If you want to start podcasting, you’ll need just two things: a host and a mic.
Other than that, the sky’s the limit! Just remember that even though you can get started using just those two items, competence and quality will always open up more doors for you. However, if you need help choosing other podcast equipment and software—everything from music libraries to editing software—this guide is for you.
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Podcasting isn’t hard when you have the right partners. When you want a supportive and reliable platform to host your podcast look no further than these two giants in the marketplace. Both offer free trial periods. The ability to host multiple shows. Extensive analytics: where your audience is located; downloads, etc.
The tools you use for podcasting can be as simple as a laptop and your mindset. But if you want to start or level up your podcasting, you can start with some standard tools that will help you get started right away without spending an arm and a leg.
Currently, I’m using the Audio Technica ATR2100. I purchased this exact setup from Amazon. Before the ATR2100, I used the Audio Technica Broadcast mic while traveling across the USA and Canada. My first mic was the Rode Podcaster. This is the exact setup that I used. Follow Tools of the Trade Podcast to hear my experience with these microphones.
I’ve used all 3 of these microphones to interview guests.
You don’t always need an audio interface. But I needed one with the AudioTechnica Broadcast Mic because it came with an XLR connector. You can learn about the difference between XLR and USB connections in the article.
I currently use Riverside.fm to record my interviews. But I’ve used Zoom and Skype in the past. With Skype you will need to purchase eCamm (one-time purchase).
If you have a Mac you can use GarageBand with comes free with Safari. Otherwise, you can use Audacity. Both of these editing tools are free to use. GarageBand is very simple to use. Audacity has a lot more features and can do things like remove background noise (baby crying, firetruck horn, etc.)
I also use Alitu after using GarageBand because Alitu will level out your sounds, etc. You can also create a “video” which I add to my Instagram profile because it shows the sound wave (which I love).
You can also use Auphonic.com to level out your recording. I only use this basic feature but it comes with a lot of other features some free and some paid.
Discript is a great platform with which you can edit, create transcripts of your video or audio recording, remove filler words like “um” and delete spaces in your recording. It’s free for the first 2 hours of recording.
Learning & Networking
When you are looking for ways to learn about podcasting the amount of information on the internet can be confusing. But connect with experts who know what they are talking about because they have done it successfully.
PowerUp podcasting by Pat Flynn
PodPals & Podcasting Business School by Adam Schaeuble
Podcaster’s Paradise by John Lee Dumas