The Podcast Dude

Professional podcast editor and producer Aaron Dowd shares everything he’s learned about making great podcasts.

If you’re interested in starting a podcast, growing your audience, and increasing your influence, this is the show for you.

Get answers to all your questions about podcasting: gear, recording, content, editing, interviewing, mixing, mastering, and more.

To stand out from thousands of other podcasts, you’ll need to produce a high quality show. The Podcast Dude will help you get there.

Don’t just make a podcast—make an awesome podcast.

The Podcast Dude 55: How Do I Get Guests to Come on My Show? How Do I Ask to Be on Someone Else's Show?

055: How Do I Get Guests to Come on My Show? How Do I Ask to Be on Someone Else’s Show?

Monday, July 11, 2016 – 29 minutes

I don’t normally quote bible verses on my show because I’m not a religious man, but I know of one that applies to this topic:

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

It’s been said that in basketball, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. The same is true for getting guests on your podcast or being a guest on other podcasts; if you don’t ask, it’s not going to happen.

So getting over your fear of rejection is step one, but today I want to talk about things that you can do to increase your chances of landing the guests you want, and how you can ask to be on someone else’s podcast without feeling awkward.

The Podcast Dude 54: Are Third-Party Audio Plugins Worth the Money?

054: Are Third-Party Audio Plugins Worth the Money?

Monday, July 4, 2016 – 27 minutes

If you want to keep new listeners, having a show that sounds great is so important.

Think about the first time you hit play on a podcast; if it sounds good, you’ll keep listening. If it sounds like crap (lots of noise, echo, and un-even levels) you’ll go find something else to listen to. You don’t want to lose listeners because of poor audio quality, but at the same time, it can take awhile to learn how to use audio plugins (like EQs and compressors) correctly.

Most audio editing apps (and even some video editing apps too) have stock plugins that can help you fix audio issues and enhance the quality of your recordings.

There are also third-party plugins that you can buy, but are they worth the money? Can you make a podcast or video sound great just by using the stock plugins?

The Podcast Dude 53: Getting to 20,000 Subscribers with Charli Prangley

053: Getting to 20,000 Subscribers with Charli Prangley

Monday, June 27, 2016 – 42 minutes

Charli Prangley is a designer by day and a content creator by… well, pretty much the rest of the time. In addition to her day job, she produces two high-quality Youtube videos and a podcast every week, and also runs an online apparel shop.

I was so impressed with the consistency and quality of her output that I knew I had to get her on the show to share how she creates so much while still working a full-time job.

If you’ve ever struggled with creating consistently or trying to get everything 100% perfect before shipping, you need to listen to this episode.

The Podcast Dude 52: Where to Find the Best Music For Your Podcast

052: Where to Find the Best Music For Your Podcast

Monday, June 13, 2016 – 21 minutes

Talking music today! Where are the best places to find music for podcasts? Can you use copyrighted materials in your podcast if you keep the clip under 30 seconds? And is podcast music even necessary?

The Podcast Dude 51: How Do I Build an Audience From Nothing?

051: How Do I Build an Audience From Nothing?

Monday, June 6, 2016 – 33 minutes

I got this topic from a question that I read in Gary Vaynerchuk’s recent book, #AskGaryVee. The question was this: “What’s the best way to grow a following or community from nothing?”

That’s a million dollar question. You’d love to have a following or audience, right?

For some people, an audience means ad revenue. For some people, it means enough people to buy your product or work to support you. Some people just want the attention because they feel empty inside and need to feel like people love them. Hey, I get it, I’m not judging. I love feeling loved.

So how do you grow a following from nothing? That’s what I’m exploring in this week’s episode.

The Podcast Dude 50: How to Sound Natural When Reading a Script

050: How to Sound Natural When Reading a Script

Monday, May 30, 2016 – 30 minutes

It seems like some people can get on a podcast or video and sound so effortless and natural. How is this possible? What’s the secret?

I got a question from a listener asking how they could improve their speaking voice when reading from a script. Since most of my episodes are scripted, I decided to share everything I’ve learned about improving my speaking voice and how I read from a script without sounding monotone or boring.

The Podcast Dude 48: How to Get Started as a Voice Over Artist (With Special Guest Jay Britton)

048: How to Get Started as a Voice-over Artist (With Special Guest Jay Britton)

Monday, May 16, 2016 – 52 minutes

Ever wondered how to make a living with just your voice? Interested in becoming a professional voice-over artist?

