One of the main steps to getting high-quality podcasts is providing your listeners with clean, seamlessly edited audio. And that’s on your podcast studio. Don’t be intimidated, though; you’re not about to get lost in cords and cables and expensive microphone suggestions. Quite the opposite—let’s discuss how to set up your budget-friendly podcast studio avoiding costly mistakes, both literally and figuratively.
The real trick is good recording and podcast editing software. Yet there are a few things to consider to make the entire production process easier for yourself; it starts with setting up a fairly easy home recording studio.
Only the very necessary
For most of the things you’ll be doing, expensive podcast equipment is more of a luxury than a necessity.
For starters, you need a computer for recording and uploading your episodes. With web-based podcast recording platforms, the only requirement from your device is to get on the browser.
Apple headphones do a fairly good job, and you can use any headphones that came with your smartphone. However, a built-in microphone is going to record all the noise around you along with your voice. You can fix this in post-production, but if you have around $20, go for a Behringer HPX2000. Even though these are primarily for mixing music rather than for vocals, they’re a great choice if you’re on a budget.
And if you have a couple more extra bucks to spend on headphones, Sony MDR Series do a terrific job. Sony MDR-7506, for example, is under $100; it’s a true bargain, as they reproduce mid-range frequencies exceptionally well. The latter means that what you hear through the headphones is almost exactly how you sound on the recording.
Regardless of the headphones, you’re very likely to hate the sound of your voice; we all do in the beginning. That’s just how our skulls are; all of our lives, we hear the distorted sound of our voice while sounding completely different to others. However, by the time you’ve started your podcast, people have been listening to you for at least a couple of years already. So there’s hardly any reason to let such insecurity distract you. None at all.
Picking the right podcasting space can eliminate the good half of the issues the lack of professional equipment causes. The first home studio setup that most likely pops up in your head is using your empty garage, basement, or spare bedroom for recording. However, it’s the exact opposite that you need.
Ideally, your home studio should have as many closets and bookshelves as possible, curtains on the windows, fabric furniture, carpets on the floor—the more junk in the “studio,” the better. This way, there won’t be as many empty hard surfaces that will create reverb in your audio.
Make sure to consider the amount of external noise, too. It’s best to choose rooms on the opposite side of the street or share the least amount of walls with the rest of your house. For that reason, basements are a great pick, but only if they’re cluttered and cuddly enough to avoid echoing.
We can’t give advice on coming out of one, but the right time to get into the closet is while recording a podcast. That’s something many aspiring podcasters do. Small space, lots of soft fabric—what else do you need for clear audio? Actually, there are a few more things to consider after you’re done recording. So let’s get into that.
Podcast Recording Platform
Figuring out how to set up a podcast studio will make it easier for you to focus on the podcast itself and not worry about technical issues during the podcast. Once you’re done setting up your recording space and writing your podcast episode, pick the software to accompany you on your podcasting journey.
With a plethora of features and editing tools, free podcast creation platforms nowadays are pretty much an all-in-one podcast studio. With Podcastle or any other advanced audio content creation platform, you can add, remove and fix any elements of your audio. Magic Dust, our noise cancellation tool, doesn’t care or want to know where you were recording—it’s just here to fix it.
Are you planning to release podcasts in talk show or interview format? You might be thinking that now you have to worry about your guest’s recording conditions as well. If you’re thinking about Zoom or Skype, then forget it. These services were our safe haven during the pandemic, of course, but they’re definitely not the first choice when it comes to podcasting. Podcastle’s remote interview feature provides you with individually recorded tracks, simplifies the editing process, and allows your guests to join from anywhere.
We believe that a digital medium shouldn’t be so heavily reliant on equipment and physical conditions. Whether you’re looking to spend a few hundred, a few thousand, or none at all, add podcast audio editing software to your toolbox. This way, you’re free to set up your studio anywhere, regardless of conditions. A fully-fledged podcasting studio was never a necessity. All you need is a story, the passion to share it, and a little help from us!