Things are returning to normal slowly in many countries after the COVID-19 almost stopped the world from moving forward. The industries are implementing new ways to make things work. Even the governments are keeping their citizens aware that they have to learn how to live along with the virus and how they can keep themselves safe. Right now, the only solution is – maintain social distance, wear masks, and keep a sanitizer with you all the time. Follow these rules, and you can lessen the chances of catching the virus.
Now let’s talk about our topic – how you can record your very first podcast. As a beginner, you might face difficulty in recording your podcast. So today, in this article, I will talk about the steps involved in recording your podcast.
Steps to Record a Podcast
There’s a quote by Stephen King, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” In the same way, you can become a great podcaster if you listen to other podcasts. If you don’t listen any, then start by subscribing to a handful and listening to some episodes. Now, let’s take a look at the steps involved in recording a podcast:
Step-1: Start by writing an online of your podcast
One of the common mistakes that newcomers make is that they tend to ramble. The best to overcome this tendency is by going through and write down a podcast outline. You don’t have to write the same words. But, if you take 15 minutes, make a rough sketch of your episode with some bullet points, you will get the idea of what you have to do.
If you are working with a co-host, make sure to share your idea outline with them so you can work on it together. When you both will be on the same page, you can prevent your conversation from going down to a rat hole. In the case of a highly scripted show or news roundups, you have to write verbatim. When you write a script, it will help you to keep your podcast episode structured.
Step-2: Finding a Place to Record
The next step is to find a perfect spot or place to record your episode. It is very important because selecting a place to record is more necessary than picking the right headphones. You might enjoy singing in a closed room, or you want to record in a small space with hard flat surfaces. It’s a bad idea, to begin with. Doing so, you will always get a reverberate sound recording, which is not ideal for a podcast.
Make sure to find a place with fewer reflective surfaces, having a lot of sound-absorbing material. If you don’t then your voice will echo, which will give your podcast an echo-wee hollow sound. You need to have furniture, a carpet, or even a closet full of clothes to absorb the sound.
PRO TIP: Hanging blankets on the walls is a good trick to diffuse the sound. The simplest way to deal with audio problems is by preventing them from early stages.
Step-3: Get Ready for Recording
Click the link below to check the equipment you can buy to record your podcast:
After setting up the equipment, go into your software you decided to use to record your podcast. For example, Audacity, Garageband, Hindenburg, etc.. Make sure your microphone is highlighted as your audio input and output. After selecting your microphone, you are good to go.
Step-4 Understanding Microphone Technique
Every mic differs from each other in terms of quality, features, etc.. Once you get the mic setup, take a couple of minutes to practice your mic technique so that you get the best recording with your mic. You can try the following tips:
- Always remember to stay close to the mic. It will determine the impact of your voice, known as the proximity effect (A phenomenon where the low-frequency response increases as you move closer to the mic) on your recording. The closer you are to the mic, the more low frequencies the mic will pick up. Experiment to determine what’s the right distance between your voice and mic.
- Having consistency is critical for a balanced recording. When you whisper or shout in between, you won’t get the same level of recording. If you are a dynamic speaker, then back-off a bit when you are getting louder. It’ll disperse the sound pressure as it hits the mic.
- Every mic has a different on-axis and off-axis, which is defined by its sensitivity to different frequencies. The mics that are darker type are more sensitive to low frequencies, while the brighter ones are more sensitive to high frequencies. So by changing the axis of your microphone, you can change how dark or how bright your recording will turn out.
- When you are not talking, don’t stay close to the mic to prevent the breathing sound from getting recorded. It’s very annoying for the listeners.
Step-5 Always have a drink before recording
Last but on the least, have a drink before you start recording your podcast. You can intake a coffee, water, or bourbon if you want, but stay away from LaCroix, soda, and beer, because anything that involves carbonation will make you burp into the microphone.
These were some basic steps that you can follow to record your first episode. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect, and it doesn’t even have to be that good. Every individual who’s a good podcaster now once started with being a bad podcaster in the past. You will also improve as you gain more experience. So, don’t think too much when you are recording. The steps mentioned above will guide you to start from the basics, but it’s your experience that’s going to make you a successful podcaster.