If you’re just beginning in podcasting, or just want a low-buck startup option,Â here is a way that could get you started without too much expense.Â Â In one sense, this may not be the least expensive way to get started, but it may be worth a try and, if youÂ have some of the equipment laying around that you need to try it, you could get at least some practice sessions in to see how you do before investing in something more sophisticated.Â
This process requires the following items:
- A computer– PC or Mac–Â with sound recording capabilities (with at least a micÂ input)
- Some type of portable recording device (even an old hand-held cassette recorder)
- Download a free software program (in this case, “audacity” fromÂ http://audacity.sourceforge.net )
- Cable(s) for connecting your portable device to enter your recording into your computer.
(Although this will work with either a portable device or directly recording to your computer, this example is based on remotely recordingÂ with a portable device and then loading it into your computer later.)Â If you don’t have any of the above hardware, that will determine how expensive this could be.Â (If you don’t have a portable cassette recorder, they can still be found and are relatively inexpensive.)
The quality you can produce in this manner depends on how well your portable recording device recordsÂ sound.Â I suggest you record at the highest quality available on your particular device.Â It cuts down the amount of time available for recording on your chosen media, but, higher quality recording is an essential.Â (If you don’t already know that, you will find it out soon enough.)Â Here’s how easy it can be:
- Go to the above address and download “audacity”.Â (Be sure to read what plugins you need along with it.)
- Record your self talking or conversing with another on your portable device
- Hook up to the mic input of your computer and download your recording into “audacity”
- Once it is in “audacity” you can edit it.
- With the additional plugins, you can export it to an mp3 file (or other types)
- It is ready to send or upload to your friends or site
Although this sounds (and is) relatively simple, it will probably require some practice and experimentation to achieve the best results.Â At any rate, you can have some fun playing around with it while learning the “audacity” program.Â It is a neat little program and works well.Â (Besides, for now, it is free!!!!).Â Have fun with it.
See ya next time