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Drum roll, please! We're proud to introduce our latest addition – the Podcasting Resources Guide Companion Podcast. And here's the fun bit. Polly, Polymash’s lovable AI powered host, will be at the helm of proceedings. Despite her digital origins, Polly gives off charm and personality, guaranteed to make your listening experience a treat. From casting light on the latest gear to breaking down complex podcasting techniques and sharing the secrets of audience growth and monetization, Polly navigates a broad spectrum of topics. And hopefully providing both entertainment and valuable insights.

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More Than Just a Companion Podcast

This isn't your run-of-the-mill podcast. The Podcasting Resources Guide Podcast is an exploration, a deep dive, into the colourful world of podcasting apps, tools and platforms. Polly incorporates our own firsthand experiences and that of other podcasting pros. This feedback from us allows her to bestow practical advice and fresh perspectives in a conversational and accessible way. From the brave souls embarking on their first podcast projects to the grizzled veterans of the microphone, Polly's here to offer support and guidance, blending useful information with a touch of whimsy.

Chatting with Polly

a companion podcast host you can chat with

Taking it a step further, the Podcasting Resources Guide offers something not every podcast can – a chance to chat directly with the host. Yes, yours truly, Polly, can provide answers to queries, tips on tricky subjects — and a dose of humor all at the same time.

“It is easy to underestimate the deep knowledge that custom trained AIs can now offer. I’d encourage you to try it, even just for fun.” — Juergen

Listeners can spark up a chat with Polly directly on the website, thanks to a handy widget. Polly's extensive training and rich database of knowledge covers every conceivable topic covered on the Podcasting Resources Guide, making these interactions as informative as they are enjoyable.

How to Tune In

Getting your regular dose of Polly and the Podcasting Resources Guide Podcast is as easy as pie. Follow at podcastingresourcesguide.com/podcast.

Alongside listening directly on the website, listeners can also submerge themselves in the ever-evolving world of podcasting by subscribing to the podcast on popular platforms, such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. Avoid the intricate game of catchup and ensure you stay updated with every wisdom-packed episode.

Powering Up Podcasters

In summary, the Podcasting Resources Guide Podcast is here to empower, enlighten, and entertain. With Polly driving the conversation, this podcast is your definitive source of knowledge and resources, encased in a lighthearted and engaging format. Whether a beginner just exploring their podcasting ambitions or a seasoned veteran further refining their craft, Polly and the Podcasting Resources Guide Podcast are here to ensure your adventure in the sonic world of podcasting is not a solitary one.

A Brief on the AI Technology Underpinning Polly

While it's apparent that Polly is an AI talent, her assignment extends far beyond just being a text-to-speech AI. The underlying technology of Polly involves an intricate blend of prompt engineering and persona training. This enables her to clearly understand her role, project our mission, and essentially become part of our team.

If you are interested in chatting about the underlying AI tech, training and chain of tools to create this production, please reach out and contact me here: https://podcastingresourcesguide.com/contact-us/ — Juergen B.

Also, it's no small feat that Polly is deeply entrenched in our commitment to aiding podcasters to attain success.

Not only does she reflect our views, but she also draws on our first-hand experiences of various podcasting tools. We did a ton of work to train and deploy this AI to reflect our values, ethics, and supportive approach to the podcasting space.

The secret ingredient to her charm? A reprieve of humor that enlivens the process.

But what truly marks Polly as extraordinary is her active involvement in various stages of content production. Starting from diligently monitoring RSS feeds for new podcasting tools floating in the market, carrying out extensive research about these tools, sourcing reviews, to procuring feedback from our team on the utility of these tools in real-world scenarios. All of these form the backbone of creating a new entry and review on the Podcasting Resources Guide.

Polly's functionality doesn't stop here. She's well-equipped to incorporate this feedback into a new entry on the Podcasting Resources Guide website, taking care of SEO, keyword metadata, and image formatting. She then crafts an engaging script for a podcast episode maintaining her trademark humor. Polly hits the home run by writing the show notes, optimizing them for SEO, creating social content, and finally recording the episode audio. In essence, Polly mirrors the quintessential end-to-end process of creating and distributing a podcast, underlining the power of AI in the world of podcasting.

To conclude, Polly and the Podcasting Resources Guide are your allies in your podcasting journey, rendering knowledge, insights, and a touch of humor. Try it just for fun at www.podcastingresourcesguide.com!

