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Audio Set Up for Podcasting and Audio Blogging

There are tons of bloggers out there who make good use of podcasting to get their names out there on the world wide web, so why not you? Here are some tips about setting up your audio for podcasting.

Hardware

A podcast is nothing without decent sound. After all, you want your audience to be able to hear you clearly. Other than your computer, the only piece of hardware you really need is a good microphone.

Most likely, the computer you’re using comes built-in with a microphone. While this might be the most cost-effective option for you, it’s not really going to give you the clearest audio, although it’s doable of necessary. For as little as $30, you can get a half-decent microphone.

The computer itself needs to have a good amount of RAM in order to house your audio files. It’s recommended to have at least 500 MHz accompanied by at least 350 megs of RAM.

Software

Podcasting software is what you need to create professional-sounding podcasts and help you publish it to your blog or website. The best software out there will come equipped with an all-in-one solution that encompasses all the components of podcasting, such as recording, editing and publishing your audio files.

More specifically, it’s the publishing ability of podcast software that sets it apart from a traditional audio editor. Podcast software allows you add tags and descriptions and post to your blog. Basically, podcast software helps you get our choice heard by the public.

If you plan on interviewing on your podcast, then you have to get your hands on calling software too. Skype will do just fine for this function. It can easily be downloaded onto your Mac or PC and is a fabulous way to connect with others.

Adobe Audition is a great podcast software that allows you to record directly into while utilizing Skype. It comes attached with a cost of $19.99 per month. If you use other Adobe products, you can purchase the Adobe Cloud Package for $49.99/month.

If you’re looking for something free, Audacity is a great choice for both Mac and PC users. It allows you to record and edit your podcast, although it doesn’t come with the same functions as Adobe Audition. But for no-charge, it can definitely work. GarageBand is also a great no-cost option for Mac users, which will also help you get a basic job done.

Your Podcasting Technique

After you’ve turned on your computer and mic and loaded your Audio Recorder application, it’s time to start recording. Set the levels accordingly, based on the volume of what you’ll be recording (will you be speaking? yelling? singing? playing music?). Simply record your voice, then record any additional material and import everything into your podcasting software to mix and edit it. After you’ve edited your recording to your level of satisfaction, export it. And you’re done!

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