At MunchTech we have been trying to slim down our workflow a bit over the past few months and have got it down to just a few bits of hardware and software. I thought I’d share with you some of the apps we use on our Macs to help with this process.
Feeder is probably one of the longest standing apps we have used for the show (maybe apart from Skype, although more on that in another post). Feeder is for creating, editing and publishing RSS feeds and it’s what we use to manage our main show feed. Whilst it will do any type of RSS feed we have found the iTunes portion of Feeder to be a life saver.
In the early days of The Two Techies we used to edit the RSS feed (a glorified XML file) manually, which did lead to a few issues here or there. Feeder was something that came along and really simplified this part of the puzzle. Being able to edit and publish straight to the feed all from one app was super useful. At $49.99 it sits on the pricey end of the spectrum ‘just for an RSS feed manager’ but we started using 2.0 a good few years ago and it has well and truly paid for itself.
2. Audio Hijack
Audio Hijack is the Swiss Army Knife of audio capture applications. It allows you to record and route audio from pretty much any source, whether it be your external microphone, Spotify, Chrome etc. and record it.
This is something that has recently entered our workflow properly even though we have been using Audio Hijack for many years. It’s now our main recording mechanism, taking the input from our individual microphones and the input from some sound apps, adding a little processing and saving to a file all in one app.
Audio Hijack really is a perfect companion for podcasters, even if all you want to do is record a call on Skype or Hangouts. Well worth for $50 price tag.
An oldie but a goldie, Soundbyte is a time tested application that is an essential part of our operation. Soundbyte allows us to load in all of our jingles (intro, outro etc.) and play them at the tap of a key.
This app is very similar to what you will see radio stations using to play and queue all of their jingles. This is what allows us to achieve our ‘live to disk’ workflow and reduce our post production, we use Audio Hijack to capture Soundbyte as another input and then play our jingles such as our intro straight through to the recording.
Soundflower is designed to create a virtual input and output for audio on the Mac, again something we use in conjunction with Audio Hijack. With Soundflower you set it up as an output in Audio Hijack and set Soundflower as your input on Skype, this way you can use Audio Hijack to mix inputs (say your Mic and Soundbyte) and send that back through Skype to another person.
Soundflower was originally developed by Rogue Amoeba (the people behind Audio Hijack) but has since been discontinued, it lives on as an open source project that can be found here.
Do you have any suggestions or additions for applications which help with your own podcast, regardless of the role they play? Let us know in the comments!