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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I know what my pace is?

Run, jog, or power-walk at a comfortable pace. Count your steps for 30 seconds. Multiply by 2. That's your Beats Per Minute (BPM). Download Podrunner mixes at that BPM. You can always use a faster or slower Podrunner mix if that doesn't feel right. Have fun!

Where'd my favorite mix go?

Changes in contract terms have made it necessary for Podrunner to start from scratch several times. Unfortunately, mixes prior to January 1, 2009, are no longer available.

Why not sell mixes instead of asking for donations?

For one thing, I don't have the right to. Acquiring the right to is a complex undertaking that would require a lot of legal work, accounting, and negotiating — which would considerably increase Podrunner's overhead.

Why don't you use my favorite music?

Licensing fees from the major music labels are outrageous. More importantly, Podrunner is founded on the idea that music should be a partner to your workout, not a distraction from it. Because electronic dance music is groove-oriented rather than melody-oriented, it's ideal for working out. See my essay Why We Move to Grooves for more on this.

Can you do more fast or slow mixes?

Currently Podrunner offers mixes at nearly every BPM from 120 to 185, giving 66 mixes in rotation. This means over two years before a particular BPM can come around again — and that doesn't figure in any varied-BPM mixes that are offered. Adding to that, or playing favorites in any BPM range, also adds to the time other listeners will have to wait for a new mix in their preferred BPM range.

I try to be as even-handed as possible in the range of speeds that Podrunner offers.

Can I use this music for my own project?

I'm flattered that you want to! Unfortunately, the music in Podrunner is not mine; it's the intellectual property of many artists and labels, and I don’t have the right to grant such permissions. Per the copyright notice on podrunner.com and on the ID3 tag that downloads with every mix:

Music copyright © the respective artists. All other material ©2016 by Steve Boyett. For private use only. All rights reserved. Any unauthorized copying of, editing, exhibition, renting, exchanging, public performance, or broadcast of this audio is strictly prohibited.

Why not have ads instead of donations?

I don’t want your workout to be interrupted or irritating. Plus, I think there's something special about a relationship with listeners that isn't influenced by outside parties who want user information or download numbers. When I do accept a sponsor, it's because I know their product will benefit my listeners.

What happened to the Podrunner app?

The release of iOS v8.in June 2015 broke some major functions. The app never earned out its hefty investment, and the additional cost to conform it to new OS versions was prohibitive, so I removed it from sale and gave notice in the Run Time newsletter and on the website.

Ironically, iOS 9 fixed the problems, but now it seems that v10 has broken the app's ability to update. I'm looking into offering a much-improved Shift app, but Podrunner's current funding levels make it hard to say when I will be able to have it built.

If there is an updated Shift app (iOS and Android), I'll definitely announce it on the intros, the website, and the newsletter. The good news is that there are still well over 180 Podrunner mixes available at all BPMs. Enjoy!

What equipment do you use?

I currently mix studio & live using Native Instruments Traktor Pro 2; Native Instruments S5, Kontrol X1, and Kontrol F1 controllers; and Sennheiser HD7 headphones. Post-recording I normalize the mixes in Sony Sound Forge 11 using the Waves L3 Multimaximizer.

I record the intros in Sound Forge 11 with a Focusrite 2i4 audio interface, Shure SM7B microphone, Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator, and Ultrasone HFI-700 headphones. Post-recording I process using Waves Noise Gate, De-Esser, De-Breath, and L3 Multimaximizer plugins.

For my own compositions I have relied mainly on Propellerhead Reason, though I have used Ableton Live with various synth plugins.

Music copyright (c) the respective artists. All other material (c) 2017 by Podrunner, LLC. All rights reserved. For personal use only. Any unauthorized copying, editing, exhibition, sale, rental, exchange, public performance, or broadcast of this audio is strictly prohibited. "Podrunner" is a registered Trademark of Podrunner, LLC.
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