Do Podcast in few steps
Thanks to the success of events such as Serial, TED Radio Hour, and The Nerdist, podcasts have become more popular than ever. Here’s how to create, record, and publish your own podcast-base and get people to listen.
Before you start, Be Ready to Commit
Before you rush into things, it is important to remember that the podcast took a lot of effort to go. They are not just recordings of people talking (not good, anyway). Pat Flynn, host podcasts Smart Passive Income, suggest you treat Podcasting in the same way you would any other major projects:
Podcasting is very fun and interesting, but there is one thing you should do before you start podcasting: Commit. You must internally commit to podcasting, you have to do with anything potentially lucrative but take some time and effort to do.
It is easy to assume that the podcast is easy to produce because they only audio, but do not be fooled. They can take a lot of time to put together, especially in the beginning. Also, podcasts do their best when they released consistently. If you are interested in developing every kind of listener base, you should be ready to release a regular episode. All in all, podcasting can work fun, but it still works and should be treated as such.
You also should not expect to get rich from podcasting well. It’s certainly possible to generate revenue from podcasting, but it usually requires advertising and sponsorship that both of you will get once you build up a big enough audience to make it worthwhile for advertisers. If you are not interested in starting a podcast for fun or have your voice heard, you may not get a lot of it unless you already have an audience.
What would you Need
You can not start a podcast without equipment, and good equipment will go a long way. Here’s what you’ll need:
Microphone (s): Each microphone will work to record your podcast, but the listener can usually distinguish between low and high-quality microphone. If you are not sure what to look for, a list of the five best desktop microphone is a great place to start (I use four AT2020s Audio-Technica analog to podcasts on my own). When you shop around, you also need to decide whether you want to use USB or analog (XLR) microphone. USB mic converts analog voice into digital so you can plug a USB mic directly to any computer and begin recording without a lot of hassle, but you could potentially get a lower audio quality compared to analog. Considering you do not need any additional equipment or device to record with a USB mic, they could be a little cheaper in the long run. Analog microphones using the XLR connector, which means you need another device to get your audio to your computer, but you can get the audio quality is higher and can use it with the sound equipment other (if you have a PA system or want to play music, for example) , Of course, if you have a gaming headset or other basic microphone around, you can easily use it, too.
XLR Portable Recorder (optional): If you plan to use an analog microphone to your podcast, you need something that captures and converts analog audio to digital. XLR portable recorder can capture multiple channels microphone and allows you to perform basic sound level adjust on and off quickly. audio files automatically get organized and stored on the memory card that you can insert into a card reader or a slot in your computer. It is a wonderful tool, but they can be expensive. You can find them for anywhere between $ 100 and $ 500, depending on how many channels and options you need (I use $ 400 H6 Zoom Handy Recorder with four analog channels are available).
Audio Interface (optional): If you want to record directly to your computer with an analog microphone, you need an audio interface. This device allows you to plug in one or more microphones will convert analog and analog to digital audio. Most audio interfaces will be connected to your computer via USB or Firewire. audio interfaces can cost as little as $ 30 and as high as $ 300, depending on what you need. (You can see why a USB microphone is a cheaper option.)
A Computer: Any computer Windows or Mac should work well to record, edit, and upload your podcast. Fortunately, audio editing does not take a ton of computing power. In addition, depending on how you choose to record directly to the computer or device to your computer dedicated recording also need the appropriate port. USB microphones, for example, would clearly require an open USB port. If you use a microphone XLR analog recorder or a portable audio device interface, you will need a 3.5 mm audio-in jack, USB port, or in some cases, a Firewire port. So before you spend money on equipment, make sure you have a computer that can support it.
Audio Editing Software: For the actual recording and editing, you will need a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW or), there are many good choices out there, but a license for some of them can cost a pretty penny, though. Licenses for professional-level DAWs like Reason or Pro Tools can cost anywhere between $ 300 and $ 900. Therefore, most people would recommend the free open source programs like Audacity when you have just begun, and that is what we will use an example of the whole how-to guide.
