Sweet Sounds of the DradCast

The DradCast podcast has come and gone, but to this day it still remains as one of the most popular WordPress focused podcasts. One thing that really made the DradCast stand out was the professional (I’m using that term lightly :P) segment bumpers we used throughout the show. When Dre and I first discussed the idea of the DradCast, we both agreed we wanted the show to feel like a regular radio show. We hired the amazing team at AudioBag to help outline and record the show bumpers that really helped capture the personality of our show.

I think Jeff Chandler put it best…

I thought it would be fun to post all of our show bumpers as well as some of the more popular sound effects we used when recording the DradCast. Enjoy!

Original (Seasons 1 and 2)

Intro

Outro

Pressing Topics of the Week

Bar Tricks (my personal favorite!)

Whatcha Sippin On?


 

Refresh (Season 3)

Intro

Outro

Pressing Topics of the Week

Mergers and Acquisitions

DradCast First

Breaking News


 

Sound Effects

Boxing Bell

Car Crash

DRAD

Hi there, I’m Dre Armeda

PEW!

Monster

Godzilla

Gun Fire

 

 

My Podcasting Equipment

I love to podcast! There’s something that has always excited me about recording an internet show that anyone in the world can subscribe to. I started playing with podcasting back in 2007. The first official podcast I co-hosted was WordPress Weekly back in January of 2008. After a few shows I was hooked, so I helped organize the SitePoint Podcast in 2008 and co-hosted the show for 3 years. In 2012, I started co-hosting a new podcast dedicated to WordPress called WP Late Night. All of these roads have lead to my current podcast, which is the DradCast podcast.

I’ve been asked about my podcasting setup for years, but never took the time to document it. So here it is, my official podcasting hardware setup:


I love this mic. I have actually owned this mic since around 2006 and it still works as good as it did when I first used it. The mic is actually easy to travel with as well and since it’s USB it works on every computer.

When you are ready to get serious about your mic setup you need to purchase a boom arm. This arm easily locks onto the side of my desk and allows me to swivel the mic in and out of range as needed.

If you decide to upgrade to a boom arm you will need a shockmount. The shockmount is used to attach your mic to your boom arm and also absorbs any movement if the mic is adjusted so your audio isn’t affected.

Another great tool for crystal clear audio is a pop filter. I don’t use this as often as I should, but the idea is the pop filter eliminates “popping” sounds you might hear in some audio broadcasts.

I use this pretty standard Logitech webcam for video. The video is HD quality and also has a built-in mic, which I obviously don’t use. Overall it’s a solid camera in a slim size which is great for travel.

At the end of the day you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to podcast. A simple mic is really all you need. If you are looking to get a bit more serious, I highly recommend the hardware above. Its worked well for me over the years and I have no plans to upgrade any time soon.

The First WordSesh Was a Huge Success!

wordsesh-badge-speakingWordSesh, the first ever 24 hour free live streaming WordPress event, took place just a few short days ago. I had the privilege of helping organize and run the event with Scott Basgaard and Chris Cochran. The event was a huge success that featured an epic list of presenters from the WordPress Community.

Below are a few of the presentations that I enjoyed the most:

DradCast Kickoff Episode


Dre and I hosted a special WordSesh kickoff edition of the DradCast hosted by Scott Basgaard. We had a great time discussing how WordSesh was thought up, the logistics behind organizing an online only event, and some fun WordPress news.

Scoping Projects to Avoid Stress, Headaches & Angry Mobs


Lisa gave a great presentation on scoping projects for clients, which is a topic any entrepreneur can benefit from. She shares her experience with a client and ways she could have made the project run smoother by creating a detailed proposal and spec upfront.

WordPress Plugins, Code, and the Ecosystem in General


Brian and Pippin present on plugins and the ecosystem around them. They both have a wealth of knowledge that all WordPress plugins developers could learn from.

Everything & anything you’ve ever wanted to know about BuddyPress & bbPress


John’s presentation on BuddyPress and bbPress is a fun walkthrough on the history of both projects. John discusses the initial releases, journey to their current state, and also touches on the future of both BuddyPress and bbPress.

The best part of WordSesh is that all presentations are available online! To view any of the amazing videos visit the WordSesh YouTube page. Also be sure to follow @WordSesh on Twitter for updates on future events.

WordSesh proved that an online only WordPress event is something the community not only needs, but absolutely loves. Stay tuned for WordSesh 2!

WordSesh Starts Tonight with the DradCast

wordsesh-badge-speakingWordSesh, a 24-hour live streaming WordPress event, starts tonight with a special edition of the DradCast! The show starts at 8pm EDT ( 0:00 UTC ) and will feature the WordSesh organizer, and my good friend, Scott Basgaard.

This is the first ever online-only WordPress event and I’m very excited to be a part of it. I’d love to see more events like WordSesh in the future and I absolutely think we will. Overall there is very little overhead for an event like this, with the biggest cost being the time it takes to organize.

If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend (and honestly who doesn’t want to hang out with a bunch of nerds on a Friday?) you need to check out WordSesh. If you can’t make the live event don’t worry, all presentations are being recorded via YouTube so you can watch them back at your leisure.

I will see you tonight!

DradCast Episode One is Tonight!

The DradCast, a new WordPress focused podcast hosted by Dre Armeda and myself, kicks off tonight with episode one! The new show will be a weekly podcast every Wednesday night at 8pm Eastern time. Dre and I have put together a really fun show format that is different from the other WordPress podcasts out there.

DradCast WordPress Podcast logoEach week we’ll feature a new guest host on the show. The host will bring some topics that interest them to discuss. We’ll also cover any WordPress topics that are particularly important that week. Think of the DradCast show format similar to SNL, where the guest host is the highlight of the show with Dre and I as the supporting cast.

If you are interested in being a guest host on the show, fill out our guest host request form. Be sure to tune in tonight at 8pm Eastern for the inaugural episode of the DradCast with special guest host Cory Miller!