How to make a podcast can be broken down into seven steps:
- Export and Finalize
Ok. Here’s the thing: This may seem simple and self-evident, on the surface.
But by going through the steps one at a time, understanding each step’s importance, and evaluating what’s best for the listener, we can produce a show they will love.
Over the next fourteen weeks, we’ll cover each of the seven steps of how to make a podcast in depth.
How to Make a Podcast: Step Number 1
Here’s where making a podcast episode begins: You sit down in front of the microphone and start talking.
The Technical Side
The input stage of making a podcast involves using a transducer (aka microphone) to convert sound waves to audio signals. You need a way to input your voice(s) before you do anything else. If you can’t accomplish this, you can’t make a podcast.
The hardware requirements of the input stage include:
- Audio interface*
* Analog to digital interfaces are specialized hardware including MIDIs and Mixers. These devices take the analog signal from an XLR microphone and convert it into a digital signal your computer can understand.
USB Microphones do not require this conversion since they produce a digital signal from the start.
Input requires more thought and care than deciding on the best microphone you can afford. This step also requires considering the acoustics fo the room because it’s not just your voice the microphone will pick up and move to the second step.
Here’s the reality: Great hardware matters much less than you might think. New podcasts spend too much time worrying about what microphone they’re using.
What grabs listeners and holds their attention is the heart you put into each episode. This is also known as your performance. This can’t be edited in or out. And you there’s no hardware that will make up for it; a host with no energy is painful to listen to no matter how good the audio quality is.
The Podcast Performance Side of Making a Podcast
Getting your head in the game is another part of the input phase of making a podcast. This means putting everything else out of your mind, focusing on the task at hand, and putting yourself in the right mindset for what’s to be recorded.
Your voice will contain your emotional state and level of excitement for the topic; pump it up. If you’re excited, the audience will engage. If you’re dragging, the audience will get bored and tune you out no matter how interesting the subject matter is.
Do not fall under the false impression of monotone and even-keeled sounding professional. This is simply bullshit. Raise your energy level up one to two notches above your normal level so the enthusiasm translates into the microphone.
Input Phase of How to Make a Podcast Boiled Down
So here’s what you need to consider:
- other input hardware
- room acoustics
- your performance
Get these right, or even close to right, and you’re on the fast track to making a great show your audience will love.
The two main points are recording in a decent space and putting enthusiasm into your on-air performance. Out of these two, if you can only get one go for enthusiasm; people will forgive less than ideal sound quality for a personality that can hold their attention.
In two weeks, we’ll cover the recording step of making a podcast and what you need to focus on.