Ep51: The Everglades Show

Episode 52: :
Part 3 of How To Record a Podcast On-Location

In This Episode:
Facts about The Florida Everglades
Tips & Tricks for How To Podcast on Location
Introduction to Noise Removal

Mobile Podcasting Series:
Part 1 (Ep 48): San Francisco, CA
Part 2 (Ep 50): Naples, FL Beach
Part 3 (Ep 52): The Florida Everglades

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–One out of every three Floridians (8 million people) rely on the Everglades for their water supply.

–While it is often described as a swamp or forested wet-land, the Everglades is actually a very slow-moving river.

–America’s Everglades is home to 73 threatened or endangered species.

–Mosquitoes play a vitally important link in the Everglades food chain. I can tell you that they are alive and well.

–Everglades National Park, spreads over 1.5 million acres, is the 3rd largest national park in the lower 48 states, behind Yellowstone National Park (2nd) and Death Valley National Park (1st).

What is the difference between an alligator and a crocodile?
–Alligators mainly live in freshwater habitats
–Crocodiles live in salt or brackish water habitats.
–Everglades National Park is the only place in the world you may spot gators and crocs in the same body of water
–Alligators lean towards black or dark grey in color while crocodiles are a green-grey color
–Crocs have more V-shaped noses while gators are wide and flat.
–Crocs can reach sizes up to 20ft while American gators average usually max out in the 13–15 ft range.

The main method of transportation in the Everglades.
Invented by Alexander Graham Bell.

Tips for On-Location Podcasting:

–Recording outside is distracting and you have a lot going on, so my number one tip is:

–Prepare as much as possible from home or your starting place.

–Connect gear as with cables and load with batteries. Set it all up so nothing is forgotten.

–Write detailed script or outline in advance.

–Charge Batteries. Pack Chargers.

–Bring portable backup chargers. My favorite brand is Anker.
Anker Small Charger
Anker Large Charger

–Format memory cards for Zoom, cameras, GoPro…

–Sync and clear out space on iPhone & iPad.

Supply kit:
Microfiber & regular towels, lip balm, sunscreen, bug spray, waters, apples, snacks if out for a while…Use common sense and be prepared.

Lemons To Lemonade:

The Everglades Recording Session Failed Because:
–I did not have the script fine tuned before recording starte

–I tried doing too much and prevented me from recording before it got too loud (sunrise would have been ideal). I set up BTS, GoPro TimeLapse, etc

–Once generator kicked in, I could not get clean audio. On an island surrounded by gators, not much wiggle room to move away from the noise.


Most audio editors have Noise Removal options. I know Audacity and Auphonic are free and both have good noise removal options.

Use caution. Aggressive removal of noise can lead to distortions and ‘digital artifacting’ with voice.

Adobe Audition:
Noise Removal
Adaptive Noise Reduction
Essential Sound Panel (Repair Sound)

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