I’ve recently posted the last podcast looking at the History of the Royal Navy. The nine episodes start about the time Alfred had longboats built to see off the Vikings until the present day.
My history podcast now has an proper website and domain and it’s only take me two years to get around to it. You can’t rush these things after all.
One of the reasons I originally started to podcast apart from trying to mimic Radio 4 was, and I’m not sure I should confess to this, the opportunity to get hold of some new ‘tech’. A childhood obsession with a reel to reel tape recorder made digital if you will.
My current podcasting ‘rig’ is the same one I used when I first started and follows the time honoured tradition of not splashing too much cash just in case we didn’t get along. In retrospect it hasn’t been the easiest to live with, whilst all three major hardware components, Tapco Mix 100, Griffin iMic, and Behringer B1 mic are all individually great they don’t always play well together, the iMic and Mix 100 being the main culprits. I always spend an inordinate amount of time getting the levels right, monitoring via headphones never seems to work predictably and for some reason there is always some line noise to deal with in the edit.
I’ve been pondering for sometime about swapping the mixer and iMic for a dedicated USB audio interface, something along the lines of the M-Box 2. My hope is that it will eliminate the need for endlessly playing around
until the levels are right plus it’ll plumb directly into the PC without the need for extra cables. It also means my current DAW Magix Music Maker might end up in retirement as most USB interfaces come with some kind of bundled software, in the case of the M-Box it’s Pro Tools LE. The question though is do I go through this process whilst in the middle if the current BTHP series on the Royal Navy or wait until it’s finished?
The Binge Thinking History Podcast seems out of the blue to have risen up the charts on iTunes. On the UK site under History (of course) it’s now No 3 keeping excellent with Melvyn Bragg, Matthew Parris and Neil Oliver. Not sure how long this fame, if that what it is, will last but it’s nice to know people are listening and enjoying.
I’m not sure how it happened or even if it actually means anything but my modest history podcast is now a ‘Featured’ podcast on the US iTunes site. Trying to find how how iTunes works out it’s listings is akin to unpicking the Da Vinci Code, oh hang no that’s not true as the Da Vinci Code was a doddle, anyhow Apple aren’t telling but I bet a sizeable chunk of it is good old human interaction particularly for the ‘Featured’ lists. Someone at Apple iTunes seems to like me. And look I’m on the same page as Melvin Bragg and Dan Carlin…I am humbled indeed.
I never thought for a moment that the Binge Thinking History Podcast would have taken off quite as well as it has. OK…it’s not getting monster downloads like my mate Pete Cogle does with his fantastic Dub Zone, but for a history podcast it holds it’s own and bubbles under or on occasion breaks into the top 20 or 25 on iTunes both in the US and UK.
Now it gets it’s first, or that may be second review by history blogger and podcast reviewer Anne Frid De Vries.
And a must listen from Dan Brown. Surely not that Dan Brown.
The next episode of Binge Thinking History is up and posted. It’s the 2nd part of my look at the Battle of Britain and as I’m finding out it’s going to take a few more episodes than a thought to cover the subject as there is so much more to the story of the summer of 1940 over Southern England. And Aldertag or Eagle Day hasn’t even happened yet.