Are you ready for the production phase of your podcast? Continue reading Podcasting 101 in 2020 Part 2 to learn about recording and editing your episode. And if you haven’t already, make sure to check out Podcasting 101 in 2020 Part 1!
Recording Yourself and Guests
To record your podcast episode, you will need some type of recording software. This software is what you will record your podcast into and will be the same that you use to edit your episode.
Our favorites are:
- Garageband (free)
- Audacity (free)
- ProTools (purchase)
- Adobe Audition (subscription)
For podcasters just starting out, we recommend using Audacity or Garageband. ProTools and Adobe Audition are more sophisticated programs that have a steep learning curve, and are great for more advanced podcasters.
If you’re interested in learning how to use ProTools, we offer a detailed tutorial in our courses!
Recording Guests Online
These days, it is incredibly common (and simple!) to interview a guest in a different state. Free tools like Skype and Zoom offer built-in call recording, so there’s no additional software needed.
Something to keep in mind is that listeners have grown accustomed to hearing guests with lower quality audio, and they are likely to forgive it. However, it’s a good idea to still record your portion of the interview using a separate microphone to achieve a higher quality sound. Listeners standards for the host’s audio are higher than the guest’s audio, so set yourself up for success and record the highest quality possible.
You can record Skype calls without having to use any third-party software or additional equipment.
Here are the steps:
1. Initiate your Skype call and once you are connected, click the + symbol in the bottom-right of the call window.
2. Click ‘Start Recording’ and start recording your interview.
3. Stop the recording at the end of the interview.
4. The recording appears in the chat section. Save the file to your computer.
5. The file will save as an mp4 file. Convert it into a mp3 file inside your editing software and edit from there.
This will produce only a mono file which is not always the easiest to edit. If you want to have two audio files to sync you will need to have your guest record on their end and send you their file. This is not always ideal for your guest and can make for a more complicated editing process but will produce better quality audio for your show.
Recording an Open and Close
You’ll want to record an open and close for your show. This can be the same across every episode, or maybe you’ll want to tailor it to the specific episode. In most cases, you’ll want a podcast open or intro used to introduce the show and yourself accompanied by music. Maybe you want to tell your listeners what to expect from the show, or maybe you want to keep it simple by welcoming your audience to the show. There are no hard and fast rules for creating your open, so do what works best for you! However, it’s a good idea to at least state the name of your podcast in your open. After all, you are building a brand and want your listeners to remember the name of your show.
Your close is a fantastic place to have a call to action. Do you want your listeners to leave you a review? Follow you on social media? Purchase your product on your website? Let them know exactly what you want them to do and how they can do it. This is part of the process of building your relationship with your audience, so don’t skip it.
Both your open and close will be added to the episode in the editing process. You can choose to record these before or after you record your episode- it’s up to you!
Editing Your Podcast
Editing your podcast is the process of taking out what you don’t want and adding in what you do want.
One of the great things about podcasting is that you don’t have to be perfect. If you stumble over what you’re saying, you can simply cut that out when you’re editing. However, keep in mind that it’s unnecessary to cut out every pause and every “um.” While you do want to eliminate dead space and avoid the over-use of “um,” keeping some of that will allow for your show to sound more conversational. Your podcast isn’t supposed to sound like an audiobook, so allow yourself to sound like a human.
A note on music: make sure you aren’t selecting copyrighted music. Some newbie podcasters fall victim to thinking it’s okay to use copyrighted music if you aren’t making money off of your show. However, using copyrighted music is a great way to get your show pulled from the directory. Instead, use royalty free or original music. Soundcloud and Youtube’s Audio library are great free resources for finding music.
Ready to release your episode? Check out Podcasting 101 in 2020 PART 3 for more information on how to start a podcast!
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