So you have a great idea for podcast but don’t know how to get started. This guide will walk you through all the steps to go from idea to having your first episode listed on Apple Podcasts. There are 4 major steps.
- You will need to find a microphone
- You will need some audio recording software for recording and editing your podcast
- You will need a podcast hosting site to host your podcast
- You will need to get your podcast on all the major podcast platforms
Depending on your budget there are different microphones to suit your needs. Here is a list of microphones from cheapest to most expensive:
(Free) Your laptop computer microphone - If you are just getting started and don’t want to spend any money you can use your laptop’s built in microphone if you have one. There are no requirements to buy a new microphone so you can start with that if you please. Now it won’t sound the greatest but you can do your first few episodes on your laptop microphone and then upgrade later.
($60) Samson Q2U - This a great value starter microphone. Since it is dynamic it won’t pick up as much background noise. It has a USB input so just plug it in and get recording.
($65) Audio Technica ATR2100 - This is a great starter microphone. It is dynamic which means it won’t pick up as much background noise as a condenser microphone like the Blue Yeti would. USB so it plugs directly into your computer to get recording right away.
($100) The Blue Yeti - This microphone is by far one of the most recommended beginner microphones. It will pick up a lot of background sound, so if you are recording in a noisy or echoey environment be aware of that. It comes with USB so you can plug it directly into your computer for recording. If also comes with XLR input so if you are looking to use a preamp this will work with it too.
($199) Rode NT-1A - Mid range price but high quality sound. If you are looking to step up from the beginner microphones this is a great choice.
($399) HEIL PR 40 - If you are looking for top of the line this is one of the most highly recommended microphones out there. The sound quality is fantastic and you will be recording top quality podcast audio. It does require a preamp because it only has XLR input, but if you are going top of the line you won’t want to use USB
Podcasting Audio Interface
If you bought a mic with an only an XLR plug in, or you are looking to record multiple people with separate mics on one computer you will need a USB audio interface. If you are recording solo and bought a mic with a USB input you don’t need a separate USB Audio Interface.
- 1-2 microphones in the same room to one computer
- 3-4 microphones into one computer
- 5-8 microphones into one computer
Podcast Recording/Editing Software
There are three software products I recommend for recording and editing podcast audio. Two of which are free, and one has a free trial but is not too expensive.
(Free) Garage Band - If you have an Apple computer then you already have Garage Band. It is a useful tool with lots of tutorials, it is great for recording and editing your podcast
(Free) Audacity - If you don’t have an Apple computer you can check out Audacity. It is an extremely popular free audio recording and editing tool. Like GarageBand there are lots of tutorials on how to use it due to its popularity.
($60) Reaper - The final software tool I recommend is Reaper. When you are ready to get really serious about audio and audio editing this tool is phenomenal. It is used by musicians and podcasters alike to record and edit great audio. You can download it and try it for free for 60 days. So might as well check it out and see if you prefer it to the other ones and if you do the license is not that expensive.
Podcast Recording Software For Long Distances
A lot of people would like to record a podcast with someone who may be far away. You will need a high quality software tool in order to create a great podcast doing that. These software tools allow you to record your calls easily.
(Free) Skype - Skype is a common group calling tool that can be used for both to talk with someone over long distances. I would recommend all the people recording start the Skype call and then each record their voice locally to their own computer. Afterwards everyone send their audio file to one person who will line them all up in editing software to get the best sounding audio. If one person just records the whole call their audio will always sound better than everyone else
(Free) Discord and Craig Bot - Discord is a common audio chatting tool used by gamers mostly, but is great for recording podcasts too. I recommend creating a channel in Discord with your cohosts/guests and then inviting the Craig Bot. The Craig bot will record each persons audio independently and give you each of the audio files at the end. You can then combine them easily in whatever editing software you use
(Freeish) Zoom.us - With Zoom.us your cohosts and guests don’t need any software and you can start a call and hit the record button, then when you are done stop the recording and download the file. With the basic free tier though you only get 40 minutes of chat before it ends. So if you have a shorter podcast this could be a solution or you can pay for unlimited length calls.
Where To Host Your Podcast
Alright so you bought your mic, recorded, and edited your first episode and are ready to get it out to the world. You will need a podcast host to store your episodes and get them out to the world. There is only one podcast host that I recommend and that is:
($19/mo) - PodServe.fm - PodServe.fm is a full service podcast host with great customer support that will help you guide you through the world of podcasting. PodServe.fm will also get you on all the popular podcasting platforms for you if you please. PodServe.fm also promotes your podcast to 1000s of avid podcast fans which no other host does.
For more information on what a podcast host is and why you need one check out this article: What is a Podcast Host and Why Do I Need One?
How To Get On All Podcast Platforms
Alright so you have your podcast hosted and you are looking to get it listed everywhere podcasts can be found. Here are some guides to get on some of the more popular podcast hosting platforms:
You Are Done!
Alright you have bought your microphone, recorded your podcast, edited your podcast, got it hosted, and got it listed on all the platforms. You officially have a podcast! Start sharing it with your friends and family and start building that audience. If you have any questions feel free to chat with me using the chatbox at the bottom right of the screen.