Want to get into podcasting but still got a couple of technical questions that are weighing you down? Do not panic, we’ve got some top tips to help you easily record your first podcast, all without necessarily having to splash out.

To start off, let’s take a look at what you need to record your first podcast. To get started in the podcast-game, you’ll need to gather some material, namely:

. A microphone

. Your chosen recording software

You will also need a computer to store and edit your podcast.

The Microphone

To record, there are several solutions that are available.

  • The built in mic: Just be clear right now, this isn’t the best solution, especially if there are going to be several of you gather around the microphone. However, this is still a good way to test yourself and record a pilot episode, for example.
  • The headset: If you’re alone and in charge, with a limited budget, the headset is an ideal solution. For a couple of dollars, you’ll be able to find yourself a good quality headset, take for instance this Sennheiser headset.

The MacGyver Approach: The hands-free kit! Yes, a simple hands-free kit like those provided with your smartphone can sometimes adapt to your computer and prove to be a good substitute for the microphone. Perfect if you’re on a tight budget.

  • Condenser Microphones: If you’re looking to take things up a notch, why not go for more professional mic, a condenser microphone. For example, the Snowball iCE, is perfect for recording when there are several of you, or Samson’s Meteor, is also popular among professionals.

The Wanderer approach: A portable recorder could also be very useful if you plan on recording from wherever. If you don’t have a fixed studio, this is great.

Recording software

There are a lot of different software types that allow you to record and edit your podcast, however, Audacity has to be the one that wins the most votes. It must be said that we’ve rarely come across another software that has been more practical than this small and free gem used by most podcasters.

If you’re one of those has brush Audacity to the side (it happens), Garage Band, which is available on Mac on the App Store might just be your perfect ally.

 

Got a favorite software? Don’t hesitate to let us know or share with us your own top tips for recording your podcasts.

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