Although the “boom” of podcasts began a few years ago, the truth is that we live a kind of second outburst, and one of the best tests we had a few days ago, when Spotify confirmed the purchase of Gimlet Media.
Without going any further, on our side we have launched several programs: Clear the X, Captcha, What happened then or Xataka Now. If you are thinking of launching into the world of podcasting but you don’t know howToday we are going to recommend a series of tools that will help you carry it out.
Regarding the team, there are many microphones under € 100 that will help us obtain almost professional results. Anyway, today we are going to focus on software, recommending services and applications that are really useful when managing and recording your podcast.
Unless you host an improv podcast, some services are necessary to help us plan the recording. From tools to create scripts to a system that allows us to coordinate the rest of the team.
In an audiovisual product one of the keys is knowing how to plan Well the whole process, since there are many factors necessary (and very different) to be able to carry it out.
Slack is one of the best tools for team management. You can download it for free, it has mobile and desktop applications for almost any imaginable system, and from here we can plan the production of our podcast with the rest of the team.
It is super useful if you are several people doing the podcast, since you can be in communication at all times and create several rooms for each part of the process: scripts, recording, inspiration or broadcast on networks.
In this article we recommend some task managers that can be of real help to manage all the phases of a podcast. Services such as Asana, Todoist Boards or KabanFlow allow us to create boards in which we can clearly see who is in charge of what, which ones have been completed and which ones remain to be completed.
For example, in a column we can have a container of ideas for possible episodes, keep a calendar of recordings or publications up to date and know where the episode is in the edition.
When writing a scriptIt may be a good idea to forget about distractions and use a tool to help us stay focused. Typora is a nice and powerful cross-platform Markdown-compatible text editor that works like a charm.
Besides being free, this application includes different themes, a “focus mode” (which makes us concentrate on the paragraph we are writing) and even a “typewriter mode” (what we are writing appears in the middle of the window.
Recording and editing
Once we have everything tied up (the team, guests, script, collaborators) it’s time to hit the record button. There are very different tools to carry it out, depending on our operating system and our needs.
If you are looking for a free and cross-platform software To record and edit your podcast, Audacity is one of the best options. For starters, it’s available for Windows, macOS, and Linux, and it’s frequently updated software.
Thanks to this tool we can make recordings in a simple way, cut out and edit the parts that we don’t want, adjust the levels of each track and add background music.
And if that was not enough, includes plugins and effects that will come in handy, from a tool to reduce background noise, equalize, add reverb, add compressor or change the pitch of the recording.
If you are a macOS user, the best option is to turn to GarageBand. It is free and has a very neat and friendly interface, something that makes it easy for almost anyone (with a minimum of curiosity) to know how to use this tool.
Allows us to do almost professional recordings and edits, since it is a program that is designed for music publishing. As in Audacity, GarageBand includes a lot of plugins and effects that will help us improve the audio, add effects or background tracks.
Another positive point is that if you have an iPhone or iPad You can also make edits from a mobile device (in addition, there are very good microphones to use with mobiles) and then finish them from the Mac.
Logic Pro is a more professional and complete option, but most users believe that they will be able to save the 229 euros that this program costs and make the most of everything that GarageBand offers.
If you are a macOS user and you need a complete solution to record the audio from your computer, Audio Hijack allows you to raise it to maximum power. Using a series of blocks, you can create a virtual stage that suits your needs, recording from several sources at the same time (for example: your voice, what is playing in Spotify in the background and the conversation you are having on Skype).
The interface of this application has become more sophisticated over the years, and it is very easy to understand how each module works or what it is doing. Of course, this convenience has a price, and we will have to pay $ 85 for a new license ($ 30 if we have a previous license).
If you are looking for an application to record and edit podcasts directly from your iPhone or iPad, Ferrite can be very helpful. We can even modify the gain of our USB microphone (live or in editing).
We can also monitor our voice at all times, add several tracks and edit them individually and includes a functionality to reduce blank spaces (moments when we do not say anything and want to shorten that time).
If you need a tool that allows you to record a conversation with several people at a distance, Zencastr is one of the best options. Runs from your browser, without having to download or install anything, and when you finish recording you can even use some post-production functions.
In the free option you can record up to two tracks separately, being able to download the file in MP3 format. If you want higher quality (WAV) or more independent channels you will have to pay for the “Professional” option.
Adobe Audition is a tool that is part of Creative Cloud and, although it is paid, it is one of the essential tools for those who want to improve the quality of the audio they use in a podcast.
It is an application designed for podcast production, and one of the best features it includes is that you can add several effects to a track, save them and apply them again to a different track (in case we always record with the same mic and in the same place).
Your noise reduction tool is the best and also highlights the equalizer that it includes. It is relatively easy to use, but here it will be better to look for information on the Internet (tutorials on the Adobe website or on YouTube) to learn how to handle it correctly and make the most of its potential.
All these tools can be a good starting point to carry out our podcast, from the early stages of development to the final touches. Keep in mind that here constancy is the key, and with the passage of the episodes, we will surely improve and optimize the entire process.