To be equipped for audio recording:
Let's get started on this topic. So in this article, I want to set you up with the equipment you need for podcast audio recording. Now my suggestion is this. Do this module and then before watching the next video get a kit and if you are ordering it online or if you go to a store then expect it to take a day or two for your kit to arrive.
But then you'll be able to practice everything that we go through directly because I want to help you move forward with your podcast and actually take some real action on it. So if you want to check out this article, order your equipment, then check out the next article. Then if you want to run forward then of course that's fine and then you can come back and follow again but this is my suggestion.
Now for some of you, I know that talking about technology can be the least enjoyable part of podcasting. So we'll keep it to the point here. The simple fact is that there are mixing boards, software, soundproof bedrooms and offices with microphones galore. I've often seen people proudly exclaim over weeks or months about how wonderful it is to actually be with making a podcast.
Some people spend hundreds of thousands of pounds building the perfect studio and you just don't need it. You know, when you're rolling in it and your hearing is blowing through the roof. You can then get some expensive kit, but to get started, all you need to do is start creating some content and test your idea on some real people.
So I'm not going to bore you with the hundreds of options available right now. I'm going to suggest just a few options to get you started today. So we need three things. I suspect you have one of those already, a set of headphones, any will do. I talk for a while.
The second one you can get for free is editing software that we can use to actually create podcasts, which I'll talk about in the next article. But let's start with the only item you probably need to buy and is worth spending a little more money on, and that's what's needed to record your voice. Some people even start doing this from their smartphones.
Actually microphone is also necessary, set its number as per your need. Actually used as a reporter, to actually do interviews with people. So you would point it towards the person as you did. I am suggesting that it is imperative that they get it. Now you can actually do the most basic way of recording an interview with your mobile phone.
Do you remember the really old brick-type mobile phones, they're really big chunky ones, when I used to turn it upside down and I'd do live interviews like this by holding a microphone and passing it to the guest, interviewing like this doing.
And it was going to be like tens of thousands of people on the radio holding the phone upside down and using it as a microphone. Now the quality of modern phones is much better than the bricks we used to have. For example an Anchor FM, Anchor App - they have an amazing app that you can install on your phone for free. And you can even edit your podcast in there.
So you can literally record your podcast in there, if you want to edit it in there and get it online. And I'm going to add a link to their guide in Resources so you can check that out as well. Now you can also do recording using this type of microphone.
Plugging in the mobile phone:
This is one, you can plug in your mobile phone. It is actually called 'Rode VideoMic ME'. It has wonderful qualities. How to plug it in- actually the hole in the bottom, you slide it into the slot and you've got a microphone on it. Be a little wiser too. And there's a telescopic mic. So this allows you to pinpoint where the sound is coming from. And it has great sound.
That's why I love this microphone. You can use this, if you want to do a similar interview with a guest, if you wish to do so. Now another option you might consider if you're walking around is something like this, which is a 'Zoom H1' which is again a very high quality microphone if I may again wind muffle If I remove it, you can see it has two little microphones on it.
And you can use it again to do your interview, just literally point it at your guest's face like this. And you get really extraordinary quality out of it. When you get more advanced, you can even start setting up multiple mics in a room.
The problem is, if you're interviewing face-to-face, it adds a whole other dimension and a whole other complication and a whole other problem with a mobile phone, unless you really want to try and be on your phone. edit the whole thing, which can be honest or something like where you need to download the file to your computer, do you start introducing more or more cables and more and more complexity.
It gets a bit complicated. So my aim as i already said i want to get you started and not get stuck in the tools. So my suggestion to get up and running fast is to start with remote interviews and do them online. So let's talk about how we can do that and get you up to speed.
To do this, you'll need a microphone that you can plug into your computer. Don't use this inbuilt. You know, the kind that some of them have little microphones in the corner of the screen or on the keyboard. They are terrible. Well, they are fine for video conference.
But with this kind of software that compresses the sound and with such poor quality sound recording with these tiny microphones, if someone is listening to your podcast with headphones, they will more or less accurately perceive the quality. Will hear the lack of it and it's going to drive them crazy with that kind of screeching sound that adds to the sound of your voice.
Don't use those microphones. You really want to plug one in. So what I want you to do is go to Google now or any search engine you like and enter this phrase - podcast usb microphone for your type of computer. Almost every computer will now have a USB port.
There are a few different types but they all work in roughly the same way. So the USB mic will plug into them. Let us give you some examples here. So for example a Samson Q2U or an Audiotechnica ATR 2100. Now this will set you back around $100 or 80 British pounds but they will transform your audio quality and are relatively easy to setup as well.
You can probably find one cheaper now. But you can definitely go up from there. If you want a really expensive microphone go for hundreds of dollars. But this should be enough to get you started. So I would do as I say, look at what you think you can afford and get a mic. So search on google or anywhere for podcast usb microphone and for your computer type. So what happens when it arrives, it doesn't fit your computer. Got the wrong connector on the end of the cable, in most cases, you don't need to send it back. You can get an adapter. This has happened to me before. There are two different sizes. I present them on screen for you. It's like USB A and USB C, which are generic. Sometimes there are different names too but these are pretty common formats.
But whatever type you have, you can almost certainly get an adapter for it. It cost me three British pounds. So cheap and it allowed me to plug-in my Blue Yeti into my Mac as the microphone would not fit in the Mac. It goes straight into my PC with no problem but for Mac, I need to get an adapter.
As good as your quality, get close to the mic and get a good sound. These are some microphones that you can try. You don't have to use either of them.
You can find something that suits your price point but getting a really good microphone that you can plug in is going to add that extra quality and make your podcasts sound better from the start. So do we need anything else? Well yes headphones and the reason is if you are doing a video podcast is because a lot of the recording that is done on the internet now has inbuilt echo cancelling.
And the problem is that if there is sound coming from your speakers, your microphone tries to pick up that sound. So let's say I spoke into my microphone. It again comes out of the speaker. It goes back into the microphone and then it goes round and round on a circle and circle and keeps listening to it, it keeps getting it out of the speaker, back into the microphone and it makes an awful noise.
So they have software built-in to reduce the effect of this echo but the problem is that parts of the sound have to be stretched to reduce it. So you don't get a clear sound and you often end up with a lot of distortion. The other problem that you get as well as you get is compression of sound by this software. They're trying to produce, they're trying to get as much data as possible through the Internet.
And so by reducing that, they reduce the amount of data that they have to transmit but the problem is that the quality of the sound that you're putting out is reduced. The better the raw sound, the higher quality echo counting it has to do with the end result.
And a simple, very easy, and incredibly cheap way to get rid of this problem is to simply wear some headphones. So like my folks, if I can just get them out of my drawer right here. By applying these, it reduces the need for any sort of echo cancellation or any kind of extra processing on the sound and you can get the highest quality possible out of it.
I guess that's enough for now. I'm going to talk about software in a moment. If you don't already have a good microphone or set of headphones as I say do some research where to buy it now or go ahead and order them or pick them up at a local shop, whatever you feel like Do that as soon as you can.
You can surely find all these on shopping sites and good electrical stores. And once you've got those, we'll move to the software. Next, we can start trying and even do some experiments. If you want, take a day to do this, and when you're ready, move on to the next video.
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