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The Skinny on Music Beds
Edition #8 of Podcast User Magazine has a great article by Skinny White Boy on the effective sourcing, creation, and use of music beds.

Beds, for the uninitiated, are clips of music suitable for background noise while a podcaster is speaking. 

We use intros/outros and segment bumpers during The JaK Attack!, but nothing under the segments themselves. I did this waaaay back in the first 8 or so shows I made in early 2005, but my listener feedback was so incredibly against it that I stopped and haven't looked back. I likely got that response because I didn't know how to use beds properly.

Some of Skinny White Boy's tips:
  • Only use instrumental music. Don't compete with a singer
  • Watch the volume. You know what you're saying so it's easy to understand it. Your listeners don't know what you're about to say and will have a harder time with it
  • Only use what you need. Don't play 4 minutes of music when all you need is 10 seconds.
That's just a little bit to whet your appetite. The article is 2 pages long and contains more tips and sources to find appropriate music.

Download edition #8 (PDF) of Podcast User Magazine.

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Thanks for mentioning my article. I am absolutely thrilled to find out that people are finding it useful. Very nice! I also made sure that the people responsible for creating Podcast User Magazine every month (really a great source of information) got to see this blog, they were very pleased!
Keep up the great work!


No prob, Skinny! It's a great article and I wanted to ensure that people saw it.

Podcast User Magazine is a great mag, but not everyone has time to download and pour through it each month. I try to pull out the good stuff and get it into the open :)

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