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How to record a podcast

How do you get your dulcet tones down on tape?

Are you at the beginning of the podcasting journey and know nothing about how to get your idea into people’s ears?

Here’s a little 101 on how you record a podcast…

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Record using audio software

If you’re hosting your show solo, this will be the easiest way to record your podcast.  Why?  Because all you need is a USB mic and your favourite editing program.

Setting up is as simple as plugging your microphone in, making sure it’s selected in your audio preferences and hitting record.

It’s important to note that if you’re using more than one USB mic you’ll need to do a bit of configuring in the back end to get things working.

How to record with multiple USB mics

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Which software should you use to record your podcast?

There are a bunch of different programs you can use from Garage Band to Pro Tools so it all comes down to personal preference.

Here’s a couple I’ve used and can recommend…

Audacity

This is a free program a lot of podcasters use.

If you’re just starting out and working out whether this is something you want to do long-term, this program is a great place to start.

Adobe Audition

A subscription program I use to edit all my podcasts.  It’s used by professionals but it’s not as intimidating as a program like Pro Tools so you can still easily get a handle on it if you’re a beginner.

Do you need to edit your podcast?

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Record using video conferencing software

You can use platforms like Skype and Zoom to record your podcast but these are video conferencing softwares rather than platforms that were created specifically for podcasting so they often yield lower-quality audio.

If you’re recording using Skype you’ll need to purchase some additional software that will give you more flexibility with the audio (Ecamm for Mac and Pamela for PC).

If you’re using Zoom there are some settings in the back end that can help you get better quality audio.

Should you record your podcast using Zoom?

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Record using remote recording platform

The great thing about these platforms is they’ve been created specifically to record podcasts.  That means if everyone has their own microphone and they’re recording in a good space you can get really high-quality audio.

A lot of the platforms like Zencastr, Squadcast and Riverside.fm also incorporate video which is really important when you’re remote recording because you need to be able to see who you’re talking to.

You can record the video in some remote recording platforms too which is great if you want to use footage of your show on YouTube or to promote it on social media.

How to record a podcast remotely

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Record using a portable recording device

A portable recorder can be a great option if you want to record people in person.

Devices like the Zoom H6 and the Zoom Potdtrak are lightweight and reliable and you can also use them as an audio interface which lets you use your XLR microphones in your computer.

These are a really versatile option if you want a podcasting kit that gives you the flexibility to record anywhere.

How to make editing easier when you’re recording a podcast

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Record using Anchor

There are pros and cons to this app because while I’m all for making podcasting easier I don’t think that should ever come at the expense of quality.

As someone who’s used to more granular editing software, I found Anchor didn’t give me as much flexibility as I needed in my edits.  But you might be an absolute gun at this program and feel like it’s the best option for you to make something that sounds great.

If that’s the case, go for it!

What is Anchor?

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The one thing to consider no matter which method you choose

Make sure you think long and hard about where you record.

If you’re setting up a home studio your recording space needs to be audio friendly.  That means avoiding rooms with reflective surfaces like tiles, windows or high ceilings.

You don’t need to spend a lot of money getting this right.  In fact, a few thick curtains or couch cushions will do.  But you have to put thought into the quality of sound when you’re recording if you want your show to be a success.

Got a burning podcasting question you’d like answered? Send me an email.

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10 Comments
  1. brian says:

    Finding this site very helpful. Thanks. Just started podcast, using Riverside. Nice interface but when it combines the 2 audio streams (we are in remote locations) there are obvious errors. Sometimes, the pauses are way to long. Worse, sometimes it has one of us talking over the other (though in fact we didn’t, we just started talking soon after the other one stopped).

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Brian, I think this will be because of an internet connection issue. It might have felt like you were talking at the same time as your co-host but it might have been a bit out of sync because of the connection. Since it’s recorded locally at both ends the audio will be recording out of time with what you’re hearing. You just need to adjust the tracks in the edit to fix the overtalk but if you reach out to the Riverside support team via their website they’ll be able to look into this for you. Hope that helps, Rach.

  2. Birgitta Nilsson says:

    Hi , Any tips on how to record of we are 2 persons, but each person is in different locations ? Is Thera a special software or similar ? Or could one use a handheld recorder to record my voice and the other person call me on skype for example ?

    Regards

  3. Julian kobach says:

    I have found Riverside.fm the best tool to record my podcast

    1. rcorbett says:

      Agree! Riverside.fm is great!

  4. John says:

    Thank you. Im just starting, so it was very good advice.
    I do have one question —> Any tips on how to name your podcast…should it be a long sentence describing it, or is a small one word podcast title better?

  5. frenchblogger says:

    Hey thank you so much I am actually going to buy mp3 recorder for my podcast

    thank you again

    Frenchblogger

  6. George Kouri says:

    Thanks for this – Very helpful insights and grateful that you were willing to share all this “good stuff”

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