Pop Filter (optional): The more you can clear audio sound, the better. pop filter, while not required, is reasonably priced and can keep you from making a plosive evil voice on your tape. If you do not want to buy anything, though, you can make some of your own.
You might think that all this equipment is quite expensive, and you are not wrong. But keep in mind that a decent audio equipment will last forever if you take care of it. It may be expensive to start, but after the initial purchase, you are ready.
Step One: Narrowing topic and Finding Your Niche
Just like the blog, there are a ton of podcasts out there. That means that you may be able to find a podcast about everything under the sun already. Do not be discouraged! While virtually every broad topic already covered, you just have to find your spin on things to make the old idea of something new .
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For example, if you want to create a podcast about music, ask yourself whether there’s an audience out there for what you want to talk about. Maybe you narrow down your idea of music in general to a special Bluegrass. Now that your coverage is specific: music, people, and culture of bluegrass. Once you narrow down your topic, it helps to add spin to it. Maybe you are talking about bluegrass music and culture while sipping liquor with your host. It’s kind of true that everything has been done before, but it has not all been done in a way you would do it. So finding the angle that is personally interesting and you will be better.
Step Two: Download, Install, and setup Audacity
As mentioned before, Audacity is a great DAW for podcasting starter. It’s open source, free to use as long as you like, and is available for Windows, OS X, and Linux. Before you can jump to record, however, there are some tricks to get it all set up properly:
Download Audacity 2.1.0 in audacityteam.org and install it.
Connect a microphone and Audacity open.
See if your microphone is being recognized by Audacity to check the drop-down menu next to the little microphone icon. If you see your mic, go ahead and select it.
In the upper left corner, you will see a pause, play, stop, skip back, skip forward, and record button. Click the record button and speak into your mic to make sure it is working properly.
Stop recording and playback what you just recorded to make sure everything sounds fine.
You will want to export audio in MP3 format later. In order to do that, you must download and install the LAME MP3 encoder for Windows or Mac.
Once it is installed, close and reopen Audacity. Record yourself speaking for a few seconds as before, then go to File, then Export Audio, and select MP3 files in the ‘Save as type’ drop-down menu. Name your file something simple like “test1” and save to your desktop.
Search MP3 files on your desktop and tried to play on the MP3 player of your choice, just to make sure everything is working properly.
If the audio on your MP3 sound file tests is fine, you are ready to start recording your podcast in Audacity.
Step Three: Capturing and Editing Your Podcast In Audacity
This recording is quite simple in Audacity, but there are some things you should do before you jump into your first show:
Connect a microphone and make a fast recording in the same manner as before to check audio levels.
You can adjust your recording volume with the slider just above the drop-down menu where you select your recording device.
When you have found a good rate, go ahead and remove the test recording by clicking the small X in the upper left of the track. You do not need anymore.
Make sure your recording room is silent and recording about 5 seconds of “silent.” This is called the tone of the room and you can use this to cut things such as swearing or even cover up some background noise that happens when you’re recording. You can disable this for the current track by clicking the mute switch on the left side of the track. You also can minimize it by clicking on the arrow in the bottom-left of the track.
Go to File, then Save Project As, and choose a name for your project. Keep in mind that this does not export audio, simply save your progress.
Now you’re ready to actually record the main part of your podcast. Just press the record button and Audacity will start capturing your audio on a new track. When you are finished recording, press the stop button. It’s as simple as that. Before you continue make sure to save your work. Now it’s time to add music and make necessary edits:
Go to File, then Import, and then Audio. Find the music you selected earlier (or yourself if you make a few), and click Open. music will get fall into Audacity as its own separate track.
Now find Audacity Selection Tool in the toolbar. It will look like a cursor type.
Pull Selection Tool over the music that you want to use for the intro and outro music.
