How to Record and Edit a Podcast

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Podcasts continue to grow in popularity, and are becoming the favorite medium for many people to access content they care about.

Whether you’re looking to get into podcasting, or for tips on how to create the best sounding podcast, you’ve come to the right place. 

Start with the Right Equipment

Before you can record and edit a podcast, you need the right equipment. To get started, you’ll need a computer, a microphone, and access to the internet.

A built-in microphone on your computer may not give you the best quality, so it’s normally a good idea to purchase a USB microphone setup.

Make sure you have the right recording software, as well. Record It comes installed on most PCs, while iMovie or GarageBand come on Macs. Alitu is another option for producing your podcast, it’s quick, easy, and you can be up and running within minutes.

Find the Right Location for Recording

Avoid recording in a small space with hard surfaces – this can hurt your sound quality and lead to echoes and distortion. This doesn’t help your sound quality at all. Instead, record in a large, quiet room that has lots of space. 

Make sure your background noise is not noticeable (the A/C or heater can be quite loud in a recording). Use material that can absorb or diffuse sound as you tweak and adjust.

Check Your Audio

Your audio input level should be around 10dB. This gives you a clean sound, eliminating distortion or digital clipping.

Check Your Mic Position

The best angle for your microphone is to be up to the side while angled slightly toward your mouth. This eliminates those popping sounds on the letter P, and snake-like S sounds, giving you a more natural tone.

Record Your Podcast

Any podcast recording software worth its salt is going to be easy to use. The process of recording should be as simple as pressing Record, Stop, and Save.

Be prepared for your recording by knowing what you’ll say ahead of time. You don’t want to read your podcast, but you do want a good outline of points you’ll be making.

Be ready with how you’ll introduce yourself, as well as how you’ll sign off. Figuring out these two elements beforehand will eliminate awkward pauses and scrambling for words.

Edit Your Audio

It’s a good idea to know what sort of pacing you want in your podcast before you begin the podcast editing process.

Do you want it to be quick and short? Smooth? Knowing what you want will help you with your editing.

Trim your filler words and false starts to make the listening a more enjoyable experience. We all say “um” and “uh” more than we should, so trim these filler words when you can, especially if they come at the beginning of a sentence.

Be sure you don’t cut breaths in an unnatural way. Paying attention to the breaths will help with this. Whenever you cut a clip, make sure you insert a crossfade that will join adjacent clips.

Alitu uses a simple process to help you clean up your podcast before uploading it.

And the best part? You don’t need any software experience. You’ll understand the process within minutes.

Create the Podcast

Once your podcast is edited to your satisfaction, you need to turn your recording into an actual podcast.

Use a media hosting service like Alitu to produce the podcast. With Alitu, it takes just a few simple button clicks to upload your podcast.

You can download it and export it directly from Alitu.

Now it’s time to submit your podcast to the most popular directories so people can easily find you. Make it easy for people to subscribe to your show through RSS by listing your podcast RSS feed on your website.

And you’re done! Now it’s time to work on the marketing aspect of your podcast. Share your podcast through social media, collaborate with other podcasters, and create your own strategies for getting your podcast noticed, loved, and followed.

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