Please do not record without wearing a pair of headphones.
Yes, it’s important for sound quality, feedback is a bugger to deal with in post-production. That’s it.
Before you say it, yes there is a way to do stuff on your phone or iPad but I’m talking about the easiest way and the quickest way for you to feel comfortable and learn.
So whether you have a PC or Mac. Connect your gear. Make sure your computer is picking up your microphone. You might need to check your settings. Next is DAWS.
You will need to cut out odd noises, false starts and “umms” and “uuhhhs”. This is what your editing software is for. Aka DAWS here are a few of the options:
Okay, most of these can be put on a Mac or PC. Don’t let the acronym scare you off (techy speak actually irritates me!!) I always recommend Audacity as a good place to start. It’s a solid platform that you can grow with as your skills get better and you gain confidence. I will say I am not a fan of Garageband personally, but if that’s what you have and you are comfortable with it. Go for it!!!
Do you have any questions? Are you stuck somewhere between idea and execution? Book a discovery call, I’d love to help you move forward.
Let’s make it simple, here’s what you need to start your podcast.
Let’s make it simple. This week I’m stripping it down to the bare basics, what you need to start a podcast. Yes, getting a fab looking mic is fun but it’s not necessary. So before buying anything, you need a plan. You need to be clear about what you want to podcast about. It doesn’t matter that someone else is doing it; you just have to be clear on:
What you want to talk about
Why you want to talk about it
Who you want to talk to (who is your podcast aimed at? Who do you want to listen to your podcast?)
“I don’t know” is sometimes a valid answer to this question, get started anyway and work it out along the way.
To summarise the first thing you need before you start a podcast is an idea and a plan.
2. A Microphone
The second thing you will need is a microphone. Please do your homework before running out and getting the most expensive mic you can find. As a general rule condenser mics (like the Blue Yeti) these are a lot more sensitive to the noise around you. The mic pictured is a dynamic mic and I can’t talk enough about the ATR2100.
It’s excellent, it’s tough and it does everything you need it too. I nearly forgot the round disc in front of the mic is a pop filter. Get one of these!!!! They are cheap and will save you a lot of time editing. We all make weird mouth noises this will minimise or eradicate them. If you just want to get started, use the Apple earbuds, they are good enough you will grow as you know more. Questions? Are you lost when thinking about what you need and what to do to get your podcast idea out of your head onto Apple Podcasts? Book a Discovery Call on the Contact Me Page
These are just 3 of the software options you can use to edit your podcast. You can download any of the ones I have mentioned. Please do not look at “free” as inferior. GarageBand is free on Mac and Audacity is free to download on Mac or PC. You will hear people refer to these as DAW’s Digital Audio Workstations. You can find tutorials on YouTube to get started. Do not be afraid to just dive in and mess around. I think with Adobe you get a free trial and they have videos to get you started. The great thing is once you know how to use one you will feel comfortable navigating other platforms. So if you are following this list go and download Audacity or GarageBand.