Tutorial: How To Start A New Recording in Adobe Audition

Tutorial: How To Start A New Recording in Adobe Audition

How To Create A New Audio File in Adobe Audition
(Settings I use for each new podcast episode recording)

Here are the settings I use to record each new episode of my podcast, Mike Murphy Unplugged.

Preferences>Audio Hardware (Select Input & Output)
File>New Audio File
Settings I use:
32-bit Float

For levels meter: Option + i
To Record: Shift + Spacebar
To Stop Record: Spacebar
To Playback Recording: Spacebar
For the Mike Russell video on 32bit float:

(this is on the Mike Russell VIP channel, which I highly recommend as it’s only $1.50/month and Mike is an awesome teacher if you are looking to get better at audio.)

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The Podfade-Away Show

The Podfade-Away Show

Ep 25: The Podfade-Away Show

Twenty-Five and Still Alive

Today’s Ask Mike Anything came from Blab from someone who was in the planning stage of launching his podcast. He stated:

Question: What is the best microphone to start with if my budget is tight?

Answer: I would say this question gets asked more than any other question not only on my Blabs but on just about anything related to podcasting. And guess what, the answer is usually the same and that is the Audio Tecnica ATR2100. This is a dynamic microphone which is used mostly in broadcasting as it rejects a lot of room noise and the ATR2100 is versatile because you can connect with an XLR cable or USB directly to your computer which is awesome. Oh yeah, it also sounds good and it is only $50 bucks. I own one and can say I was surprised by the quality for such an inexpensive mic, but that is my suggestion for any new podcaster or content creator on a budget.


Audio Tecnica ATR2100

Podcast Statistics:

50% of all new podcasters quit before episode 7. Out of the 50% who make it to episode 7, Only 50% of them make it to episode 15. Podcasters who make it to episode 25, have a really high chance of lasting for 2 years or more!

So, I’m pretty proud of myself to make it to episode 25. It really doesn’t sound like a big number, but according to the stats it’s kind of a big deal.

I.    What is Podfade?

Podfade (Urban Dictionary): When a podcast begins putting out episodes more and more sporadically and at greater intervals. Typically begins with only one episode missed, but if a podcast isn’t careful, it can compound, sometimes as severe as one podcast every other month. Podfade often leads to podcast death.

Podfade in my words is simply when podcasters either start to lose interest or they get too busy and just stop producing shows on time until eventually they stop altogether.

II.    Why Does Podfade Happen?

What are some common causes?

Lack of Time: People underestimate how much time they need to invest in producing a podcast and life takes over and before long the podcast starts missing schedule until it ultimately stops. Technical: Recording and Post-production is really difficult for many and the non-tech folks just move on. Skills: Some people hate their voice or not comfortable on the mic and not willing to put the time into learning. Topics: Running out of things to talk about happens to a lot of folks. Costs: Spending money on a hobby is not always practical for some No Income: I think some people falsely enter podcasting thinking they will start get sponsors and make a lot of money with affiliates and when it doesn’t happen, pod fade. Crickets: Podcasting can feel lonely when you start and you have little audience. It’s not easy pressing record and putting on a show and feeling like nobody is listening. Getting little or no feedback can be difficult and many people just think, why bother? Nobody cares what I have to say. Boredom: Some people just don’t enjoy it and want to do something else. If you’re not having fun, you will talk yourself out of it eventually. Guests: Some interview shows have trouble finding quality guests or the whole process of interviewing is a pain in the butt. Co-hosts: Some start out with their friend and when the friend quits, the show goes with them.

III.   How can you prevent pod fade from happening?

1. Be realistic: This is a pre-launch preventative step.

In short:

Be realistic Be practical Plan for the time required Do not bite off more than you can chew.

2. Simplify

Look at your entire process from start to finish and determine if you can cut out any of the steps to make it just a little bit easier. Here are some areas to focus on:

Script writing/research: Show notes: Editing: Marketing:

Bottom Line: Simplifying means making your entire process efficient and easily repeatable. Never stop fine tuning and making each step as easy as possible and before you know it you can do it all in your sleep with little effort. This is a really big step in preventing pod fade in my opinion. Think of your start to finish podcast as one big template and fix any parts that get you hung up.

3. Network.

Blab Social Media Channels (Facebook, Twitter, G+)

4. Learn.

Read Watch Tutorials Ask Experts Go To Events (Like Podfest.us or PodcastMovement.com)

5. Look in the Mirror (Gut-check)

Are you moving forward in the direction you want to go?

In conclusion:

Podfade happens for a variety of reasons. If you love podcasting, but it’s too difficult, simplify and try to figure out what you don’t like and fix that part. Maybe you need to take a little breather and start doing ‘Seasons’. It seems to be a trending thing to break a podcast into seasons. Maybe you’re bored or lonely doing Solocast shows, switch it up and do interviews and bring in a co-host.

Nothing worth doing is easy at first, but if podcasting is necessary for your business or well-being, fight for it and fix the issues before you podfade.

[Tweet “You know our love will not Podfade-Away!”]