With part of the music being selected, look for the button on the toolbar Cut Audio Audacity and click. You should be left with only a part of the music that you choose.
Meanwhile, part of the music is still selected, find the Copy button on the toolbar and click (you can also use CTRL + C or Command + C).
At the same musical path, click anywhere on the right that the music section. Then find the Paste button on the toolbar and click (or CTRL + V or Command + P). You now have an intro and outro music, but still not quite ready.
With the Selection Tool, select one of the copies of music. Then go to Effect at the top and select Fade Out. Do the same thing to copy other music, but choose Fade In opposite. Your intro and outro music is now ready to go.
If you need to cut something out of the oath podcast-like you if you try to keep it clean, or information not is made public, very easy to fix:
Find the audio that needs to be cut.
Use the Selection Tool to select all the parts that need to be removed.
Finding the Cut button on the toolbar and click. Boom, it’s gone. Alternatively, you can also use the Silence button.
Now, remember the tone of your room prerecorded? You can copy a part of it and overlap it with the cut part so that you have less jarring silence.
With music, you’re ready to go and the appropriate edits you made, you now can line up all the Time Shift Tool (two arrows are connected by thin lines). Just drag each audio piece in each track until you are satisfied with how all the audio lines up. You may need to play around with it a bit to find the sweet spot.
If you feel like your voice audio does not sound as good as you want, there are a few things to tweak. Adam Dachis, the former Lifehacker writer and host podcasts Supercharged, suggests using compression and EQ settings to get things to sound closer to radio quality. The best way to use compression and equalizer settings can be several articles themselves, but the video above, from HowToMakePodcasts YouTube channel, provides a brief overview of how to use it well in Audacity. When you get all of that sounds like you want, save your work (and possibly save your progress as you work too).
Optional: Recording with Multiple Microphone (or Skype)
As strong as Audacity is, use multiple microphones require some extra work and money. Why do you want to record with some of the mics? Well, that makes it easier to fix audio that someone, either in place by adjusting the mic level or at a later date if you have multiple audio tracks on the same recording.
Even with some USB microphones, however, Audacity can recognize only one audio input for recording at a time. Tim Audacity, however, suggests some ways to sneak around this limitation:
Window: To use multiple USB microphones on Windows, you can combine them all into a single tape device by using software such as Voice meter (free of charge) or Virtual Audio Cable (trial version supports up to three devices). Audio of each mic will be picked up fine, but all level adjustment should be done through software. In Audacity, you still only see a single track recording to editing.
OS X: In OS X 10.7 and later you can set an aggregate device without additional software. Check Apple’s official instructions to aggregate the device here.
If you use multiple analog microphones, there are two ways you can go about it:
Use the audio interface or mixer that is connected to your computer
Record all the XLR portable recorder and upload the files to your computer
To use the analog microphone you will need one of these devices anyway, but if you get one that supports multiple microphones, you’re ready.
If the co-host you are not close and you want to use Skype, Google Hangouts, or other internet calling service, it can touch. Audacity does not support Skype direct recording, but Audacity team has several ways that might sneak around for Windows and Mac. If not, you will have to use additional software such as MP3 Skype Recorder or Pamela and import audio into Audacity calls the same way you would take your music or other audio files. After that in Audacity, you can adjust the sound level and make sure everything is fine. Audacity is especially strong as a free course has its limitations, so if you really enjoy podcasting, it could be worth it to spring for a better DAW forward.
Step Four: Tag and MP3 Export File In Audacity
Exporting your podcast as an MP3 file should be easier now because you set the MP3 export before you start recording. There are still some important things you should do when you export, though. To make sure your file is ready to be uploaded somewhere, you need to edit the file metadata (also known as “tagging”). Metadata is information that displays no matter what the name of that file and include things such as title, track number, album, and artist names.
Fortunately, Audacity lets you do that when you export your audio as MP3. Here’s how to do it:
Go to File, then Export Audio.
