How To Create A Podcast
Creating downloadable podcasts is one of the easiest ways
to communicate. You don't have to know how to spell, you don't even
have to be having a good hair day.
There are different types of podcasting software programs:
- Programs specifically used on Windows, Mac, Linux or pocket
- Software to download and manage feeds to listen to
- Software to publish your own feeds online for other podcasting
users to listen to.
Podcast Media Players
Podcasts are not only listened to on ipods. There can also be displayed
on websites with clickable links to audio files and many of the
standard RSS readers, which have begun supporting audio.
Audio Recording Software
All you need is:
- An audio recording software program - There are many free audio
recording programs available. I use Audacity.
- A microphone - the one built into your computer will do fine,
or use a cheap extension microphone or boom headset.
- An Audio Publihsing program - to save the podcast in a frame
or skin that includes the player buttons particular format you
want. There are also freeware versions.
Top Podcast Publishing Tools
Although there are many podcast publishing tools, the two most
- one of the top free tools to publish podcasts and create and manipulate
audio files for podcasts. It is easy to learn, it also includes
many advanced features, supported by Windows, Mac OS 9 or X, and
- comes pre-installed on Apple computers or can be purchased for
around $79. GarageBand is a full-featured studio that records the
audio AND manages all publishing steps.
- Desktop software used to create, edit, manage, publish RSS feeds
and podcasts. Creates new podcasts and feeds or Podcast feeds generated
by other means can be automatically repairedand enhanced to conform
to the RSS 2.0 specification. This gives them a more professional
Specifically For Windows PC
Windows Sound Recorder - is standard on your PC, but will only
save files in .wav format which means you will still have to convert
your final recording into an .mp3 file. There are plenty of free
codec coverters available. You can find Sound Recorder: Start|Programs|Accessories|Entertainment|Sound
BlogMatrix Sparks - A program that enables you
to record, mix, share, publish, store and listen to podcast feeds.
ePodcast Creator - A podcasting application with
which you can record, edit, create an RSS feed, and upload your
ePodcast Producer - Software to record, edit,
and create an RSS feed and this program can upload your podcast.
Escapepodder - This software can automatically
generate RSS feeds for podcasts.
FeedForAll - Software to streamline creating
and publishing RSS feeds
Free Podcast Maker - An easy to use program for
creating podcasting files.
MixCast Live - With this program you can record
podcasts, create show notes and publish feeds on the Internet.
Specifically For Mac
Cast Easy - Software designed to help you create, publish, and
manage published podcasts.
Feeder - A program to create, edit and publish RSS feeds.
FeedForAll - Software to streamline creating and publishing RSS
Free Podcast Maker - An easy to use program for creating podcast
Podcaster - Free podcasting software to create podcasts.
Podifier - Also free podcast software that helps you to create
and RSS feed and upload it to a server for other users to download
and listen to.
RapidWeaver - A so-called blogging program that supports podcasting
There are many types of microphones ranging in quality and price.
For affordable voice recording, I recommend a unidirectional, dynamic-type
Shure - a basci but versatile and affordable for voice
Higher quality choices from:
How much you spend on a microphone is a personal matter between
you and your budget.
- Plantronics headsets work great.
- Eidorol - a higher quality mike.
When you are ready to record, plug your microphone into your soundcard's
mike input and open up Windows Volume Control.
Start > Program > Accessories > Entertainment > Volume
Click: Options > Properties > Recording > OK
Check the Select box under where it says MIC
Adjust the Volume switch using the slider control as you begin
to do your recording
Start a new recording using Audacity, check your levels and begin
your program. Edit test audio or other glitches when you are finished.
Podcasting Publishing Tools
GarageBand - comes pre-installed on Apple computers or can be purchased
for around $79. GarageBand is a full-featured studio that records
the audio AND manages all publishing steps.
GigaVox’ Levelator - really easy to use to work with any
WAV and AIFF file, mono or stereo at any sample rate. A great drag
and drop interface.
Once you find a niche in podcasting you may want to invest in some
more professional recording tools.
- Aphex 204 Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom - hardware version
to add more fidelity
- Behringer Eurorack UB802
- Marantz PMD670 - to get the recording independent of your computer
- Microphone - ElectroVoice RE20
- Voice Processor - Symetrix 528e
These tools are all available here in our Amazon store
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