First of all, you do NOT need $1000’s worth of equipment. Let’s just get that out there right now.
Honestly, your cell phone is good enough. If I can stress one thing here, is to not stress about the quality of the audio, but focus on the quality of the context. You can record short podcasts straight to the Anchor.Fm application. This is really an amazing program for anyone wanting to dive right into doing voice! I plan on recording short segments to it as I go, but also recording podcast in my studio that I’ve been building over the past 10+ years.
This article will be about equipment, and software to get you started with podcasting.
Blue Snowball USB Microphone- avg cost ~$40-50
This is a great starter microphone for a few reasons.
- It’s USB so you don’t need any additional equipment to hook it up to your computer
- It’s fairly inexpensive, ranging typically from $40-50
- Very easy setup, and works with a lot of different software (which I will talk about later)
- It comes with a desk stand. This is a great addition because stands can cost you additional money, and the point here is to spend as little as possible and get the best you can.
- Custom condenser capsule offers crystal clear audio for Skype, Messages and FaceTime
- Record vocals, create podcasts, and add narration to your home movies
- Add crystal clear audio to recordings for YouTube
- Easy plug and play directly to your Mac or PC-no drivers to install
- Ships with desktop stand and USB cable
Info from the manufacturer:
Whatever your favorite software is—Garageband, iMovie, Pro Tools, Audacity, you name it—Snowball and Snowball iCE will produce amazing results. Simply plug the mic into your Mac or PC and start down the path of your next project—no drivers required. See, we told you it was simple.
Snowball and Snowball iCE are compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8 (including 8.1), Windows 7, Windows Vista,Windows XP (Home and Professional), and Mac OS X (10.4.11 or higher), and require a minimum of 64 MB of RAM.
Snowball mics are backed by a two-year limited warranty.
Additional recommended equipment
Pop Filter – avg cost $7-20+
Why do you need a pop filter? It’s to help block out some of the Plosives.
a plosive speech sound. The basic plosives in English are t, k, and p (voiceless) and d, g, and b (voiced).
You do not need a super expensive one of these. The one pictured is ~$8, and will suffice for what you need.
To explain further, the pop filter does exactly what it sounds like. Lowers the amount of “popping” sound when speaking. The plosives, “t,k,p,d,g, and b”, typically make some unwanted loud popping noises when talking into a microphone. Typically you are going to be fairly close to the micro, within 3-4 inches, to pick up the best signal.
You don’t want to gain the microphone, (gain: the amount of input signal the mic is picking up), too high. When a microphone is gained up too high, you will get a lot of excess noise from the room like humming, buzzing, or you might cause the audio to do what is called “clipping.” This is where the signal gets too high, causing it to distort.
Mac users: GarageBand is perfect. It’s already on your computer, it’s free, and it is easy to get started.
Windows users: Audacity offers some great freeware, http://www.audacityteam.org/download/, for audio recording.
FREE is the key.
You do not need professional $600+ ProTools software to achieve a great podcast. You need CONTEXT. I say “context” rather than “content” because too many people get hung up on making things perfect.
Where to post your podcast?
There are really two places that are great, and easy options to post your new podcast.
Both of these sites are a great option to host your new podcast. You can also use iTunes, or google music, but right now I prefer these two. They’re very easy to use, free, have apps, and have several users who actually engage with one another. This is a great place to get started.
It will never be perfect
It will never be perfect. The end.
Okay, let me elaborate a little bit. As I stated, you cannot get hung up on making the content perfect. Stop worrying about it not sounding perfect, and work on the quality of the context.
Yes, you are going to stutter when doing your podcast for the first time, and several times there after.
Yes, you are going to get lost in thought.
Yes, you will lose your place on your notes.
Yes, you will struggle with it at first.
This is how everyone started, this is how I’m starting. The more podcasts you do, the better they will get. You will sound more natural, things will flow better, you will be more skilled, the context will improve; it all just takes some time.
So stop waiting for it to perfect, and start starting.
Have questions? Need help cleaning the audio up? I do that. I can help you clean your audio up, insert intro/outros with music, and have it prepped for upload. There’s always a little work that can be done on it.
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