Category Archives: Podcasting

New Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac Podcast!

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After a a hiatus of more than a year, I’m finally back on the podcasting wagon again with a new episode of Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac, the companion podcast to my ebook of the same name. I’m doing something fun with the newly revitalized show. I am going to be building a home studio for myself including buying new audio hardware, creating a better acoustic space, learning more about audio plugins so I can produce better sound, and experimenting with new hardware. But rather than just doing this and producing a new show with the better technology, I am going to podcast the process. I will talk about my research, what I have found, what I am looking at, solicit opinions, interview other podcasters and slowly add in the changes so people can see how the show improves (or at least evolves) over time. In this way, we all learn together. At least, that’s the plan. This process will be a nice lead-in to our presentation at the New Media Expo this summer as well.

I have to be honest: it felt good to do a show. There’s a reason I took up this hobby in the first place. It’s nice to be reminded of that and have a chance to play again.

Presenting at the New Media Expo


Ed Vawter and I will be co-presenting at the New Media Expo in Las Vegas this summer. Our session is entitled GarageBand ’08 and Practical Podcast Plugins: Enhancing Your Podcast. I’m very excited to be getting back out there again. After running two podcasts, writing an article and a book, I let podcasting fall by the wayside and have done little to keep up with it. But all of that is changing. With this expo coming up and because I let my own interests take a back seat to all of our family drama in 2007, I am finally getting back out there. As a result, I am actually planning on going much farther than I’d gone before. I will be outfitting a home studio, getting new audio equipment, exploring plugins (beyond the basics I’ve always used), experimenting with new software, and even working on sound proofing materials to improve my recording space. What will be fun is that I plan on podcasting the entire process so my listeners will learn as I learn.

So, this is going to be a fun year for me as I reconnect with a hobby I enjoy and prepare to speak in Las Vegas in August.

If you are interested in attending the expo, please register via this link. It will benefit me down the road, even a little.

WireTap Studio Article Published

My review of WireTap Studio has been published and is up on TidBITS’ website. I really enjoyed playing with this tool and as much as I am huge fanboy of Rogue Amoeba’s products, I have to admit that they’ve been leapfrogged by Ambrosia. Of course, that means that the next releases of Fission and Audio Hijack Pro will both be very exciting as I have no doubt that they will, in turn, leapfrog Ambrosia.
I would love to start producing podcasts again, especially my long dormant Take Control of Podcasting Podcast. What I lack is a studio (I had to move my desk into the back of the kitchen for many reasons — right near an old, noisy refrigerator) and every day my aging 1.25GHz PowerBook G4 just seems slower and less able… we’re going to get a new, hot stuff iMac soon and when we do, I fully expect to go a little crazy on that and other projects. So, I’m itching to do more with these audio tools but don’t feel I really can just yet.

For now, I’m content to digitize old cassette tapes and clean up the audio as best I can.

New Episode of Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac Available!

Episode 3 is now up of Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac: The Podcast. In it, I talk about looking back and learning lessons from previous podcast episodes, I look at mobile podcasting, I speak with Mur Lafferty of Geek Fu Action Grip and I Should Be Writing about her podcasts and recording Senator John Edwards’ podcast, and I take another look at a better way to record Skype interviews.


MV-Promo-tile.jpgI was interviewed by Chuck Joiner for the MacVoices podcast a few weeks ago about podcasting and my new podcast and book update. Chuck’s got a great show and gets some really interesting interviews. Check it out!

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Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac

Picture of Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac CoverI just realized that I never posted a note that I updated my e-book, Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac. This new edition covers GarageBand 3 and talks about enhanced podcaasting and cleans up a lot of small things that needed cleaning. (UPDATE: I did post it. Just two entries below this one. Clearly I am not on my blogging a-game right now.)

Along with the release of the updated book, I have launched a new podcast companion, Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac: The Podcast, to the book to help flesh out concepts in the book. Subscribe in iTunes to Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac.

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Ok, ok… sheesh…

So, once upon a time I was messing with my sister’s laptop and I made this blog her home page in Safari. So, when I was down visiting last weekend she gave me a hard time for not updating my blog recently. So, here’s an update so her browser’s home page has a more recent date. I’ve been (everyone say it with me) busy.

Since my last post I’ve been doing a lot of contract and volunteer work and I started a full-time contract with Sykes who sells me to SAIC who sells me to Pfizer. In short, I’ve been working for Pfizer in New London, CT for the last 5 or 6 weeks as a project manager.

The nice part about this work is that my main customers are all in the New York headquarters. In the last five weeks I’ve been to New York three times on business and am already racking up the Amtrak Acela frequent… uh… rider? miles. And I get to see my sister and her family a lot which, in turn, means getting a hard time for not updating my blog.

Outside of work and travel, I’ve also updated Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac to a new edition which covers GarageBand 3 in depth and launched a new podcast companion to the book as well. And I just finished reading Matt Ridley’s Nature Via Nurture, a truly fascinating book about genetics and the long, and silly battle over nature versus nurture (short answer: it’s both).

So, that’s a quick summary of my life over the last two months. I’d say I’ll be posting more and more frequently but I am insanely (everyone say it with me again) busy. But I’ll try. Really, I will.

Currently playing in iTunes: Naked As We Came by Iron & Wine

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Take Control of Podcasting Press Release

Take Control of Podcasting CoverIf you’re excited about the idea of creating your very own podcast but need help getting started or working efficiently, you can now hop on the podcasting bandwagon with the start-to-finish guidance in our latest ebook, “Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac.”


Written by long-time podcaster Andy Williams Affleck, “Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac” leads you along the path to podcasting success from beginning to end. Andy starts by helping you think about your topic, format, and polish; assemble the best audio gear; and understand the pros and cons of recording in four popular programs – Audio Hijack Pro, GarageBand, Audacity, and SoundStudio. You’ll find step-by-step directions for how to record in each of those programs, along with instructions on how to edit your recording by mixing in additional audio and eliminating any awkward bits. Andy also explains how (and why) to encode and tag your podcast file. Finally, he discusses how to choose a podcast publishing tool, offers essential advice about bandwidth costs, and gives you seven ways to promote your podcast.

The ebook is available on its own for $10 or in a $17.50 bundle with “Take Control of Recording in GarageBand.”

Book Details:

“Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac” by Andy Williams Affleck


PDF format, 70 pages, free 19-page sample available

Publication date: December 1, 2005

Price: $10

ISBN: 1-933671-06-8

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Take Control of Podcasting is out!

At long last, my book is finally out!

Buy Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac

TidBITS: Apple Releases iTunes 4.9 with Podcasting Support

My latest article for TidBITS has been published: TidBITS: Apple Releases iTunes 4.9 with Podcasting Support. In it, I discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly about Apple’s support for Podcasting in the latest iTunes.

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