You don't need a professional studio to record a great sounding podcast. All you need is a good microphone, an audio recorder and a good space to record.

1. Get the right equipment

With podcast production, gear is everything as all you have is sound. Go for a good quality microphone such as a

  • Mobile phone: At a pinch, you can record straight from your mobile phone using the voice memo app. Pro tip: these in-built mics do pick up background noise, so make sure you’re in a quiet spot.
  • Condenser microphone: These mics are industry standard for professional broadcasters, so you can easily record multiple speakers. At Shootsta, we use the RØDE Wireless GO, a cordless omnidirectional condenser mic with high audio quality that records from the transmitter and wirelessly sends to the receiver. It’s a multi-tasker, as you can also plug in a lapel mic for video, as well as being hands free.
  • USB microphone: USB mics are another plug and play option, designed to connect to your computer and just work. Blue’s Yeti, the world leader, is another condenser mic with multiple modes for sound, depending on how many speakers you have.

A quality microphone is great, but you’ll also need to record the audio with an audio recorder. The Voice Memo app on your phone is perfectly acceptable. So long as you don't receive a call while recording! Other options are a dedicated recorder such as a Zoom H1N or Tascam Dr-05X. These are cheap, simple to use, dedicated recorders with the bonus of built-in microphones.

2. Create your own studio

You can create a great recording space with:

  • A quiet space and good acoustics: If you find yourself in an echoey room, create makeshift sound panels by draping blankets across every big, flat surface you can find: windows, doors, walls, floors if they’re polished, the works. Curtains, carpet and soft furniture like sofas help dampen sound waves – otherwise, you risk sounding like you’re recording in a bathroom!
  • Cues: Help others, help you by telling people when you’re recording. You can either do this with a sign – ‘Quiet please, recording in progress’ is easy to make and print. Don’t forget to ask people to switch their phones to ‘do not disturb’ or ‘airplane’ mode.
  • Table and chairs: The more relaxed and comfortable you are, the better you’ll look and sound. Padded chairs with back support and a table for your gear, notes, water etc. go a ways to facilitating the right environment.

3. Get recording

Recording an audio podcast and even a video podcast (a.k.a. vodcast) isn't or at least shouldn't be hard. Here's how Shootsta's CEO, Mike Pritchett, records his vodcasts.

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