I have to admit my Podcasting Microphone Pet Peeve: The Blue Yeti Mic. Recently I attended a coaching group meetup, and the presenter was a consultant who also considered herself a podcasting expert. And it was put to us in dogmatically certain terms that “The Blue Yeti Podcasting Mic Is Simply The Best Microphone For Podcasters”. And in this post it is my solemn duty to disabuse our dear prospects and Yeti fans of this notion.

First of all: There is no such thing as a Blue Yeti Podcasting Mic. It is simply the Blue Yeti Mic. At the coaching meetup I kept my mouth shut, but it was hard. And, this is not the first time I heard this, and we have worked with lots of podcast clients who approach us with initial Blue Yeti podcasting pride.

 

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Microphone Talk

Microphone talk is a favorite topic among podcasters, and mostly beside the point.

Great microphones never guarantee a great podcast.

But the blind devotion that the Blue Yeti seems to inspire among novice podcasters has always been a source of mystery for me. The Blue Yeti may be an excellent microphone, technically speaking. But it is usually the wrong choice for podcasting, for the following reasons:

Why the Blue Yeti Podcasting Microphone Is Often The Wrong Choice For Podcasters:

Blue Yeti Podcasting Microphone Is Often The Wrong Choice
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The Blue Yeti is a Condenser Mic

It is a condenser mic, not a dynamic mic. Condenser mics will pick up sounds a mile away, and there are indeed valid concerns around air conditioners running etc.

This also means they pick up the sound of the room.

If you are recording in a kitchen, bathroom or basement, the sound of the room, and the reverberations in it, will be super apparent.

There is no way to remove reverberation once recorded. So for your ghost story podcast the “basement sound” might be ideal. In most other cases, not so much.

‘The Blue Yeti in particular, in spite of its sexy switches and cardioid pattern option, is “roomy” sounding, not what you want for distraction free and intimate sounding audio. Being able to switch the pickup pattern helps a little, not a lot.

 

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A large and unwieldy form factor

The Blue Yeti is heavy, large, and cannot easily be mounted on a boom arm, which is necessary to move it close enough to your mouth as you record.

Most people make the mistake of leaving the Yeti on its stand positioned on their desk, 1-2 feet from their mouth – instead of having it inches away from their mouth.

A desk stand Yeti is never going to sound great, unless you are in a sound isolated booth or purposefully built studio.

The Yeti is an expensive choice, once you buy the shock mount and boom arm and pop filter needed to use it in a “podcasting setup” – in other words close to your mouth. So if you add these pieces, you might as well get a “proper” podcasting mic.

What About The Yeti Pro?

The Yeti Pro is an upgraded (and also much more expensive) version of the Yeti. It improves on the hit original Yeti USB microphone with a stereo balanced XLR output, and professional 192 kHz/24-bit digital audio over its USB out.

The Yeti Pro is indeed an improvement, but still a condenser microphone — which is the fundamental Yeti problem for most podcasting use cases.

So it’s great to be able to connect to a standard XLR preamp, mixer, or audio interface, but the “roomy” sound quality will be there just the same. And mounting it on boom arm stands is still as difficult and unwieldy as with the original.

What about the Yeti Nano?

The Blue Yeti “Nano” Microphone may be “nano,” but it’s still a pretty large microphone.

In a soundproof studio or a treated room, the Blue Yeti Nano could work for podcasters, but there are likely better condenser microphones available for podcasting.

The Nano is essentially a slightly more compact version of the original, which is a bit of a chuckle in itself. So, if you’re looking for a top-quality podcast microphone, it might be worth seeking alternatives in the sea of wonderful podcasting gear.

The Advantages Of Dynamic Mics

Dynamic mic advantages compared to Blue Yeti Podcasting Mics
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  • Dynamic mics on the other hand reject much of the background noise and are ideal for podcasting.
  • They are also less costly.
  • They are easy to mount on a boom arm, a must have for podcasters in getting their mics close enough while also being comfortable.
  • Lastly there are options with BOTH XLR professionally grounded cables, as WELL AS USB connectivity.

One last thing: USB connections will seldom be enough for a strong enough recording signal, for either dynamic or condenser mics with built in USB connectivity.

