How to Produce a Podcast – Basic

I just finished a 5-10 minute podcast for my Producing Media for Learning graduate course at the University of Colorado Denver and wanted to take a few moments to jot down some notes on the experience and process.

If you’re like me and fairly novice to podcasting, you’ll want to spend some time listening to and researching podcasts.

Here are a few sites I used for planning…

And, a list of podcasts I listened to:

Once you’ve gotten a good feel for the structure and have picked a topic, you’re ready to start creating an outline of your podcast. There are a variety of ways to outline your podcast– I recommend creating one that works best for you.

Here is my final script. It went through several iterations before I settled on something I could use for recording. I tend to do better with scripted content but if you’re more comfortable winging it, your content will likely sound more conversational and natural. Again, it really just depends on what style you are going for and your level of comfort.

I went with an interview style podcast and recorded in segments. Before you record, you’ll want to spend some time testing your mic and recording/editing software. It will save you time in the long run. I used GarageBand on my Mac but Audacity is great open source option too.

I also used a Blue Microphones Yeti USB to record and purchased royalty free music from audiojungle.com for my intro/outro. If you don’t want to pay for music, GarageBand has a free and legal music library or you can search Creative Commons.

Of course, music is not a necessity, but I think it adds more depth to your podcast. If your podcast is longer than 10 minutes, you might want to consider adding in a “commercial break” to help keep your audience engaged. This could be another music clip or you recording your own commercial.

Once you’ve recorded/edited your podcast, it’s time to upload/share it on the web. I used Soundcloud but there are other platforms available for hosting audio tracks.

Finished product!

Lessons learned: As you can tell in my podcast, the audio levels are off and there is a “tingy sound” lurking in the background. I had recorded the vocals in two different locations, on different days. Although I tried to make sure the audio input levels were adjusted accordingly beforehand, the output proved I was off. I thought this was something I could fix in post production but quickly learned that it’s much easier to record correctly than fix after the fact. Something I will be more conscious of in the future.

Comments? Questions? Have more podcast tips? Please share them in a comment below!

  2 Replies to “How to Produce a Podcast – Basic”

  1. Adrienne Christy
    October 3, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Sounds good! Thanks for the detailed how-to! I think the Doc sounds a little less echo-y than your own voice– were you in the same place, were you using different equipment or maybe just that he has a lower or louder voice, or maybe the positioning of the microphone. Great outcome for the first effort! Thanks for sharing!

  2. October 4, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Thanks for reading and leaving a comment, Adirenne! I had recorded in 2 different locations on different days. I added a blurb on lessons learned, this being my biggest take-away. Next time I’ll record in the same place and practice more vs trying to fix in post.

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