Music: Life of Riley & Wallpaper (incompetech.com)


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The Roadblock Show

The Roadblock Show

Ep 24: The Roadblock Show

What roadblocks might you encounter as a new podcaster or online content creator? [Tweet “When you come to a fork in the road, take it. -yogi”]

Ask Mike Anything: Today’s Ask Mike Anything comes from Blab last Monday:

Question: What is a mixer? Answer: I’m glad I was asked this question, because I assume everyone knows what a mixer is, but that is not the case. This was a good reality check for the teacher in me.

So, a mixer is the audio interface I use to connect my microphone and any devices I want to get audio from, such as my iPhone and iPad or instrument like my guitar into my computer or recording device. The mixer or interface of some sort is necessary to get quality sound into your computer audio program. For me, I use Adobe Audition to record and edit my podcasts. A mixer is also referred to as a mixing desk and if you ever go to a live concert or recording studio you will see a big device with tons of nobs and sliders and it looks really intimidating. Well, a mixer that podcasters use are usually scaled down versions of these. Mixers look very confusing at first, but they are actually quite simple once you understand how they work. Stay tuned, I have a class I am making for Udemy & Skillshare about how to use my mixer. FYI, I use an Allen & Heath Zed10 Mixer and I love it. You know what they say about assuming. So keep those great questions coming.


Allen & Heath Zed 10

5 Roadblocks You May Encounter On Your Podcast Journey

1. Time: Most podcasters and online entrepreneurs today have full-time jobs. Producing a podcast is a commitment and takes time. If you are working 9-5 like I am, you have to do a lot of your work in the evenings.

Resources Mentioned:

Gary Vaynerchuk 7-2

Solutions: Use your Roadmap I discussed in episode 18.


Work in the mornings before your full-time job. Every minute counts.

Do your hard work when you are at your best. For me that is first thing in the morning. Don’t waste your good brain on tasks like email or social media browsing.

Batch record shows if possible to free up time.

2. Shiny Object Syndrome Distractions and ideas from other people and influencers that pull you away from what you set out to do.

Resources: John Lee Dumas

FOCUS: Follow One Course Until Successful

Solution: Resist and focus. One thing at a time.

Multi-tasking is your enemy in the online world.

[Tweet ““There is no there there””]

3. Health & Well-Being

Sitting all day can have a toll on you such as your back and you may gain weight.

Keep stress at bay. Good stress is fun at times. Bad stress affects your physical health and mental health and people around you will not like you for it.

4. Technical Difficulties Unavoidable roadblock. Things will go wrong.

Audio. For me, I am fighting digital noise. I put up acoustic foam (from Foam Factory) and I am changing out my cables and added an EbTech Hum Eliminator). So far, no luck. Technical difficulties are not easy, but keep trying and get them fixed.

Back up your data.

Learn Your Tools & Equipment. When something breaks, you need to know how to fix it. That will come by practicing and learning what you use.

5. Skills

You can never stop learning. I study everyday. I am always trying to get better at everything I do.

Places I learn:





The Sound Reinforcement Handbook (very nerdy, but I want to understand audio)

In Conclusion: Starting a podcast was one of the best things I have done for myself because I am pushing myself really hard and it is making me think. But its not all roses. My man Ben Franklin said it best with “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

To recap, the five roadblocks you will likely face in one form or another are:

Lack of Time: Solution: Develop routines and habits and do the hard work when you are sharpest. Shiny Object Syndrome. The grass is not always greener Health & Well-being All work and no play makes Jonny a dull boy Technical Difficulties. Learn the tools of the trade. Skills. You know how you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice.

Music: Life of Riley & Wallpaper (incompetech.com)


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Learn How To Use Screenflow

Screenflow 101 Tutorial Videos

Screenflow by Telestream is how I make tutorials and Screencast videos on my Mac. If you are on a Windows PC, try Camtasia.

The following three videos should get you up and running using Screenflow. There are a lot of bells and whistles in Screenflow, but learn the basics first. It’s a bit confusing at first, but once you get the big picture, it’s a piece of cake.

Tip: Always make sure your Screenflow is sized to 1920×1080 (or 1280 x 720) if you are on a Retina display. I made my first Skillshare class all sized to my Retina display of 2800 x1800 and had to resize it all after I was done editing! Don’t forget this step. Hopefully future versions will address this.

Video #1:
This is an intro to Screenflow. How to Configure Recording and record a simple Keynote presentation with voiceover. This tutorial does not cover editing in Screenflow.

Video #2:
How To Rename & Save Screenflow Project
How Change Document Settings to 1920×1080
How To Change New Document to 1080p Before Recording
How to Scale Video in Screenflow if on MacBook Pro Retina (larger resolution than 1080p)

Video #3:

Learn how to zoom in on tracks and the stage.
Learn the most powerful keyboard shortcuts and techniques for editing in Screenflow: Split Clips, Ripple Delete & Ripple Insert.Once I learned these in Screenflow, everything got easier.
The editing techniques in this tutorial is how I edit 99% of all my videos in Screenflow.


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