So I became inspired by my buddy Eric Dye with his ChurchMag Podcast and the idea of communicating across a medium that is not only versatile, but actually quite great to consume if done well. I am always up for trying something new with communicating a message to people and working on improving my craft. So I decided to try out my own version of a podcast with my Level Up Podcast.
The initial podcast went well, but I had one month to put it together and probably a little bit of luck along the way. Sure, the audio quality was lacking a little bit in parts and I could have done a little better job with the gain levels for the transition audio, but I was proud of it. It was well received and I was excited to keep pushing on with the next podcast.
Next came the followup episode to our debut home run. I was a rockstar audio engineer and I didn’t even know it. Could I keep turning out gold? Of course!
Success Does Not Mean Experienced
One of the tough parts about this podcast is that I am definitely not a guru at recording audio, but a novice at best. The first round I tried to record did not work out with our scheduling and I had to wait. My guest interview had to postpone as well. When we finally did get together, we had a great discussion and I was ready to have home run number two.
When I got around to editing, I made a fatal mistake and exported a blank file from Audacity because my recording settings were wrong. I literally was missing one-third of the podcast and everything we had done for that hour was worthless. Even worse, I over corrected for the gain on this podcast and so background noise was amplified. Now I was asking my team to re-record and take away from their family and lives.
Back To Reality
There is humility in technology because no one can know it all and if someone acts like they do, you need to be cautious. If you feel like you have no short-comings, I highly recommend you get some people into your lives to speak truth to you.
Now, you’ll have to excuse me, I need to go beg Eric Dye to teach me some of his audio engineering wizardry.