Having gone over the podcasts that have inspired me to create my own (Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History, the Roosterteeth Podcast, and Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project), I would to talk about creating a podcast.
It’s really a few steps for making one. The first is production, actually recording the podcast, second is post-production which is editing or you can skip this if you like your raw cut, and lastly is uploading to a host.
I spent a lot of time looking into the subject of making a podcast but honestly, it can as simple as opening up a laptop and recording with its microphone or just pulling out your phone to record you and two friends talking about your favorite subject.
Of course, audiophiles will have problem with the quality but if you are just starting out and want a taste of what it’s like, it’s a great alternative. Just make sure to set a few ground rules before about how you want to approach cursing, controversial topics, and direction for example.
After that, make sure you can properly hear everyone on the recording. You can fix a few things in post-production but not everything.
Think about how often you would like to record and release episodes.
After all that settles, the next episodes become easier and easier.
My personal setup involves a Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Microphone, M-Audio 200F USB Pre-Amp, and Adobe Audition to edit.
My only major expenses was the microphone because I also use it for recording voice overs on the side, everything else was already bought or given to me.
This setup is sufficient for our podcast, The Cup Shower, with myself and two friends. It’s a great time and we go from 40 minutes to an hour.
I highly recommend that if you’re barely starting out, try to go for 20 minutes and if you go over, that’s great! It’s all about warming up with your crew in front of the microphone.
Don’t worry about doing a few episodes before you release a proper first episode. With the Cup Shower, we are barely releasing the first episode after doing three episodes previously.
Over those few episodes, we found the direction we wanted to take (comic/pop culture entertainment) and now find it comfortable to ramble on our favorite topics.
For editing it, you can use a free program called, Audacity. It’s a free, open source software for audio recording and editing.
Although it is not as strong or user friendly as, Adobe Audition, it is a nice alternative to stock programs built in on a normal PC or Mac.
Use this software to adjust audio levels of your podcast, maybe cut out dead air from the podcast, and to create a final project.
After all of your production and post-production, now you have the final decision if you want to upload it online somewhere for people to listen to.
Take some time to listen to your product and ask yourself if you would like to make another or just run with it.
Whatever you decide, you have a lot of options related to upload for others to listen too. With the Cup Shower, we release it on SoundCloud every two weeks.
You can also release your podcast on iTunes, Youtube, or your own website.
Podcasting is great experience that can be about any topic you enjoy.
There is a vast amount of examples of any podcast you can think of.
Personally, just being able to make and release a product I enjoy and love from start to finish, there is no better feeling in my opinion.
That’s something that you should search for when creating a podcast, creating a product that you love from start to finish.