Todd Martin – Chief Chef, Owner and Founder of the Tucson Tamale Company – Episode 7 Marion Vermazen Podcast

Todd Martin, the founder, owner and chief chef of the Tucson Tamale Company is my guest for this episode of the Marion Vermazen Podcast. Todd started the Tucson Tamale Company in November of 2008. We talked about starting a business, about making tamales, about his plans to grow the company and much more.

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Chris Christensen Host of The Amateur Traveler – Episode 6 Marion Vermazen Podcast

Chris Christensen, host of the Amateur Traveler Podcast is my guest for episode 6 of the Marion Vermazen Podcast. The Amateur Traveler is an iTunes featured travel podcast and it is one of my favorites.

In our conversation Chris and I discuss travel, podcasting, and how he creates the show. We also discussed his approach to traveling, podcasts he listens to and studying languages.

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Links to things we discussed 

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Improving my Podcast Quality – Podcasters Emporium – Buying a mixer.

As you may know I have recently started a Podcast. I published my first show a month ago and am working on show number two. I am a total neophyte when it comes to podcasting. I am good with technology. It was my career for 30 years. But I have zero experience with sound or recording.

I have been doing a lot of research on podcasting. I believe in learning by doing so I just dove in and published my first show. I'm glad I did it. It was a lot of fun and I think the content turned out to be pretty good. But the sound quality was horrible. So I have been focusing on learning more about what is needed to produce a more professional show.

One of the resources I found which has become invaluable and has quickly become my favorite Podcast is The Podcasters Emporium, a show by two Australian guys James Williams and Dave Gray about how to improve your podcast. I like it because it isn't too basic but it also isn't aimed at experts. Plus I really enjoy the authenticity and personality of Dave and James. They have a great voice and a very engaging show. I think I need to start a side bar list of my favorite podcasts. The Podcasters Emporium will be on the list.

The first things I learned were all about gain, what gain is, and how I need to adjust it. This was covered in episode 11 of Podcasters Emporium. I suspect turning my gain down will make a very big improvement to my sound quality.

In studying ways to improve my podcast I also became convinced that if I am going to be doing interviews I need 2 mics. Handing the mic back and forth or holding it between the two of us just doesn't cut it. But if I use 2 mics I need a mixer. So I started shopping for  a mixer. My only complaint about Podcasters Emporium (and it is a minor one) is that it left me with the impression that I would need to spend at least $500 if I wanted a good enough mixer and mics. And I really don't want to invest a lot of money getting started.

So I posted a comment on Twitter saying  that I was looking for a good mixer but I thought I ws going to have to spend hundreds of dollars. One of my twitter and blogging friends Ryan of Ryan Jerz :: Reno Blogger responded almost immediately recommending the Behringer 802 8-Input mixer. The key things I learned from Podcasters Emporium were that I should buy a mixer with at least 2 XLR inputs and with phantom power. I didn't know what those things were but I learned that too. I went to my local Radio Shack store but the $30 mixer they had didn't have XLR input and the cheaper  Behringer mixer for sale on Amazon didn't have phantom power. So I ordered the 802 from Amazon for $59 and should be receiving it next week. Hopefully it will do the trick.

For now I am going to keep using my very cheap microphones but once I learn how to use the mixer I may be upgrading them too. If you have ideas or suggestions on other things I should know or do please let me know. Post a comment or email me.

The New Marion Vermazen Podcast

I have always
believed in learning by doing so when I decided I wanted to do  a
podcast interview show I decided to jump right in.  The podcast is on a new blog http://marionvermazen.blogs.com/mv-podcast/

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The podcast will allow me to feed my curiosity and share conversations with interesting people.