Podcasting is the creation of digital audio files delivered through an RSS feed, so that your audience can subscribe and download new "episodes" the moment they are released. A podcast can be on any topic, factual or not. It could be a discussion on politics or music, or even a story told in multiple parts.
The first step to creating a podcast (or any audio project) is planning:
The Hardin Valley Recording Room is not soundproofed, but there will be minimal outside noise.
Headphones can isolate the audio, and make it easier to catch mistakes in your recording. It is also better to use a separate device for audio output when you are speaking into a microphone to eliminate echo.
Don't speak too close or too far away from the microphone. The optimal distance between the microphone and your mouth is 8 to 12 inches. This will lessen the sound of breathing in your recording.
Watch the microphone levels during your audio test. Try to keep the bar just below red.
Speak conversationally, not as if you are reading from a script. Relax, don't mumble, and try to avoid "um" and "uh" sounds.
Listen to your recording multiple times. If you need to raise or lower the volume several times, then it may be worthwhile to re-record the presentation.
First off, create the audio content. You can use Audacity, a free program available here, to record and edit with a microphone. You can also use GarageBand, a program available on most Mac computers.
When you save the completed file, consider the best audio format:
After using Audacity, GarageBand, or another program to record and edit an audio file, there are several ways to distribute your work. Use iTunes to share podcasts or songs with a wide audience, or embed audio directly on a webpage for those interested in the context of the work.
iTunes will not host content (use something else like Soundcloud), but you can also submit your podcast to reach the largest possible audience. Just make sure that you follow the submission guidelines regarding copyright, artwork, rss feeds, etc.
A cloud-based service, such as Dropbox or Google Drive, can be used to share audio files with specific people.
Consider transcribing your podcast for individuals who may struggle to follow along or who have a hearing impairment. A transcript will also improve search engine optimization and allow others to quote from your podcast. Create a written transcript from your project planning stage or script. Youtube.com can also be used to automatically transcribe or caption content (with occasional errors).