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TMP999: How to make an episode for the TM Podcast

Here are the steps needed to create your own episode of the TMP:

Recording:

 

On the hardware side we are using the Lync soundstation Jabra Speak 410 because it is made to record the voice of a group of people sitting on a table and most of the time we have several participants for one podcast episode.

From our experience we recommend groups up to 4 people, as to many persons might end in a mess rather than in a structured conversation. Tip: When recording put the soundstation in the middle of the people and put something soft (like the bag of the soundstation) below to avoid sounds like coffee mugs hitting the table :->

The recording is done with the freeware program Audacity. Regarding the configuration, Audacity keeps it pretty simple for our use case. It is on the SAP grey list, so can be used.

The input device is detected automatically and there are now special parameters you have to maintain to achieve high quality recording.

What we changed is the input channel from stereo to mono as you can see on the main taskbar of our screenshot.

Editing

Besides recording, audacity offers a palette of useful editing functionalities. Besides the standard functionality to cut out errors or slips of the tongue we also use audacity to insert silence times between several parts of the recording to create clear caps between chapters, as in the heat of the moment you jump from one chapter to the next fluently without any break during your recording.

Besides that there are several guides on the internet that show more sophisticated ways to edit your audio track. Feel free to try out all the functionalities audacity offers and share your experience with us.

After finishing the editing part in audacity, we export the audio file for further steps using the format FLAC.

Creating MP3/AAC with chapter marks

As we want to have a real podcast and not a simple 1:30 hour mp3 file, we want to split our FLAC audio file into several logical chapters. We found an easy way to handle this with using Auphonic.com offers. To get access to the services Auphonic offers, you need to register on their homepage for free and activate your account afterwards.

As you of course want to create a lot of TM podcasts in the course of time, I recommend you to create a preset, which canbe reused for all your following recordings, and saves you a lot of time, as you don’t have to maintain all configurations every time you record a newpodcast. For our first recordings we used the preset you can see below.

What has to be done now in order to create our podcast mainly is uploading your FLAC file, enter some information and a short summary and create the desired chapter marks. Besides manually entering your marks chapter by chapter you also have the possibility to upload a .txt with the corresponding chapter marks in following format:

Hit the start production button, to let Auphonic create your podcast file. After finishing this process you will get an E-Mail notification including a download link for the newly created files, which include the defined chapter marks.

So we finally created a new episode of the TM podcast.

Publishing

The publishing as a podcast itself is a bit complicated .

Basically I´m afraid for the moment I would have to do it.

So I would need a summary and the AAC/MP3 files links and would include it in the TN Podcast.

You can share that any way of course, I would prefer a new entry in this streamwork collection.

I followed the steps described in this cool (german) youtube video.

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