Editing A Podcast

When I stated researching how to record a podcast I found the app Anchor which does a lot of the work of recording and publishing a podcast for you. Unfortunately using it mean your podcast is in owned and controlled by this company, when they post it on iTunes you won’t have access to the stats and information provided by iTunes. One of the benefits of podcasting is that you own your content. You don’t have to worry about a hosting site lie you would with YouTube. You control where it is posted and the content. Anchor would advertise on your podcast since they are providing a free service.

I am going to go over a few basics for making and recording a podcast. This is with teaching in mind so I have not investigated actually posting your podcast on iTunes, if you are recording with a class of students the audio would not likely be public.

Sound quality/recording 

Although some people may expect the best quality sound from their podcasts often less quality sound is alright if the content is interesting. Especially if the recording is only intended for a class or school. I listen to several podcasts where they have guests or one of the hosts phone in remotely and therefore will have a poor recording. As long as it is legible and not too distracting it will work. And today with updated phones the microphones are fairly good. (I have certainly listened to podcasts with worse) so if you are starting out a phone or inexpensive microphone will work well if you are not ready to invest in more expensive equipment.

Editing/software

Some apps will allow you to record and then edit your audio. Voice Record allows you to record and then export the audio in different formats, as well as some basic editing tools. Audacity is another recording and editing software that works well and is free. I have been exploring its features and the basic features are easy to use, I was able to upload a recording from my phone, edit it, and save it in a new format. It comes with instructions and there are tutorials online.

Location

When recording you want a quiet space, to prevent echoes record in an open space. A larger room with lots of furniture will absorb more sound while a small room will sound echo-y. test out different locations, is there a fan you hadn’t noticed? Is your recording picking up outside noise? You can also dampen other noises by hanging blankets around your recording space.

These are just some first steps to making recordings, as you delve further into audio recording you may want to set up a more permanent recording space, invest in editing software, and buy a better microphone. These tips are a place to start.

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