Have you always wanted to record a podcast but you're overwhelmed on where to start? Don't worry! You just need a few items and you'll be well on your way.
What You'll Need:
- Computer (with internet access)
- Recording Software
A lot of folks access the internet on their mobile phones these days, but for podcasting you want to make sure you have a reliable computer with internet access to record, edit, and store your podcast.
You don't need to spend a lot for a good recording software. In fact, a quick Google Search will return lots of options for FREE (yes, free!) recording software available for download. However, there are two that stand out above the crowd: Audacity and GarageBand.
Audacity is widely used by podcasters and is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux. GarageBand is available only for Mac and other Apple products. (If you have a Mac, chances are GarageBand is already installed!)
How else would anyone be able to hear your podcast if you don't have anything to speak into? Several options are available, and some you may already have!
Built-in mic: While it's not the best quality option, most computers or mobile phones have a microphone already built in to their systems. Without spending any additional money, this is a great way to test the waters and see if podcasting is what you thought.
Earbuds: Another option that you might already have laying around! Lots of smartphones come with earbuds that have a tiny microphone attached. These are hands-free, lightweight, and can easily plug in to most headphone jacks. If you don't have any laying around already, earbuds with a microphone are available online and in stores at varying price points, but you can find them as low as $10.
Headsets: Similar to earbuds, over-the-ear headsets allow you to be hands-free and they’re fairly cheap!
Traditional microphone: A traditional microphone will provide you with the best sound for your podcast. We compiled a list of some of our favorites to help you get started!
Want to learn more or ready to start your own podcast? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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