Start Podcasting with One Hundred Dollars | Quick Podcast Setup

Start Podcasting with One Hundred Dollars | Quick Podcast Setup

Yo, yo pod people ready to pinch those pennies. Remember Darlings, the voice in your head
that says you cannot do this is a filthy liar. Now, your podalicious host, Studio Steve. Hey there podcast people, Studio Steve here
with a quick and fun episode all about podcasting on the cheap. One of the things that is so great about podcasting
is that even at the top professional level, the production costs are relatively small,
especially when compared to the production costs of other types of media. There are many people who ask, can I make
a podcast for free? Or, what is the cheapest way to start up a
podcast? So on this episode we’ll answer those questions
and chat a little bit about Penny pinching alternatives, what’s possible and what kind
of audio you can achieve on the dirt cheap. We’ll cover four main points, computer, microphone,
Free DAWs, or software, and free web hosting. First off, computer. Frankly, there really isn’t a way to podcast
for free. This is because at very least you will need
a decent computer. Now, the majority of people interested in
starting a podcast already have a computer. So when they say free or cheap, that’s not
including the price of the computer. If you don’t already have a computer, then
you’ll need to budget in around a thousand dollars for your most basic of computers. This brings up another increasingly common
question. Can I podcast using my smartphone or my tablet? Actually, this is such a common question that
we are putting out an episode all about it on season two, so check back for that one. Okay, so you have a computer. Now you’re going to need a few other things
at the bare minimum. Next on the list, a USB microphone. A USB microphone. A USB microphone. My recommendation starting from lowest to
highest are the Blue Snowball, $50. Audio Technica ATR2100, $70, or the Audio
Technica ATR2500, for $80 and the Blue Yeti for $120. These microphones all come with cute little
stands and the USB cable you’ll need. What they don’t come with that you’ll want
is a pop filter or a pop screen. This will help to soften the harsh P noises
that come from your mouth. You can get an inexpensive one for about $8
and you’re going to need a pair of studio headphones, especially if you’re not going
to be buying speakers at first. Audio Technica, Behringer and TASCAM all have
a pair of headphones for $20. So this basic setup you’ll need $80 to $150. Now it’s important to remember that this is
for one microphone, which means you’ll only support one voice. So if you have a co-host, we’ll need another
hundred dollars. Now at the very beginning you can achieve
okay results, if you and your co-host speak closely to one microphone, but this won’t
fly for very long. So, if each voice has at least this set up,
you’ll be able to achieve surprisingly good results on your podcast. That is if you use the equipment properly. If you haven’t already listened to the first
few episodes, I would really recommend doing so. But to quickly touch on some of the things
we covered, your first concern is the room you record in. Find a quiet room to record in. Preferably you want this room to be non-reflective
or have no echoes. Also avoid recording in rooms with loud air
vents or refrigerators or anything that hums and buzzes. Even though you will be speaking close to
the microphone, the mic will still pick up all those background noises. Another problem you may run into using USB
microphones is recording more than one of them at the same time. This can cause a huge headache and will take
some work arounds. The difficulty you will have will vary greatly
depending on the software or the DAW you choose to use, which transitions us nicely to the
next point. Free DAWs. In my opinion, the best free DAW for PC or
Mac is going to be Pro Tools first. I am so happy Pro Tools now has a free version. Pro Tools is the industry standard audio editing
software that you will find in every major recording studio in the world and Pro Tools
first has the same layout and basic functions. There are limitations but nothing compared
to the limitations of your other free options. The next best in my opinion would be GarageBand
only available on Mac, and then finally Audacity. Now I’ve been playing around in Audacity a
lot to prepare for the tutorial videos we’ll have on YouTube, and I have to say I’m not
really a fan. However, you can achieve decent to good results
if you use it properly and there are tons of podcasters that use Audacity successfully,
but there are a lot of work arounds and limitations that will add headache and time to your workflow. GarageBand is the most intuitive and easy
to get going. Pro Tools has the biggest learning curve,
but I really recommend taking the time and learning how to use Pro Tools and we’re going
to have a getting started tutorial here on YouTube about it and advanced Pro Tools First
tutorials at our Overachievers Club on Patreon. So you have a computer. You’ve chosen a couple of microphones for
you and your co-host. You’ve taken my advice and downloaded Pro
Tools, or maybe even GarageBand, or maybe your Audacity. Now you’ve recorded and touched up a few episodes
and you’ve exported them to .mp3 files. Now you need to host these files online somewhere
that will generate an RSS feed that you can submit to iTunes. Which brings us to the last item on our list
today. Free web hosting. My biggest two recommendations for free web
hosts would be first, Spreaker. It’s like speaker but with an R in it. And second, Podbean. Choosing a web host is going to take some
research on your behalf. We have a helpful blog that compares the most
popular ones that you can check out at All of the free options will just get you
started and will eventually require you to upgrade to a paid membership. It can be a huge hassle to transfer your podcast
to another host later. So really do some research here and choose
one that will support you nicely way down the road. And especially choose one that will allow
you to have your own domain name later. So, podcasting on the free, sorry Bob. Not going to happen. Podcasting on the cheap. Yeah, you can make it work, but not permanently. If you want to graduate from acceptable to
exceptional. Podcasting on the cheap and using USB microphones
will really only ever allow you to achieve acceptable results and acceptable results
aren’t what we want. They aren’t what your ideas deserve. Your podcast is a showcase for your talents,
thoughts, and your passions. It is perfectly okay and even recommended
to start with cheap options like these at first to get your feet wet and to ensure that
it’s something you want to continue to invest time and money into. But while starting cheap, you can make good
decisions that will allow you to affordably upgrade. For example, choosing to learn Pro Tools now,
you’ll be set for the future. And out of the microphones I listed, I would
get one of the Audio Technica’s, because they are also XLR microphones, which means when
you purchase an interface that can be used with preamps and your interface will be converting
the signal instead of the interface on the microphone. So there’s a quick lowdown on the low costs. Good luck pod and ears. And remember we are here to help. E-mail me any questions you have at [email protected] And be sure to come over and join the Overachievers
Club at, and help yourself and our podcast family grow. Check out our blog,,
and hit that subscribe button. I have posted the links to the microphones
we talked about on this episode and to the Pro Tools First download on this episode’s
webpage, which you can find at Happy casting friends and we’ll catch you
next time. Almost done with season one, podcasters. Next we are going to cover digital audio workstations
and then you are ready to get creating, recording, and editing. How fun. And remember, no matter how slow you go, you’re
still laughing everyone sitting on the couch. [inaudible 00:09:30] valuable learning experiences. [inaudible 00:09:37] for which learners see
a purpose. [inaudible 00:09:39].

8 thoughts on “Start Podcasting with One Hundred Dollars | Quick Podcast Setup

  1. Studio Steve hits the streets and brings us into his Psyche to discover the secrets to Low Cost Podcasting!!!

  2. Wow Studio Steve travels from 42nd Street in New York all the way to Monument Valley in Utah!!

  3. So excited for people to start podcasting with low budget. If you’re not so sure if podcasting is your thing ( you’re not human) this is a good episode for you. Start small, get some confidence, and get ready to grow. Thank you Studio Steve.

  4. I’m learning so much since I’m a beginner. I’m happy to hear there is a free version of protools!
    I love watching Studio Steve!

  5. Love this episode! It taught me so much in revamping my podcast and ways to invest without breaking the bank in the begining- one of the best so far! I like how you are not selling and it truly seems like you all want to help people! #subscribenow

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