Resources for podcasters

This page is updated regularly. So if you have something to add then please send me the details.

Remember, we are only recording the human voice; not a 120-piece orchestra.

Key tip: When editing audio always work with a copy of your original files and if possible use a non-destructive editing app for editing, cutting and splicing etc…

There are essentially two types of audio app: destructive and non-destructive. A destructive editor will permanently alter the file being edited (always work on a copy). A non-destructive editor will allow you to cut and splice etc, without changing the original file you are working on (still, always work with a copy, not the original).

Key podcast listing services

Here are the key podcast directories. List your podcast on these and before you know it your show will be appearing on them and dozens of other podcast sites you’ve never heard of – as their systems scour the net for new shows and automatically add them.

Remember to share every podcast you make across your social networks. Join social network groups associated with the subject / genre of your podcast to build your audience.

Microphones

There are two types of microphone. Dynamic and Condenser. Unless you have a soundproofed studio with great acoustics (i.e. dead) my suggestion is you use a Dynamic microphone. Dynamic mics are less sensitive and won’t pick up the sound of a snail clearing its throat three blocks away (like a condenser mic will).

Two or more of you recording a podcast in the same room? For best results use the same make and model of mic (one each). If you have a mixer – and for best results – lower the mic volume on the people not speaking.

Free audio recording apps

OcenAudio – This is a free cross-platform, easy-to-use, fast and functional audio recorder. Available for all major operating systems. Great for recording, but it is a ‘destructive’ editor.

Audacity – This runs on all platforms and is ideal for recording shows, voice overs, jingles and making commercials. It may not have all the bells and whistles of top paid-for apps, but plenty of podcasters use it.

I-Scream – Mac only and probably the most basic audio recorder on the planet.

Garage Band – ‘Free’ with your Apple computer and built for podcasters.

Paid audio recording apps

Reaper (free 60-day trial). Works on PC, Mac, and Linux (beta). Professional audio recording app and multi-track audio editor. (I use Reaper).

Twisted Wave (30-day free trial). For Mac, iPhone and Mac tablet users.

Hindenburg (30-day free trial). PC and Mac. Professional audio recording app and optional multi-track audio editor. Various versions available.

Audio file convertor

Media Human audio file convertor for PC and Mac – HERE Convert any format into anything else. Why do you need this? Well maybe you have a bundle of large WAV files and you want a quick and easy way to convert them into smaller MP3s without opening each one in your audio editing app and re-saving… (Making an MP3 into a WAV does not improve the audio quality).

Podcast / broadcast live

OBS Project – Open platform app for recording and live streaming audio and video.

Restream – Broadcast across all social media platforms at the same time.

Plus there’s Facebook, Zoom, YouTube, or your own internet ‘radio’ station (I like Shoutca.st)

MP3 normalizers

Yes, you can auto-normalise the volume of your audio files, but be prepared for breath noises and everything else to be made louder too. Normalise to minus 3db (-3db) and always work on a copy of your original files.

MP3 Normalizer – For Mac users…This app will trim the silence off the start and end of MP3s, level the sound, and change the bit rate if needed.

MP3 Gain – This free app for the PC analyzes and adjusts the volume of MP3 files – just like MP3 Normalizer.

Auphonic – Upload your audio file for automatic sound leveling, restoration, and normalization. Free for 2 hours a month.

ID3 meta tag

Add your name, show name, and logo etc to your MP3 files so your show details etc are displayed correctly on podcast apps.

Recording interviews

Here are a few budget options…

  1. Hold your interview over any system you like; but have the guest record their side of the conversation locally using a digital recorder or phone etc. VOIP services such as Skype and Zoom don’t always deliver great audio. The work-around is to have your guest record themselves locally; perhaps with a digital recorder or the memo recording app on their phone.
    Obviously, the recording device needs to be placed in a good position to capture the best recording and be set to record high quality audio (128k – or higher – Mono is ideal) – have them do a test recording.
    At the end of the interview have them send you their recording (un-altered). Now bring your recording and their one into your multi-track audio app, place your recording on one track and their one just below. Sync them up and start ducking and cutting…
    It is essential your guest does not edit their recording – or it won’t match up with yours.
  2. Connect a mobile phone to a mixer. This involves using the headphone output of the phone to an input on your mixer. The caller hears the presenter/host via the phone’s microphone, but their response goes through the mixer. Your mic is also connected to the mixer. You record the output of your mixer using your computer or digital recorder.
  3. First 3 hours free so try Squadcast
  4. Zoom*
  5. Google* Voice.  Get a dedicated phone number for use on a smartphone or via desktop website.
  6. Skype.*  Again, you can get a unique phone number or have people contact you via your Skype user account.
  7. If using Skype on a Mac you can use the Ecamm Call Recorder app to automatically record all calls. This call recorder can output the recording as 2 files; one being your side of the conversation and the other being the interviewee’s. Great for having full control over the mix and editing.
  8. If using Skype on a PC then MP3 Skype Recorder will do the trick – there’s a free option and a premium version.
  9. Skype TX. A pro solution for handling multiple callers.
  10. You can use a standard phone line, but typically the audio quality won’t match the digital options above. You’ll need a gadget to sit between the phone and the line to connect to your mixer. One of the better solutions is AudioTX which converts a standard landline into a higher quality ISDN line.
  11. Another gadget for a standard landline is the JK Audio Inline Patch (product discontinued). But search for a used on on eBay etc. As community radio stations move across to digital solutions, analogue gadgets such as these are tossed out. So grab one if you can (they could be worth their weight one day…).
  12. FeenPhone A fully duplex (and free) option for the PC. While no longer being actively developed it is still freely available.
  13. Conference call systems can be used, but check the quality of the recording you will be sent. It needs to be at least 96kps to sound anything near acceptable quality (64k is too low). Check with your provider saying the recording is for broadcast and ideally you want 128k (near CD quality; FYI 320k is CD quality but overkill for the spoken word).
    *When using VOIP services such as Skype, you may get better quality audio if you turn off the cameras (giving all the bandwidth to the audio).

Any other ideas are welcome, so do let me know and I’ll add yours to the list.

Free music

Where to get legally-free, royalty free music.

  • The Free Music Archive Lots of free music, but each track is listed with usage conditions. Read carefully before using in your own projects.
  • Facebook Creator Studio > Facebook > Left hand column > Creative Tools > Sound Collection
    for a wide selection of quality tracks covering all popular genres
  • YouTube Audio Library – a wide selection of quality tracks covering all popular genres
  • PixaBay – a wide selection of quality tracks covering all popular genres
  • The Meejah Channel – a small selection of music that’s worth a look

Upload MP3 to YouTube

Plenty of people want to upload their MP3 podcasts to YouTube. Sure, you can create a video file to upload, but if you just want your MP3 and a static image then I suggest you use TunesToTube. Connect your YouTube account to Tunes To Tube, upload your MP3 and a photo, and it does the rest.

Video

Download YouTube videos to your computer with this App – Here
Video file convertor – Here

Websites

Need your own podcasting WordPress website built and all plugins configured? I have been building, maintaining, and fixing WordPress sites since 2009. Contact me via the contact page.

Envato – for a wide range of website themes, audio, graphics and image elements, check out Envato.

If you have any free or low-price apps you think should appear here then do let me know using the contact form – cheers.