Agile Audio Dashboards – Want Voice with That

VoiceThatThis podcast is an interview with Jeff “Ski” Kinsey (@Consultski on Twitter) from Agile Audio Dashboards. This episode hit the airwaves as well on News-Talk 1480 WHBC located in Canton, Ohio during September 2018.

Jeff, along with his partner Tom Montelione, produce custom Alexa Skills. This podcast talks not only about Alexa but in addition the importance of “voice” regarding the future of online marketing and our interaction with technology.

We also cover aspects of podcasting including its integration with Alexa devices and the role of audio in general as it is related to digital marketing.

If you enjoy technology it’s all the better but this is an interesting program across the board for anyone who may be interested in what the future may be for how we interact with the internet.

Ask your Alexa device: “Alexa, enable Audio Dash Updates” to hear more from “SKI”

This is an audio snippet of the podcast:

For your convenience the full audio interview is available in this post below. It is also available on most of the popular podcasting platforms including iHeartRadio.

Also below is a video snippet of a separate live WHBC broadcast hosted by Pam Cook about Agile Audio Dashboards. In it both of us talk a little bit about voice and each of our individual backgrounds.

“Want Voice With That” by Agile Audio Dashboards (Pilot Episode)

 

 

HumorOutcasts Radio Interview with Dorothy Rosby

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HumorOutcasts Press (Publisher)

This podcast is an interview with Dorothy Rosby. Dorothy is the author of I Used to Think I Was Not that Bad and Then I Got to Know Me Better,” who refers to the book as the book for people who read self-improvement books and never get any better. She also is the author of I Didn’t Know You Could Make Birthday Cake from Scratch, Parenting Blunders from Cradle to Empty Nest.” 

Dorothy Rosby is a speaker and syndicated humor columnist whose writing appears in publications across eleven states. Her column has been recognized by the South Dakota Newspaper Association. She was a finalist in the 2015 Robert Benchley Annual Award for Humor Writing and was the 2015 first-place winner in the Humor Column category of the National Federation of Press Women contest.

Dorothy Rosby and Billy Dees
Dorothy Rosby and Billy Dees

During this interview with Dorothy we cover a gamut of topics including her method of topic selection, the discipline of writing, and interestingly how she feels humor can be a method of persuasion.

You can follow Dorothy along with her amusing witticisms on Twitter at @DorothyRosby.

The podcast interview is available below at the bottom of this post. For your convenience the interview is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including iTunes Apple Podcasts and Stitcher under “Billy Dees.” It can also be accessed on TuneIn and iHeartRadio through your Amazon Alexa streaming device.

The episode is titled on these services as:

HumorOutcasts Radio Interview with Dorothy Rosby

 

Be sure to visit HumorOutcasts.com.

Canton Ohio Network Alliance

The LinkedIn group, the Canton Ohio Network Alliance (CONA), holds informal gatherings the second Tuesday of each month. The meetings are held at the Canton Courtyard Marriott from 6-8 pm.

There is no charge to attend the meetings or fees to join the group, however, guests are responsible for their own food and beverages.

As with the best intentions of social media, the meetings are designed to be an opportunity to meet other business people in a relaxed and friendly environment. There are no expectations for members to make presentations or to wield a dynamic personality. In fact, hard sells are not encouraged. The get-together is intended to give members an opportunity to introduce themselves to other area professionals, interact with each other and learn about everyone’s businesses and related skills, and hopefully form associations that will lead to networking and new ideas. By all means bring plenty of business cards and any other related handout information. Everyone is encouraged to invite their friends and associates to come along as well.

Please be sure to follow updates for any weather related cancellations or other modifications to our group’s activity. You can follow and join CONA on LinkedIn here: Canton Ohio Network Alliance.

5 Tips for Producing Digital Media Content

 

Woman SingingThe first step to making any good digital media production is to prepare your content. Your message should be clear, concise, and to the point. Once you have prepared your content, you can either hire a professional to help you produce a digital media production or you can do it yourself.

I wouldn’t discount out of hand the option of hiring a professional to help you produce your digital content on the basis of the process being too costly. In many cases, pros are streamlining their services to fit the burgeoning market of producing digital media. Also, a pro can help you organize your overall production and will likely get the technical aspects of the project right the first time.

With that being said many small business owners and amateur enthusiasts are producing their own digital media for their websites, social media, and other online platforms. Hopefully, these 5 tips will help you achieve better results.

1) Stay within the limitations of your equipment.

For example, a smartphone shoots fairly good video if you stay close to the subject being recorded and use plenty of light. Light is the fuel for any camera. Don’t forget, the microphone is inside the phone too. Therefore, the closer you are to the subject the better the video will sound as well. If you design your production around these limitations and invest in a basic editing app you can achieve good results. For goodness sake, edit out your hands reaching toward the lens to turn the camera on and off. Better yet, add a fade out or other transition when the video is over rather than just having the video cut off.

2) Know how to maximize the use of your equipment.

It is one thing to ask too much of your equipment but yet another not to know how to be creative with what you have. This, at times, can be done as easily as reading the instructions. The finer points will come with trial and error. Take some time and experiment with the settings and placement of your equipment. Online instructional videos and usage forums can also be helpful although be aware that there can be false information in many of those places. Instructional online information provided by the manufacturers of your equipment and their reps is often the most reliable.

3) Find simple and efficient production software tools.

The advantages of software in the digital age are related to editing and mixing functions. For example, in the days of analogue studio recording, mixing a recording down was essentially precision copying. Numerous raw audio tracks that were first recorded onto a multi-track recorder were then run through a mixer, and the subsequent mix of those tracks was rerecorded onto a stereo machine. This would be the copy that would generate what end-users would get with all of the sound levels balanced out.

Now, raw audio and video data can be digitally arranged and manipulated by software into a final version without any external steps resulting in signal loss. (Not all digital formats are the same. Be aware of what you are doing when converting file formats.)

Choose software that operates easily and performs the basic production functions and edits that are the most important to you. Software that is loaded with functions and performs all of them well is expensive, complicated, and may require better computers and interfacing for maximum use.

4) Don’t rely on software to create something that isn’t there from the start.

Although software is great for many things but I wouldn’t advise planning on fixing too many problems in post-production.

Let’s use audio as an example. There is an old saying in the recording business. Garbage in, garbage out. Do your research! Know what type of a microphone works best within your budget and in different given situations. Learn how to best set up the microphone with the proper accessories for the results that you are trying to achieve. Record a clean and rich audio signal. Don’t rely too much on signal processing within your software to create something that just isn’t there.

Just as though the truth never changes, your productions will have a greater consistency over time if you stay true to the audio source. The more you tinker with your recordings to make them sound better, the more your results will vary and at times sound artificial.

5) Know when to be satisfied with what you’ve got.

I understand what it is like to be a perfectionist. As you work on one project you will learn better techniques and inevitably feel the urge to go back and redo something. Unless it will clearly make a night and day difference, save that experience for your next production. Otherwise, more often than not you will spend an inordinate amount of time redoing material with only marginally better results.