For our tenth Tree House Concert in 2005, we started to interview our guests for a 15-30 minute online show, where we try to focus on house concerts and how an artist plays to this type of venue.

The resulting audio files are in MP3 format and are commonly called Podcasts, although you don't need an iPod to listen.

This gives a listener two options:

  • DOWNLOAD: They could click on the MP3 link and listen to the interview.
  • SUBSCRIBE: They could subscribe and have the next interview automatically delivered to their favorite media player (e.g. iTunes, Windows Media Player).

With the subscription, it means that a show can become syndicated, except now the syndicate is made up of like-minded users connected by the Internet and not an out-of-touch corporation.

Here are some links with more information.

Our equipment started as simply as we could get, using GarageBand 2.0 on an Apple Powerbook G4 with an M-Audio FireWire Solo recording interface and a unidirectional vocal microphone. With additional recording and post-production, we saved the files at 96 kbps stereo to make a 15 MB file for a 20 minute show.

22 MAY 2010: I used the Zoom H4 Handy Recorder that belonged to the artist. My set up isn't yet working in Mac OS 10.6 so I was desperate. Turned out it worked great if not better.

14 JUN 2005: I picked up a better mic for recording live in an acoustic setting, something with a broader pattern that could pick up voice and instrument at the same time. I bought a Behringer B-1 (Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone).

25 APR 2005: Based on recommendations from the Podfather, Adam Curry, on his podcast, The Daily Source Code, I just picked up an iRiver 799 and a Griffin LapelMic for remote recording (both of these are now no longer available).

13 MAR 2006: I researched and learned more about how to capture the audio from a Skype call using Audio Hijack Pro. My first test was recording an interview with Mark Erelli.


Here's a screenshot of the post-production work in GarageBand 2.0 to create the April 3rd, 2005, podcast.