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  • The Roots and Production of the Hardware Asylum Podcast
  • The Roots and Production of the Hardware Asylum Podcast


    Hosts: Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain
    Time: 28:47

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    Originally recorded August 2018

    Show Notes

    Roots of the Hardware Asylum Podcast
    This episode isn’t designed to be a direct “how-to start your podcast” but rather an introduction to how we record and produce the Hardware Asylum Podcast and try to make each show a little better than the last.  Of course one of the most difficult tasks is coming up with topics that are both good but also date agnostic and something that both hosts can get interested in.

    Once you have a show idea it is always best to outline the topics and refer back to those notes while you are recording.  We found that scripting sections of the show was not only extremely difficult but made us sound like robots.  As a result we prefer to record Ad-hoc with the right to veto a direction if we begin to stray off topic or cannot seem to get a good flow.

    Recording a podcast is pretty simple with lots of complex parts.  When the Ninjalane Podcast started we recorded on a Blue Yeti.  It was a great microphone but had some limitations that didn’t lend itself well to recording interview style.  After several years the Yeti was replaced with a set of R0de Procaster broadcast microphones matched with a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 as an auto interface.  Not only did the sound quality jump 100 fold but editing the show became much easier since we can edit each microphone independently.  That lead to cleaner audio and more flexibility editing.  

    Speaking of editing, you can use just about any bit of audio software and over the years I found Audacity to be the best option for what a podcast is.  It is easy to use, we are able to edit and tweak the audio tracks and it allows us to do simple music mixes for the intro and outtro.  There is not much more you need and on top of that it is a free bit of software so you can’t go wrong there.

    If you have questions drop us a line on any of the social sites or email us directly.

    Episode 90 featured music:
    Little People - Start Shootin' (http://www.littlepeoplemusic.com/)