When the ship hits the sand, what do you do?
Let me tell you a tale.
A couple of years back I had an episode recorded, edited and ready for post production polishing. I was also just back in the country and running on a pre-paid mobile plan and staying in a house without an internet connection. My data was approaching zero. Off to a well known fast food supplier with free wi-fi but with free you get what you pay for.
So the upload to Auphonic was taking way too long. I cancelled that, downloaded an mp3 version from Garageband and uploaded that, or so I thought. It turned out I’d only uploaded 2 minutes, for some reason. This I discovered when I went to listen to the episode as podcast producers always subscribe to their own shows.
So back into Garageband and drop the mp3 version again. This time the entire episode. Listened on the app, arghhhhh. Vile. So I dropped the mp3 version into Auphonic, much quicker upload. Auphonic generally prefers the highest quality audio you’ve got. I used mp3 for other reasons and it worked.
At the third attempt and reloading to my host, replacing previous audio files, I had a full length episode that didn’t sound like I was variously yelling and then whispering and then standing in the rain. I had an episode that worked.
The point of this long winded explanation is to say. One, subscribe to your own show so you know if there’s a problem and Two, just keep going till you have it fixed. If necessary, I was considering pulling the whole episode until the next day when I’d had time to think about it. As it turned out I was only a few hours later than usual that an acceptable version hit the feed.
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