The Whistler – Everyone Has a Story To Tell
If there’s one thing that’s universally true, it seems everyone has a story to tell. If you’ve found that you have a lot to say about particular topics of interest or hobbies or you merely have a long catalogue of fun tales to expound on, you likely have all it takes to start up a riveting podcast. Fans of podcasts often find simply listening to someone speak passionately about their favourite subjects is something that can easily be enjoyed for hours on end. Not only is it a wonderful source of entertainment to keep on in the background these days, it also allows the hosts an unprecedented forum for speaking their mind.
If you’d like to start podcasting, it’s actually quite a bit simpler than you may think. All you really need is a decent microphone and sound card. You don’t have to feel limited by a lack of professional grade equipment. Just using the microphone that your computer may already have built in is good enough to start with if you have no budget. That in and of itself is the real clincher; just getting the ball rolling is all it takes. You’ll gradually find the tone of your show and the equipment upgrades will follow suit.
Once you do find a budget however, you can get some great sounding audio from fairly affordable gear. You should first look into a condenser mic, which will compress your voice nicely with a radio or television announcer styled oomph. You should also look into getting a shock mount and pop filter to further reduce any noise.
There are different position settings available for microphones, and some like the Blue Yeti model can accommodate several. For instance, an omni directional microphone will pick up sound from the whole room, whereas a cardioid mic will only pick up what’s directly in front of it. The latter is better for solo recordings.
If you want to record a group of people, programs such as Skype can allow you to do so even from a distance. Skype itself has a function that will record the entire call, but it’s best for the quality if everyone grabs their audio separately with a mic. The files can then be mixed together in audio software such as Audacity, which is completely free. As long as you keep your waveform levels from clipping, which will be indicated by red, your audio should be comfortable enough to listen to.
Finally, all you need to do is host the finished product.
This can be done on a variety of platforms, including YouTube, Sound-cloud, or Libsyn.
At that point, simply start sharing the uploads on social media, and you should be up and running!