This series is all about showcasing Libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!
Q & A with Ben, Tony and Ryan from Drink’n Think’n
When did you start podcasting?
We recorded our first two episodes in the winter of 2009. We then graduated college, found ourselves busy with life, and didn’t record another episode until the summer of 2012. We’ve been releasing episodes on a regular basis since.
Why did you start podcasting?
Our first episode was recorded on a whim. I was taking an audio production course at the time so I had a mic and a MiniDisc recorder (yes, that’s right, MiniDisc) in my bag.
We had just gotten back from our local brew pub and thought it would be funny to bust out the recording gear and tape our mildly intoxicated conversations. We recorded only one other episode before going on a three year hiatus.
In May of 2012 we decided to relive our college glory days and record the long overdue Episode 3 of Drink’n Think’n. A year later, we’re taking the show pretty seriously but in all honesty, at the end of the day we use the podcast as an excuse for three college buddies to get together in the same room, share a beer, and try to make each other laugh.
What’s your show about?
Drink’n Think’n is a celebration of craft beer, pop culture, and goof ball humor. Every episode features a “Brew Review” segment where we review a new craft beer that we haven’t tried yet. We also talk about movies that we’ve recently seen, 90’s sitcoms, and sometimes we even breakout in to song and dance although the dance part doesn’t really play well on a podcast.
What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.
We record the show using a Zoom H4n and two Shure SM58’s. I then edit the show using Adobe Audition. Because the H4n has a somewhat noisy preamp, I start my editing with a noise reduction on the two tracks recorded with SM58’s.
I then run a “Favorite” that I created that applies normalization, compression, and EQ to each track. Next, if need be, I match the levels of each track and then bounce them to a single track. Finally I add the show music and edit out any awkward pauses.
How have you promoted your podcast?
Aside from using various social media platforms, we have also had luck posting our episodes on Reddit in a few subreddits that relate to the show.
We also like to visit local breweries and brew festival and spread the word the old fashion way.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
Audio quality is key. No matter how good the content is, nobody wants to sit through an hour plus show that is full of noise, echo, etc.
Unless you’re a night owl, recording too late in the evening will make for a rushed, yawn filled discussion which is never any fun.
If you like to enjoy an adult beverage while recording like we do, make sure to also drink plenty of water at the same time. Your vocal chords will thank you later.
Finally, we’d like to remind you to drink and think.
If you’re interested in craft beer, fun conversation and camaraderie, than subscribing to the Drink’n Think’n podcast is a must! If you want to connect with the guys, you can do so by following them on Twitter @drinknthink.
As of late, the guys have started to supplement the podcast with some video content. Below is their latest video, “Cooking with Tony C” where Tony shows you how to make BBQ Chicken Pizza on the grill!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uXTWFmQpAE
They might just take on the Food Network yet!
If you started a podcast with some friends on a whim and then forgot about it, you can always start over again! We’re here for you to help you get going.