I know that I might shock a few people with writing this blog on my personal blog, but I will be sharing this story on my podcast page as well because I think someone needs to understand this. I have been a huge spreaker user (uploads, recordings, etc.) for a little over 4 years, & many of my friends who are starting out with podcasting use it as their platform. I know for a fact that there’s Libsyn, Podbean, Blubrry, & Podomatic to name a few other podcast hosting sites. I have personally never used any of these sites because Spreaker has worked for me personally, & I also want it to be clear that I don’t have anything against any of these programs. What I WILL say to my Spreaker users is something that I have had to learn time and time again. If you can avoid doing so, DO NOT UPLOAD DIRECTLY THROUGH SPREAKER DESKTOP APPS. I know what you’re about to say next. But Bryan, it has the feature to directly record through the program & just upload it to my podcast. I agree, but there are PLENTY of things that are missing when you do it this way. The first experience (that I learned today) is that whenever you are attempting to record through the program (when you have your input & output sources), your podcast could gain static interference. This becomes annoying VERY fast. There are some mics that do not have a headphone jack. However, they do give you the ability to plug your headphones into your computer & hear how you sound. This isn’t a part of Spreaker direct uploads, but this is something I tell people all the time. It never hurts to hear how you sound. I personally work in a call center (almost gave the location & that would have caused major problems). Anyways, when you’re sitting in meetings with a manager & are being forced to hear yourself on the phone, the first thought that runs through your head is that you don’t like how you sound on the phone. And I won’t agree with anyone whatsoever…NO ONE LIKES HOW THEY SOUND ON THE PHONE. I know that when you hear it, you learn how to change your tone or approach with others unintentionally. I’m getting a little sidetracked, but if you are gonna use Spreaker, then upload your drafts that are recorded through other programs (Audacity, Audition, GarageBand, etc) to record your voice. The reason I say this ties into my next point…you want to edit and hear your recording while playing it back. When you play back a recording done directly through spreaker (if you chose offline), you can download the file and save it to your computer & then upload it to one of the programs previously mentioned or your personal choice of an editing software, but why do all of that when you can just use the program itself & change things within the recording the way you want to have them recorded. If you said someone’s name & a recording is being done directly within a program, then that makes the recording all the more awkward.
The next reason I want to share why it’s good NOT to record directly with Spreaker is ID3 tagging. The last few weeks, I have finally had my eyes open to the importance of this. For many podcasters, you would have no earthly idea what this is. For those who listen to a lot of music, you may know that there are certain times when you try to enter a song into a program like iTunes or Winamp (hope I didn’t expose anyone’s age), you will see the song say Track 1, Track 2, etc., & there’s no name of the artist, name of the song, etc. Well, the reason for that is that the track is untagged, & needs to have the correct tagging so it can be acknowledged as the correct song. Some programs will automatically tag a song using a genius tool of some sort. I’m sharing all of this with you why? Well, I’m glad you asked (you probably didn’t). If someone is trying to find a podcast you’ve recorded, & there’s no information linked to it, then no one won’t be able to find it as easy as they would if you had the information within the ID3 tagging. It’s some behind the scenes techie talk that I’m probably speaking. If you don’t understand ID3 tagging, then leave Snapchat, IG, & Twitter, & head over to Google to look it up & see what it’s all about.
One other important factor with recording outside of Spreaker is that you can be a little creative and add your own little intro or outro to your podcast and give it a little bit of a pizzazz or flair to stand out amongst other podcasts. You do have the ability to add the sound effects and all into your show using the app, but you don’t have as much control recording directly through Spreaker. Just remember that once you hit record, you had better hope that recording is everything you want and then some.
This then ties into something mentioned earlier. You have the option to play your show back and listen to it in Spreaker. That’s fine, but what about if you don’t like what was said or want to remove a white section. This then refers to my earlier mentioned topic (which I why I had no plans of mentioning this again, but since we’re here) about recording your show and going back and LISTENING TO THE SHOW. Whenever I write these blogs, what makes them good and worth reading is when I go back and find that moment or two to just listen to the show and see what sounds right & what basically sounds like sheer trash.
I’ve had a couple of people ask me to do this, & I state that doing this is the WORST way to podcast. Don’t record your podcast in multiple takes. Meaning, don’t record a section of the podcast and then take a break to record your next topic. Whether you realize it or not, the day of your show, it should take you about 3-10 minutes to prepare and get your final thoughts in the queue for the podcast. That way, you’re not sitting there playing the “what if” & “I almost forgot” part of podcasting
Yes, I know the last few pieces of advice don’t really have anything to do with Spreaker as a program, but they’re general know-how’s that I learned in doing my podcast the way I was doing it. No one is gonna do a podcast right or PERFECT. That’s the LAST thing I’m looking for. I just want it to be so that if you’re working on a podcast, you have a general idea of what you’re trying to work on and what your plans are towards getting a podcast to be the way it is. I didn’t realize until waking up this morning that I left the blog unfinished. I apologize to my readers. That’s not my style or format by a long shot. I hope that everyone enjoyed reading this. Confirmation that I didn’t completely proofread. The first thing I was thinking was that I had lost the end of my podcast when the truth was that I lost my train of thought & didn’t complete where I was going. As always, I appreciate you all for reading. Look forward to any feedback towards this blog or any of my podcasts. It’s the best way to know what is or isn’t working. Thanks for reading, & until next time, this is BT signing out.