from: How to Podcast
A Pocast is:CONFERENCE CALLINGSkype
1. An audio file you create in .mp3 format...
2. Which contains your own radio show or any audio you wish others to have...
3. That you upload along with an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) file to a server (your website for instance)...
4. That your intended listeners download using one of several programs that have been created to retrieve your audio file automatically...
5. So they can listen to it at their convenience on their own iPod or .mp3 player.
is a wonderful and free resource for hosting conference calls.RECORDING SOFTWAREFor Multitracking:
I use Adobe Audition
), but there are free/donation ones such as Audacity
). Recording Calls:
Recording directly from Skype is a little more complicated, but there is a freebie software called Pretty May
(Basic Version) if you are starting out.RECORDING VOICE EQUIPMENT
If you are just starting out, a good USB headset w/mic works.
The rest depends on the scope and range of your projects and vision. If you are ONLY doing podcasting and using conferencing and interviews over Skype, the headset is a good start. If you want a more professional sound quality then a mic like the The Snowball by Blue
would be fantastic.VOICE ACTING, SINGING, and DRAMAS
If you plan on doing more voice acting and/or are entertaining the idea of having people read for you or do any singing, that is a different set-up. I have people stand at a music stand to read their lines with the microphone hanging over their heads ala studio style.
My equipment is for music recording and singing, an affordable example would be the MXL Studio condenser microphone
in a shock mount with pop/hiss screen. However, using musician equipment like this requires an interface to the computer such as the Lexicon Alpha
. (The Lexicon is an interface/sound card for being able to plug a traditional microphone, synthesizers, guitars, etc directly into a computer).