Podcasting on a Budget

The original version of this post, which was uploaded as a separate html page, had the lofty distinction of having been the first to use the phrases, “Podcasting on a Budget” and “Podcasting for Dummies.” It’s been revised because it was getting more hits than any post on Steel White Table — except it wasn’t on Steel White Table.

Topics covered in this article:

— How to pick a good microphone and a mixer.
— How get by without a good microphone or a mixer.
— Basic microphone technique.
— What cables and adapters to use.
— How to hook all this junk up to your computer.
— Recording audio magazines (or podcasts) with free audio software.
— Reducing noise and removing hiss.
— Encoding audio to MP3 format with free software.
— Tagging (or labeling) MP3s with free software.

There are several ways to go about recording podcasts. This is simply what was easiest for me at the time. And if you’re reading this in 2010, most of the information presented here is probably already out of date.

So here’s how I used to record my occasional podcasts (or audio magazines), and how I did it without much money.
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How To Run Up A Wall, Flip, And Land On Your Feet

climbing a wall and flippingHow to Run up a Wall and Flip

…while difficult and dangerous, it IS possible to run up a wall and flip. The move is called a “wall flip”. After plenty of training and experience, here are the steps you can take to complete this incredible (and potentially dangerous) move.

Note the things you’ll need to accomplish this:

  • Good shoes
  • A solid wall
  • Supporters or Spotters (people to help you and make sure nothing goes wrong)
  • Mats if available
  • Directions to the nearest medical facility

Learn To Play Jazz Piano

playing jazz pianoHow to Play Jazz Piano:

Even though it probably sounds horrible, practice for long enough and you’ll sound more and more like what’s written there without you even knowing it. You can always go back to the sheet music to see how they’re voicing the chords in clever ways that you’re not.

That’s the key: practice, practice, practice. Then, maybe, you may get the feel for it; the euphoria that sweeps over you as you’re playing that tells you you finally got the groove. It happened to me once, about 20 years ago, as I was improvising some blues on the piano. It hasn’t happened since.

I’ve posted similar things before: How To Play Jazz Piano, and Free Piano Lessons.