Select MP3 files in the drop-down menu ‘Save as type’. Then the file name (the name and number of podcast episodes, for example). Click Save.
Now you will see the Edit Metadata window. Enter all required information (will go that shortly). You can also add and remove sections as you see fit in here.
Down to the template and click Save. Save this template for future episodes so you do not have to fill out most of this information ever again.
Click OK. MP3 You must export and ready to upload.
If you are not sure how you should fill in the template metadata, Daniel J. Lewis in The Audacity to Podcast has some suggestions:
Track: Your episode number. It will help sort chronological episode if a player did not read the date issued or modified.
Title: The episode number and title, the same as your blog posts. For example, “AYJW027: Dare (2011).”
Artist: the name (s) of the host episode (s) or the name of your network.
Album: podcast title (remember, this is all of your events, not just an individual episode).
Year: year of release.
Genre: choose what is most appropriate or “Podcasts.”
Comment: a brief summary of the episode you. It could be the same as your WordPress quote, or just a web address for your event records.
Copyright: copyright information. I suggest writing it was like, “© 2011 D.Joseph Design” -Note that “with” unnecessary, and symbols should always precede the year. Not all programs have this marking.
URL: web address show notes you. Not all programs have this marking.
Cover / images / album art: your podcast cover art …
Metadata is important when you want to list your podcast directory later, so take the time to make sure everything you have as much information as possible.
Optional: Find Some Theme Music
Write and record your own music theme is very difficult if you do not know what you are doing (and probably will not sound very good). Allow to pro and find songs for free in places such as the Free Music Archive and Vimeo Music Store:
Go to the website that offers music under the International Attribution License or International License Attribution-NonCommercial like freemusicarchive.org.
No, browse music by genre or through a search.
Find a song you like and click the down arrow to download it.
It may take the time to find what you want, but when you do, you have to do is credit the creator in the description of your podcast.
Step Five: Select Strong Name and Create a Cover Image
When it comes to people finding your podcast, the name you choose for it to matter. John Lee Dumas, the host of Entrepreneur on Fire podcast, suggest you choose a name that communicates with your audience what your podcast will be about. If we go back to bluegrass and moonshine example, it could be something simple, like “Bluegrass n ‘Moonshine,” or something less obvious, but still gets the point across, like “Sippin’ and Singin ‘:. The Bluegrass Podcast” The title gives you an idea of what the show is about, but more importantly, your event may appear in the search for someone to podcast about bluegrass music.
You will also need an image for your podcast. This is the first thing people will see when they arrive at your event, so it should look good. A picture is also required to list your podcast in directories such as iTunes, Stitcher, and BluBrry and podcast manager like Pocket Player and DoggCatcher.
Cover art can be an image or custom artwork, depending on how you want to represent your event. If the event is about you, you can even use a good photo of yourself. You can use a simple logo if you like, as long as it has something to do with what you were talking about in the podcast. You want to make sure the image you convey what your show is really about as good as it could be. No matter what you choose will be used for the cover art, make sure the title of the show is in the picture. If you are not comfortable making your own picture, do not be afraid to hire a designer to do it for you. websites like Fiverr and 99designs lets you talk with and hire a designer to cost.
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podcast pictures need a certain size as well if your artwork will not look good when it shrinks down. In fact, some directories will not even accept a podcast feed if your art is not of proper size. Here it is important you want to shoot for:
Images must be 1400 x 1400 pixels minimum
Images must be in .jpg or .png format (.jpg preferred)
Image must look good-and-read-in 300 x 300 pixels
A good rule is to optimize your images to 150 x 150 pixels. If it looks good small, you know you will not run into problems. Daniel J. Lewis in The Audacity to Podcast also recommend that you treat several different types of images so that they always look the best:
For photos / artwork based image, obtain the greatest possible versions and design in dimension.
For artwork or color-based illustration, design in vector editor (like Adobe Illustrator) to create works of art that can be scaled to any size without losing quality.
