The podcast is attracting more and more people. If you dream of getting started, but don’t know where to start, here is our guide to orienting yourself in choosing your equipment and creating your first podcast.
It took you a while, but that’s it, you finally have your podcast idea. So you’ve decided to get started, but here you are, you don’t know what equipment to choose… Between the microphone, the headphones or even the editing software, an unknown world opens up to you.
Don’t panic, we’re not going to let your idea wash up on the abandoned project beach. We have prepared a guide for you to help you immerse yourself serenely in the world of podcasting. And if you prefer video, no worries, we have a dedicated guide to streaming on Twitch and YouTube.
Choosing the right microphone for the podcast
The most important point when it comes to choosing a microphone, well before the price-quality ratio, is to know the type to determine its use. Indeed, depending on the way they capture sound, microphones can be classified into three main families.
The so-called microphones omnidirectionnelsto begin with pick up sound from all directions. A good choice if you want to record several people speaking at the same time in a room. Be careful, it will also pick up all the parasitic noises. A microphone ” bidirectional collects him, as his name suggests, the sound coming from two different directions. Again, any extraneous noise will be part of it.
The most common type of directionality in podcasting is the “cardioid“. The microphones thus pick up sounds coming from a single direction, which drastically limits the interference of parasitic noises.
The Bird UM1: for sedentary people
In the event that your podcast does not require any travel on your part, we advise you to opt for un micro Bird UM1 . Already featured in our beginner streamer guide, this cardioid microphone is plug’n’play and compatible with both Windows and macOS PCs. Excellent value for money, with a price not exceeding 60 euros, the Bird UM1 remains a good choice to start. We also invite you to opt for an articulated pole, sold for around 30 euros, in order to cancel out any vibrations, and an anti-pop filter at 15 euros to eliminate parasitic noise.
Blue Yeti: more versatility
If you’re not afraid to break the bank, then the Blue Yetifrom Logitech will be your go-to choice. Sold for 140 euros public price, this fixed microphone not only has excellent sound quality, but it also has the luxury of offering three different polar patterns. The possibility of connecting it directly to a computer using a USB port makes it an easy-to-use microphone.
If you have a few extra dollars to invest, the Blue Yeti X is a good alternative. It’s slightly better at audio, including 24-bit recording and an easier-to-use software suite. It will cost you around 150 euros.
Shure MV7: get down to business
If you want to take audio quality to the next level, you’re going to have to invest. And this MV7 does not disappoint with its excellent manufacturing quality and top-notch audio rendering. With a cardioid design, it can be connected via XLR or USB. We particularly appreciate the long 3 m USB cable delivered! Be careful though, it does not have a foot, which makes it not very mobile. We recommend that you invest in an adjustable desk pedestal. That said, you can’t find better at this price.
The Olympus WS-835 for mobile podcasters
You may need to conduct interviews or capture outside sounds for your podcast. In this case, we advise you to turn to a dictaphone, in particular the Olympus WS-853. Indeed, the latter, like most dictaphones, is able to attenuate ambient noise. It has decent sound quality, and is fairly easy to handle. We just regret the absence of a backlit screen. Not to mention its price, which is rather affordable, since it is around 75 euros.
For interviews, the lavalier microphone remains a valid alternative. the Rode SmartLavPlusremains a good choice, especially for a lavalier microphone sold under 50 euros that manages to capture the sound correctly.
Anker Soundcore Life Q30
If your budget is more limited, the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 does a good job too. It’s relatively comfortable, lightweight, and comes with a detachable standard stereo cable. If the rendering is a little plastic, the helmet has the good taste to be sold under the 100 euro mark.
To find out more, you can consult our review of the Soundcore Life Q30.
Do not hesitate to take a look at our guide to the best headphones under 100 euros.
A sufficiently powerful computer
To record a podcast, the best is still to do it via a computer. Fortunately, the exercise does not require a large number of resources, even for editing. Which means you don’t have to go broke for a high-end machine. But we advise you all the same to choose a sufficiently powerful PC so that the operation is more pleasant for you.
