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Multi-Host Podcast: Learning the Ropes

Leeza Perry is co-creator and co-host on Hearts Against Balance and It’s Your Turn Now! She was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is also the digital and marketing director of Stony Grotto, a podcast production company. 

The Agony of Podcasting...

Thinking of creating a podcast with multiple hosts but having a hard time finding the appropriate recording tools to do so? You are not alone.
Our little friend group loved listening to podcast (excluding one individual) and wanted to start our own podcasting adventure. Well let me tell you, this endeavor has been quite expensive for our little (not really) company.
Many of these reasons could have been avoided, but you live, and you learn… (Expensively)

Our Purchases

While purchasing our equipment for Hearts against Balance, we perhaps may have gone a little over board. We first purchased the Pyle 8-Ch. 4 prong Studio DJ Mixer, along with the mic cables. Next, we purchased 2-Lav Movo Dual Microphone. 

We tried this set up with our group, and welp, it did not work...

If you are considering making a podcast with many hosts, LAV mics may not be the best choice. These mics are very sensitive and if your podcast, like ours, has long sessions, then you could be picking up on the most subtle of sounds. This can include, but not limited to, your co-hosts belching or scratching their bums.
We also did not use the audio mixer, as the mixer would not balance the audio. After performing mic checks and well into our session, we noticed that our peaks and lows would fluctuate, even when our volume and candor would remain the same.
So, TO AMAZON!
Our next purchase was two 2-prong Behringer Xenyx Bus Mixer, even more cables, and two interface digital output controls.
Sooo many cables…  
We STILL could not use this newly acquired equipment. (We had absolutely no luck) We had the same latency issue as the first mixer. Now we were hundreds of dollars into this endeavor and still did not have any reliable equipment to make a quality episode.
While we still had no idea how to manage our equipment, our editor went ahead and worked on our first episode, and at some point, release our content. In post-production, while plugging post credits, he used his gaming headset to add audio content. This is when we found headsets to be the most reliable source of recording equipment.

Our Next Issue...

Editing!

While we love the easy, user friendly editing tool of audacity, we notice upon editing, that the audio will be out of sync, even after hours spent on aligning the audio. While the audio moved through the time sequence it began to fall out of sync, which was quite infuriating for our editor. Sorry Editors!
This was explained, that as you record the audio transfers into audacity as the computer picks up the frequency, also known as a timing delay. Good news, there is a cure for this. (Editors are you still reading?)
You can find ways to remove latency issues in Audacity by watching videos on YouTube which will save you time and energy upon editing your multi-host podcast. 
Another issue we encounter is peaking and audio mic transfer. Our group likes to play together in the same room, it makes our reactions and responses more natural and less influenced. (If your podcast does not record together but records over an E-communication format you can properly disregard this section) However, you are like us and prefer to record with others, here is some helpful tips.
  • Mic check before every session.

    • This makes sure that you are not peaking to much in your own audio and allows every host to get comfortable with their mics.
  • Be as far away from each other as possible.

    • We like to sit a respectable distance away, approximately 3ft, from another player.
  • Record in a room with carpet or furniture.

    • Do NOT record in an empty room – This will make your audio echo and all-around sound like crap. Sorry… Not sorry!

Let's Start Podcasting

While we have not perfected our podcasting abilities, we are still working on new and innovative ways to get our show off the ground. 
We do hope that this article will get you movin’ and groovin’ in the right direction in creating your multi-host podcast. Happy podcasting!

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