Once you have defined the content of your podcasts, planned and prepared your interviews or speeches, as we have seen in this article, you will have come a long way. Now you will have a successful recording.
Microphones, headphones, stands, cables, recorder … It is important first of all to have reliable and quality equipment that makes your podcast enjoyable to listen to and meets the standards of professional content. The sound quality is crucial. It is necessary to limit background noise and do everything possible to ensure that the voices are clear. For the material, everything is said in our article which material to record your podcast. For the rest, here are our tips.
Test your equipment, try recording, listen to yourself… You won’t be able to get the perfect sound the first time. The old saying “Practice makes perfect” applies more than ever to podcast production. Beyond testing, try a “pilot” podcast that will not be broadcast but will allow you to identify your defects, both in content and form. The objective is to become familiar with the voice and recording, as well as editing. This way, when you are ready on the day.
Choose a suitable recording location
For your first podcasts, there’s little chance you’ll be able to benefit from a soundproof studio, although it’s ideal for perfect, undisturbed, echo-free sound.
But that’s no problem, just choose the quietest place in your home or office to record your episodes. Some podcasters choose to record in their closets, others under blankets, and others simply try to use a place with minimal background noise and echoes.
Don’t be in a hurry, especially for assembly
Making a good podcast takes time, but it’s not a problem. When it comes to podcasting, success comes at the end of a marathon, not a sprint. Recording and editing, it’s all tedious at first. But with experience, you’ll get faster and faster. Editing is not to be taken lightly, it will allow you to erase dead times, errors, hesitations, useless sentences so that your sequence keeps a certain rhythm.
You may take two hours to put together a 15-minute podcast. The goal is to remove anything that is not essential to the subject and may affect the quality of the content. Only the essentials should be kept. Editing is therefore both a work on the form, to “erase impurities” and on the background to remove technically correct pieces but that will turn out to be irrelevant. What is the best software for editing? Adobe audition is a must, but it costs €23.99 per month. AVS audio is also an excellent software, a little cheaper than Adobe (there is even a big promotion until the end of January), but available only on windows. On Mac, you can test WavePad, which is also paying but affordable. And then, there is free software, which can be quite enough for your first steps in the podcast universe. The best known is undoubtedly Audacity, but there is also oceanaudio.
Yes, you’re going to fail! One day you may record a whole sequence with the microphone off, your recorder or recording software will bug and lose your episode, etc … You will complain for sure, but as long as you do not give up and you start again in calm, it’s won! The life of a podcaster is strewn with small and big pitfalls. But it is also so exciting …