Today, we will only touch on one topic in the "okey" varieties of podcasts. Namely, we will talk about audio podcasts. You can look at examples of what they are here - everything is in USA, and there are excellent examples of podcasting.
So, what is the best way to edit the files so that they look decent. And the clients, having listened to your radio podcast, did not scatter with screams of horror, but say “Hmm. Interesting guys. You can trust them." After all, these days, the podcast is reaching a new level and becoming a professional. More about it here https://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/28/technology/podcasting-goes-professional.html
Why is it important to design your podcasts?
Podcasters are now bred as uncut dogs, a lot. Most amateur podcasters do not bother with such complexities as decoration, so it is practically impossible for a normal person to listen to them. Well, who is interested in listening to a person broadcasting from the silence of the grave, and often in a bad voice and a strange pace?
And you and I, let's stand out against their background.
I'll reveal one big secret - podcasts are better listened to when there is background music. The music should firstly be fairly neutral, and secondly, it should still create a mood and harmonize with the meaning of your podcast. If you are talking about the IT sphere, you shouldn't broadcast against the background of Argentine tango.
In addition to background music, it's a good idea to do a little perky beat at the beginning and end of your podcast.
In especially perverted cases, you can add the name of your improvised radio to the skip. To do this, it is better to write down not yourself, but ask someone or contact professionals.
But this is when you get bored and start to improve and "color" your podcast channel. Or give it a name.
It is better to make several different skips, all for ease of perception. We want the listeners to be comfortable. Why?
You can write it down yourself, or you can ask for help from those for whom this business is familiar. For three kopecks, any freelancer who graduated from music school in accordion class and mastered a simple program for writing music can arrange all this.
Or you can contact the podcast production services professionals.
Why is it undesirable to take some well-known compositions for the background and already existing radio beats: yes, because this is a violation of USAlaw, namely copyright. You can, of course, hope that none of the authors will hear your work, but it is better not to risk it.
Have you already imagined yourself in the role of a hardened radio wolf? Fine! Move on.
Where to speak?
At first, you can write podcasts on a smartphone dictaphone, laptop microphone or computer microphone.
But the sound quality produced by these devices is poor.
Therefore, we will consider more complex mechanisms for recording sound.
Let's say that we have several thousand free money, and we need to do something with it.
I propose to buy a recorder from the ZOOM family, the cost of these toys varies from 50 dollars for the ZOOM H1 to plus or minus 200 dollars for the ZOOM H6. By the way, there is a video about it.
You can save on buying a recorder by buyinga second hand unit from someone who has already played enough.
The advantages of these devices are very good, practically studio sound quality, mp3, microphone sensitivity adjustment, portability. And there are many more good things that you can find out about by just googling.
The more expensive the model, of course, the more functions, so before buying, think about what exactly you might need. This is how I urge you to save money and not buy the latest most expensive model, in the hope of using all its incredible features.
How to edit?
Once you've recorded an inspirational and useful speech on a recorder, you will need to edit it: cut out bad moments, mix with the background and skips.
To do this, I recommend using the Audacity program, which is brilliant in its simplicity and intuitiveness. This is a free sound editor, which you can download here.
For today, that's all I wanted to tell you.
P.S. (in a whisper) By and large, it doesn't matter what technique and what design to start writing. All this will be needed later. The main thing is not to give up this business. As smart people suggested to me, the success of a podcast depends on its regularity and the listeners. But I believe that it is your podcast that will really benefit the world;)