Brand My Podcast - Ep 7

What you need to record a podcast

This may or may not be the most daunting part of podcasting but this episode is all about what you need to record a podcast.

In this episode, I'm delving into the options you have for both microphones and software/hardware to record your podcast. Because there is a multitude of options out there for both.

But if you're reading this before hitting play on the episode and wondering what you're going to need to record your podcast, guess what?! You have everything you need already! But we'll get into that in this episode, along with a few tips at the end to really help make podcasting as easy as pressing record.

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I'm going to level with you hear this episode is what makes me geek out about podcasting.

If the kind of text side of it because this is that episode where we press record.

Maybe not for the full episode of we want to make but just to test things out.

This is where we're going to hit record, really looking forward to delving into this episode so Frank them titles today,

Welcome to Brand My Podcast I am your host Frank as always here and today.

I am so pumped for this one because this is that time when you first hit record.

I was instead of the intro we're not looking to press record and record your first episode just yet.

This is that time where we test things out see what works for us and get the deal for hitting record.

See what that feels like and then make that commitment into producing your first episode what I'm going to come here is a few different things.

The first is microphones then how are you going to record

and then a few different other tips that you might want to

consider when recording your podcast?

Cos I want to give you the confidence to hit record when

you do for your first episode, so that all of this stuff

that you need to consider is easy peasy.

So let's get into it.

So it's time to record your podcast.

How do we do it the first thing I want to consider here for

you and for all of us trying to start a podcast is what mic

we're going to use because at the end of the day.

Podcast is audio-based it can be video and there is a component

there that this will touch on if you want to do both video

and audio we want to think about first what Michael going

to use and this is the best thing about podcasting that it's

so accessible to anyone that wants to be a creator of the

podcast is that you most likely have everything you need

because if you're listening to, this is our you have a microphone

be on your computer or with your phone now if you're watching

this on YouTube you going to get a little bit more benefit

of this because you're going to see visually the things are

going to be holding up, but I make her my best effort to

describe what I'm talking about so you can find these things

online where necessary and if you need a reference point

hit up the YouTube video, it's on g'day Frank if you search

that and you'll find a video there now.

Let's get into the first first one that we can all do very

easily is a phone.

And I say this because there are multiple different ways

that you can record using your phone either directly into

the phone like you normally would at bone call you could

set it up on your desk and talk, but we make that maybe a

little bit better.

We could use the earphones that it comes with as it has a

mic attachment, and then we also have the opportunity to

connect it with proper microphones now.

You can get adaptors from audio stores.

What are your video kind of stores you'll know what is moss.

Most suitable for Where You Are to find something like that.

If not, eBay Amazon but have this kind of all the great ones

are by company name Road rode0.

They make all kinds of microphones and make some specific

stuff for podcast as well.

So using your phone that's one auction.

The other is your computer Mike now.

Every computer has a microphone in embedded into it.

Just like a webcam, most likely, let's say.

That's your only option that's what you have to work with

great. That's all.

It really is necessary.

So you have the option to use the internal microphone on

your computer The Next Step Up is maybe you're using a camera

microphone. So just a camera that you have it may be a let

me hold up here, and I'll DSLR of mine's a Canon you likely

have a Canon DSLR like this or a mirrorless camera.

Use the in-built microphone on that or you might have a little

point-and-shoot little thing like this and their perfectly

fine as well.

If you sit close enough to them in a quiet room.

They work fine again, audio quality isn't going to be the

best out there, but it is doable what you can do to up the

game of your camera recording is get one of these and I'm

just putting up the camera now.

This is a shotgun mic.

It's made by Road there are many other different brands out

there that sell these kinds of How things were sound road

again? Just a really good provider of audio equipment very

affordable as well.

You can plug that into your camera, and I say that because

if you're doing both audio and video this could be a good

option where you only having to record with one Mike and

One camera in the one setup and all you having to do is strip

the audio from that video recording to put up as podcast

episode. Then the video can go at me like YouTube instagram.tv,

LinkedIn rain website.

Whatever apart from that lot of podcast is that you going

to see online that you may follow the Joe rogan's out of

the world out there?

They're using a a proper microphone.

Podcast a kind of microphone to broadcast microphone.

Maybe if you will with that are my friends two different

types that you're likely going to consider hear the first

as a USB mic, which is exactly what I use for my podcast

at the moment.

It looks like one of these.

The second one that I have it's made by company name blue.

It's called a blue Yeti really really affordable, and they're

cheaper versions of it as well.

They're a bit smaller, but they really good what you call

a microphone and what that does, is it really eliminates

background noise because it has a thing called of gain control

on the back of it.

