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(AUDIO) This Is All You Need to Start Podcasting

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(AUDIO) This Is All You Need to Start Podcasting

Whenever anyone finds out I’m a podcaster inevitably one of the first things they ask is about equipment. Usually, what do I need and how hard is it to really get started.

Allow me to let you in on a little something… You actually don’t need a whole bunch of fancy equipment to get yourself recording. If you have a smartphone and a set of headphones, then chances are you have everything you need to get started.

Now, I’m not going to lie to you, recording on your smartphone is not going to give you the best sounding audio, but if you want to get used to hearing yourself play back after a recording it’s a great place to start.

What I usually suggest to people though is just invest in a decent microphone. Now, I live in an Apple universe, so I chose to work with an “Apogee” microphone. The reason I chose that particular microphone is because of its plug and play abilities with all of my Apple devices. Meaning wherever I am on whatever device I’m on I can get a good quality recording. For my friends who reside in a PC world, I’ve been told over and over again the “Blue Yetti” is a faithful all round good quality microphone.

Depending on the format you are thinking on for your show, you may be completely set up just by getting your microphone sorted. But, if you are planning on interviewing people (and let’s face it, most podcasts involve others) then chances are you are going to be connecting with them via Skype. If that sounds like you then jump onto Google and do some research on Skype recording applications. There are plenty out there all offering slightly different abilities. Again, personally, I chose to go with “E Camm”. I’ve used it for over 3 years and it’s been extremely reliably… Except when I forget to hit ‘record’ *eeeek*

Sure, there are a few other ‘techy’ kind of things you need to know, like what software program will you use to record and edit, or where are you going to host your podcast… But, the techy stuff is a conversation for another day.

Besides, you just need to get out there and start practising. So, go on, what are you waiting for?

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  • Georgia Thomas
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    Great article, Tracy and very timely for me. I have looked into podcasting and just as you said, I was a little overwhelmed at the range of options out there. It’s definitely something I want to pursue, so you’ve motivated me to have another shot.

    • Tracy
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      I’m so glad you’re re energised Georgia… Podcasting really is a fabulous way to engage your community. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if I can offer any assistance.

      Cheers,
      Tracy

  • Andrew Griffiths
    Reply

    Love your 3 minutes guides Tracy! Really good. Thank you. Cheers – Andrew

    • Tracy
      Reply

      Why thanks Andrew!

      Very glad they are hitting the mark. I’m enjoying putting them together

      Cheers,
      Tracy

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