So you've decided you wanted to get into the podcasting world? Congratulations and welcome aboard! What you'll soon realize throughout your podcasting journey is that it is not only rewarding, but it's also an exciting way to expand your brand, get yourself out there, and connect with new people all over the world. You may have some questions about how to begin your podcast and in today's post we will be going over the necessary equipment and minimum requirements you will need in order to develop a highly successful and engaging podcast. Let's begin!

Computer Stuff

The most demanding thing your computer will have to go through when you're podcasting is recording and processing the audio. The good news is that almost every modern computer built in the last 3 years can do this without a problem. However, if you're running on something a bit older, you might run into some trouble. Below are just a few considerations you will need to make before jumping with both feet in.

Window And Mac Users

For PC users, a good rule of thumb is that if you can run Windows XP or Vista on your computer without any delays, then you're probably good to go on podcasting. If it runs Windows 7 or 8, then your system can most definitely handle the new audio load. The same would apply for older versions of Mac like the OS 9 or X – if you can run that without any trouble, then your system can most likely handle audio processing.

It can never hurt to upgrade your RAM, as that will greatly help reduce your audio processing load. A lot of the professional podcasters and audiophiles have between 8gb to 16gb of RAM, but most modern day computers come with a minimum of 2gb-4gb and that will be just fine for you and your podcast.

In terms of hard drive space, you could technically get away with 10gb, but if you plan on keeping each of the raw audio files you create, then consider making room in your hard drive for around 50gb to 100gb, if not more. This is a great start, but do keep in mind that if you're going to be podcasting for years to come, then you will have to purchase an extra hard drive for your new found profession.

Audio Software

Podcasters need to have some sort of recording software to help record their voice and the guests on the show. The three main ones that are used by a majority of the podcasting community are:

  • Audacity. This is free to use for both Mac and PC
  • Adobe Audition. If you already have Photoshop, then this should already be included.
  • GarageBand. This also should already be installed on your Mac.

To interview your guests who are not in the same city, state, or country as you, then the best way to connect is through Skype. It is recommended to create a separate Skype account for your show, because interviewing and adding different people regularly can really clutter up your personal account.

Microphones

Microphones are the most important part of a podcast. If you're serious about getting into podcasting and are ready to make the commitment for the long haul, then it is recommended that you spend a bit of money on a high quality microphone. Microphone prices are literally endless and you can spend over $500 in sound equipment if you're not careful. For someone who's starting out, you don't have to spend huge amounts of money in order to capture your voice and create a great sounding podcast.

The most commonly used microphones on the market today are the Blue Yeti USB or the Rode Podcaster. These microphones work incredibly well for podcasting and high quality audio work. These two are high investment with the Blue Yeti ranging between $80 to $100 dollars and the Rode Podcaster ranging from $200 to $250. If you're not ready to make such a commitment just yet, then you can use the mic you have now, knowing that the quality will be quite poor, or you can pick up a mid range microphone between $25 to $50 and it will be a slight improvement.

It is best to have the headphones and the microphone separated when you're doing podcast work. If you buy a headset that comes with a microphone, then there's a good chance the microphone will pick up breathing or your recording will have an increase in pitch when you over pounce the S's and the P's. By having these two separated, you can greatly reduce this.

And that's it! That's all you need before you start your very own podcast. If editing the audio intermediates you, then you be sure to check out what Podfly.net can offer you and maybe it's something you can outsource to us instead! All you have to do is worry about recording your show and you can leave the rest up to us! 

For more info about starting your own podcast, contact ayn@podfly.net.

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