Podcasting For Musicians: Part 1 – The Basics

So, our last blog entry told you WHY you should be podcasting, today we’re going to start showing you how you can get your own podcast up and running.  I’m going to cover the basics and I’m going to assume you’ll want to spend as little money as possible.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to buy a £300 microphone!

I'm going to tell you everything you need to know to get podcasting on a budget.

I’m going to tell you everything you need to know to get podcasting on a budget.Let’s cover the very basics for those not in the know.

The Basics

Podcasts are mp3 ‘radio shows’.  Listeners can download or stream them from wherever they may be hosted.  Listeners can also use a system of ‘subscription’ (through an RSS feed) which means that using podcasting software they will automatically receive a new episode whenever it is published.

You can publish new shows at a frequency of your own choosing.  I’d suggest at the most one a month (perhaps bi-monthly).  This should give you enough time to create some good content between episodes.

How long should podcasts be?  I’d maybe start with 10 -15 minutes which might not sound like a lot but can take a lot of content to fill when you are first starting.  Probably 30 minutes is the maximum you should aim for.

The Three Stages Of Podcasting:

  • Recording the audio – we’ll look at options to capturing the sound from free to cheap.
  • Editing the audio – You’re going to need some audio editing software or a Digital Audio Workstation on a computer to assemble everything together.
  • Publishing/Hosting The Audio.  You’ll need somewhere to upload the finished show to enable listeners to download it.

Click here for the next article: Podcast recording options and the most cost effective ways to capture your audio.

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