Hey and welcome to start a podcast fast the series where I show you how to get a podcast
started quickly. I’m Ryan Maclane from podcastfast.com and in this lesson you’re going to learn how
to record your first podcast episode. Without your first episode recorded it’s actually
going to be very difficult to set up the rest of your podcast so we do need to do this first.
So let’s go ahead and learn how we can record our very first podcast episode.
The first thing you need to do is choose which device you’re going to record your podcast
on. You can record your podcast on your phone or you can record it on your computer. The
benefit with the phone is obviously it is smaller, it’s more mobile you can record from
anywhere and the benefit of a computer is that it’s more powerful so you can get better
quality microphones and you can get a better sound.
First I’m going to look through the different microphones for recording using your phone.
So if you want to use your phone check out these different microphones. The first thing
that you can use is simply the microphone that is built into your mobile phone. These
tend to be pretty high quality now especially if you got an iPhone or a high-end Andriod
device so this can be a great way to get started. The second thing you can use is iPhone headphones
which are obviously free with any Apple iPhone. These give a great quality sound and I actually
use these to podcast for years and I highly recommend them. You can also look into the
iRig mic cast which retails for $39.99 and this plugs into the headphone jack of your
phone and gives good quality sound. I actually use this whenever I do interviews using my
phone. You can look at the iRig mic which is a higher quality condenser mic which retails
at $59.99 again it plugs into the headphone jack of your phone.
And lastly there is the Rode Smartlav which retails at about $75 and the benefit of this
one is that it clips onto you and so you can do this when you’re out walking or you can
do this when you’re filming video as well. So if you want to do video as well as podcasts
then this is highly recommended. If you want to check out the short list for the best microphones
both for the phone and the computer go to podcastfast.com/mic and you can get the shortlist
there as well as some sound examples of what these microphones sound like.
If you want to record using your computer I’m now going to go through some different
microphones for recording using your computer. These are all really high quality and they
all retail for about $100 or less. So the first one is the ATR 2100 which retails at
about $59.95. Now Tim Ferriss who is the author of the Four Hour Work Week actually uses this
microphone so check out his podcast if you want to see some sound quality on that. I
used to have this but my kids dropped it a few times and so did I and it broke but I
highly recommend it. There is also the Blue Snowball which looks
really weird but is a really awesome mic which is used by a lot of gaming people who make
gaming videos. This retails for $49. There is the Blue Yeti which is the microphone I
am using right now. It retails brand new for about $120, $119 but you can it for just under
$100 around $97 $98 if you’re willing to go second hand. If you’re going to be recording
whether you are using your phone or using the computer I do recommend you get a pop
filter and basically this just sits between you and the microphone and takes out some
of the p p p and the air that gets blown into the microphone. It just gives you a clearer
sound means it won’t hurt peoples ears it’s super cheap get them on amazon for under $10.
Again you can get a short list of all the best microphones with sound examples as well
by going to podcastfast.com/mic. Ok so assuming that you’ve decided that you
want to record using your phone I’m going to go through 3 of the best iPhone apps for
recording your podcast. The first one which is the one that I use is Voice Recorder HD.
I lucked onto this one don’t know how I found it but it is an awesome one really simply
to use and really easy and this just costs a $1.99 in the app store. The second one that
I recommend is Voice Record pro which is similar to Voice Recorder HD but is not as intuitive.
This is absolutely free in the app store and so I recommend this for anyone who is a complete
tight ass and doesn’t want to spend any money. The third one is Boss Jock Studios which is
$9.99. this one is a highly advanced podcast for advanced people. You can add in music
you can do all of your post production and editing actually live while you’re doing it.
So if you actually get to know this product and get to know the Boss Jock Studios app
you can save yourself a lot of time in post production.
There is actually 7 apps that I can recommend and then I’ve got video examples of all of
them and that shortlist. You can go to podcastfast.com/apps if you want to see all of the apps as well
as examples of me using them. If you will be recording on your computer
you will need some editing software which you could record your podcast into. Now I
will be going into more details about editing software in the next lesson but for now I
just want to list the 4 different editing software options that I recommend for recording
your podcast into. The number one program that I recommend is Screen Flow. Now this
is a paid product but they do have a free trial available which is a fully functioning
product and the only difference is that the trial watermarks any videos that you create.
So if you’re just podcasting and just creating sound then Screen Flow is going to be absolutely
free otherwise if you want the full featured product it is $99. You can check that out
and get the free trial by going through my affiliate link which is podcastfast.com/screenflow.
The next one that I recommend is free tool for both Mac and PC and that’s called Audacity.
This is a free program I actually use this in conjunction with Screen Flow because it
has some great options to edit your sound and make your microphone sound awesome which
I will cover in the next lesson. But it’s just not as easy to use as Screen Flow and
why I recommend it second on my list. The third program I recommend is Garage Band
for the Mac. This is about $6.49 in the app store but it does come free with most Macs
these days. It’s very easy to use it’s very simple and it’s great for podcasting.
And the fourth program that you could consider is called Adobe Audition. This is a high-end
product it costs about $395 for a digital download. This is for Mac and PC and for those
of you who are super serious about podcasting and super serious about having absolutely
the best sound then I do recommend Adobe Audition. If you want to get that shortlist of the best
recording software as well as examples of me using it then go to podcastfast.com/software
to see more details about that. Ok so now you should have chosen whether you
are going to record on your phone or your computer, you should have chosen the microphone
that you most want to use and the app or the software program to record into. You now need
to record your podcast. If you’re recording your podcast on the phone then here’s an example
of me recording a podcast using the Voice Recorder HD app. Using Voice Recorder HD is
easy with simply plug in our headphones and we hit the record button and we can see the
recording has begun. When we’re finished recording we simply click the stop button and now we
go down the bottom to voice memos and we can see the podcast recording we just created.
Once you’ve completed recording your podcast on your phone you then need to upload it to
your computer so you can edit it. And if you’re recording your podcast on your
computer here is an example of me using the Screen Flow application. To record simply
click the camera up the top and hit the record button or you can configure your recording
check your settings and then hit the record button. It will now take 5 seconds and then
it will begin recording. Hey this is Ryan from podcastfast, once you’ve completed recording
hit the camera again and hit stop record or you can hit command shift 2 as well. Your
file is now there and simply drag it down into the timeline to begin editing your file
it’s that easy. If you recorded your podcast episode on your computer it will now be ready
for editing. That completes this lesson, How to record
your first podcast episode. In the next episode I’m going to show you how to edit your podcast
quickly and easily so people can being listening to it. Until then don’t just podcast, podcast
fast. If you liked this lesson and you want more then check out our advanced tutorials
tools and resources available at podcastfast.com until next time don’t just podcast, podcast