If you were planning to take advantage of the launch of your future podcast to change your computer, then we invite you to take a look at our comparison of the best laptops under 1,000 euros to find the computer that will best suit your needs. If you want the top, we also have a broader guide to the best laptops.
A mini production studio
If you are serious about your podcast project, you will be well advised to invest, in addition, in an all-in-one solution, in this case the RØDECaster Pro. This interface can work standalone and directly record your podcast to a microSD card, but also work as an audio interface when connected to a PC. It has four microphone inputs with preamps, smartphone, USB and Bluetooth channels, as well as eight sound pads for playing music and directly activating sound effects with a click. Admittedly, all this has a price… but you will have direct access to studio quality.
What software to edit your podcast?
Another important element of any good podcast: the editing software. There are of course paid professional software, such as Reaper (60 to 225 dollars, depending on the version) or Adobe Audition (billed 24 dollars per month).
But the most widespread software remains Audacity. And good news, it’s free! If its interface is austere without a name, it is nonetheless easy to handle. You can also cut your tracks as you see fit, or add many sound effects.
Remember, however, to create several tracks (one per voice and one per sound) for better control during editing. There remains a basic concern: the company was bought a few months ago and the turn taken by the new owners, in particular in terms of data collected, worries more than one. For fans of free software, we therefore recommend that you go to Sneedacity, its fork Royalty-free.
I have all the material, how do I create a podcast?
What should I know before check-in?
Let’s be completely honest with you: we don’t have a magic formula for making the perfect podcast. The ingredients that are most often found in popular podcasts are obviously the subject or subjects covered (are they all related in one way or another? If not, do they fit together well? each other?), the tone used by the speakers (jovial, serious, warm) and the care taken in writing.
Before recording your podcast,you will have to verify that the name you have chosen has not been registered, or if it is not already used by a third party. To do this, start by typing the name of your podcast into the Google search bar to see what results come up. If the field seems free to you, enter the name of your podcast again, but this time in the INPI (National Institute of Industrial Property) database. Depending on the result, you can start recording or find another name.
How to color your podcast?
You have succeeded and everything is running like clockwork. Your podcast is written, and with your new material, it’s recorded and ready to be edited. To give color to your podcast,we recommend the integration of music.
Be careful though, you can’t take any popular song on the fly, even thirty seconds, without the permission of its rights holders. If you don’t have the budget to rent music or the ability to compose it yourself,you will have to turn to so-called “royalty-free” music. Fortunately, there are several free online libraries such as Freesound, Au bout du fil, Filmstro (which even allows you to create your own soundtrack), or YouTube’s Audiolibrary.
Where to host your podcast?
That’s it, the time has finally come: it’s time to publish your podcast. Thus begins an exercise which may seem laborious, but which nevertheless remains necessary.
The first step is to find a place to host your podcast. It seems obvious, but for it to reach as many people as possible, your work must be registered on an online platform. There are paid services like Ausha (11 euros per month, unlimited storage) or LibSyn (5 euros per month, 50 MB of storage) that take care of hosting and creating your podcast’s RSS feed.
Another solution is to go through hosts like OVH, but you will have to get your hands dirty. You will then have to go through an FTP software (File Transfer Protocol) to create a folder containing not only the .mp3 file of your podcast, but also a file. xml including all its information like name, logo, a summary course, etc.
How to publish your podcast?
Once you have your RSS feed in hand, all that remains is to make it available on distribution platforms. The preferred platform is undoubtedly Soundcloud, which allows you to download the podcast directly from its site. Spotify, he has made the exercise could not be simpler, since it suffices to go to its section dedicated to podcasters, to accept the EULA there and finally to integrate its RSS feed.
iTunes, via its iTunes Connect service, also offers podcast broadcasting. Be careful though, you will need an iTunes account.
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