Basic tools for podcasting

We’ve been running a podcast for almost FOUR years now at Lose the Cape! I can hardly believe it. It’s been a true labor of love, but I’m glad we’ve stuck through it. I often get asked this question: What are the basic tools for podcasting? It’s a great question!

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Basic tools for podcasting

1.The most basic – good internet! You can record anywhere you have good internet and a quiet background. But actually, you can use phone recording services if internet is an issue. When I started, I used free conference calling dot com. They sent the recording and I uploaded it.

2. A hosting service. You’ll need someplace to upload and distribute the podcast.

3. A good microphone. I ordered this mic, the ATR 2100, in 2015 and it’s still working fabulously for me. I love it. Sound quality is really key in a podcast, so make the investment for a good mic, if nothing else.

Other accessories you’ll want to consider –

a pop filter to help with sound quality (not necessary but helfpul)

an adjustable stand

good headphones – honestly, I just use earbuds, but headphones of some sort are really a necessary tool to help reduce echo in the recording. Always suggest your guest use earbuds too.

4. A podcast hosting system. There are many, many available, to include Libsyn, Cast, Blog Talk Radio (this is where we host ours!) or others depending on your needs.
Along with this – you’ll need a plugin, generally, on your website so that you can put it on your site in a nice way. I have used a couple, just search the plugins section for Podcast and you can filter through. The hosting system is KEY because it’s what distributes it everywhere.

5. The proper accounts! You’ll need to sign up for accounts with itunes, stitcher, alexa… wherever you plan on distributing the podcast. And when you sign up, they’ll ask for Podcast ART – usually a square image that’s 1400×1400, a description, and other key info, so be ready for that. We created our art on Canva.

6. A scheduling tool. Listen, we’re busy. Nobody’s got time for back and forth trying to figure out when you’re going to get together to record the podcast. I FREAKING LOVE ACUITY. Acuity makes it ridiculously simple to set up a calendar with time slots for you to send people when they are making appointments. They will be able to pick the time that works without the back and forth, AND you can create emails that will go out to them with all the key details (what link or number do they need to call? What questions do they ask?) You can set it up so they upload their bio and images and you don’t have to worry about chasing that down. Of all the things that is most useful to our podcasting adventure, Acuity is the one tool I wouldn’t want to go without!

7. A place / location / tool for recording. So, with many of the hosting platforms, you can record through them. But I like to record face to face so I can see my guests. I also think it’s easier to carry on a conversation when you’re looking at your guest, PLUS you can repurpose the content for videos on youtube or Facebook, if your guest agrees. We tell everyone to be camera ready, even if we only use the audio. I love recording through Zoom for this reason. 

8. An editing tool. Most apple computers come with some type of editing tool, but you can also use a great free tool called Audacity (once the audio is stripped from the video). You’ll obviously have to spend a little time learning how to edit video/audio etc, OR you can hire someone to do it. OR see about recording live through Blog Talk Radio and just going with what you get. 🙂 That’s pretty intimidating though.

9. A blog and podcast notes and team to help you do it all. This last item is pretty important. You need a place to share about your podcast and grow your audience. You’ll want to have some kind of show notes / description about each episode. And unless you have the time to do it all on your own, you’ll probably want someone to write up the show notes. You can also use a transcription service – either hire a VA or use something like TEMI that will pump out a transcription in no time, inexpensively.

10. Picmonkey, Canva, Photoshop, or another tool to create great podcast social media images. We like to use a square for social media and a pinterest worthy graphic to hopefully gain some traction through Pinterest.

Wow! This simple question made me realize just how much work, time, and effort goes into a podcast production. So the final ingredient, probably the most important of the basic tools for podcasting would be:

Dedication and love of what you’re doing, because you’re going to invest a lot of time, energy, and effort into doing this. But four years later, it’s still my favorite thing to do!

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