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.
What should you think about when choosing a name for your podcast?
It can be hard to stand out and be clear. We all know that we need something a little memorable until people hear our fantastic content and start recommending us!!! Here are 5 great tips on how to come up with a podcast name.
Your title should be easy to remember.
If your title is long and complicated, can you simplify it a little? Have you ever been out walking and searched for a show and you know it really well but all you get is ” No result“?
That drives me crazy! It’s normally because I made one typo. Don’t make it hard for people to find you. Keep the following in mind:
Easier to remember – easier to find – easier to share.
Is it Easy to Work Out What Your Show is About?
Can anyone work out what the show is about from the title? Have you chosen something a little obscure or quirky?
If people in your field will search for that term then that’s great; but if it’s an in-joke that you explain in your podcast. You are making things difficult for yourself.
Be fun, be creative but also be clear.
Question? What’s in it for me?
If I’m glancing at a screen of titles, will I quickly be able to work out if I should choose yours?
So I had a workshop planned last week, and I had been advertising for a while and I had 4 people signed up. The night before there was a stom and rain was forecast for the whole week. I wanted to cancel before people cancelled on me. Ever felt that way?
I turned up anyway and only one guy turned up. (Sidenote I’m feeling nervous about putting this story “out there”) I wanted to cancel, go home and re-plan for another day. Instead I had the time to really get more involved with this podcaster and his awesome idea. I can’t wait for him to release his podcast!!!
I got to understand what was tripping him up, what I need to explain in more detail and how to explain some concepts in better detail. The whole point of this is to share that what looked like a loss turned into a huge opportunity to share my love of podcast tech and planning and to get one more person on the road to launching.
When have you turned what looked like a loss into an opportunity?
No long explanation for this one be on time. Put a reminder on your phone. Yes life does happen, but treat this as you would any other professional engagement. Full disclosure I was crap at this last month when I was interviewed and was a little fraught with things, but now I’m back on track.
The podcast will normally use the first minute to check levels and make sure you are comfortable, it is time well spent and neither of you want to be flustered and rushing to get everything in.
As much as possible try to be in a quiet room/office when you are being interviewed. Life in your household does not have to stop but can you sit in a room where you can’t hear loud traffic noises from outside, or your neighbours’ dog?
Ask kids and spouses to give you a little quiet time whilst you are being interviewed.
I don’t want this to be a lecture but please put your phone on SILENT!!!
P.S. Just so we are clear the picture is a perfect example of where you should not record.
To round off these posts I want to tell you about pop filters. The black disc you can see in the picture in front of the microphone is a pop filter. You can get large one like this one that will have a clamp to attach to the mic stand or your desk. Alternatively you can get smaller softer foam pop filters that fit over the head of a mic. If you have a mic then the best investment you can make is to get a pop filter. This will make your dialogue cleaner and clearer. What does it do? When we say some words that need us to make “popping” sounds (for example words that begin with p) the mic picks up the popping sound. If your recording is full of these it can become unpleasant to listen, also if you also unconsciously smack your lips ( I discovered that I do!!😆) these are picked up by your mic and make your recording a little “spitty” . A pop filter will help make your recording clearer. Any little blips can be cut out when you edit.