Mixlr Adds Support for SoundCloud, AudioBoo, MixCloud and Dropbox

Mixlr, the company that brought the simplicity of web video streaming to audio, has just announced integration with the biggest audio sharing services on the web.

You'll now be able to export your captured live streams to SoundCloud, AudioBoo, MixCloud and Dropbox. (OK, Dropbox isn't just an audio sharing service, but being able to export to Dropbox makes for a nice, simple production workflow.)

New iOS Podcasting Workflow

Since I began podcasting in 2006, I've been using a variety of methods to record audio, both in the studio and remotely.

I use Macs exclusively and my experiments have included full simultaneous multi-track recording in Garageband using a Firewire mixer, to simply using a conference phone and a pocket recorder to capture phone interviews.

I finally settled upon Audio HiJack Pro for both local and remote recording as the software enables me to capture both sides of a Skype conversation in a single audio file.

This setup worked great for years with only minor hiccups. Finally, a few weeks ago, I had some weirdness occur in this setup and I lost an entire 90-minute episode.

For whatever reason, the Skype connection dropped. We immediately reconnected and everything sounded fine during recording. However, when I played the file back, the audio coming from the studio mics from that point forward was completely garbled. (My caller sounded fine, which was even more strange.)

Sure, we had a good conversation - in fact, it would have been a great episode -  but I wasted everyone's time by not having a better solution for monitoring the audio.

Fixing It

To say that I have a few gadgets in my studio would be a gross understatement so I decided to take stock of my gear and pull together a simple, reliable method for capturing local and remote audio.

Here's the result.

Video Rig Updated to include FujiFilm Finepix HS10

Click to EnlargeI love my Kodak Zi8 just a little bit more than my Zi6 for one simple reason: the audio input jack.

It helps create a simple, lightweight video rig for interviews that I like to get at conferences and events. Using my Zoom H4 portable audio recorder as an audio mixer, I can connect a couple of mics using the XLR jacks and connect them directly to the Zi8 using a standard 1/8" stereo jack.

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The only downside to this setup is the width of the shot - in close quarters it's too tight, requiring me to occupy lots of precious space on exhibit hall floors.

I've tried to counter this with the addition of a wide-angle lens adapter. While it does indeed widen the shot, items on the outer edges can be blurred which makes your interview subject look terrible.

For example, check out this video of FanFeedr Chief Revenue Officer, Ben Lar Marca being interviewed by Craig Calder:

Event: Using Social Media to Promote Your Blog or Web Site, September 22

I've been invited to participate in an upcoming event produced by Professionals in Media. If you can join us in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey please come! Information is below. If you're unable to attend, fear not - I'll be streaming the event live. You'll be able to listen at the URL below beginning at (or… Continue reading Event: Using Social Media to Promote Your Blog or Web Site, September 22

The Strategies and Tactics of Show Prep

Unlike Kris and Betsy, for most of us, life isn't show prep. It's actually real work. I have some basic concepts that I consider during show prep, production and post-production. I want to minimize post-production. It's a time suck and some people can really get obsessive about it (ahem...). You want to produce the best… Continue reading The Strategies and Tactics of Show Prep

On Digital Media #74 – LIVE – Thursday, October 16th at 9 PM

 Join the ODM crew for a LIVE episode of On Digital Media this Thursday evening at 9 PM on BlogTalkRadio.Our guests this week are:Kip Voytek, SVP, IconNicholsonhttp://kipbot.com/http://www.linkedin.com/pub/0/a85/28http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=575811971http://twitter.com/kipbot...and James Andrews, VP, Director of Interactive, Ketchumhttp://www.thekeyinfluencer.comhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/keyinfluencerhttp://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=706665238http://twitter.com/keyinfluencerThe call-in number is (347) 633-9501 or you can send in questions ahead of time to comments AT odmcast DOT com.

On Digital Media LIVE tonight on BlogTalkRadio

We're doing our first LIVE episode of On Digital Media tonight! Regular listeners will get to experience all the foibles in real-time. (Those of you who download the podcast will probably get an edited version...) ;)Tune in here on BlogTalkRadio at 9 PM Eastern time.[tags]On Digital Media, Podcasts, Podcasting, BlogTalkRadio[/tags]