Podcast 101 - THE TECH AND TOOLS

This 3 part workshop covers what you need to get your podcast up and running. Marco Timpano brings his years of producing, hosting, collaborating, and writing about podcasts to light in these workshops.

For many people, the barrier to podcasting is answering the question: “Where do I begin?”
In this workshop, we get the basic elements one needs to create before you begin recording the podcast.
• Putting the design, sound, and recording space for your podcast in place.
• How does a podcast work? What is a DAW? How expensive or inexpensive will this podcasting venture be? 

These questions and more are all answered in this workshop.
• Mistakes and Podcast traps to avoid.
• Show Notes, how to create the right ones for your podcast.
• How does a Podcasting Hosting Platform work? Where does the RSS feed go? Which Podcast Directories are essential to have your podcast featured on?
• “The Elevator Pitch”, how to create one for your podcast and why is it important.
• The importance of the “Do Due Diligence” Rule.
• Answers to your burning podcast questions.
• Microphone basics.

• Developing a template for your show. To host, co-host, or to interview; what does each entail from a producing and content perspective.
• Style and Tone. Finding the voice of your podcast.
• Key Components to developing the content of your podcast. Keeping Content in place and how to avoid; “The Chase” .
• Merits to the: “Mini, Maxi and Regular” episode.
• Podcasting Hosting Platforms, putting it in place for production.
• What does a producer do when it comes to a podcast? Can I produce and host? Can I produce and not host?
• The Interview — How does the podcaster create an environment for great interviews.
• Pitfalls to avoid in the interview process: Closed Questions, Me Me Me Syndrome, Difficult Conversations and how to deal with them.
• Key players a producer must be aware of: awards, promoters, and support groups.
• The Social Media Conundrum. What platform, when and how?
• Tools like Unsplash for your Social Media Content.
• Cross promotion with other podcasts, is it effective, is it important and how do you accomplish this?
• Basics into monetizing your podcast, what does one need to consider when making your podcast available for advertising.
• How do we remote record during these days of Covid-19 and beyond.

• Recording your podcast on your DAW.
• Steps to take when audio levels don’t seem right.
• Key components to be aware of during the recording process.
• Editing on your DAW and how to add key elements like music and transitions and stings to complete your podcast episode.
• How to use Remote Virtual Recording tools like Zencastr to record an interview or co-host conversation.
How to edit with multi-audio tracks and use tools like Levelator in order to modulate recording levels.
• Uploading your podcast episode onto your Podcasting Hosting Platform and scheduling the release date.

In order to take full advantage of the workshops, each participant is encouraged to download free versions of the following software as they will be used throughout this course to instruct how to record, edit and produce a podcast.
• Audacity
• Anchor.fm
• Zencastr*
• Levelator
*please note: Google Chrome or FireFox will be required when using Zencaster.

Several podcasts will be referenced during these workshops so it is strongly recommended that participants listen to the following podcasts:
• Eat & Drink: Episode 42: Paper Plane & Short Ribs (Jan 16, 2020).
• My Criterions: Mildred Pierce (March 23, 2017).
• On A Dark Cold Night: The Empty House (April 18, 2018).
• Podcast playlist: Any episode.
• The Insomnia Project: Any episode.
• The Secret Life of Canada, Any episode.
• Every Place is the Same: Any episode.
• Born on This Day Podcast: Any episode.

The workshops will do their best to cover the aspects one needs to create, produce, and launch a podcast. More information is available on these areas of podcasting and the following are recommended but not required:
• Cupido, Amanda (2018). Let's talk podcasting : the essential guide to doing it right. PPS.
• Rao, Srinvas (2018) An audience of one : reclaiming creativity for its own sake. Penguin.
• Timpano, Marco (2020). 25 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started My Podcast. Author.

About the Instructor

Marco Timpano is the author of 25 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started My Podcast. He is an award-winning podcaster, voice-over artist, and performer. His podcasts include: The Insomnia Project, Eat & Drink, Every Place is the Same, and Born on This Day Podcast.

website: marcotimpano.com
Insta: @therealmarcotimpano
Twitter: @Marco Timpano
The Insomnia Project: http://www.theinsomniaproject.com
Eat & Drink:  https://shows.acast.com/eat-and-drink
Every Place is the Same: https://shows.acast.com/every-place-is-the-same
Born on This Day Podcast: https://anchor.fm/born-on-this-day-podcast

General Admission - $45 + tax

Member Admission - FREE

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.