I have started my own internet radio show about two months ago and a local organization is doing the recording. The production engineer is a Mac guy, but he’s using Logic Pro to do the editing. We’ve had some short discussions about podcasting, which I’ll go into on later blog post, but for now, I need to highlight how to get started on podcasting on a Mac. It seems that I might have more to do with audio recording than I originally thought.
So, here goes with what it takes to create a podcast or an audio recording on a Mac.
I was watching a video of a doctor give a presentation, where do you think his setup was? His camera was at the back of the room behind all of this guests. So was his microphone. His audio was terrible, you could barely hear him. Your audio, even doing an audio recording for a podcast, is your most important part. This becomes especially true if you’re doing a video. No matter how good your video is, if your audio stinks, your video stinks. Good audio makes a huge difference.
There are three levels of thinking when considering doing a podcast using your Mac:
- Business Owner thinking, i.e. a reason for doing a podcast: Why do you want to create a podcast?
- Project Management Level thinking about creating a podcast: What time and resources will it take to produce a podcast?
- Technician Level: Hardware and Software needed to do a podcast: How do you outline, write, record and publish your podcast recording for others to listen to?
In each of those areas above, you need to answer those basic questions, but it really comes down to just one, significant question:
Creating a podcast recording requires creating content, and oftentimes, it needs to be quality content.
Do you have the right amount and quality content to produce a high quality podcast?
Steps to a successful podcast
- Plan your podcast, i.e. find a theme, format, script (outline) the content, equipment, resources, and research how you might monetize your content.
- Record your podcast, i.e. record the actual podcast, preferably in a sound damped room or booth.
- Basic Audio – just a simple audio recording.
- Enhanced Audio – that contain artwork, markers, text, and URLs along with the audio.
- Basic Video – basic audio and video combined.
- Enhanced Video – contain artwork, markers, text, and URLs with both video and audio.
- Produce your podcast, i.e. add business website URL, text, Table of Contents, images, etc. to your podcast.
- Promote your podcast, i.e. upload your file to a hosting service and market it to your target market.
- Any Mac
- Microphone – Internal Mac microphone (Free) or USB external ($60.00-300.00), you might need at least two if you’re interviewing a guest. Multiple microphones, one microphone for each guest, is for the purpose of editing each guests audio.
- Integrated headset and microphone (preferred) – this is where both your headset and microphone are all-in-one (I use the Plantronics USB 655 DSP Headset).
- USB Hub (7 or 4 port) – for when you have multiple USB microphones or devices.
- Cables – if needed.
- Mixer – optional, allows you to mix the sound inputs, but rarely needed for beginners.
Software – Check the App Store for podcasting software
- GarageBand 10.0.3 and iOS GarageBand (available through the App Store or free with any new Mac) has had the previous version podcasting software removed. However the new Yosemite OS and iOS versions have limited functionality for podcasting, although it still can be used in a pinch or for simple audio projects.
- GarageBand 6.0.5 (and older versions) is still available for FREE for Mac users. It has the original podcasting software built into it and is still workable for most people.
- QuickTime Player – has basic audio recording, but will not allow you to edit it.
- Audacity – an Open Source audio recording software (Open Source Software, OSS, mean the code is open for all to modify and put back into the market to be changed by others).
- Skype – is used for “over the net” connecting, preferred computer to computer, but you can also record an interview for your podcast, especially if you only do audio and skip the video (it helps cutting down on bandwidth issues). Suggestion: Use recording software for Skype to record your calls. Check out the App Store for Mac software.
- Logic Pro – professional recording software, but only after you “cut your teeth” on learning how to get the most out of what you have for free or low-cost.
- MegaSeg – DJ software that helps you put together your own radio show.
- Nicecast – Nicecast is the easiest way to broadcast music from your Mac around the world helping you create your own internet radio station or allow you to listen to your iTunes Music Library from anywhere in the world!
There you have it, an outline of what it takes to produce a podcast, whether a simple audio podcast, of a full-blown vodcast.
Resources for Podcasting:
- GarageBand Tutorial by Apple
- Apple Audio Podcast Content
- Apple Video Vodcast Content
- Apple iTunes Podcast Resources
- Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac book – gives a step by step process to doing a professional podcast.
- Apple iTunes “Make a Podcast” – steps you through the technical aspects of creating your podcast
- How to make a successful podcast at DigitalTrends.com– goes into some basic ideas creating a good podcast.
- How to Create Your Own Podcasts – MacLife writes another good blog post about podcasting.