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Podcasting: Should you podcast in mono or stereo?

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On today’s Tech Help for Churches, Podcasting: Should you podcast in mono or stereo?

Normally, I’m all for the latest tech, but sometimes an older solution is actually better. Believe it or not, that’s why most podcasts should be delivered in mono, not stereo.


Your audience. Your audience really matters. Stop and think about most of the content of your podcast. Is it spoken word? Probably. What would stereo add to a person speaking? Not much.

Now, think about the listening conditions that most of your podcast listeners are in. They’re in their cars, in traffic, with road noise. They’re working out in the gym with the sound of clanging weights behind them. They’re working, keeping an ear free so that they can respond if the boss yells their name. These are not pristine listening environments.

Now, I admit that if you’re podcasting music, stereo is a better choice, but there’s a problem with doing that. Each podcast subscriber literally gets a free, digital duplicate of the music you podcast. Sure, you _can_ stream podcasts, but they’re really a downloadable format. As such, live streaming licenses really don’t cover them. If you’re using copyrighted music (which even some hymns still fall under copyright), you’re really opening your church up for problems. Once, you eliminate music, the reason for stereo goes away.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to a peak of 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.