Crowdfunding Platform Shootout – PCN Show 011

Dollar signsThere’s been a lot of talk lately about crowdfunding platforms for podcasting. It seems like new platforms are coming online all the time. I decided to compare some of these services, looking at the features they have to offer and what kind of fees they charge.

I ranked my findings in first, second and third place with a runner up. Which service came in first? Listen to the podcast to find out!

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FeenPhone Is An Open Source Alternative To Skype

FeenPhone LogoSkype has been standard issue in the podcaster’s toolkit since the beginning of the medium. Read any how-to guide on podcasting and you’re sure to see a bevy of tutorials on how to record Skype calls. But Skype is far from perfect. And while there have always been Skype alternatives, none of them have really measured up. That’s where FeenPhone comes in.

FeenPhone is an open source program that takes its name from the Freedom Feens podcast. From the FeenPhone website:

FeenPhone is superior in audio quality to Skype, Mumble, TeamSpeak, Blink, Ventrilo, Google Hangouts and phones. FeenPhone sounds crystal clear compared to all these programs/platforms.

And these programs aren’t truly duplex; when one person speaks loudly, it cuts out the quieter person. This makes conversations sound unnatural. Even experienced radio hosts sometimes naturally talk over each other a little bit, especially at the end of one person speaking and the start of another person speaking. We built software that is full-duplex so the audience feels like they’re in the same room with the people speaking, rather then having it feel like one person should say “Over…” when finished with a sentence. FeenPhone being true duplex makes it superior to other voice-over-Internet programs or phones in making conversations more conversational….more natural, less artificial.

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Spreaker Adds YouTube Stats

Spreaker LogoPodcast host and media-streaming service Spreaker has added a new feature to its statistics package. Users who subscribe to one of Spreaker’s Broadcaster Pro plans and  share their media on YouTube can now see YouTube stats for those shared items from within the Spreaker dashboard. From the Spreaker blog:

We’re excited to introduce a new figure to your podcasts’ analytics!
Spreaker has always been the only podcasting platform out there allowing you to export your content to Youtube. It only makes sense to have your plays there counted towards your overall stats, too.

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Women in Podcasting: Where to Find the Women – PCN Show 010

She Podcasts Directory Podcaster NewsIn episode ten of the Podcaster News Show, I continue my Women in Podcasting series by pointing you towards directories and other online resources that will help you to find podcasts that are hosted by women.

Before you can listen to someone’s podcast, you have to be able to find it. Add some women’s voices and viewpoints to the mix of podcasts that you are currently listening to. There are so many to choose from!

Links mentioned in this episode:
* She Podcasts Directory
* IPDb list of podcasts

Podcast Awards Now Open For Nominations

Podcast Awards logoThe annual Podcast Awards returned this week with open voting for nominees. Nominations will close at the end of the day on February 2nd. Until then, listeners can nominate their favorite podcasts in the following categories:

  • Peoples Choice
  • Best Produced
  • Best Vido Podcast
  • Business
  • Comedy
  • Cultural/Arts
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Food and Drink
  • Gaming
  • General
  • GLBT
  • Health/Fitness
  • Mature
  • Movies/Films
  • Podsafe Music
  • Politics/News
  • Religion Inspiration
  • Science
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Travel

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Interview with Audrey Kearns from Geek Girl Authority

Geek-Girl-Authority-Podcaster NewsAudrey Kearns is the founder and editor of Geek Girl Authority. Her podcasts include: 5 Truths and a Lie, Kneel Before Aud, and Poll Cats. You can follow Geek Girl Authority on Twitter @GeekGirlAuth.

When did you start podcasting? What’s your experience in podcasting from then to now?

I started podcasting in 2011 with a podcast called 5 Truths and a Lie. I had co-created 5 Truths and a Lie as live storytelling show in 2010. The show became wildly popular in Los Angeles and the stories were very good so we decided to record each of the live shows. We started taking the recordings and creating a podcast around them.

