“I want to start a podcast, what do I need to get started?”
I never intended to write a how-to podcast article or course as there are a countless number of resources on the web that can you point you in the right direction which I will list at the bottom of this article.
However, I do like to help any willing person who reaches out to me for advice and has decided that I should finally write down my setup since I’ve answered the question many times.
I currently have two configurations, one for in-person interviews, and the second for remote meetings.
My in-person interviews:
I decided to go with the Zoom H4n because I wanted a compact digital recorder that could record separate channels for each speaker, which allows for easier editing in post-production.
I went with the ATR2100 microphones because of the ability to use it directly to a computer via USB and professional recording equipment via XLR ports.
For my remote interviews:
Before using Zencastr, I had an overly engineered setup using Skype, Zoom Digital Recorder, Evaer recorder, Microphone, split cables and several other wires.
It was great, and I had the conversation recorded in two places, high fidelity on my end using the ATR2100 and decent audio through Skype.
There were two problems with this setup:
Being an engineer, I should have known that failure will come. With this setup, I had lost three interviews. It was the worst — loss of time for both my three guests and myself.
Now, Zencastr is an online platform that records the conversation. The best thing, it records HD on both sides and has separate channels for everyone.
The problem with Zencastr is that it has no video capability, so if you want to record a podcast with video, you will have to run Skype simulates, put it on mute, and have a recorder running on the computer as well. It can be resource-heavy.
I use the free version of Zencastr for all my recordings. It allows up to three speakers. However, I do pay for the audio mixing, which is a great feature that cleans up the two channels and combines it. It’s a time saver.
Note: if you are looking only to do remote interviews, take a look at the Yeti Microphone, it is excellent.
I host my audio files on Soundcloud and distribute them through my website using the PowerPress WordPress plug-in. As previously stated, I over-engineered my solution. I do not recommend anyone implementing it this way as it is hard to manage and maintain.
I do, however, recommend using Anchor.fm to host and distribute your podcast files. Anchor came to the scene a year after I launched. I considered moving but decided to keep as-is for now.
Anchor not only hosts your audio files, but it also distributes it to all podcast platforms like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and more.
Anchor can also replace Zencastr as a recording platform. Keep in mind, I do not use Anchor, but I know many people who do and are happy with it.
If you are an existing podcaster who is looking at hiring freelancers, I put together a course on Skillshare that goes over the thought process, creating a system that will allow you to grow and scale your business.
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