And what that was eliminates the sound and only picks up

what it's closest to the microphone.

So what you can probably find is talking quite a bit closer

than what you normally would with something like a shotgun

microphone, which picks up.

You know something from a little bit of further of a distance,

but this is really accessible because this can plug into

your computer, and you can use software to record your audio

plug-and-play. Can you can use it in zoom calls?

This is the the go to Mike I use versatile.

It's it's real damn simple the scale of of microphones.

What you call an XLR microphone?

No, I don't have one to show you here.

I do have one on order at the moment again from a company

name Road call the pod Mike but there are many different

set alarm microphones out there some made by Blue the same

company that owns and sells that Yeti that I have and some

more kind of you'll see the me like Joe Rogan uses.

One is a brand called sure s h u r e and this is like the

Gold Standard of microphones, though.

It is freaking expensive.

It would cost you an Australian dollars between 7/8 hundred

Dollars so it's a really really expensive might for what

it is where as something like a blue Yeti you'll be paying

around $150.

Maybe Australian dollars.

That is so there's a disparity in that and there is an extra

complexity if you do you use an XLR microphone with a computer

setup. You need to have a separate interfere.

That will convert that signal into a USB input for your computer

sonexstella. Is what you do with fine with you.

No singers and musicians on stage.

They have those types of my phone's that have a specific

XLR connection now that might not be the best option to go

with especially if you're starting out of never done anything

like this before it can be a bit of a headspin.

If you use that kind of Technology for your podcast again.

It's not necessary.

If you would use your phone.

You computer your camera, or one of those blue yetis.

You are doing just fine.

If you can see me perfectly now that's really all that matters,

so they're the different types of microphones that you typically

can use.

There's probably other different ways that you could record

audio, but they're the typical ones.

I tend to find most podcast is using the second part of this

conversation is what do you record with apart from the the

gear? Things and that is software typically how do you use

mic in combination with software now the first is the microphone

that you would have on your phone so you can use an app on

iPhone voice memos or GarageBand if you have an iPhone there's

probably an equivalent on Android phones or an app that you

could download in the Google Play Store but they're the ones

that I know that can work.

Very effectively.

No, that's best used for if you are just recorded podcast

of your invoice.

If you want to have a guest involve.

It gets a little bit trickier using your phone.

That's what you really want to use a computer what you can

know before.

I move onto a computer is on your phone.

You can record your podcast directly to your podcast host.


I'm going to get a hosting a bit later and next few episodes

here of brand my podcast, but there is one host in particular

that Anchor Tattoo I used to upload my Cast to and they have

an app where you can record directly to their hosting provider

to get upload an episode.

You could edit little bit here in there at the music all

that kind of stuff, and that's all you need to do.

I need a computer at all to get your podcast published.

So that's a good option there if you want to keep it real

Loki just your voice.

Maybe have a partner in the room and you put two microphones

into your phone that's achievable to little tricky, but you

can do it do some research on Google you.

Will find the answers you need if you want to do that with

a co-host or a guest in person.

So the next option is a camera now.

I have a mirrorless Sony camera here, and I also have a Sony

Point shoot here for a second angle what I'm doing here is

recording audio at redundantly in addition to my blue to

have backup audio if this thing fails, so it also helps me

to sync the audio with a video so I can upload to YouTube

using audio from the mic and using the video from.

Two cameras now.

All you really doing there is just uploading that footage

to computer and then using your editing software to put it

all together.

The other one is to use a shotgun like I mentioned before

attached to your camera, and you can additionally use what's

called a lapel mic.

You know when you look at you watch.

The news news reporters and and journalist they have they

all the pole Mike's on the breast of the shirts or in a colour

or wherever it might be.

I'm you can use one of them as well with your camera.

If you have that if you want to be a bit more remote you

can have wireless lapel mic, so we can have wired ones again.

He gets a bit tacky, but if you're into this stuff, that's

an alternative option that can pick up better audio sometimes

depending on your setting and that might be something to

consider then we get into the computer now.

There's multiple different ways to record using whatever

type of Mike you want to use as long as you can get it into

the computer as more secure.


So the first is using zoom.

This is a great option.

If you have guessed you want to bring on the show you can

record the conversation.

You have a split of both your audio and their audio and the

video feed if you want to lay that into what I would suggest

there. It's make sure your settings or right to be able to

split both those audio tick boxes that you might want to

consider looking at and that's a great option.

That's how I do want my other pod cars to read chairs a record

my guests using zoom and it's really easy.

It takes no effort on their part to send me files audio quality

can be a bit limited of times.

You can get those little bit some pops and cracks and everything

like that that happened through an audio call to bit hard

to get past sometimes, but I got to say there's some other

apps out there that you can find and I'll probably cover

them and another day because they get a bit more technical.

