I have a show called Unsupervised Learning, where I handpick the best articles in infosec and technology and talk about why they matter. I record on Sundays.
A number of people have asked me about my setup, and @phoneboy (of CheckPoint fame) just tweeted about his own. So here’s mine.
Most of these types of posts are from super podcast / audio pros who are basically giving a reference architecture. This isn’t one of those posts. I basically fumbled my way into a workflow that seems to work, and it’s not necessarily good or recommended. I would appreciate any pointers from people who know what they’re doing.
- Microphone: Blue Yeti, inverted, with arm and windscreen
- Recording Software: Adobe Audition
- Mixing Software: Adobe Audition
- Hosting: OmniStudio
- Web Player: OmniStuidio
- RSS: OmniStudio
- Metrics: OmniStudio
- File Format: MP3
The show is actually both a podcast and a newsletter, and the newsletter serves as my podcast show notes, so each podcast episode has an image and link to the newsletter.
- Gather content throughout the week via Safari Reading List, and Feedly Bookmarks. I gather content by either sharing to Reading List on iPhone, right-clicking links to send them to Reading List, or within Feedly I simply bookmark items
- Bring all that into the week’s newsletter (I use Mailchimp)
- Record the show by talking through the stories in the newsletter, using Adobe Audition as the input software 4. Apply my custom voice filtering to the audio track, which consists of: Adaptive Noise Reduction (custom), Dynamics Processing, Normalize, Parametric Equalizer, Remove Echo (DeVerberate), Normalize
- Export song to disk (high quality MP3)
- Upload to OmniStudio
- Get the embed code from Omnistudio
- Copy last week’s podcast blog post text (as a template) and paste it into a new post, update the link locations and text, change the image to be of the new newsletter (in previewed form because it actually doesn’t go out until after the podcast is up)
- Put the embed code in the post
- Publish blog
- Publish newsletter
Recording takes 20-60 minutes, depending on how much content I have.
Post production, i.e. steps 3 to 11, takes about 20 minutes or so.
The vast majority of the time comes in steps 1 and 2, which happens throughout the week and probably takes 1-3 hours of collecting and organizing.
Overall news reading is part of the process, however, so if you count that I probably spend at least 5 evening and Sunday hours either reading news, recording, or publishing both the podcast and the newsletter.
Well, that’s my current process. Like I said, I’m not claiming it’s a good one. If you have tips on how to optimize or improve the process, do let me know.
[ EDIT: November 21, 2016 — Moved to Audition and OmniStudio from Audio Hijack, Garageband, Blurbbry, and Soundcloud. ]