I’ve had lots of conversations with listeners over the past few years, and one topic that always seems to really grab hold of a lot of them, is how we actually podcast. Just the fact that the 4 of us are not in the same room, zipcode, or sometimes state is enough to get the conversation really rolling. Below is a quick outline of what we discuss. Please shoot us an email with any questions you have about software, hardware, iTunes, WordPress, or whatever else you can think of. We love putting the show together using all these methods, thanks for listening.
Step 1: Get a decent Microphone (and while you’re at it, headphones). Bad audio is really hard to sit through – especially when there is no video to accompany it.
- The Good Guys use a combination of Audio Technica AT2020USB, Blue Snowball, and Blue Yeti microphones. Check ’em out.
Step 2: Software. A good multitrack audio recording software tool is a must for a podcaster. We use 4 different ones for our show.
- Audacity (Free, awesome, both mac and PC)
- GarageBand (mac only, lots of bells and whistles for musicians)
- Soundtrack Pro (Part of the Final Cut Pro video/audio editing suite. Very powerful)
- Adobe Audition (Part of the Adobe Creative Suite. Also very powerful)
Step 3: Start recording. Whether you are putting together a multi-host double ender, or recording your own musings for the world to hear, the most important things is to just hit record.You’ll find out all kinds of things you didn’t think you needed or wanted. Just keep a backup and go.
Step 4: iTunes. It’s super easy to submit your podcast to iTunes, but you need to have your content in an iTunes friendly XML format. Unless you really love writing giant CML files, we advise using some sort of content management plugin that will do the work for you. We used to use PodPress for wordpress, but switched over to PowerPress and are loving it.