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Are you thinking about starting a Podcast on Your Own? Here is what you need to get started. People think that podcasting is an expensive and complicated thing to undertake. The truth is that it doesn’t have to be with our Services. If you want to go it alone the below information is a great place to start.
Launching a podcast is straightforward, and you can get started with as little as a simple USB Headset and your current computer, recording and editing software (Uness you do a LIVE show) and a publishing platform to share your work.
Of course, you can step up your game by splurging on some bigger ticket items, because they can, and will, make life easier, in the long run.
Here are the tools, in both the gear and software, that we use or recommend. They are not the only options available to you so please feel free to research other options.
1. A good microphone
Audio is one area that you won’t want to cut corners, however, you do not need to spend a lot. Your audience will overlook a number of issues with your show, but poor audio isn’t one of them. You should avoid the mic that comes built into your computer and, instead, consider one of the following:
- Audio Technica ATR-2100-USB USB & XLR connections.
- Audio-Technica AT2020 XLR or USB, if the XLR, audio interface required.
- Rode NT-USB
Your headphones don’t have to be top of the line, but you will want a set that’s up to the task especially if you are editing. You’ll need to hear what both you and your guests are saying if you are using a skype or SquadCast, so choose some good, on-ear headphones, like:
3. A pop filter
When talking into a microphone, your p’s and b’s will sound amplified or cause what we call a plosive, a burst of air into the mic. To avoid this speak to the side of your mic, rather than directly into it, or get yourself a pop filter.
4. A boom arm
A suspension boom arm is used to hold the mic and is necessary if you want to up your game. A boom helps the sound quality, reducing mic drift, holding it steady for you as you speak into it.
5. Shock mount
A shock mount attaches to the end of your boom suspending your mic, so table bumps and vibrations from setting your water down are not translated into sound as much. Be sure to verify that your microphone will fit in mount you choose.
6. Audio Interface or Mixer
An audio interface offers the necessary connectors you need to add microphones for recording into your computer as well as speakers and headphones for listening to what is being recorded. If you are using a microphones that are XLR or XLR only you or you want to add more than 1 microphone, say for a guest you will need an interface.
- Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface
- PreSonus AudioBox USB 96
- Rode RODECaster Pro Podcast
- Zoom LiveTrak L-8 Podcast Recorder
- Yamaha MG10XU
- Behringer Xenyx 1204USB
7. Interview software
If you’re going to be doing interviews on your show you’ll want to use third-party software to bring in the audio. We outline two options, one for live shows and the other for recordings.
- SquadCast Video so you can see nonverbal Q’s but only records audio, each user on separate tracks for better audio editing.
8. Recording and editing software
You’ll need some software to edit your audio. You can start with a free program like Audacity, but we recommend the following:
- Hindenburg is what we use and is built for broadcasters.
- Adobe Audition is an outstanding tool which gives you a lot of options for post-production.
9. A podcast hosting account
There are a number of extremely affordable media hosts that you can use and we recommend Spreaker for a couple of reasons. Great hosting, easy to distribute your show to iTunes, Google, iHeart and many more podcast players, and you can broadcast LIVE.