The biggest difference between podcasting in 2011 and now in 2015 is that now it’s a very noisy medium. There are a lot of podcasts out there to compete with but also to enjoy.

Another MAJOR difference is that now I know how to actually record a podcast! I had relied on friends to help record and produce (these are folks, I still work with today). I now have 3 podcasts out in the aether so it just wasn’t feasible or logical anymore to constantly rely on other folks to set up equipment, record and edit especially when we are all doing this out of love and not money. So, I started looking at YouTube videos and tutorials, had my sound producer buddy give me a few quick editing lessons and now I’m pretty self sufficient. I can even bring my equipment with me if I need to travel and record.

What inspired you to become a podcaster?

I’ve always loved listening to podcasts. Especially storytelling and interview podcasts. That love led me to start podcasting 5 Truths and a Lie and eventually my interview-based podcast, Kneel Before Aud. Aside from the technical aspects of podcasting, it wasn’t hard to create the podcast or even do them since I’ve been an actor/writer for the last twenty years. I enjoy the creative process and have really enjoyed crafting my podcasts into well done shows. I’m constantly learning as I go!

How did you come up with the name of your podcast? What kinds of topics do you cover?

Kneel Before Aud – I’m the co-founder and editor of a geek culture and pop culture website called Geek Girl Authority. I’m such a fan of science fiction, fantasy and pop culture. I found myself just wanting to chat with people in the nerd world about what they do. So I came up with the name “Kneel Before Aud” for my interview show. If you’re a geek, you’ll get the reference, if not, it’s a reference from the 1980’s film Superman II. There’s a villain from Superman’s planet named Zod. He comes to Earth and tells the President to “Kneel Before Zod!” So, I’m Kneel Before Aud……get it?

I thought Kneel Before Aud was a pretty good name and it would let the listeners know that the interviews are in the geekscape and that I cover the spectrum: fun, laid back, smart and silly. I’m really proud of this one.

Poll Cats – This title is a really silly play on ‘pole cat.’ This is another podcast that Geek Girl Authority produces and hosts. I wanted a show where I and my two other co founders, Claudia Dolph and Jenny Flack, can talk about a geeky topic for 45 minutes and then release the podcast with an accompanying poll. For example, on one show, we talked about our favorite Sci-Fi Universes and we must have covered around 20 different universes. We took the 5 most popular Sci Fi Universes and posted that poll along with the podcast. It’s a super fun way to get listeners involved.

5 Truths and a Lie – My storytelling show that I created with my husband. The reason for this title is quite simple. We ask six storytellers to tell a story based on a theme that we give them. The twist is one of the storytellers is lying. It’s up to the listener to figure out which storyteller is the liar. Hence the name.

What words of wisdom do you have for women who are thinking of starting their own podcast?

Here’s what I think. I’m all for following your dreams but here’s the thing. Following your dreams also comes with hard work. Listen to as many podcasts as you can. Listen not only to ones you like but ones you don’t like. All this research will help you create a podcast/brand that screams who you are. If you think you suck when you hear yourself in your first podcast remember this: You probably do not suck and take notes on how to improve for the next one. It’s an ever-evolving process. You could be on your 100th podcast and realize, “oh, that’s just not working” or you could be listening to your 5th podcast and be very happy with it and know, “I really knocked that one out of the park.” That’s the joy of the creative process.

As far as being a female podcaster, one of the greatest pieces of wisdom I can impart is that other women podcasters are awesome and very helpful. There’s a horrible misconception that’s always been in the zeitgeist about women, you know the one: we’re all backstabbers and jealous of each other but the wonderful truth is that this community is here to help and is happy to help. So network, ask for favors, return favors and most of all have fun!

