The ebook leads off by discussing how to plan a podcast's topic, format, and polish. Then Affleck focuses on the practical details of choosing the right microphone and audio software, followed by step-by-step instructions for recording using Audio Hijack Pro, GarageBand, Sound Studio, WireTap Studio, and Ubercaster, with advice about conducting interviews by phone, iChat, and Skype.
Once the audio is in the can, Affleck explains how to use audio plug-ins to make a recording sound better, complete with downloadable sound files to supplement his text. He also explains how to edit out any awkward bits, plug in additional audio, and mix tracks. Finally, the ebook offers detailed coverage of how to encode a podcast, add useful tags and chapters, find a publishing tool, and publish the final podcast for the world to hear. The ebook costs $10 and is available at Take Control Books and O'Reilly Media.
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Andy Williams Affleck has been using Macs since 1984 and has always been obsessed with any new medium that improves communication. He has a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Technology in Education, specifically online networks for teaching and learning, he's a senior project management officer (PMO), freelance Web and graphic designer, an accessible Web design expert (Section 508).
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see the catalog page for Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac.
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