New Podcasting Setup

Today I switched my podcasting setup to more like what Adam describes here. I used the information from Hugo Schotman to get a setup where I could record my voice, all the MP3 feedbacks folk have sent me and a song in real time! Thank you Hugo for the detailed instructions. If you are on the Mac and interested in audioblogging, Hugo’s site is the motherlode! The only tricky bit was getting Garage Band set up. At first I was actually recording in it thinking I had to in order to get the play through. Then, I had the click track on and couldn’t figure out where that noise was coming from. What I’d like to do is find a substitute for Garage Band, since it is an awfully heavy and resource hoggy program to be using only to get the mike to play into Soundflower. Without Soundflower, this whole thing wouldn’t have worked. The only thing I did differently from Hugo’s diagram was to capture the final audio in Audacity rather than Soundtrack. How did it work? Y’all tell me after I post it later tonight.

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Dave Slusher is a blogger, podcaster, computer programmer, author, science fiction fan and father. Member of the Podcast Hall of Fame class of 2022.

8 thoughts on “New Podcasting Setup”

  1. Steve Ivy says:

    Hi Dave,

    I’m trying to get this same setup working, and not getting it. I’ve got GarageBand, SoundFlower, and Audacity setup, seemingly as directed (though I’m not sure of the right audio I/O settings for Audacity, and I’m getting nuttin’. Pointers?


  2. Steve Ivy says:

    Hi Dave,

    Got it! All I need now is a mic that is external to this machine. Once Audacity starts working, the disk kicks in and the drive noise is <i>really</i> annnoying.

    This is going to be fun. 🙂


  3. Dave says:

    Hey, you beat me to it. I had a big problem with Garage Band at first, because I had the mike muted and had no idea that it was. When iTunes was getting recorded but the mike was not, I figured something had to be wrong. There has GOT to be a better way than using Garage Band. All we need is something to take mike source in and play out to Soundflower and maybe provide a volume slider. Garage band slows everything down for me, so I’d like to get rid of it.

    I heard your entry. It was really good! Keep it up.

  4. What mic are you using? I was trying this setup with my Plantronics headset but I get lots of crackling.

  5. Hugo says:

    After reading these comments I made a note in the description. The GarageBand screenshot shows a muted track! I hope that didn’t waste too many people’s time.

  6. Steve Ivy says:

    Adam mentioned Rogue Amoeba’s IceCast as something that was like AudioHijack Pro “lite” – and mentioned mike input as a feature. Maybe we should check it out?

  7. Steve Ivy says:

    Ok, Dave, I noticed you mention Rogue Amoeba’s LineIn in your latestt audioblog (have not heard it yet) but did you see SoundSource? It’s a menu extra from R.A. that lets you pick your audio inputs and outputs from the menu. Looks like a huge timesaver for we disciples of Hugo Schotman…

    rogue amoeba freebies

  8. Dave says:

    Steve, I tried SoundSource and it doesn’t do for us what LineIn will. SoundSource is just a quick picker for the settings. It helps a little in the setup but you still need LineIn to route the microphone to Soundflower. I do have it for saving those couple clicks at setup time. I had been hoping that I could use it in lieu of LineIn but you need both.

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