I guess you could say, but they do improve the audio quality

to make it hassle.

Everyone involves, but that's a lesson for another day the

other one.

If you want to record low clear on your computer not recording

with a guest or even recording with the gas, and this is

something that I do is well is recording on something like

QuickTime if you have a Mac computer or GarageBand and that

allows you to record directly on your computer using your

mic input into your computer like that and just record a

really simple audio recording of your podcast episode now

with QuickTime and encouragement.


They are Mac products.

There's something that come preinstalled with every Mac they're

very easy to use and I typically use QuickTime as a local

recording for episodes.

I record with guests that are doing a zoom recording.

So my audio.

Is Shrek the guests might not be unless they record audio

directly on their own computer as well and send that to me

and get a better.

What are you there?

What are the times?

I just like to have my audio sounding you know consistent

across the board and that's how I do it at the same time

as recording on Zoom now.

If you are on a PC or even on a Mac there is another program

called Audacity that something that's free to download and

use you can record your audio, and it's pretty straightforward.

Hit record save it put into your podcast editor of choice,

or just uploaded directly with an mp3.

Just as is totally up to you, and that's it.

There are some other programs that you could use if you're

a bit more savvy, and the space things like Premiere Pro

or Adobe Audition if you're a bit more of a music producer

a video editor.

There's some great tools.

If you have an Adobe script subscription or something like

Logic Pro I think it's called that Apple sell that's music

based programs, but yeah between.

We're getting a bit bit fancier.

I guess.

You might say because they're the programs there were you

can really edit as well as recording in the same program

there, and we'll get into one day how to edit your podcast

but that's it, then another lesson for another day additionally

if you're going to have a an XLR microphone same as USB microphones

the same process you could use all those same programs snow

real difference there, but you do have some other options

one in particular that might be of no to you and it's something

that I'm waiting.

Did you get my hands on?

I've ordered it.

I'm just waiting for them to send it to me is what you call

a rodecaster pro.

It's a podcast recording deck.

If you watching some YouTube I'm going to show you some photos

of it, and it allows you to plug your excellent microphones

after four of them directly into that deck you can put SD

card into it or connected directly to your computer and Watch

from that basically monitor device.

You would call it can program sounds in your intros and other

little bits and pieces in there, and you can also bring in

calls or even zoom calls into it by your phone and bluetooth

them into the conversation.

So can all be controlled from that deck again gets a bit

tacky, but if you're really down with this stuff, and you

understand it, and you just a bit like I do that something

to consider of course.

You can take that audio, and then drop it up on your computer

using your preferred editing software, and that's pretty

much how you are going to record your podcast using one of

those methods there.

I hope I didn't confuse you in that because there are such

a multitude of ways of doing something this in the same outcome,

but it accommodate to your budget your technical level and

this is something to say that you can always iterate over

time. You can step up at game over times of once you get.

Footing of how to do all this stuff and you've got a bit

of a rhythm going you could invest in a better Mike you could

look at using different tools to record your podcast with

things that work for you better in your workflow cuz every

podcast was different and every show is different as well

now one thing.

I will say he is just about recording is for all types what

you're looking to record is either a wav file or better yet

and mp3.

File the MP3 is going to be small and file size a wave file

is a little bit more complex.

Have either of those formats wav and MP3 what you looking

for from a recording and the easiest to work with and what

most podcast hosting providers are looking for when you upload

your final file to be at the one that you record with other

after you edit, either.

One of those files is perfect, and then just to recap of

how I do it at the I'm going to update this at some stage

soon once I get some different gear to try the all that stuff

out but at the moment it's using a blue Yeti microphone USB

connection into my computer that connect with QuickTime player

QuickTime player and that's just easily recording to sit

and start on that and then I have a Sony a73 camera with

a 2525 24 mm to 104 mm lens and then I have the Sony zv1

cameras my little sidekick cam for the second view of things

and that's my car set up there are some other things you

can use to schmick up your podcast and I'm going to give

them now in some tips so the first one is this bad boy you

might see me holding this up this is that you put in front

of where you're talking and more so in front of where the

mic is and it's called a pop filter this is just a little

sheet of something like that that is stretched out and it's

stops what you call plosives so if I do this into them I

can go Peas QS ours TS peas You might hear a popping sound

it may not my might not have picked it up, but it's is real

kind of harsh.

Sound that blows out the audio, and it's something we want

to avoid so there's a few ways of doing it 1 and really cheap

way of doing is a pop filter.

These things.

You can get on eBay for 10 $15.

You don't they haven't an arm that you can connect to do

the boom arm with your Michael to desk.

