come next. As we grow in podcasting, so does our toolbox of podcasting gear. Oftentimes, as we are building our podcasting toolbox, the technology can shift and change on us dramatically and rapidly at times. So it’s always a good thing to keep in mind: technology shifts always happen, and you want to make sure those purchases are what you truly need.   As a podcaster, you should recognize if the gear that you are buying fits your needs. And for you to understand that, you must understand the range of human hearing. The common range is 20 to 20,000 Hertz. There are variations between individuals, especially at the higher frequency ranges, and the gradual loss of sensation to higher frequencies with age is considered normal. Understanding this will help you considerably when you go to purchase podcasting equipment. You will find that there are many microphones, and some of those microphones are not suitable for your needs as a podcaster. So you want your equipment to fit your needs.   As an independent podcaster, your budget might not be as big as the major podcasters out there. So understanding how to make the best with the budget that you have can help you grow in podcasting by leaps and bounds. There’s a lot of equipment that podcasters use. There’s also software involved, like your DAW (digital audio workstation). More than likely, as an independent podcaster, the chief everything hat goes upon your head. So, I do understand how we enjoy our equipment. But along with that shiny new equipment, you must understand that your sound or audio is the key here. Everything we do as a podcaster revolves around audio, and audio is frequency. So, therefore, you should understand the frequencies that can often hinder your podcasting experience. Take, for instance, as you are recording, most people are not recording in a high-quality sound booth. More than likely, you’re in your own home, and that means you’ve got things to deal with, like outside noises, and inside noises like your refrigerator or your home heating system. Central units typically range from 55 dB to about 75 dB, while window units can be as loud as 80 dB. Heat pumps are another type of HVAC system that can vary in noise levels. Air source heat pumps generally operate between 50 dB and 70 dB, while geothermal heat pumps tend to be quieter, ranging from 40 to 60 dB.   Knowing these things about sound can help you dramatically reduce errors in purchasing equipment. Knowing the types of equipment out there and what the equipment will do for you is a great thing to know before you go and purchase equipment that might not be the equipment that is the best fit for your needs. Nowadays, microphones have chips inside that can alter and enhance your voice and help block some of the bad noises that surround your recording environment. It’s always good practice to be in a good quiet area. However, sometimes you don’t get that privilege. That’s where your technology comes into play. Microphone systems nowadays have noise cancellation features with them, which truly can enhance your recording experience. You’re seeing a lot of AI (artificial intelligence) come into play in the podcasting space. Now you’re seeing SaaS (software as a service) companies leaning heavily into utilizing artificial intelligence in the software services that they are providing.   I wanted to take time in this brief article to outline the importance of understanding your needs before you purchase a lot of equipment that you might not need. I do understand that we get caught up in these circles that tell us that we need this piece of equipment to make us good or better. I think this is very important that we don’t rush into purchasing a bunch of equipment when we first dive into podcasting. I think that we should study a little bit about our needs, because a lot of the time, I see podcasters buying equipment that they can’t use or use properly. With all this hype it can easily make you say, this is too much. And the reason you are here in the podcasting space is to fulfill the bug that we call podcasting. Know what you need for your recording environment, and then you can enjoy your adventure much more.

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Cracking the code! 😨😱🔐🕺💃🎙️

Cracking the code! 😨😱🔐🕺💃🎙️ How do you define success? Do you use someone else’s interpretation to define success? I often wonder how people insert failure into the equation when they define success. Truly, we must enter that thought into the process to discover the full meaning of success. So, go ahead and look back and ask if you have failed enough. Taking that bold step of discovery is not so arduous when we are not alone. So many times as podcasters, we do not find the support we need from the ones we turn to the most, our closest family and friends. These are the things we tend to measure, and often we find ourselves wanting to give up so early in the podcasting space. Entering the podcasting space, I found many podcasters getting told some bad advice, and it seemed that people wanted people to give up so that they could feel better about themselves, appearing to be better than they truly are. But the real funny thing is that the great podcaster gets run off and the so-called podcaster gets the sponsor. Think about that. If you would just stick with it and put your thoughts on improving, you also could get that sponsor. I think that should crack the code for you. Put yourself in the places where you find others helping and lifting you with motivation and hope. If you are in a group where people are always putting others down, where does that put you? Ending the endless struggle can be that easy. It is up to you to take the steps to improve, and that will never happen overnight. The journey for you in this space should be one of the most exciting times of your life. If that is not supported, make sure you put the effort into correcting this. If your partner or friends do not support you, ask them to please understand that you need them to support you. Find groups that will help you discover your true potential and help foster growth. Then you will find it easier going on this creative path that you are on. It will be hard. It will be long. It will be the best thing that you have ever done. It was through podcasting that I found a new inspiration and hope for myself and the wonderful world that we live in. I truly want you to go out and discover the many new things in our world, and you should never feel that your failure will not lead you to that greater success just ahead of you. Find your true passions and melt into them. Let your mind open up to the wonders that podcasting will offer to you. This is about your story and your journey. Now DRIVE! We are always ready to help you discover the you that you know that you are! PodCreations is all about you!

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PodCreations Ready To Make Change

It’s Not Always About Money! 💵💰💲 Welcome to PodCreations. I started thinking about how many podcasters are heavily focused on monetizing their podcasts. This often leads them to lose touch with the content or message they are trying to produce. This industry-wide problem often leads to what we call “Podfade.” It is so much better when we focus on the art or the meaning of the message that we want to portray to our listeners. I started PodCreations to help change the direction of this type of thought into a more connected environment where podcasters can feel that the creation is much more than the need for money. We all want our creations to add value to the podcasting space. However, many of us equate value with money, losing sight of the more valuable aspect of giving. I once was told that you must give to receive genuinely. How true I found this to be! PodCreations will never be just about money. We have our sights on a collective force to help change our world. I understand that you need money to make dreams come true; that is more of the reason I started PodCreations. I want to make money and feel great about contributing to our space just as much as the next person, just like you, I would assume. This brings me to the reason for this post. I believe that some of us prioritize helping others over making money. However, I think that this person should benefit from life the most, and we often know this to be the opposite of what is happening. Our goal is to find people who are interested in helping others and growing a meaningful network of creators. We aim to create a platform that attracts advertisers seeking a more ‘human-minded’ space for their advertising budget. So, if you share this vision and would like to join us in creating a more profitable and meaningful process, please get in touch. information@podcreations.website. It All Starts With You!

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