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On this page we are going talk about different ways to structure your podcast and provide an overview of the different steps in making a podcast.
One of the first things to consider when you begin to think about starting a podcast is to choose the format for the podcast. Before recording it might be helpful to map out everything that you are going to need.
- Solo- You might want to do a podcast on your own. The structure might look something like:
- Introduction- Introduce yourself and the podcast (what it is about etc.)
- Topics- If you are doing a podcast on your own it important to plan ahead and have prepared content so you do not ramble or get off topic.
- Conclusion- Wrap up your podcast.
- Panel- You want to have yourself and a few others discuss a variety of topics in conversational style.
- Topic A
- Topic B- You might cover a few different topics. Think about how you want to transition between the different topics. Do you want it to be natural and conversational or do you want formal transitions?
- Interview- It is often common to have a host or group of hosts interview a guest.
- Introduction- Introduce yourself and the podcast.
- Introduce the guest- You should introduce the guest after introducing the host and the podcast.
- Narrative- Your podcast might take the form of a narrative or a story. Here you have much more room to play around and be creative with the structure of the podcast. It might be a mix of narration, multiple interviews, or other elements.
Steps in Creating a Podcast
To start let's take a big picture look at the different steps involved in making a podcast.
- Planning- Map out what your podcast is going to look like, pay attention to noting all the different parts you will need to record
- Recording- Actually recording the podcast, probably the most time intensive part of the process
- Importing- Once you are done with recording all of your material for podcast you'll need to import it into the software that you are using to edit your audio
- Editing- This can involve cutting out portions of the recordings that are irrelevant or clutter up the recording, also combine and arrange different recordings together and adding your music.
- Mixing (polishing)- Once you have all of your recordings arranged in way that works for you you can begin polishing up the audio quality using tools such as EQ, compression and reverb.
- Mixing (adjusting levels)- Once you have all the individual parts sounding the way you want bring them back together and adjusts their volumes so everything matches
- Exporting- Finally, export your track and make sure everything is set for playback
- Bass- The low-end or deeper set of audio frequencies, low pitches.
- Cardiod- A microphone that picks up sound in a heart shaped area in front of it, good for isolating individual sounds, most common form of microphone.
- Clip- When gain is too high a track can clip. It will become noisy, fuzzy, and harsh sounding.
- Compressor- A tool or effect used to standardize volume.
- DAW- A digital audio workstation, or the software that is used to edit and import audio.
- Equalizer- A tool used to adjust by either lowering or raising specific parts of the audio spectrum.
- Gain- The volume level that is being input into a device (different from the output volume).
- Mix- The combination of all the individual recorded tracks.
- Monitor- Listening to a recording as it is being recorded.
- Omni-directional- A microphone that picks up sounds in all directions.
- Pan- Allows you to adjust the balance between the left and right speaker for an individual track.
- Playhead- A cursor that shows your progress in an audio track, or the point at which you are about to make an edit.
- Plosives- Quick bursts of air caused by saying certain syllables (such as 'p's) that can cause a mic to clip and distort.
- Track- A single channel or part of a recording. Most recordings, podcasts, songs, etc. are made up of multiple individual tracks.