Essential Apple Podcast 237: A Fireside Chat with Nick and Simon

A slightly different sort of show this week – Jim was a bit under the weather so it is just Nick and Simon, and there wasn’t a huge amount of news that piqued our interest so we just settle down for a “bit of a natter” about a variety of things including Nick’s trip to a mini eco festival, Virtual Macstock 2021, and more. So pull up a chair, grab a beverage of your choice and join us by the fireside!


  • Glenn Fleishman’s book Take Control of Securing Your Mac can be found at along with many other titles by him, Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson and others.
  • Steve at Geeks Corner has a podcast which is usually a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

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Essential Apple Podcast 134: Of Clickbait, Brain Herpes and Starting a Podcast

First of all deepest apologies for the very late posting of this edition – I won’t bore you with the details but let’s just say a holiday weekend, some life events and some work things meant I just didn’t make the time to get it done as soon as I usually try to. Also there were a large amount of notes to compile regarding the “Starting Podcasting” section. Sorry, for the delay.
Anyway in this episode I am joined by Guy Serle of the MyMac Podcast and more to talk about the end of Aperture, the forthcoming removal of 32 bit support in macOS and what that means for old software, the AirPod that lived, some clickbait headlines, Adobe “price rises” (or not), Chrome’s dominance, a Firefox problem and finally a bit of “inside baseball” stuff about starting a podcast (on budget preferably).
Next show I will endeavour not to be so tardy posting I promise.


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Podcast Editing Gets Easier on iOS with Ferrite’s Tighten Feature.

Editing a podcast on iOS has just gotten a whole lot easier thanks to a new feature in Ferrite Recording Studio. From the development team Wooji Juice, Ferrite is a nicely featured but not over burdened recording and editing studio aimed at podcasters.

Ferrite comes with a built in feature called “strip silence”. This is immensely handy for those times when recording when a long pause is introduced, maybe by someone gathering their thoughts, a technical issue or something else, where you can automatically detect the silence and strip it out. This is something I do regularly when editing the Essential Apple show albeit within Audacity.

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How To Make Your Podcasts Sound Better With Audacity

As I’m always looking for ways to improve the audio quality of the Rampant Mumblings podcast, I stumbled across this article via giving some handy hints for those of you who use audacity to podcast. A good read and graphics that are clear and right to the point. Granted it’s from 2014 but it stands up from my quick tries.

Loopback First Look : Cable Free Audio Routing

No two ways about it Rouge Amoeba make some really awesome apps. Audio Hijack is awesome, it’s a wonderful application that lets you record any audio and you can save audio from applications like iTunes.

You can play audio / video Safari and save that audio to a file or you can mix it with any kinds of hardware devices, with other microphones or mixers.

Pretty much anything that you ever could want to do recording apps, recording devices, have a sounboard play thought to skype when podcasting, you can really Audio Hijack to simplify everything.

You can have multiple people, you can merge them into one, you can use it for streaming, the list goes on

Rouge Amoeba have just come out with a new application and here’s how they describe it, called loopback they call it “cable free audio routing for Mac” and here’s their description

Suddenly it’s easy to pass audio between applications on your Mac, create virtual audio devices to take the sound for applications and audio input devices then send it to audio processing applications.

It’s like you have kind of like a mixing board but it’s software so you can do all manner of cool things.

Lets say you have a soundboard or you want to play an audio snippet or something like that and you want all of the guests to hear it. You can combine your microphone with an audio source like iTunes with QuickTime player or something else and you can send that as the output that goes through Skype to all the other people that you’re talking to

You can use the for screen casting. Open up screen recorder in QuickTime grab not only the microphone sound but the audio of the application that your recording.

For those Twitch.TV types out there, now there’s an easy way to route both game and microphone audio through to Open Source Broadcaster.

Garage band is only going to from a single audio device at one time. Logic Pro is limited that way too well now you can use loopback and combine multiple different devices into a virtual device.

It;s even got routing, signal chain capabilities, you can send things to NiceCast for streaming it’s really, really cool.

There’s a free download if you want to try it out. However it’s not cheap at $75it’s not cheap but this is the true sense of a power tool.

This is the kind of thing that regardless of what level broadcaster you really should take a look at Loop Back by Rouge Amoeba. There will be a full review soon, just when we stop figuring out all the cool things we can do with it.


Google Moving Into Podcasting

Google Making A Move Towards Podcasters. US Only For Now

Google has announced their own podcasting platform that almost anyone is free to join. Free as long as you have a podcast, google play account and live in the USA then you can sign up to be part of their new podcasting platform.

To that end, today we’re launching a portal for podcasters to start uploading their shows to Google Play Music before we open up the service to listeners. Along with direct searches and browsing for podcasts, the service will connect new listeners with podcasts based on what they’re doing, how they’re feeling, or what they’re interested in. Similar to our contextual playlists for music, this will give podcast fans and new listeners a way of finding and listening to content that’s unique to Google Play Music.

Missing from the quote is “Podcasters in the US can start uploading shows now at” However UK podcasters can get around the GEO block with a simple VPN. Although the Rampant Mumblings is a UK cast the submission processed still seemed to have worked.

Podcasting With Google Play Google Making A Move Towards Podcasters. US Only For Now

I’d be incredibly interested to see what the demographics are going to be like being predominantly Android. I wonder how many android types tune into podcasts, let alone Apple based ones.

Our very own Podcast, Rampant Mumblings, has been submitted and we’ll keep you posted as to how the process goes.

iRig Pro DUO: True mobility meets professional audio

For all of the good things are El Kapitan brings to the Apple ecosystem it also brings its fair share of issues. Namely old equipment such as mixing devices for podcasting and music will have issues thanks to the new implementation of core audio. so if you’re old mixing devices no longer compatible than you might want to check out the iK Multimedia iRig Pro DUO: The smallest fully-featured dual-channel interface.

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