You can do most of the editing images in Photoshop or Pixelmator alternatives like GIMP and-easy. When you have a good name and some decent art representing your event, you are ready to start recording.
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Step Six: Find a Place to Host Your Podcast
When finished tagging and exporting your podcast, it’s time to find a place to accommodate MP3 files. Getting your podcast host is important so that you can begin distributing your events to podcast directories and applications via the RSS feed. Here are some of the best choice for beginners:
SoundCloud: SoundCloud offers free podcast hosting (other than competitive two paid options when you get a little more serious), and allows you to distribute your podcast through RSS. podcast, you can instantly publish to SoundCloud itself, which makes it very easy to share your podcast in social media, blogs, and other websites.
Podbean: Podbean provides several levels of hosting, including free choice (although quite limited a free hosting). This service has its own iOS and Android apps to listen, as well as analytic tools, though you’ll need to pay to get the most of their best features.
Podomatic: Super user-friendly and offers free hosting with enough bandwidth and storage for beginners podcast. There is also pro-choice that allows for more bandwidth if you find that you like it.
Libsyn: Libsyn is one of the oldest sites dedicated podcast hosting and is regarded as one of the best. Plan lowest price is $ 5 per month with unlimited bandwidth, and no free choice, but you get what you pay for.
Amazon S3: Amazon hosting services offer a free plan, but limit your storage among others. Paid services only charge you for the storage and bandwidth that you actually use, which means that the cost could rise as a podcast you grow in popularity.
If you are new to podcasting or file hosting online media in general, try the service for free to see if you like the way they work. When you find one you like, it’s worth paying for hosting if you are serious about continuing your podcast. Each host listed here will provide you with easy to follow instructions on how to upload your podcast audio file, but there are some basic steps to follow regardless of the service you choose:
When you sign up for the service, using the name of your podcast (or the closest thing to it).
Upload an image of the cover art at least 1400 x 1400 pixels.
Fill in all the parts of your profile, especially the description of your event.
Upload your MP3 files. Most hosting services allow you to listen to your podcast right on the site, thus providing a listen to make sure everything sounds good.
metadata file that you created earlier should fill out a lot of the necessary information. However, if something goes wrong, now is the opportunity to make changes and fix it before you submit RSS feeds for each directory.
Once you’re happy with how it looks, you are ready to validate your feed and submit it to podcast directories.
Step Seven: Get Your Podcast in iTunes
There are many podcast directories out there that you can submit to, including Stitcher, Blubrry, and Miro. Most podcasters, however, will tell you that if there is only one directory you should try to get listed in, the iTunes. It’s the most popular and has the largest range. Here’s how to get listed in the iTunes podcast directory:
Check the title, author, description and cover art associated with your podcast audio files on your hosting service. iTunes using the fields to search. For more information and tips, check out the official specs iTunes podcast here.
Find your RSS podcast feed URL and copy it.
Make sure your podcast RSS feed apply. Some hosts have a built-in validator and would say if your feed is valid. If not insert your feed URL to Cast Feed Validator and see what Podcasting application and the directory will see. Making changes in the website hosting as needed.
Download and open iTunes.
Find More icon at the top left of the window ( “…”). Podcasts.
Finding Podcast Quick Links section on the right side of the window. Click Submit Podcast link.
Copy the URL of your RSS feeds in the field provided and click Next.
That should do it! If you do not see anything appear in iTunes right away, do not stress. It can take from 24 hours to two weeks before your podcast is added (podcast will be reviewed by a team of people). Fortunately, the process of getting registered in other podcast directories are not much different. So once you’ve got iTunes knows, the sky is the limit.
Finally, as exciting as it was to finally get your podcast out there for everyone to hear, consider waiting to submit your podcast until you’ve got a couple of episodes in the can. Can send only one episode left a lot to be desired for those who stumble on your event. It is also less likely that you will be performing or promoted as something new and noteworthy. So record three or four episodes before you start trying to grow your audience.