We can just hold it up whatever it might be that you can

do. I'm you can get some that integrated with the mic you

can clip on to the microphone itself and son microphones

that have one inbuilt as well, but this brings me to the

second point of you know tips.

Here is where in relation you are to your microphone.

So really close and up close to it.


I am here.

You need to be careful with those plosives of if hitting

them I can and saying there's peas.

And TS I'm in the probably another letter that in there that

I'm missing.

Play the ones that create those sounds and even breathing

with your nose and mouth can create those popping sounds

so you want to this is my TP is to talk over the mic put

at it, but over it a slight bit.

So my mic is just below my chin line, and it's pointed up

at me as directed at my mouth, but I'm talking over it, and

I find that tends to take away the plosives, as long as you

have the game that a good setting that isn't picking up too

much noise for echoey kind of reverb e sound, but you still

picking up your voice.


You may need to level up the the levels of your audio when

you edit your podcast, but I found this is a good alternative

to having to have a pop filter in front.

So you can see my face in this kind of recording here on

YouTube that's my tip to and my third tip is headphones or

earphones. These are really really helpful when you are recording

with a Either in person or on a zoom call because then you

can definitely hear each other, especially for a little bit

further away from each other when you're recording in person.

These can help but only want to use it.

Most effectively is for an online call.

You don't want the audio from your guests coming through

your computer speakers, because that will interfere with

your recording from your mates.

You can't keep them separately and you're going to hear that

kind of feedback.

You kind of them cos they're voice will come through your

mic, and then out to them.

This is echo chamber.

That's what you call feedback.

It's made me want to avoid so if you're doing a zoom call

have some earphones in airpods Apple earphones headphones

whatever earphones headphones you have doesn't matter, as

long as you can hear the person at the other end of the call

plugged into your computer or even plugged into the Yeti

mic that writes in the mic, I have you can hear that person

talking and it won't interfere with your audio recording

then the fourth tip is audio tests, which is the purpose

of this part.

Cast episode is I want you to test this stuff out before

hitting reported to produce your first episode the reason

being is that we want to test the environment that we're

in the quality is the microphone if you're happy with it

or not, and then if there's any difference you kind of bits,

and this is something you want to do before each and every

recording it's in the guy do I check the levels and I make

sure that the audio isn't fizzing or there's nothing interfering

with it?

Because then you don't want to have to record it.

Especially be done with a guest and you can't re-recorded

it. You don't want to have to go into editing software, and

then he this weird sound you like I can't use that that sounds

awful awful to you.

It's just an awful to your listeners, so I want to avoid

that by doing those test before it's going to save your shoulder

pain, especially before each episode producing test now check

the environment that you're in is it to echoey you know is

it is?

It's quiet and after not pick up.

You know your family in the background or someone cutting

down a tree outside of birds flying over that those last

two other things are always bug me when I'm recording.

It's always happy, but funnily enough today.

Nothing's happening.

It's amazing.

And when I touched on quality the last hit there really is

to not worry about the amazing level of quality like if you

were if you're using a phone or yeah apple airpods or something

like that, or you computers Mike you know, it's not going

to be the best in the world, but this is the real big Point

here. As long as we can hear you and when he articulate your

words and you can hear you guessed effectively.

That's all that matters.

That's a topic for the next conversation in this next episode.

I'm going to put out there for you to listen to but I just

want to make sure that you aren't self-conscious about how

it sounds when you're starting out.

If you don't have the Geo the access to it.

It is beside the point of podcasting we want to make sure

that you Bring some great content first and foremost, and

I want to cover that in the next podcast episode.

So that's the end of the episode is probably a little bit

longer than all the other ones because I'm just as you can

tell I really like this stuff.

It's kind of my bread and butter.

I love having this stuff around his makes me feel alright

happy about it.

I just get over it.

And I'm sure you can tell but I hope that this is been a

bit of a learning point for you.

There's so much about this gear that you can learn more things

about everyday, especially for using a camera in the mix,

and that's make I'm going to cover of the day is not recording

your podcast for video because add that extra complexity

two things, but that's that's pretty much it for today.

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for listening.

It's so fun to do this and engage with you and help you on

that journey to start in your podcast again.

It's always I can help you out if you if this is all you

know too hard basket, and I would love to help you get this

podcast of yours off the ground, or if you have an established

podcast. Maybe help you out with how we can move it forward.

And if that's you when you're looking to get some help their

hit me up at brand my podcast.com happy to help you there.

You can get in contact for a little form there, or you can

hit me up on Instagram at g'day.

Frank your setup popping up here in the show notes and apart

from that.

I will see you in the next episode by.