There’s a myriad number of tools available to podcast producers. Everything from simple USB microphones and free software to multichannel interfaces and full-featured digital audio workstations are employed every day by podcasters around the world. Despite the many options available when it comes to podcasting gear, there’s always room for more. Especially when that new technology promises to deliver big results in a compact form. And most important of all, that new technology has been touched by the hand of The Podfather himself, Adam Curry.
Small Batch Audio is the name of this project that’s working to revolutionize podcast production:
The man who brought you the first podcast revolution is about to bring the second.
Adam Curry made it possible for anyone to be a broadcaster. Now he’s making it possible for anyone to sound like one!
The Small Batch Audio Podcaster Pro rig will allow you to sound like the Pro you are – without working for a radio studio!
This revolutionary USB audio device, no bigger than a book, is the first device specifically made to optimize human voice recording for podcasting.
Adam Curry is working with a dedicated team to finalize the Small Batch product. When the Small Batch Audio rig is ready, it will be launched via Kickstarter. To get updates on the forthcoming Kickstarter campaign, sign up for Adam’s Kickstarter Updates e-mail list.
The Academy of Podcasters has announced the nominees for its first ever “Academy Awards of podcasting.” The organization has also finalized the list of inductees into its Podcasters Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony and the awards ceremony will be held on Friday, July 31, the night before the first day of the Podcast Movement conference in Dallas.
The Podcasters Hall of Fame will honor six podcasters in its inaugural run of inductees:
- Adam Curry (Adam is considered by many to have “invented” podcasting along with Dave Winer)
- Danny Peña (host of Gamertag Radio)
- Leo Laporte (founder of the TWiT podcasting network)
- Mur Lafferty (host of I Should Be Writing)
- Scott Sigler (bestselling author who built a large fandom thru podcasting)
- Todd Cochrane (host of Geek News Central and founder of RawVoice)
The Academy of Podcasters has nominated ten shows in each of its fifteen award categories. The complete list of shows is too long to post here but the categories are:
- Food & Drink
- Games & Hobbies
- Ideas & Education
- Lifestyle & Health
- Music & Commentary
- News & Politics
- Parenting, Family & Kids
- Science & Medicine
- Society & Culture
- Spirituality & Religion
One nominee will win an award in each category. The categories have five nominees each that have been ranked as the top five in those respective categories on Stitcher, along with five more shows that were selected by “a combination of input from the Academy, the board, and from other podcast rating services.”
Congratulations to the inaugural Hall of Fame inductees and best of luck to all podcasters who’ve been nominated for a Podcasters Academy Award!
BBC Radio 4 has produced an audio documentary called Podcasting – The First 10 Years. The documentary looks back at the first decade of the medium we all know and love (or hate, depending on the day). The documentary spans two parts for a total of about 60 minutes worth of audio. And (for now, at least) those episodes are available for on-demand streaming from the BBC website. But the documentary is nowhere to be found in any of the podcast directories, and the BBC site itself points to no way to subscribe to the series via RSS.
It seems like an odd choice, as this is something that would obviously appeal not only to podcasters but also to fans of podcasting in general. In fact, the BBC already has a large collection of podcasts and other downloadable media. But for some reason they decided not to podcast their documentary about podcasting.
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