There are few basic elements every podcaster should have in their toolkit. You will need something to record with, some music and an editing software. Here is a basic list to help you get started:
Microphones and recorders for podcasting
First you need a microphone or a recorder to record your voice, possibly both. Zoom is a good brand for recorders, so in addition to the previous article I decided to include three recorders in this one:
- Detailed article of 5 proper mirophones: Choosing a microphone for podcasting
- Zoom H1 -recorder – has a decent build in microphone. This one is really good for attaching rode smartlav+ microphone.
- Zoom H6 -recorder – has really good build in microphones. This one is too big to carry around in your pocket, but you can attach all the way to 4 external microhones here.
- Zoom H4 -recorder – also has professional build in microphones. In h4 you can only attach 2 external microphones, but it is smaller in size than and H6.
Free jingles and music
Your audience needs to recognize you. It is highly recommended to add a short piece of music or a jingle in the beginning and end of your podcast to create a trademark of recording.
- https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/music.html (Complete songs to download. Incompetech tunes sound a bit plastic and most of them don’t contain any vocals.)
- https://www.joshwoodward.com/ (Complete songs from this great artist. In Josh Woodward’s page you can choose if you want to download his songs with or without vocals.)
- https://www.freesound.org/ (This site is mainly for sound effects. You can still find pretty decent jingles by search. Just type in “Jingle”)
Audacity – a free software for everyone who wants to edit sound
Audacity is an open source software for either Mac or PC. It has all the basic editing tools and it is free. If you are just starting your podcast Audacity will get you pretty far:
- http://www.audacityteam.org/download/mac/ (Mac)
- http://www.audacityteam.org/download/windows/ (Windows / PC)
How to convert your sound files mp3 file:
Uploading podcasts online might be time consuming if the files are too large. With these tools you can easily convert your files into small mp3 format.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2thccnEzPvE (Mac)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oZhDGHxxqg (Windows / PC)
Advanced softwares for demanding podcasters:
If you are already skillful in podcasting or sound engineering and are ready to pay good money for your toolkit. Here is a few softwares that are widely used by professionals:
- Hindenburg ja Hindenburg Pro (Mac / Windows): https://hindenburg.com/products/hindenburg-journalist
Hindenburg is designed specifically to be used in editing radio shows and podcasts. Useful features are for example Auto level (automatic adjustment of volume levels) and Voice profiler (adjusting the voice brightness of speakers.)
- Pro Tools First, Pro Tools ja Pro Tools HD (Mac / Windows): http://www.avid.com/pro-tools
Almost a default software in music and film industry. Pro tools First -version is free. For Pro tools, there is tons of free tutorials all over youtube to master it.
- Cubase (Mac / Windows): https://www.steinberg.net/en/products/cubase/start.html
Another commonly used software in music industry. Cubase is cheaper than Pro tools and you will get the license for free bundled together with various recorders like Zoom.
- Logic Pro X (Mac): https://www.apple.com/lae/logic-pro/
Apple’s own software for sound editing. Easy to use with a lot of professional features.
This article was produced for Kiekus’s How to Podcast event. Special thanks for Otto Ahoniemi for collaborating.
You’ll find the talks of the event from below (in Finnish)