If you’re looking to start a podcast, the first thing you’ll need is some gear. But don’t worry! The good news is that it doesn’t have to be expensive. These tips will help you get started on a budget:
Decide what your podcast is about
As with any new project, you need to make sure that your podcast has a theme. The more specific and narrow your topic is, the more niche it will be. However, if you pick something too broad or vague as a theme, then people won’t understand what they’re listening to.
A good way to find out which topics are popular is by looking at other podcasts on the same topic. If many different shows are discussing similar topics then this means that there is an audience for that kind of media.
You should also consider how long each episode will be. Longer episodes are better because they allow for more in-depth discussions while shorter ones may not provide enough information or discussion points each week; however, shorter episodes can be good if they’re heavily edited so that they’re not so long.
Choose a co-host and some guests
You’ll need a co-host to handle the second half of your episodes. You can choose a family member, friend, or acquaintance—someone who is patient and willing to go on air with you. If you need someone else’s voice for interviews or special segments, consider reaching out to other bloggers in your niche or local business owners.
Store your files in your SD card
Once you have completed your podcast, store the files on your 64GB SD Card or other ones with more storage space. If you are using a computer, it’s easy to import and export files from an SD card. Just plug it into your machine and choose how to retrieve the data from there. Then, once all of the audio is downloaded and saved, remove the SD card from the computer by gently pulling on its edge until it pops out. Now insert it back into your phone.
Pick a topic for each episode and determine what you want to talk about
You’ll need to consider your co-host (if applicable), the audience, and how long you plan on running the podcast. Choose a topic that’s broad enough to cover a lot of ground, but not so broad that it’s too hard to cover in an hour or two. The topics should match up well with what interests you and what your audience might be interested in as well.
Start with a cheap device
You don’t need a fancy recording studio to start a podcast. You can do it with your phone, tablet, or laptop.
Using a phone to record your podcast is a great way to start out. If you are in Gold Coast, you can go to a second hand phone store in Brisbane and grab one. You can also get started with just a few hundred dollars, and you’ll be able to record with little or no editing. The downside is that the audio quality will be low, and the sound may be muffled. Therefore, It’s important to make sure that your phone is stable enough so not to move around while you’re recording.
Another great way to record a podcast is with an audio interface and a microphone. This will give you the best sound quality and allow you to plug in multiple microphones if you have multiple hosts on your show.
Make sure that your microphone is working properly, and do a test recording
Before you get started, make sure that your microphone is working properly, and do a test recording. If you’re recording on an iPad or iPhone, this will be easy to do; just open up GarageBand and hit record. You should be able to hear yourself talking back through the headphones or built-in speaker.
If you’re using a desktop computer with an external USB microphone, make sure that it’s connected properly to the computer (some microphones have multiple inputs for different devices). Then open up Audacity and click on Record in the top left corner of the screen. Once again, speak into your mic so that it registers on Audacity’s waveform. If everything is connected right, there should be a little red dot moving along with each word as it’s spoken.
Invest in a microphone
Investing in a microphone for your podcast is an important step in making sure your listeners get the best experience possible. According to Brisbane Sound Group where you can buy RODE microphone kits in Brisbane, a good microphone can help you sound more professional, and it can also make your voice sound better.
Come up with an intro and outro for your show
The intro and outro of your podcast are important. They’re the first and last thing listeners hear, so they need to be well-crafted. The intro should explain what your show is all about, while the outro should thank people for listening and advertise any upcoming episodes you plan to release.
Get familiar with editing software
Editing software varies by program, but the basics are similar. Once you’ve imported your audio file, you’ll be able to cut, copy and paste sections of audio from one place to another. You can also add effects such as volume adjustments and noise reduction. Once you’re happy with how everything sounds, export the final file so it’s ready for distribution.
So, now that you know how to start a podcast on the cheap, it’s time to get out there and start recording! If you’re feeling nervous about this whole endeavor, remember that even some of the most famous podcasts started as something small.