Shure Introduces New Microphones for iOS Devices

Shure logoThis year’s CES has officially wrapped. But there’s still a lot of news to process from that massive event. One item that caught my attention was Shure’s release of three new microphones (and one audio interface) under its new MOTIV line, made to work with iOS devices. Here’s a rundown on all of the devices, with information quoted from the Shure website:

MV88 Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone: Designed to capture clear, high-quality stereo sound on the go, MV88 directly connects to any iOS device equipped with a Lightning® connector. The microphone element is mounted to a 90-degree hinge with built-in rotation that offers flexible positioning options, even in video applications. Access five built-in preset modes for voice and instruments using the ShurePlus™ MOTIV Mobile Recording App, which also offers real-time adjustments to gain, stereo width and EQ with 24-bit / 48 kHz recording.

MV51 Digital Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone: MV51 features a striking vintage design that includes a headphone output and an integrated kickstand compatible with any standard mic stand. A unique touch panel allows for quick access to gain, mute and headphone monitoring volume adjustments. With seamless 24-bit / 48 kHz digital recording that delivers unmatched audio results, MV51 features five onboard DSP preset modes (Speech, Singing, Flat, Acoustic Instrument, Loud). It includes both a Micro-B-to-USB cable for connection to a PC, Mac or Android device, and a Micro-B-to-LTG cable for connection to Apple iOS devices.

MV5 Digital Condenser Microphone: Ideal for music, podcasting and video chats, MV5 features three onboard DSP presets (Vocals, Flat, Instrument) that provide optimal settings for virtually any sound source with great results, every time. Available in two colors (regionally dependent), MV5 can either make a bold statement or blend seamlessly into any creative space. An integrated headphone output offers real-time monitoring. The low-profile design and detachable desktop stand ensure flexibility and portability. MV5 also includes a Micro-B-to-USB cable for connection to a PC, Mac or Android device, and is available with a Micro-B-to-LTG cable for connection to Apple mobile devices.

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Women in Podcasting: Interview with EJ from Girls Gone WoW

Girls Gone WoW logo Podcaster NewsEJ is one of the hosts of the Girls Gone WoW Podcast. The show is mostly aimed toward female World of Warcraft players, but they do welcome male listeners and guests as well. You can follow the podcast on Twitter @GGWshow.

When did you start podcasting? What’s your experience in podcasting from then to now?

I was in a World of Warcraft guild with Sil – a guild is like a club in the game and you have to be a member of the club to do certain things in game. She started a podcast called Girls Gone WoW at the end of 2010 and asked me along as a guest on the 6th show. A couple of months later, she lost a couple of her co-hosts and she asked me if I’d be interested in becoming a host, and as I’d had a blast being on the show I agreed. Since then, Sunday nights are podcasting nights with Sil and Raven.

What inspired you to become a podcaster?

Before I’d been on GGW I’d been listening to mostly gaming podcasts for about a year and I really liked the way they gave a chance for the gaming community to meet and talk about what was going on in the game. For me, it seemed like an extension of hanging out online with friends in my guild and also a chance to get to meet more like minded people.

How did your podcast get the name “Girls Gone Wow”? What kinds of topics do you cover?

Sil came up with the name, she wanted something quick and catchy to sum up the feel she wanted the podcast to have. We try and promote an understanding that gaming can be as much a woman’s choice of entertainment as a chap’s and that we can all play together and have a lot of fun. Of course we don’t exclude chaps from our show but we hope that we show another side to gaming. Our topics can be quite wide ranged: although we focus a lot on what we are doing in game at the moment, or upcoming additions that are being included with the game, we also discuss topics that run alongside gaming, such as cosplay, roleplaying and how women can be perceived or portrayed in games and gaming culture.

What words of wisdom do you have for women who are thinking of starting their own podcast?

Just do it! If you have an idea, then give it a go. Twitter is a really good way to promote your podcast and get conversations started. Invest in a good microphone and headset, there is nothing worse than listening to poor quality sounding podcasts. Expect to make mistakes and just learn from them – a lot of podcasters look back on their first 10 episodes or so as trial runs so don’t expect to achieve everything you want in episode one. Most importantly, have fun and if it’s not fun, then stop.