If you are a beginner podcaster and you want to get started in an inexpensive way, one of these two ways could be exactly what you are looking for. I just don’t see how anyone could start any cheaper.
One of these two things will work for you if you have a computer, a microphone and an idea. If you already own the computer and the microphone, everything else I mention here is free.
Did I say FREE?!? Yes, I did! Sound too good to be true??? Well, it isn’t. (You don’t even have to write this down. I’m doing that for you right now.)
All you have to do is go to either:
- “audacity.sourceforge.net” and download the “Audacity” program
or go to,
- “www.mypodcast.com” and sign up for your absolutely free podcast hosting. You will want to also download the “mypodcast recorder” while you are there.
If you choose to download “Audacity”, you will also want to go and sign up for, and download, the “mypodcast.com” stuff, too. The reasoning for this is, although “Audacity” is a very good start up recording and editing program, (and it is FREE), they do not offer hosting for your podcast. However, when you use “Audacity” to record and edit your ‘cast’, you can export it as an mp3 file and upload it to the mypodcast.com site after you sign upwith them. (Now is that great or what?)
I know your are wanting to know how hard it is to do all of this and that is a legitimate question.
My answer is, “You won’t believe it if I tell you, so, GO to the sites and TRY THEM!! BUT, since you did ask, I will tell you just a bit about using these two great little programs.
If you choose to start with “Audacity”, I will assume you are not a total novice. It will allow you to do a more sophisticated podcast, but, you will still need to have a place to upload your production to and that means you need a place that will host it. As far as making a good product that will allow you to be very creative, I believe you will find nothing better than “Audacity”. It is for sure you can’t find anything less expensive. For now, just keep it simple and use the basic functions. It is very easy to use and turns out quite good quality.
If you are an advanced ‘caster’ or a complete novice, I strongly suggest you start with signing up at “www.mypodcast.com”. They aren’t just for beginners and offer some interesting ammenities. Just follow the clicks and fill out the forms. When you have finished signing up, go ahead and download the ‘mypodcast recorder’. After it is installed on your computer, plug in your mic and start practicing with it to see how easy it is work with. Then you can work with your broadcast.
It is also possible you can make money working with “mypodcast. com”, if your podcast gains a reputation and adds advertizers, so be sure to read about that when you get to their site. Along with all this, their software offers an easy way to put ad-spots into your presentation and for that you can also make money. You plan your insertion points or they insert them at the required spots according to their requirements. They even make it pretty easy to get your production on “iTunes”.
As I said earlier, if you have a computer and a microphone, you can get started with your idea really inexpensively. After that, the rest is up to you.
See ya next time . . .