In this short-and-sweet episode I suggest two apps to record and edit your podcast. One is completely free and the other has a generous free trial period that will give you plenty of time to experiment and try it out.
OcenAudio is a superb free app and Reaper provides a fully-featured and robust alternative to Audition and ProTools (at a fraction of the price).
This week I am looking at three mic suggestions you might find interesting (along with a suggestion on using the mic in your pocket – give it a go).
I look at a tried and trusted mic used by many podcasters, a new Rode and a high end mic that I really like the sound of. And the good thing is, they are all dynamic microphones – which I prefer for home and office use over the more sensitive condenser mics.
I recorded a music show and while it sounded okay, I felt something was a bit off – but couldn’t put my finger on it. The music seemed to be stereo, but it wasn’t. There was something up and I had no idea what it could be. Was it just that I was listening to the output of a different mixer after all these years…? No, it was more than that.
A few days ago, I had time to delve deeper into the settings of the channels I use for music, and as I went through the processing options to turn each one off, right at the end, the final option was the stereo balance – or panning as Rode calls it.
In this edition of Podcasting Made Easy I have some suggestions on obtaining better recordings – I suggest podcasters consider Squadcast and (free) Cleanfeed – I look at ways to improve the launch of your podcast, and suggest getting a dedicated app for your show.
Creating added value for your podcast subscribers is a great way to raise or boost your profile.
One way to do this is to create a PDF or digital book made up of the key points of your podcasts, collated show notes, or with extra information that will be of interest to your subscribers.
You can keep it simple with a small PDF of a few thousand words that you give away to new subscribers to your mailing list, give it away as a free-be to all, or go further and write a far more in-depth book that can be sold via print-on-demand sites such as IngramSpark – and offered as both a digital and hard copy publication worldwide.
Sure, we all know to remove unwanted noises and mistakes from our podcasts, but audio editing can involve a lot more than the obvious. There’s an art to it that can really improve the impact your interviews have on your audience.
Get the inside track on editing interviews in this edition (37) of Podcasting Made Easy.