how to set up a podcast

Setting Up A Podcast : My Sound Equipment

Setting up a podcast seemed like it would be a difficult task, but it was easier than I thought. Once I had content that could be posted, I bought the sound equipment and followed the tutorials above. The entire setup took me about half a Saturday to complete. I only wish I started earlier.

The third arm of my self-promotion experiment is the Crazy Creative Podcast. Out of all the things I’m doing now, I am most excited about the podcast. I am a very social person, and the podcast allows me to escape the confines of my computer to talk to new people. I get to create something great, and have fun!

Most podcasts are a free form of entertainment. I enjoy learning new things and hearing new perspectives. You’ll never be exposed to this level of content from traditional media sources. I like that I can listen at work, while cleaning up the yard, or while driving around town.

The idea behind the Crazy Creative Podcast is to interview awesome people who do awesome stuff. I’m interested in people who’ve followed their passion and were able to find success living their own way. I want to interview people who do things that make normal folks say, “That’s Crazy!”.

I knew that if I was going to create a podcast, there was a lot that I needed to learn. I knew nothing about sound equipment, or interviewing people. Luckily we live in a time when one can learn just about anything with a few quick Google searches and YouTube tutorials.

There is so much information on the internet about podcasting, it’s almost overwhelming. Pat Flynn has a series of great videos on YouTube discussing a podcast setup. I also found a video, by Jonathan Taylor, that was very helpful when forming my gear list.

Right now, I’m operating a traveling podcast system. This allows me to travel to meet to my subjects where they are. I find people are more willing to take part in the show if I go to them, and not make them to come to me.

Keeping budget in mind (I will upgrade as I go) I bought the following necessary equipment:

Zoom H4N Handy Portable Digital Recorder – $199.99

Zoon H4N

Transcend 32 GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card (TS32GSDHC10E) – $14.25

Memorty Card

2 x BEHRINGER ULTRAVOICE XM8500 – $19.99

Mics

2 x Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Professional Headphones – $49.00

Audiotechnica

2 x On Stage DS7200B Adjustable Desk Microphone Stand, Black – $12.95

mic stands

Cables:

Belkin Speaker and Headphone Splitter – $4.72

Splitter Cable

 

4 x Your Cable Store XLR 3 Pin Microphone Cable (6 feet) – $6.99

Mic Cables

 

 

 

 

Since I want this podcast format to have an audio version available on iTunes and Stitcher , and a video version available on YouTube, I bought a camera and tripod:

Nikon D3300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Zoom Lens (Black) – $496.95

Nikon D3300

AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag – $23.49

Amazon Tripod

Recording is much simpler than I thought it would be. I edit recorded sound in Adobe Audition, and I edit video footage in Adobe Premier Pro. I’m creating all artwork for the podcast with Adobe Photoshop. I plan on discussing this process in a later post. Now I’m working on a system to make producing the podcast as efficient as possible.

Getting the podcast up and running on iTunes and Stitcher required a whole

other set of tutorials. I’m using a plug-in called, blubrry, that allows me to publish my content to my WordPress site and simultaneously to iTunes and Stitcher. The best resource for connecting the blubrry plugin to my WordPress site, was Pat Flynn’s video, below:

With the podcasting infrastructure established, now all I have to do is schedule guests and produce shows. And, most importantly, improve my interviewing skills – there’s a lot of ah’s and um’s going on.

I hope you find this post helpful. If you’ve ever thought about starting a podcast, I urge you to do so – it’s easier than you think.

 

Later!

 

 

//steve

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