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CONNECTED Step by Step The Perfect 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 54 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 99 MARCH 2015 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 around £150.00 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 Zoom H4N