While the pandemic has hit everyone hard, there has been an obvious shift towards digital mediums for communication and consumption of a plethora of content. This has resulted in new content creators popping up or older ones becoming more active to serve an ever-growing community, especially during a pandemic.
Similarly, audio bloggers are not only more visible at the creative scene but have improved their quality tenfold. We have listed 10 essential podcast tools that you absolutely needed as an audio blogger to set up your own podcasting recording studio.
To start off, you will need a microphone for yourself, and if you plan on interviewing people, then you will need another one. The main factor in your sound quality will come from your microphone, which means you will have to consider its style, quality, and cost accordingly.
You might think headphones aren’t as essential to recording your voice. On the contrary, they help you put together a solid podcasting studio. They allow you a noise-canceling feature in your environment so you can focus on what you’re saying and avoid an outside distraction.
3. Shock Mount
You use a shock mount to fasten the microphone to the microphone arm. It helps eliminate any voice that might be recorded due to vibrations or contact with the mic arm. If you accidentally move the mic arm, it can create vibrations that travel to the microphone resulting in distortions.
4. Audio Interface
If you want to produce high-quality podcasts, the most essential factor is managing the external noise. This is the noise that distracts the listener from your content and makes it difficult to listen. An audio interface can be reduced through shock mounts, pop filters, and a good mixer.
5. Audio Mixers
An audio mixer allows more control over producing your podcasts. You can increase or decrease the volume of different frequencies through a mixer and create an experience for your listeners with the best possible sound quality.
6. Podcast Recording Software
Now that you’ve gotten most of the equipment ready, you need to make sure you’re using the right recording software. Some that are free include,Skype, and Zoom (although you have the option to buy a premium membership). If you’re willing to invest, you’ll find Reaper, Ringr, and Squadcast as more affordable options.
7. Podcast Editing Software
Once you figure out your podcast recording, you’re going to look to edit the recording before you publish it. Editing, however, requires a lot more effort and time than just recording a simple voice note. Some softwares are known for seamless running are Audacity, Adobe Audition, Garage Band, and BuzzSprout. You will find most of these softwares free of cost.
8. Portable Digital Recorder
A portable digital recorder will let you record regardless of where you are. These last longer and have a more clear voice recording option than what you’d find on your phone. It will run for longer and act as a designated tool for your recordings.
9. Microphone Arm
A microphone arm is an essential part of your studio. If you plan to record lengthy podcasts, chances are your interviewees and even you are going to tire yourselves by holding the mic throughout. It might even be impossible to do so. A microphone arm will help keep a consistent sound level throughout the podcast, even if you or your guests move.
10. Podcast Hosting Sites
Podcasts can be produced and started by anyone. But to reach your audience and create content that is top quality, you’re going to have to invest your time, effort, and some of your capital to keep it going.