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Podcasting in Libraries: Making a Podcast

Hardware

Good equipment is a must when you have your own podcast. Microphones, editing software...the list could go on and range depending on your needs. We use the following equipment on LibraryVoicesSC:

  • Yeti Mic
  • Rode Podcaster USB Dynamic Microphone
  • Rode PSM 1 Shockmount for Podcaster
  • RODE PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm
  • Dragonpad USA Pop filter Studio Microphone Mic Wind Screen Pop filter
  • Zoom H4N Recorder (as needed, portable)
  • Soundboard/audio mixer

Software

We use Audacity and occasionally the audio editing functionality in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. We have also used Levelator in the past. It is best to have software that can take out additional background noise, if necessary, as well as equalize volume control.

Hosting

While there are a myriad of options available, we have found these are typically the best and most used. If you choose YouTube, you can set up your own account--or be a part of your library's main account--and have your own playlists. LibraryVoicesSC is hosted on PodBean with a pro account.

PodBean logo     Soundcloud logo     YouTube logo

Schedule

Set up a designated schedule before you start your podcast. Since editing can take longer than recording, we found it helpful to set up three schedules--one for recording, one for editing, and one for posting and marketing. This not only keeps us on track, but also makes everything consistent, and we know what to expect.

Location

Location is key. You will need a quiet room where you can set up your equipment. Although the equipment can be good for eliminating any background noise from the beginning, it is best to take every precaution. This will especially come in handy when editing in post.

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