So you want to start a podcast, but you don’t have any money to make it happen? Or perhaps, you want to make a podcast to help your business but you’re not really interested enough to put loads of effort in that could be going into your actual business? Not to worry! We’re going to give you a few ideas on how to make it easier (and cheaper!) for you to create your own podcast!
Let’s Get Down to Basics!
Every podcaster needs a decent microphone, but a lot of the highly recommended microphones for podcasting tend to cost a decent amount of money. While it’s true that you should ideally be looking to get one of these so your audio quality is tip top, and you have a microphone that won’t easily break, with how far technology has come in recent years, it’s not a terribly bad idea to use some USB microphones or even the microphone on your apple earbuds!
It sounds crazy, (and audiophiles, we apologise!), but the microphone from your Apple earbuds isn’t actually all that bad when it’s in a controlled environment. Either that, or there are some pretty good USB microphones out there that sound great and won’t break the bank!
Behringer B-1/C-1: Behringer is a super reliable brand so right off the bat you know you’re getting quality. The B-1 and C-1 are extremely affordable condenser microphones that give awesome audio quality for the price you pay. Just bear in mind you will need an audio interface in order to connect them to your laptop or computer though!
Samson Q2U: We always recommend this one due to it having both XLR and USB connectors! So whenever you decide to upgrade your kit, you can take this mic with you! You can also use the XLR and USB connections at the same time, meaning if one setup conks out, you’ve got the other version of the recording safe!
Blue Snowball: Blue are extremely well-known, and for all good reasons! The Yeti is the most popular mic they do, but the Snowball is a close second. It comes in several different colours, can connect up with your computer or laptop easily, and offers pretty good audio quality for your recordings.
What About Recording?
So now you have your mic sorted, you might need to know what programs you can record into. There are quite a few options for DAW’s (Digital Audio Workspace), and they might leave you feeling a little overwhelmed. Here are a few options for good DAW’s that are either completely free or have a small price tag:
Audacity: Completely free and perfect for those who want a very simple program to just record and trim audio. It does have other features built into it but it’s not super easy to use these like some other programs. Fantastic beginners option that works on both Windows and Mac.
Download here: Audacity
GarageBand: Only available on Mac, but completely free, Garageband actually offers quite a lot for a free piece of software. It’s super easy to record and trim your audio, to clean up any fumbles or restarts. It also has vocal presets that are fully customisable to get your voice sounding just right.
Download here: Garageband
Adobe Audition: This one is a subscription based service at £19.97p/m ($20.99p/m), but with an amazing amount of functionality! It has all the bells and whistles you could want, plus quite a few extras on the side! This is amazing for anyone, whether they’re new to audio editing or have been editing for a few years.
Download here: Adobe Audition
Editing Takes Time
There’s no getting around it, if you want your podcast sounding great, then editing will take up a lot of your time. If you just stick your raw audio files together and do no other editing, it’s not going to sound too great. Luckily for you, we have a guide on how to edit your podcast on Adobe Audition:
Learn to Edit Using Adobe Audition: https://podcast.co/create/editing-using-audition
But if you don’t want to pay for Audition or you just want to consider some other options for editing software, we also have this article giving you a few different options:
Editing Software: https://podcast.co/create/podcast-editing-guide
However, we also understand that not everyone has the time to edit their own podcast episodes, and also some just aren’t interested in that side of things. In these cases, there’s always the opportunity to hire people to do this bit for you!
Now Where Do I Put It?
After all that, you’ll need to upload your podcast to a hosting platform. There are plenty to choose from, but for the most ease, you’ll want to find one that can create an RSS feed for you and one that has features that let you upload to iTunes at the click of a button.
We recommend our new platform. It has everything you need to get your podcast up and running. Alternatively, there are a few other hosting providers worth checking out.