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Starting Your Podcast

This guide contains links, documents, and reminders to go with the Starting Your Podcast series of classes.

Microphones and Recording Set-ups

Your microphone is your most important tool in recording.

Get a good USB mic.

Be thorough in your soundchecks; record, listen back, and take notes.

Know how your mic responds to your voice and others’.

 

Here are some reminders for when recording in an improvised studio: 

Small, irregular, and soft is the perfect recording space.

Use a walk-in closet, a blanket fort, a tent, or whatever works for you.

 

Here are some reminders for when recording where you don’t have full control:

Get room tone (ie record a minute of ambient sound) to help cover edits later

Acknowledge the space so the audience feels like they know where they are, too.

 

For a full rundown of home recording studios, including advice on mics and other equipment, we recommend this Transom.org article:

Setting Up a Small Recording Studio

Getting Your Podcast on the Internet

This is the easiest part of podcasting, so don’t fret. There are multiple free and for-pay services to maintain your RSS feed and store your audio files.

You need two things to start distributing your podcast:

1) a maintained and updated RSS feed.

2) web space.

You might use a podcasting service like Libsyn or Podbean, a blogging service like Wordpress, or an audio distributor like Soundcloud. Whatever you use, they will have step-by-step guides for you. NB: the free versions of services like Wordpress and Soundcloud require you to provide the web space to store your audio files.