Starting Your Podcast

Prologue

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.

Equipment

https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Snowball-iCE-Condenser-Microphone/dp/B014PYGTUQ/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=10xmillenni0b-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=469a22a0958a3eb067111a11a22ab07f&creativeASIN=B014PYGTUQ

Blue Snowball USB Microphone- avg cost ~$40–50

This is a great starter microphone for a few reasons.

  1. It’s USB so you don’t need any additional equipment to hook it up to your computer
  2. It’s fairly inexpensive, ranging typically from $40–50
  3. Very easy setup, and works with a lot of different software (which I will talk about later)
  4. 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.
  5. Custom condenser capsule offers crystal clear audio for Skype, Messages and FaceTime
  6. Record vocals, create podcasts, and add narration to your home movies
  7. Add crystal clear audio to recordings for YouTube
  8. Easy plug and play directly to your Mac or PC-no drivers to install
  9. 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.

https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Yeti-USB-Microphone-Blackout/dp/B00N1YPXW2/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=10xmillenni0b-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=731df4eda3dd82aa3a4b2514d45996f4&creativeASIN=B00N1YPXW2

Blue Yeti USB Microphone- avg cost ~$129.00

This is a great starter microphone for a few reasons.

  1. It’s USB so you don’t need any additional equipment to hook it up to your computer
  2. It’s fairly inexpensive, ranging typically from $129.00
  3. Very easy setup, and works with a lot of different software (which I will talk about later)
  4. 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.
  5. Custom condenser capsule offers crystal clear audio for Skype, Messages and FaceTime
  6. Record vocals, create podcasts, and add narration to your home movies
  7. Add crystal clear audio to recordings for YouTube
  8. Easy plug and play directly to your Mac or PC-no drivers to install
  9. Ships with desktop stand and USB cable

This microphone is extremely versatile, for such a low cost. Most other microphone that offer multiple pattern modes will cost up to $1000. These different pattern modes make for great interview mics. You just put the mic on a table and set it to bidirectional (see below), and record a high quality interview with someone.

Now you just saved yourself even more money, not having to buy another microphone for a guest at your office.

Pattern MODES

Pattern Setting SymbolSound Source & DirectionCARDIOID Mode

Perfect for podcasts, game streaming, vocal performances, voice-overs and instruments. Cardioid mode records sound sources that are directly in front of the microphone, delivering rich, full-bodied sound.

STEREO MODE

Uses both the left and right channels to capture a wide, realistic sound image — ideal for recording acoustic guitar or choir.

Omnidirectional mode

Picks up sound equally from all around the mic. It’s best used in situations when you want to capture the ambience of “being there” — like recording a band’s live performance, a multi-person podcast or a conference call.

Bidirectional

Records from both the front and rear of the microphone — good for recording a duet or a two-person interview.

*image is from the companies website


Additional recommended equipment

Pop Filter — avg cost $7–20+

http://amzn.to/2FsBJfY

Why do you need a pop filter? It’s to help block out some of the Plosives.

  1. 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.

Software

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.

How to interview other people long distance

Podcasts are great when you interview someone, but how do you record it?

https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA12395/how-can-i-record-my-skype-calls

There are a lot of options out there for recording your interviews via Skype.

For Windows I would suggest looking into: https://callnote.net/gotomeeting-video-call-recorder/

For Mac: http://www.ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder/

An alternative would be using Zoom for conference calls, especially if you ended up wanting multiple people on the call.

https://zoom.us/pricing

Where to post your podcast?

There are really two places that are great, and easy options to post your new podcast.

These are great free options! Here is the best part, Anchor.FM gives you an RSS feed link that can then be used with iTunes podcast, so you can start hosting your podcast on iTunes podcast.

What is an RSS feed?

Simply put, it is a URL link that feeds your content to other sites. This way, when you publish something on Anchor.FM, it will also send the data to iTunes. iTunes requires you to use an RSS feed to upload podcast. Using Anchor.FM is a great free resource to get your podcast hosted on iTunes as well.

To get iTunes Podcast started, you have to have an Apple account set up, then you can sign in with the same credentials on the iTunes Connect site. Here, you will go through step by step instructions to set up your Podcast. Make sure you have your Anchor.FM account set up first, https://itunesconnect.apple.com/login

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.

How can I help you more?

It’s not a question of “can you do it all yourself?” It’s more a question of “How much is your time worth?” Getting audio cleaned up, prepped, and set to go takes time. Not just time doing it, but the time learning to do it.

I do podcast editing for $25 a podcast. Yes, you’re thinking to yourself “I thought this was suppose to be a free way to start my podcast? That’s a lot for a podcast edit.” Let me show you what you’re getting.

Snapshot of what I do

Here is a picture of my typical work space when working on a podcast edit. I EQ(equalize), use compression, use a De-Esser (take out more of those transient ‘S’ and ‘P’ sounds we talked about with the pop filter), and make sure the volume is at a good listening level on any device.

That does not include cutting out parts that are accidental mistakes, we all make them, you may cough, bump something, forget where you are in notes, have too much dead air (too much silence on audio is not a good thing), popping noises, and other random things that may happen. I can clean it up.

One of my clients is #TeamHumanPodcast. Take a listen to his podcast, there’s a lot of great information packed into each episode. His recordings are done not just with a large diaphragm microphone, but occasionally with his cellphone. I still get it cleaned up, prepped, and ready to post.

Check him out on Instagram, and tell him Lance sent you!

I’ll help you get your podcast fully ready, and help with any setup you need if you run into any questions during the process. You have my full support!

Contact me here with any questions you may have: 10xmillennial.com/contact