Recording and Distributing a Podcast
Recording Your Podcast
For best results, each podcast episode should be recorded at the same location using the same microphone and microphone positioning. This will create a consistent sound for your podcast episodes from week to week.
Quick Guide for Recording Your Voice – How to record your voice
In terms of microphones, you have a few options for mics for your podcast:
- The computer’s internal microphone
- USB microphone, plugging the microphone directly into a USB port on your computer
- Professional-grade dynamic or condenser microphone.
Multitrack Recording – Adding layers to your Podcast
Multitracking is the concept of a layered audio compostition. The benefit of multitracking is that it allows you to individually control and manipulate each sound within your podcast recording. By recording with multitrack software, you’re laying the foundation for music, sound effects and other voices participating resulting in a fully produced sound.
To illustrate an example for you, a musician’s tracks could include individual tracks for percussion, guitar, keyboard, and a vocals. Many multitrack software programs include at least 8 tracks for you to work with. These tracks could be your theme music, announcer introduction, segments, and sound effects.
Let’s look at how to create a track in your recording software program. Adjust the Gain control on your audio interface and within the recording program to set the recording level of your voice. It’s good practice to test your distance from the microphone to determine where you sound the clearest.
Once you have determined your best location, do a short test recording. Be sure that the recording meter never goes into the red as this may cause unwanted noise or even distortion. Attach headphones directly to your computer or audio interface for the best quality recording (sound from speakers will be picked up in your recording).
Begin recording, remembering to keep your original microphone position. If you make a mistake, you can always do a second take and fix it when editing. Record your podcast and then listen to the results. When you have finished recording, save your work.
How to Record a VoIP Call Using Skype
1. Set Up Audacity
Get Audacity for free. Run Audacity: Go to File -> Preferences -> Digital I/O -> Recording and choose a “Digital Audio”-class device rather than an “Input” -class device (which will replace microphone input with combined microphone and speaker recording); choose to record two channels of stereo; finally, close Preferences, and choose “Wave Out Mix” as the source of signal on the main window of Audacity;
2. Set Up the Sound Driver
Go to Control Panel -> Sounds and Audio Devices -> Volume -> Advanced and make sure the microphone is not muted; you may also want to click on “Advanced” settings for the microphone and check “MIC Boost” to amplify your voice.
3. Use Audacity and Skype
During a conversation, you can start recording in Audacity at any point (big red button); Audacity allows to export recordings in WAV, MP3, and OGG formats; for MP3s, you will need to find lame_enc.dll on Google (LAME is an excellent MP3 encoder).
Submitting a Podcast to iTunes
Submitting to the two leading podcast distributors and gaining acceptance is key to your podcasts’ overall success
- Open the iTunes program.
- Sign-in to the iTunes Music Store. You may need to create an account if you don’t have already one.
- Within the Music Store, there is a section called “Podcasts” on the left hand side menu bar. Click on “Podcasts”.
- Click on “Submit a Podcast” on the left hand side menu bar.
- Enter in your podcast feed URL.
- Follow the simple on-screen instructions provided.