Please read this page in full before recording a podcast for submission to AppleVis, as it contains tips and guidelines that will help you when making your recording and will ensure that your podcast will be of the greatest possible interest and value to listeners.
This page also sets out the guidelines and rules which inform our quality assurance process when reviewing podcast submissions.
Before Starting Your Recording
- Check to make sure that your podcast topic would not duplicate a podcast already in our archive. If we already have a podcast on the same topic, we are only likely to accept your podcast if it contains new or additional information (for example, if it is a demonstration of an app which has changed significantly since the existing podcast was recorded).
- Have a plan in advance for what you want to cover and say in the podcast.
- If demonstrating an app, please fully familiarize yourself with it beforehand. Trying to demonstrate an app that you have not used before is rarely going to be useful to listeners.
- Make sure that the volume level of VoiceOver is appropriate for the level of your own speech.
- If necessary, slow down the speech rate of VoiceOver so that it is comfortable for listeners used to a slower rate (we recommend 55-60%).
- If using or featuring an iOS device in your podcast, turn on Do Not Disturb.
- If possible, make your recording in a location where there are likely to be few background noises.
- Make a short test recording before starting on your actual podcast. Use this to check that the audio levels are appropriate and background noise is low.
- Content is far more important than recording quality, so don't be deterred from recording a podcast simply because you don't have specialist equipment or software. A good quality recording can be made directly onto an iOS device.
- For most spoken podcasts, a stereo recording offers no real benefit over mono. It does, however, increase file size; make downloads slower; and requires more bandwidth. There are also instances where recording in stereo can introduce audio problems. So, unless your podcast features something that truly needs stereo (such as audio composition tools or audio games), please either record in mono or be willing to accept our converting your podcast to mono.
Whilst Recording Your Podcast
- Tell listeners the topic of your podcast and what you will be covering. If your podcast is about an app or accessory, state clearly the name of the app/accessory and what it does.
- Make sure that the names of any apps or products mentioned in the podcast are correct. It can also be helpful to spell out any names so as to avoid any possible confusion with similarly named items.
- If demonstrating an app, don't feel obliged to walk-through and describe each and every page, element and button.
- We do not post complete walk-throughs of games, as these have the potential of spoiling the game for listeners. So, if demonstrating a game, please limit this to what is necessary to give the listener an overview of gameplay and accessibility.
- Clearly state what gestures or keystrokes you are using when interacting with an app.
- Try to avoid talking while VoiceOver is speaking.
- Try to keep to a minimum any discussion which is not relevant to the podcast (we will most likely remove this, anyway).
- Try to avoid long pauses and too many “ums” and “ahs”.
- If you want to let listeners know how to contact you, please limit this to just 1 or 2 options. In most cases, an email address and/or a Twitter username should suffice..
After Recording Your Podcast
- Listen to your recorded audio in full to make sure that you have done what you set out to do; and that the above guidelines have been followed.
- Please do not add the AppleVis intro or outro clips to your recorded audio. Although you are most likely trying to save us work, you won't have access to the original clips, so we will only need to redo this.
- Upload the audio in it's original state if possible, as we will always need to do some editing, and each recompression of the audio will result in some degradation in sound quality.
- Submitting a podcast is no guarantee of it being accepted for posting to the AppleVis website.
- We reserve the right to edit the audio and content prior to posting on the AppleVis website.
- Please do not attempt to use our podcast feed as an opportunity to promote your own products or services. In most cases it is extremely unlikely that we will accept a podcast from anybody who is directly connected with whatever is being featured in the podcast.
- We will not accept podcasts which contain profanity or offensive comments.
- We do not repost audio which has been specifically recorded for another website or radio show (typically where the recording contains audio branding and spoken references to the website or show in question).
- We generally do not post podcasts which are already widely available on other websites.
- As AppleVis is an English-language website, all podcast submissions must be in English.
- If you have multiple podcasts to submit, please submit only one at a time and wait for it to be reviewed, accepted and posted to the website before submitting the next.
Podcasts Which Do Not Meet AppleVis' Quality Assurance Guidelines
AppleVis is run by a small team of volunteers, and processing podcast submissions in a timely manner is just one of the many things we do. Thus, we have developed the below policy for working with podcast submissions which do not meet the quality assurance guidelines set out above:
- If a submitted podcast does not meet our quality assurance guidelines, it will not be accepted for publication to the AppleVis Podcast. The author will be notified as to why the podcast was not accepted, and detailed feedback on how the podcast could be improved will be provided. If the author wishes to submit a second version of the podcast for review, they are welcome to do so.
- If the second version of a podcast does not meet our quality assurance guidelines, it will not be accepted for publication to the AppleVis Podcast. The author will be notified as to why the podcast was not accepted, and detailed feedback on how the podcast could be improved will be provided. If the author wishes to submit a third version of the podcast for review, they are welcome to do so.
- If the third version of a podcast does not meet our quality assurance guidelines, it will not be accepted for publication to the AppleVis Podcast. The author will be notified that the podcast was not accepted for publication; however, detailed feedback will not be provided, and no further submissions of the same podcast from the same author will be reviewed.
- We will review up to three (3) versions of any one podcast.
- Authors who submit a podcast which does not meet our quality assurance guidelines are welcome to submit different podcasts on other topics. Each podcast is reviewed on an individual basis, and we will review up to three versions of a podcast—even if an author's podcasts have not met our quality assurance guidelines in the past.
- AppleVis reserves the wright to approve or reject any podcast for any reason—or for no reason at all.
Please contact us if you have any questions which aren’t answered here.
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