The most important thing when it comes to Podcasting is high-quality audios
If you cannot produce high-quality audio you must have to invest in high-quality audio recording equipment
The good thing about this is that to start a podcast you do not need any large recording equipment or any special rooms like at the radio studios
I’m sure you can do it right now with the current equipment that you have.
Yes you do not need that much
When you use your current computer with storage in the hard drive, a headset with a microphone plus free recording software like Audacity, you can start recording your very first podcast today
But if your phone or computer produces poor audio you can get yourself some quality headphones and an external microphone which will make it better.
Remember that audio is very important in the podcast;
Your listeners should listen to you very well
If they cannot listen to you, it is easy for them not to finish listening to the episode
Worse, they may choose that they do not even want to listen to you again, because of poor audio.
Like on Youtube videos audio is very very important for Podcasts
You do need a Desktop or a Laptop or a Notebook
This is important for recording but more importantly editing
Make sure that your computer’s fan does not make noise or you will have to find long data transfer cables for you to be far away from the noisy fan
Your RAM must be at least 4 gigabytes. 3 gigabytes might work depending on if you have an advanced processor
Your computer’s hard-drive memory is important for installing programs like Adobe Audition, AVS Audio Editor. Free space of at least 30 gigabytes is usually enough for installing the recording and editing programs
Have a processor that is reliable for your computer
In the place of a computer, you may use a phone. Nowadays there are phones that can allow you to connect your external microphone and record your audio. If your phone can record high-quality audios you have the great advantage of recording anywhere you want. You have to do further research if your phone can connect with a USB microphone. Some phones do connect using a USB OTG cable whilst others cannot connect with the mic
An optional option is a mixing board
However, having an external microphone is the greatest thing you can do for yourself
Let me repeat once again, high-quality audio is very important for your podcast
There are many types of microphones for recording your audio.
Such include USB microphones and XLR microphones
The XLR microphones are, usually used by most professionals option, but are more expensive and complex for they require more additional equipment like some cables, the mixing console, and many more
USB microphones are simple and easy to use unlike XLR microphones
They are also cheaper and are good for a starter
Some recommendable portable mics you can use include all the Samson USB Mics, the Blue Snowball, the Blue Yeti, and the Rode Podcaster. The Blue Yeti is a highly popular USB mic amongst podcasters and you might want to buy that one as your first microphone investment
There are many microphones that allow you to create audio for your podcast. The best you can do is to go on Youtube and listen to the comparisons of the various mics
You also have the option of having 2 or more microphones for each speaker. However, if you are on a tight budget you can have one mic that is omnidirectional. An omnidirectional mic is a mic that can pick sound from any side
In addition to the mic, you will need a Pop Filter as well as a Microphone Stand
The truth with mics is that there are many options you can choose depending on your budget. Do the research on Youtube for the microphone which will sound best for you
At most a built-in microphone is not the best
The other options are buying a recorder, and an audio mixer, but they are not necessary if you are still a beginner in podcasting
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