Technology continues to close the gap between “the professionals” and “the amateurs,” giving regular people the ability to compete at some level with those who get paid to do it, whether “it” is a radio broadcast, journalism, video broadcast or a podcast.
It’s no secret, this blog was highly influenced by Michael Hyatt’s blog (see here and here). I starting doing a podcast because of Michael, as a way of adding another dimension to The Z Section. I recorded my first podcast about ideas (click here), and it was OK.
My next attempt at a podcast was when I interviewed my wife, Wendi Warren, after she published her book, “Princess Grace: A Tale of Faith, Hope & Love.” I really liked it. It sounded good, and it sounded professional.
Right now, my podcasts are done in a simple fashion. My wife, who had been studying voice acting, has a Yeti USB microphone. So, when I got the idea to add podcasts to the mix, I retrieved the microphone, connected it to my Dell All-in-One computer and fired up Audactiy, a free, open-source application for recording and editing audio.
Well, I wanted to do my third podcast with my sister-in-law, Randi Breese (you can read about why, here). Due to logistics, and when I wanted to record the podcast, it was not feasible to her to come to my home, where my desktop computer is located. Wendi and I were going to see Randi and her husband, Shaun Vahl, so we decided to take the microphone and nothing else.
Before we went to see Randi and Shaun, we stopped at Wendi’s parents. My mother-in-law, Dolores Breese, asked me to help her with some computer stuff, including getting music on her computer onto her mp3 player. As I searched the music on the computer (which was one we gave her), I noticed it had a “song” I created years ago, called “Little Like Zep.”
I created the song a few years ago using Aviary’s sound editor, Myna, which is now defunct. The music sounded a little like Led Zeppelin, thus the title. When I decided to record podcasts, I wanted to use music for the intro and outro, and somehow I came across the file on my Dell. I was surprised to see I had left it on my old computer, which my mother-in-law now uses.
We had a good meal, played some Scrabble (I lost, ask my mother-in-law who won) and eventually made it to Randi and Shaun’s house. They were at a fundraiser, so we had some time to spare. I checked Shaun’s laptop, and he did not have Audacity. So, I downloaded and installed it. I also downloaded the LAME MP3 Encoder so I would be able to export the audio to the MP3 format.
I thought for a minute that I would forego the musical elements of the podcast, but then I called my mother-in-law and asked her to email the song to me, and she did. Thus, I was able to record, edit and add music to the podcast, just as I would have done in my own home.
Technology and the Internet are breaking down a lot of barriers. In the old days, there would be no way I was installing a program without having the disks (or CDs or DVDs). But, thanks to technology and the Internet, everything went as planned.
If you want to listen to the entire song I created, check it out below.