For the podcast, we are aiming for a relaxed conversation of anything between 30 and 120 Min. which we will edit. We are in no rush, there is no time limit. We are listener-oriented and are aiming for episodes that people enjoy to listen to with learnings and insights.
We will discuss highs and lows of an innovator’s life, motivation and creative passions as well as favorite methods, tools, conferences and ideas. Although all of this is serious stuff, I am aiming for a relaxed atmosphere, after all it’s humans talking about things that are important to them.
Technically, sound quality is very important to make sure, the listeners have the best possible experience of our conversation.
How to create good sound in a nutshell
- be relaxed, sit on your sofa, kick up your feet
- use the headset of your smartphone or tablet – not the conference speaker mode
- be in a possibly quiet place with a good WIFI connection
- turn the phone to airplane mode = WIFI only
- every participant uses his/her own smartphone, headset & Zoom app
- install & test the Zoom videoconference app well ahead of time – it is free, no login or registration required
More details for podcast recording as a guest
As a TEDx organizer Klaus has picked up their copyright policy.
- you permit the use of the recording in the blog, podcast channels, and others such as Youtube, TV, radio, books on all sort of screens globally including translations
- you won’t receive any sort of payment (but hopefully the love of listeners)
- you can’t revoke the rights granted in the release
Recording our conversation
We will record our conversation (video & audio) via the videoconference tool Zoom. It is like Skype but with better quality and easier to use. Only the audio recording is used in the podcast. We record the video, because it is just nicer to see each other when having a conversation. The recording is being editing before publishing.
Testing the videoconference app
Please install Zoom well ahead and give it a testdrive to see if it works on your computer. The installation is free and doesn’t require a registration. Check if your camera, speaker and microphone are working.
The right room
Hard surfaces such as tile flooring and glas/windows create terrible acoustics. A good place to record has many textile things such as rugs, wooden furniture, pillows, curtains. A great place to record is your closet (seriously).
Sitting on a sofa with lots of cushions around is also a good start. Or in front of a bookcase. Naturally the room should be in a quiet location, although a good mic can limit what is recorded around you.
The right microphone
Record with the best microphone you have available. Don’t use the built in microphone of your computer if you have an alternative. Most computers have terrible built-in audio and using the speaker and microphone of the device might cause interference.
If no other good microphone is available, use the headset from your phone.
Should you plan to buy a mic for some reason, pick a “dynamic” mic eg Audio Technica ATR 2100x or the Rode SmartLav+ which plugs directly into your phone or computer. If you have a well treated room (lots of soft surfaces, no hardwood floors) use eg a Rode NT-USB mini.
Local recording for better sound quality
To have a great sound quality, it is best you do a parallel recording locally on your computer and send the file to us afterwards (via Google Drive or Dropbox.)
- On a Mac, use QuickTime Player to record locally
- On a PC, use Windows Voice Recorder to record locally
- Or whatever you use professionally.
After the conversation
We will edit and publish our conversation on our website the2pt5.net and via the usual services such as Apple & Google Podcast, Youtube (audio only) and Spotify. On the website we will publish artwork with your photo, some bio and extra text, ideally a roughly edited transcript of the show and links. To keep updated I suggest you connect with the show via these channels. Please support the podcast and share your episode in your network.
Guest Check List
- short bio and pictures of yourself or your projects to be included in the publication
- phone number we can use to contact you, in case there is a technical problem
Our e-mail is email@example.com