Podcasting Graphic - Mallercast

Introducing the Mallercast: the podcast of my blog!

I’ve been dying to do my own podcast for an absurdly long time, and I’m super excited to announce that it’s finally happening! Later this month I will publish the first episode of the Mallercast!

What’s the show about?

It’s a talk show version of my blog. I like to write about technology and creative production gear, and the show will be similar. Subject matter aside  it’s important to me that the podcast is always interesting, engaging, and entertaining.

Want to listen?

We would love to have you in the audience! You can listen to the show right here on my blog. Every episode will have its own dedicated post. You will aslo be able to listen on your smartphone or tablet on the go (listen as you drive, listen as you do housework, listen as you exercise, etc.).

When is this happening?

The first episode will be recorded on the evening of Wednesday, August 10th, and it will be published shortly afterward.  There’s a good chance that you won’t be able to listen to it until the next day (Thursday, August 11th). I’m not sure, because we haven’t done this yet. :)

Visit the link below on the morning of Thursday, August 11th, and you will find the first episode there:

http://www.sam-mallery.com/content/mallercast/

Who is on the show?

I’m the host, and my co-host is Shannon, the lovely person you often see testing microphones on this site and on my YouTube channel. I will occasionally have guests on the show. In fact, I already have a great remote guest booked for Episode #4.

Wait a second… What’s the show about again?

In the most basic terms, the Mallercast is a technology podcast. But, as you know, technology is so pervasive these days that it’s infiltrated every aspect of our lives. So, in a broader sense, the show is about anything loosely related to tech that I find interesting enough to talk about each week. However, if a subject is dull, I won’t touch it.

My top priority is to be interesting. This is one of the reasons I’m having Shannon as my co-host. She’s super funny, and she’ll bring a unique perspective to the show.

Did you need to buy a bunch of podcasting gear?

Thankfully I only needed to buy a couple pairs of Senal SMH-1000 headphones (all of my old headphones had fallen apart), and a couple of tabletop mic stands. There’s lots of gear I was tempted to purchase, but I resisted. I thought it would be more interesting to use the equipment I already own. Then, as the show progresses, perhaps the gear will progress, too. Which brings up a relevant point…

Setting up a podcasting system is surprisingly difficult!

Don’t get me wrong, if you’re just making a basic audio podcast with one or two people talking into microphones, podcast production can be pretty easy. My plan includes the ability to trigger segue music on the fly, and have remote guests. This turned out to be a little confusing to figure out.

The only way I could make sense of it was to make a drawing of the signal flow:

Podcast signal flow Ableton Live Skype

What’s troubling is that this mess may not even work properly. I haven’t had a chance to plug in all of this stuff and try it out. It’s a little intimidating, but I’m still super excited that I’m going through with this!

If my show sounds even slightly interesting, I would be honored to have you in the audience.

I kid you not: I’ve been wanting to do a podcast for a full 10 years. A decade! I have the first ten episodes all planned out. So, if you like it, you’ll be able to listen to a new episode every week for two and a half months. I’ll plan the next batch of shows for Season Two and produce them shortly afterward.

Thank you for reading this post, and we’ll talk soon! One last cheer for Season One of the Mallercast! Woo-hoo!!! :)

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Sam

Writer, musician, photo taker and video maker. When not writing somewhat longish articles for this blog, I write incredibly short things on Twitter: @SamMallery

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