A week in Podcasting

Coming off the high from my week in Photography, I decided that I wanted to take a shot at podcasting.

Over the years I have received numerous compliments about my voice and I also wanted to add audio skills like mixing and mastering to my skill set. Podcasting offered the perfect opportunity to explore both avenues.

“A podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for download to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series.”

I started listening actively to podcasts early this year, they provided a great alternative way of consuming information and the best part is they can be consumed anywhere from inside a crammed bus to during that morning run.

TOOLS

The cost of building a professional podcasting setup would run into hundred thousands of Naira. I would need a microphone that won’t make me hate the sound of my voice as much as I already do, a sound card, a mixer and endless lengths of cable. Investing that much in building a setup wouldn’t have been wise.

That’s where my Android phone and Earpiece came in handy. I was able to record a voice note and use it to get started learning how to use the audio editing software.

SOFTWARE

Audio editing software come at different price points, depending on how deep your pockets are you could find software ranging from $0 to over $500. Like I said in my article about getting started, buying industry standard software might give you an advantage but many free applications can give you similar output.

My software of choice was Audacity, Audacity is a free, open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing.

I was able to use the rough voice note I had recorded on my phone to learn how to edit and mix audio using my computer.


The Business of Podcasting

Just like any form of content, podcasts can be marketed and monetised. During the later days of the week, I started obsessing over the business of podcasting and the possibility of making it an alternative stream of income.

Podcasting is hard

I came to realise that producing the podcast (editing and mixing) is the easiest part about podcasting.

Building a followership and making the podcast available through different mediums which listeners can consume each episode is where the work lies.

I’m looking to setup a website to host the episodes,v create a brand identity for the podcast and also make it available on different channels which listeners would use to consume it.

Setback

Life throws you curve-balls, somehow the earpiece that came with my HTC phone stopped working. They served as my microphone and headsets and to be very honest I was impressed by the quality of audio they gave me and every other earpiece I tried seemed to be below par.😪

Result

Here is a snippet of the rough prologue audio I recorded edited and mixed, I hope to get an earpiece that gives me decent audio quality so I can start creating content.

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