Better sound quality comes from a XLR condenser mic not directly connected to your PC or Mac directly, but going through a small desk USB pre-amp like the Focusrite in the equipment list below. Here is a direct link to what most of our podcast clients use (a budget conscious version, the mic is $79):

Podcast on YouTube Starter Kit — Extended Edition

Podcast on YouTube Starter Kit — Extended Edition

The Podcast on YouTube Starter Kit – Extended Edition is a comprehensive setup designed for recording and streaming quality video podcasts with YouTube as the primary platform.

 

Podcast on YouTube Starter Kit — Extended Edition
This podcasting setup has all the gear you need to record/stream quality video podcasts. This setup was made with youtube being your primary platform in mind. First Choice For Microphone [lasso rel=”rode-podmic-cardioid-dynamic-podcasting-microphone” id=”1375″] Alternate Choice For Microphone [lasso rel=”audio-technica-at2005usb-cardioid-dynamic-usb-xlr-microphone-2″ id=”1783″] Computer Interface [lasso ref=”focusrite-scarlett-solo-3rd-gen-usb-audio-interface-link” id=”1091″] Lights and Desk Clamps [lasso rel=”dazzne-desk-mount-led-video-light-c-clamp-stand-kit” id=”1821″] [lasso rel=”lume-cube-2-0-adjustable-daylight-balanced-led-light-for-photo-and-video-content-creation” id=”1824″] Stream Deck Toggle mics, switch scenes in OBS, play sounds, and trigger actions in other tools with a stream deck to make streaming more seamless [lasso rel=”elgato-stream-deck-live-content-creation-controller” id=”1822″] 15 LCD keys: Tap to switch scenes, launch media, adjust audio and more Fully customizable: Personalize keys with custom icons or choose from hundreds Direct integration: Control game capture, OBS, XSplit, TipeeeStream, Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, and more Easy setup: simply drag and drop actions onto keys in the app Unlimited control: Nest folders within folders to store as many actions as you want Camera [lasso rel=”logitech-brio-ultra-hd-webcam-for-video-conferencing-recording-and-streaming” id=”1823″]…
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It includes the Rode PodMic Cardioid Dynamic Podcasting Microphone, which boasts a built-in pop filter and delivers rich sound quality. Also included are the Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone, the Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd Gen) USB Audio Interface, the Dazzne Desk Mount LED Video Light C-Clamp Stand Kit, and the Lume Cube 2.0 Adjustable Daylight Balanced LED Light. To make streaming more seamless, there is an Elgato Stream Deck for controlling various actions, and for video, the kit has a Logitech BRIO Ultra HD Webcam.

Determined to use the Yeti?

So I am sorry if some of the above is unwelcome news.

And if you are committed to using a Blue Yeti, feel free to ignore this advice and read on for some tips to at least get the most out of it.

I do not know why the Blue Yeti inspires such devotion among some people. I have yet to meet a podcaster with more than 10 episodes under their belt that still has it. But for podcasters that inherited the device , or are not able to spend money on a new mic, here are some tips to make the Blue Yeti work better:

Tips to Make The Blue Yeti Work For Podcasting

Recording in a closet with a Blue Yeti
Photographer: Adrienne Leonard | Source: Unsplash

1. Work in a sound-proof studio or sound treated room

If you have a sound proof, purposefully built studio to record in, ignore this post, your Blue Yeti will work fine.

  • Then again, if you have a purposefully built studio, you are extremely unlikely to own (or want to use) a Blue Yeti in the first place.

2. Record inside or in front of a closet

If you have a small closet, are not claustrophobic and comfortable in small spaces, your Yeti will work.

Actually, I’m serious about working in (or near) a closet. But here is the thing:

  • You should not be facing the closet, you should actually have it close behind you. This is because when you speak into a mic it will pick up your voice and noises and sound from what’s BEHIND you – so that is where room reflections and reverb are most noticeable. Therefore having a closet (or sound proofing materials) BEHIND you works better than facing a closet head on.

3. Add carpets

Add some carpets to your recording space to reduce the room sound the Blue Yeti will pick up

  • If you have lots of furniture and carpets in the room, and few reflective surfaces, and can position yourself close to the mic, your Yeti might just work.

4. Get closer

I mean REALLY close to the microphone.

  • Your Yeti recording might result in something called the “proximity effect” – where your voice is being picked up much more loudly than the “room sound” – and all this allows you to reduce the gain during the recording. Try it out and see if you can hear the improvement.
  • Getting really close might also cause more “pops”, so addressing the mic from a slight angle or using a pop filter might help with that.

But be sure to do a test recording and listen to it – before recording that epic 1st one hour episode.

End of rant.

 

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