To successfully make a podcast, a creator needs the proper hardware to clearly record, software to record and edit the materials, and a platform to share the content to a wider audience. The Digital Theology Lab seeks to lower the technological barriers to podcasting for members of the School of Theology community.
No podcast can be recorded without the proper physical equipment. First and foremost, a computer is necessary to digitally record. Headphones are a useful tool, as the creator will be able to hear what is being recorded, and make adjustments as appropriate. Finally, podcasting microphones are available at the School of Theology Library circulation desk upon request. The library's Yeti Blue Microphones connect to computers via USB. The microphones "produce pristine, studio-quality recordings with legendary ease."
Most of all, creators may need a space to record their podcast. Reserve space in the Theology Library's conference room for a private, and quiet, recording session.
2. Recording Software
The following are a list of widely-accessible programs used to record podcasts. Links to tutorials and documentation are included.
- "Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. Developed by a group of volunteers as open source."
- The Audacity team maintains a rich documentation and support page, with manuals, tips, and tutorials to get your podcasts off the ground.
- "GarageBand is a fully equipped music creation studio right inside your Mac — with a complete sound library that includes instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and an incredible selection of session drummers and percussionists. With Touch Bar features for MacBook Pro and an intuitive, modern design, it’s easy to learn, play, record, create, and share your hits worldwide."
- GarbageBand is only available on Mac/Apple products.
- There are many manuals for getting started, including an excellent guide from the University of Texas.
- Using free-to-use, web-based Google Hangouts on Air, you are able to broadcast live podcasts. Live Google Hangouts on Air are then archived on YouTube.
- This is an exceptional tool for recording conversations with two remote podcasters (or a host conducting an interview).
Other recording software is available for purchase (for example, Adobe Audition), but the ones above were chosen due to their relatively wide accessibility.
Once a podcast has been recorded and edited, finally it is time for it to be made available for wider consumption. The following links provide ways to make those podcasts accessible to future audiences.
- Podbean is a free podcast hosting site that allows you to upload and distribute your podcasts.
- Soundcloud is a platform (free for basic level with limits on uploading and statistics) to upload and make available your podcasts.
Submitting Podcasts to iTunes
- Do you have an idea for a podcasting series? Visit this link to view the requirements for approval by Apple Podcasts.
- WordPress is a tool that can be used to build websites and blogs for free; you are able to upload and make available smaller audio clips.
- Podcasts can be uploaded into YouTube and made widely available. Podcasts will need to be converted into video before being posted. This can be a negative- for example, videos of just podcasters speaking, or static pictures, may not be engaging to the content consumer.