Nowadays, there’s a podcast for everything — whether you're into education, news, true crime, or entertainment, you’d be hard-pressed NOT to find a podcast that sparks your interest.
Podcasting has established itself as a highly-effective platform for disseminating information and providing entertainment. Compared to video, it's easier to produce. What's more, podcast content can be transcribed and rehashed into written format, making it perfect for use on blogs, newsletters, and social media.
This makes podcasts more accessible to those who are hard of hearing, or perhaps prefer to read rather than listen.
In this article, we’ll share with you our best tips in recording and transcribing podcasts so you can get the results you want even with a modest setup. Read on to find out:
The key to recording a quality podcast is with thorough preparation. Before you start, make sure that you have a plan or script. Your audience won't want to listen to discussions that feel unstructured and lacking in clarity.
Like a good book, a podcast should have the right elements and proper pace to make it easy enough for your listeners to follow and understand. If your podcast features multiple voices, ensure that each speaker has their own separate recording channel. This helps with leveling individual voices, so no one is louder than the other. Software with multi-track recording features is available and simple to use (more on this below).
Make sure your participants have good-quality headphones during the recording process. This will cut your editing time down, as you'll be able to hear yourself and adjust automatically. Try not to judge the sound of your voice too much - no one likes what their voice sounds like in a recording!
Do vocal warmups to prepare your voice. It might sound silly, but this will help eliminate any nerves or embarrassing voice cracks that may arise during the recording.
While the topic and content of your podcast are important, the sound quality is also an essential factor to get right. Having the right equipment can make or break a podcast. There's nothing worse than having a great script prepared, only to have your listeners question if it was recorded in an alleyway.
There are plenty of affordable equipment options available to make your podcast stand out. Investing in a good quality microphone and headphones can put you at a serious advantage in the podcasting world.
If this is your first time recording a podcast, you may consider using the built-in mic on your computer. It's a decent starting point for low-budget, hobbyists.
Other options for microphones include a USB microphone (ones that connect directly into your computer), a dynamic microphone (designed to focus solely on your voice), or a condenser microphone (professional standard, can record multiple speakers).
Wearing headphones will help you during editing. There are many types of headphones on the market, so consider things like budget, portability, and comfort.
Here are a few more tips for improving the quality of your podcast:
In short: sound is king. It's important to make sure the sound is crisp and clear. It will also help later when you want to transcribe your podcast with Transcribe.
When selecting which software to bring your podcast to life, consider things like editing features, tech support, price, and how the file saves.
Here are some software options we recommend:
All of the above-mentioned software can export your podcast into a compatible file. The software offers easy instructions on how to do that.
Typically, it's as simple as clicking 'Export'.
Most podcasters will save their file as an MP3, the most popular option. Other file options for podcasts include M4A and WAV.
Transcribe supports all popular audio file formats, including the ones listed above.
Once you have your podcast recording saved as a file, use Transcribe to convert your speech into text. Transcribing files to text can be a time-consuming process. Thankfully, in 2021, converting audio into text transcripts is much easier.
We offer two transcription modes: automatic and manual.
To save time, we recommend using our automatic transcription service:
For manual transcription mode:
Read a more detailed how-to article about transcribing audio here.
With Transcribe, you can easily transcribe your podcast for blog posts, social media pages, or and websites. You can even upload a video of your podcast and have subtitles available for your YouTube Channel.
Transcribe is an AI Transcription Software that helps convert and transcribe audio to text. By using our transcription software, we save thousands of hours for podcasters everywhere, getting your content out into the world quicker and easier.
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