How to make a podcast from scratch: complete tutorial

How to make a podcast from scratch: complete tutorial

The podcast is the format of the future. The programs recorded in this format allow the user to know new topics, listen to news, Reviews and other stories with greater convenience. Content aggregators, the players that bring together podcasts of different styles, have become indispensable applications on any mobile phone.

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Creating a podcast itself is not a simple task, but it can be done without any complications if you take some care. Or, if you follow the following tips on how to make a podcast from scratch.

Think about content

It all starts with a good curatorship, which is nothing more than organizing and taking care of all the details that will make up your new project. The starting point is always to choose the editorial line of your podcast program. This will be essential for you to be able to centralize information on topics you will cover in each episode.

Plan your schedule to identify how much time you will have available for this project among other personal or work commitments. Find a place where the episodes will be recorded, which can be in a room, in an office or at aunt's house. Anything goes to find a corner where I project will be executed with quality and organization.

Do research and choose guests

Once you've organized and incorporated the podcasting project into your routine, it's time to research the topics that will be the key piece of the episodes you intend to record. Visit Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts and search for other channels within the editorial line – segment – you want to work with.

It is important that you master the topic and know the target audience of the segment that will follow, such as Economics, Humor, Entertainment, Politics and others. Researching the style your podcast will follow will make you compare and create a different approach to avoiding cliches or copies.

Listen to other podcasts for references

Also consider if your program will have room for guests. If so, look for people you'd like to talk to or interview with using social networks. It is valid to ask for referrals or suggestions from friends or creators you have access to. For organizing agenda and scheduling your podcast, we recommend Trello, a complete and free task manager.

Recording Equipment and Programs

Here things get more complicated as this is where cash investment may be needed. The first of these is to have a good microphone that can be connected to your computer or mobile phone. Good quality microphones are able to eliminate background noise and capture your voice more clearly. By searching you will find good low cost options and more expensive and versatile ones. It will all depend on your budget.

Then there are some software that are indispensable for optimizing audio capture, editing and guest recording. The first of these is Skype, which is the best tool for recording with guests at a distance. In parallel, you will need software that can record Skype conversations to compose your podcast. For this, we recommend the free MP3 Skype Recorder (Windows 7 or higher), which allows you to set the quality in which the conversation will be recorded.

Skype is the best ally for gathering guests on your podcast

To correct the level of recorded audio and prevent your or your guest's voice from being too low or loud at certain times, we recommend the MP3Gain program (Windows 7 or higher), which can level the volume simply and quickly.

After recording and optimizing the audio of your podcast, it's time for editing, the most advanced step in this process. You can use a paid audio editor such as Soundforge Pro (Windows and MacOS), or free solutions like Apple GarageBand (iOS and MacOS) or Audacity (Windows, MacOS and Linux). For those who have no experience with sound editing, first contact with these programs will certainly not be easy, but the experience comes with practice.

We recommend that you watch video tutorials and also look for articles with tips for using these programs on the internet.

Publish and spread your podcast

Finally, with everything ready, it is time to publish the result of this – sweaty – project. There are some content aggregators you can use to publish your podcasts, although the simplest and most popular is Spotify. The streaming platform has many listeners and has emphasized the collection in this format, which has been growing in recent years.

We have here at FreeGameGuide a complete tutorial with all the details on how to create a channel and upload podcasts on Spotify. Visit the article below and check out:

  • How to put your podcast on Spotify

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Are you inspired to create your own podcast? Did you like the tips of our article?