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Podcast Creation tools and software

over 5 years ago from , Designer Suljam

Hi,

I'm looking to create a podcast with a good friend and I was wondering was tools and software people use to get a good professional sounding audio. We are both in the UK but will work alongside each other via online.

I know a decent mic is important obviously, but I was wondering what people use to talk to each other, record and edit mainly.

Any help would be amazing, all the best.

Sul

6 comments

  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    For Iterate, we use:

    Skype

    All conversations are made via Skype calls. It’s ok. I don’t know of anything better. Skype’s group messaging can be really handy if there’s a few people on the podcast, so you can coordinate questions, share links and work out who’s going to talk next.

    GarageBand and Logic Pro

    I don’t do the editing myself, but I believe it’s all done in Logic Pro now, and was GarageBand previously. I love Logic Pro and would use it if I was editing the podcast myself. It’s definitely overkill if you’re just getting into podcasting though.

    WireTap Studio

    WireTap Studio is used to record Skype calls. This will capture all participants.

    QuickTime Player

    We also frequently use QuickTime Player to record local audio, just in case there’s dropouts or quality issues with Skype. Doing this means you’ll have to mix the audio from all participants.

    Mics and preamps

    My setup is a bit crazy, because I write music as a hobby, but I think the Røde Podcaster would be a good option. If you don’t go for a USB model, then you may need a mic preamp and/or audio interface for things to sound good — that’s a good way to improve quality, but it’ll also increase the price drastically.

    TWiT have a good overview of the hardware they use: http://twit.tv/podcastequipment

    If you’re having issues with plosives (Ps and Bs) or sibilance (Ss and Ts), then you may need to work on your mic positioning, your mic technique or use a pop shield.

    Mixer

    You probably shouldn’t need a hardware mixer. It’ll depend what you’re doing, but there’s many ways to avoid the need.

    Your room

    The quality of recordings can rely heavily on your room. If possible, find a quiet place that’s fairly dead (no loud echos or reverberation). There’s ways to improve your room, but it’ll depend what you’re dealing with and which kind of mic you’re using (pattern, dynamic vs condenser etc).

    Headphones

    You’ll want to reduce spill as much as possible (spill is the sound from your headphones that leaks into the microphone). So, you’ll probably want closed headphones or in-ear monitors.

    Sennheiser HD25s are ideal, but might be a bit pricey. You want something that’s comfortable to wear for 1+ hour sessions, that minimises spill. Cheaper headphones would definitely do. Maybe you already own some headphones that would work well for podcasting?

    RSS feeds

    I’m actually not sure how Rene creates our Iterate RSS feeds, but I use Feeder for the Bjango RSS feeds, and it’s great.

    What else did you need to know?

    11 points
  • Art VandelayArt Vandelay, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    For The Start FM we use:

    • Quicktime Audio for recording audio
    • Blue Yeti Mic
    • Apple headphones while recording
    • Garage Band for editing (although probably will move away after season 2)
    • Simplecast for uploading and distribution/stats
    • Anchor CMS to manage the site
    2 points
  • Joshua BJoshua B, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    You have several options for recording and creating podcasts.

    Recording

    One option would be to record a Skype chat or a voice chat with the program of your choice. You then have the podcast in one file. With apps like Garage Band you can add an intro if you want to. Running a Mumble server for recoring is also great because the Opus audio codec is pretty efficient and has tons of other cool stuff.

    Another option would be to record your voice on your device and your friend records his voice on his device while in the voice chat. This is probably better because then you're both are independent from connection issues or any kind of lags. You then have to create one single file with an app like Garage Band from both audio tracks and add an intro if you want.

    Post-recording

    For post-recording a service like Auphonic is great. It improves the audio by doing loudness normalisation and other things if you want to. You can also add chapter marks and other cool stuff.

    Publishing

    You can then publish your podcast on iTunes but you should also have another hosting solution like Libsyn which offers tons of cool hosting stuff especially for podcasts.

    Mic

    For just getting started you don't need do buy an extremely expensive microphone. I would suggest something like that. It pretty good for its price and it has USB.


    I should mention that I'm not a podcaster myself but I listen to a lot of them every day.

    2 points
  • Maurice CherryMaurice Cherry, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    For Revision Path, this is what I use:

    Hardware

    I've got three different mics.

    • Blue Yeti with a windscreen (for "in studio")
    • Microsoft LifeChat LX-6000 (for when I'm using my laptop or Chromebook out in the world and don't want to lug the Yeti)
    • TASCAM DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder with a windscreen (for conventions, conferences, meetups, etc. -- I'll put it to the test at WMC Fest 5 in August)

    Software

    I also use Skype for the calls (I've used Google Voice in a pinch) and record using Pamela.

    I don't do much audio editing anymore, but when I did, I used Audacity, Auphonic, and The Levelator.

    Web Services

    I use SimpleCast for hosting and distributing to iTunes, Stitcher, etc., and I have a SoundCloud Pro account for cross-posting to social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

    1 point
  • Janine ToroJanine Toro, over 5 years ago

    Mic: http://bluemic.com/yeti/

    Adobe Audition to record and edit

    1 point
  • Reuben IngberReuben Ingber, over 5 years ago

    I host and record How to Hold a Pencil using the following tools.

    Blue Yeti Microphone (although if I could I'd upgrade to a Rode Podcaster)

    Skype Skype Call Recorder Garageband SimpleCast

    0 points