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Step by Step
Podcast. by Beth Zarkosh
T he beauty of podcasting
is that it can be done in
very little time and with
great ease when done properly!
This article will give you a brief
insight into how to create the perfect podcast
and what elements to take into account.
So firstly, what is it you are podcasting about?
The key to any successful podcast is a script.
A big rookie error is to think that ‘winging it’
with a vague idea of what you’re going to
say after hitting the record button is the way
to go. If your script isn’t properly thought
through and rehearsed, your podcast can
sound unprofessional and will simply be
uncomfortable to listen to...Trust me I’ve
heard a few!
It’s a little known fact that the long serving
BBC Radio stalwart Chris Evans religiously
scripts his show every single morning his
deliverance makes it sound like he’s riffing,
but there’s a solid amount of planning going
into everything we hear. So, with that in mind
make sure your content is ready and you
know what you are talking about thoroughly.
Voices.com is a good resource for budding
podcasters and offers some helpful pointers
for a decent script.
Sound Once you’re satisfied with the content of the
podcast and have got a script raring to go,
it’s time to take a look at your recording set
up. The sound quality of any podcast will
make or break a great recording and your
audience will know the difference. A tinny,
echoey or shoddy sounding recording is
something you want to avoid and to do so
here is a tip I would give make sure you get
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yourself a decent microphone, which can record
at a level of 48Khz or above. There is a world
of microphones to choose from on the market;
the Studio Series SL150 USB Microphone by
Editors Keys records at broadcast quality and
plugs directly into your laptop, PC tablet and it
comes in a handy carry case, so is a great bit of
kit for any podcaster... If you’re recording multiple
sound sources look towards a microphone like
the Rode NT1.
A portable recorder are used by many top
podcasters, these are brilliant for using when
conducting face to face interviews or making
‘voice memos’ for those random moments of
inspiration when you’re out and about. A great
portable recorder is the Zoom H4N which can be
purchased at www.gear4music.com at
Software and inputs.
If you’re on a Mac, then
Garageband is a great contender.
It’s free of charge and has built
in podcast support and direct
exporting to iTunes. If you’re on
a PC and strapped for cash then
Audacity is completely free and a
perfectly good software to record
with. If you are recording with multiple
microphones then you will need
an audio mixer or interface. The
decision in to how many channels
the mixer will have is dependent
on how many microphones you
will have, but remember to allow
extra room for growth.
One great audio mixer I’d
recommend is the Yamaha
MW12CX USB Mixer priced
at around £290.00 available to
purchase on sites like such as studiocare.com