Bossjock Studio: Ultimate Podcasting Powerhouse (Updated)

Bossjock Studio: Ultimate Podcasting Powerhouse (Updated)

Last month, during a brief getaway, I decided to experiment with recording the Daily Update podcast using GarageBand on my iPad, which is known for its robust editing capabilities accessible via a touch interface. Unfortunately, I encountered a snag early on when a listener informed me that the recordings were abruptly ending two-thirds of the way through. After confirming the issue with another recording, I promptly searched the App Store and discovered Bossjock Studio, a universal app priced at $9.99, and downloaded it to resolve my dilemma.

Unlike conventional recording applications such as GarageBand, which are tailored for recording sound snippets, editing, and transitioning, Bossjock Studio is crafted for a live radio show experience. It allows the user to load multiple “carts” with various audio elements like intro and outro music, ads, and interviews, and seamlessly integrate them with live recordings. Depending on the device, you can load either eight or 15 carts on an iPhone or iPod touch, or 20 or 35 carts on an iPad.

Bossjock Studio: Ultimate Podcasting Powerhouse (Updated)

The app offers extensive customization options for cart fade-ins and fade-outs, and includes features like automatic ducking and gain control to prevent audio clipping.

To set the microphone levels accurately, I recorded a brief sound check, which I later edited out. The recording process itself is straightforward: you press a large red button to start, and use a bar at the bottom to activate the microphone. Carts can be inserted into the live recording with a simple tap, and their remaining playtime is displayed. The interface also includes sound level meters and a volume slider to adjust the input levels from the microphone, the carts, or the overall mix.

After recording, the file is saved on the device and can be exported in various formats like MP3, M4A, WAV, or AIFF, in either mono or stereo. The output level is adjustable, and files can be shared via email, FTP, AudioCopy, SoundCloud, Dropbox, or iTunes Share, or opened in another app.

I found the FTP upload feature particularly straightforward, quickly sending files to Libsyn for publishing. The export function also allows you to add an image and a description to the sound file.

One drawback of Bossjock Studio is its lack of built-in editing tools, necessitating external editing for tasks like removing pre-show checks or unwanted noises, or making content adjustments to adhere to iTunes’ “Clean” rating. Currently, this means transferring the audio files to a Mac for editing in applications like GarageBand or Audacity. Regrettably, there is no direct “Open in GarageBand” option for iOS devices, which would simplify the editing process.

Update: Dave Mansueto from Bossjock has informed me that it is possible to transfer recordings to GarageBand for editing using the Audio Copy feature in Bossjock, then pasting the audio into GarageBand. A video here demonstrates this process and also how to handle content created in GarageBand within Bossjock.

Sam

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