This week I’m joined by professional voice-over artist Jay Britton, who has done work for companies like HBO (Game of Thrones!), Marvel, Amazon, and more.

He built his voice-over career from scratch in his late 20’s, and in this episode, Jay shares everything you need to know if you want to be a professional voice-over artist too.

We talked about how he got started, what gear he recommends for beginners, how to find work if you’re just starting out, how to get your first agent, tips for improving your speaking voice, and so much more.

The Podcast Dude 47: Hardware Mixer VS Audio Interface

047: Hardware Mixer VS Audio Interface

Monday, May 9, 2016 – 28 minutes

The topic this week came from a question I got from a listener. He asked, “Why don’t you use hardware to do things like EQ and compression before recording audio to your computer?”

There’s nothing wrong with doing processing on your audio before recording it to your computer, I just prefer to do that processing in my software (Logic Pro X) instead.

Another question I see a lot is, “What’s the difference between a mixer and a interface?”

So this week I’m going to explain the difference between a hardware mixer and an audio interface, and talk about why I believe mixers are becoming less necessary even if you want to stream live shows with guests.

The Podcast Dude 46: Podcasting With the Shure MV88 (Gear Review With Special Guest Cory Miller)

046: Podcasting With the Shure MV88 (Gear Review With Special Guest Cory Miller)

Monday, April 25, 2016 – 39 minutes

If you’re interested in recording audio to your iOS device but you don’t like the idea of buying and carrying around a bunch of extra audio gear, the small and portable Shure MV88 mic might be just what you’re looking for.

Special guest Cory Miller joins me today to talk about the pros and cons of this little device from Shure.

The Podcast Dude 45: Crafting the Perfect Podcast Intro So You Don't Lose Listeners In the First Five Minutes

045: Crafting the Perfect Podcast Intro So You Don’t Lose Listeners In the First Five Minutes

Monday, April 18, 2016 – 25 minutes

The introduction to your podcast is a critical part of the success of your show.

If you don’t introduce yourself, new listeners will feel lost. If your intro is too long, people will get annoyed and start skipping.

Listeners want to know what they’re going to get out of an episode. If you don’t tell them that right away, they’re going to start wondering if there’s a better way to spend their time, and maybe go find a different podcast to listen to.

I don’t want you to lose listeners, so today I’m talking about how to craft the perfect podcast intro.

The Podcast Dude 44: You’re Going to Make Mistakes. Keep Going.

044: You’re Going to Make Mistakes. Keep Going.

Monday, April 11, 2016 – 29 minutes

I see podcasters make lots of mistakes, and it’d be easy for me to make a list of mistakes to avoid, but I decided to make it a little more personal today. I want to talk about some of the mistakes that I’ve made.

I’ve made so many mistakes, and I keep making mistakes. But I’ve realized that some of my biggest mistakes or failures have turned into the greatest wins of my life. Now I believe that the only mistake you should be afraid of is inaction.

Franklin D Roosevelt said, “Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

Allowing the fear of making mistakes to prevent you from taking action is what you need to avoid.

The Podcast Dude 43: How I Cut My Post-Production Time in Half

043: How I Cut My Post-Production Time in Half

Monday, April 4, 2016 – 11 minutes

A question I get asked often is, “Podcast post-production takes too much time. Is it really worth it to write show notes and do detailed editing? How long does it take you to do your post-production?”

I wanted to share a few tips this week to change the way you think about podcast production and post-production.

The Podcast Dude 42: I Just Started a Podcast. How Much Money Can I Expect to Make?

042: I Just Started a Podcast. How Much Money Can I Expect to Make?

Monday, March 28, 2016 – 36 minutes

I got a question from a listener awhile back that I want to answer in today’s show. Zack asked: How much money could a podcaster just starting up expect to make?

I like making money. I know you like making money. But making money with podcasting can be tricky. It can be a hard thing. So in this episode, I want to share some strategies for making money with your podcast.

The Podcast Dude 41: Pros and Cons of Video Podcasting with Caleb Wojcik

041: Pros and Cons of Video Podcasting with Caleb Wojcik

Monday, March 21, 2016 – 1 hour, 8 minutes

My guest this week is Caleb Wojcik, the DIY Video Guy.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been interested in making video for awhile now, but you probably also worry that you’ll look or sound dumb on camera. I get it.

In this episode, I talk with Caleb about how he makes video podcasts for iTunes, but we also talk about what keeps people from getting started with producing videos, and share some practical tips to help you overcome your fear of being on camera. Enjoy!

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