While it didn’t last very long, the podcast I did with my friends taught me a lot of things about audio recording. I did take a recording arts class once. But being able to put some of the knowledge to use was interesting. Much of what I learned about had to be re-learned again, due to brain atrophy. So what went wrong with the podcast?
A good portion of the podcast going under was just the amount of sheer edits and fixes I had to apply to the waveform. My cohorts know about this, and I had plenty of crap to fix when we were done recording. I don’t have the best setup and equipment. It was sufficient to get a nice sound to my computer, but not enough to maintain the quality. Distance from the mics, no pop-guards, one complete boom-stand, a short stick to hold my mic, and inadequate spacing plus terrible layout of my room didn’t help.
It’s a bit of a ragequit as well. I didn’t like the current content of the podcast. Even if I said we’d include derails and trainwrecks, listening to the unedited podcasts made me realize that more often than not, we talk like complete idiots. Maybe we got better in the last three, but I have my doubts.
Despite this rant, I wouldn’t abandon podcasting. I’ve found it fun. Perhaps I just need a reboot and a refocus of energy.
So what should a reader get out of reading this entry? A good podcast takes effort. It takes professionalism. A bit of garage mentality. Unpolished, but beautifully uncut.
It should be YOU. Not being someone else, but being yourself. And unfortunately, I was fooling myself.
I failed this time. Now it’s time to go fail, again. But I’m going to fail better. Because I know how to do it. (The failing part.)
Miku image drawn by nagian (http://yoroz.jp/), stolen from danbooru.