Over the past decade, it seems like everyone has been getting into the podcast game. And while it may seem daunting to dive into creating your own, it may not be as hard as you think.
We’ve helped a lot of our customers get set up to start recording and releasing their own podcasts, so we thought we’d share some insights that we’ve learned along the way.
For an in depth look at every step from idea to distribution, check out our Youtube series ofhow to start a podcast. We’ve gotten down to the nitty-gritty in past blog posts.
But in this article we’ll cover the basics ofwhat goes into a podcast.
To start, you’ll need a great idea.
Ask yourself: what is something that you could talk about for hours, and more importantly that youwant to talk about for hours. Podcasts take a lot of work and you want to pick a subject that will keep you excited.
If you have a concept for a show, consider the podcast market to figure out how you could refine your idea to make your podcast concept stand out. Is anyone else covering this topic, or using this format? If so, how could your show stand out?
Finally, you’ll need a good name. There isn’t much more to say about this part of the process; when it comes to names, it’s one of those “when you know it’s good, you know it’s good” type of situations.
Where should you record?
Before you can dive into the technical side of recording and microphones, you’ll want to make sure that you have a good environment in which to record.
You want to avoid spaces with a lot of echo, or reverb, because this will come through on your recordings. You want your voice to sound close and intimate to your listeners, not as though they are talking to you from the other end of a basketball gym.
Hard surfaces like tile floors and windows reflect sound and create reverberation, but some of this can be solved by the addition of carpeting, especially high pile carpets, and curtains. Moving blankets are excellent for DIY sound-treating, and if you’re setting up a more permanent studio, you can install some sound proofing material to really upgrade your sound.
Understanding microphones can be confusing. Ask the best audio producers in the world, and they’ll probably tell you they’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to understanding how sound interacts with microphones.
But if you’re just getting started recording audio for podcasts, there is a clear winner when it comes to the intersection of budget, quality and ease-of-use: a USB condenser microphone.
USB condensers capture studio quality audio, giving you detailed reproduction of the voice. They also can be plugged directly into your computer or smartphone, and don’t need any additional hardware or software.
Movo offers USB microphones with features for anyone’s skill level or budget.
Capturing and editing audio
When setting up to recording vocals for podcasting, gain level and proximity to the microphone are the two things you want to keep in mind. The gain control sets the sensitivity of the mic: too low and you’ll have a weak signal, too high and your audio will have distortion.
Experiment with how close you are to mic while recording. Too far away, you’ll sound like a distant voice in a noise room. Too close and your voice will sound very bass heavy, and you might get distortion and pops from vocal plosives, aka the P and T mini explosions of air the our voices produce.
Consider buying a pop filter, which will allow your voice to come through with clarity, but block some of the air that might distort your microphone.
When it comes to picking a software program for recording a podcast, no one is necessarily better than another. Most, like Garageband and Audacity, will give you all the flexibility you need to record and edit your podcast. Anchor is designed for podcasts and will even allow you to upload your podcast to streaming platforms. Quicktime is great for easy and quick recording, but doesn’t have editing flexibility like other programs.
Once you’ve picked a program, check out the limitless resources online, especially on Youtube, where producers share instructions and insights on how to get started recording.
Distributing your voice
Once you’ve finalized your podcast, it's time to put it out in the world. In order to get your podcast up and streaming on popular platforms like Apple and Spotify, you’ll need to use a distribution platform.
There are different platforms for podcast distribution, including Podbean, Buzzsprout, and Spreaker. They offer similar services, but each have their own free vs. paid tier options, so the best thing to do is to do a little research on different platforms and see which one will best suits your budget and needs as a podcast producer.
There’s no question that to take a podcast from an idea to a finished recording that is live on streaming platforms is a lot of work. The good news is that there are so many resources out there, including us here at Movo, to help you learn and make creating your own podcast a totally achievable goal.
We hope this has provided some insight intowhat you need to make a podcast. It may be a long road, especially at the beginning, but trust us, once your friends start sending you screenshots while listening to your brand new pod, it will all be worth it.
If you want to continue your deep-dive on podcasting, check out our entireHow-to series on podcasting. Happy podcasting!
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