Podcasters frequently find themselves reaching to the far corners of the internet for guests or content to present on their show, and subsequently face the dilemma of figuring out how to effectively host people from around the world. Although this isn’t always the cleanest or easiest option, it is often a necessary one.
Luckily, there is a program out there with us lost podcasters in mind. While Skype, Zoom or Google Hangouts might get the message across for free, Zencastr gets the same message across with an array of amenities (some requiring the $20/mo. payment) that cater specifically to podcasters through a smooth and accessible interface. Zencastr features a simple Hangout-esque group session for your podcast guests, separate tracks for various voices, lossless WAV recordings, Dropbox integration, text chat options, and live editing soundboards.There’s even the (paid) option to have the software perform automatic post-production to clean up noise, but take your chances with this feature as it’s anybody’s guess how their algorithm is going to manipulate your audio (sometimes that peak audio of laughter should stay in!).
So there you have it, podcasting in a nutshell. Even though there are endless topics and ways to structure your podcast, audio production can be quite simple once you’ve got the right tools in your possession, and the right mindset for producing. No matter your content, production always boils down to proficient equipment, clean-captured audio, and quality editing, and may not come with as hefty of a price tag as you might think. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a mic and get to podcasting!