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How To Set Up A Home Podcasting Studio To Sound Like a Pro

Almost 30 Podcast, Top-rated podcast & global community

How To Set Up A Home Podcasting Studio To Sound Like a Pro

Almost 30 Podcast, Top-rated podcast & global community

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9 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Welcome To Your Course

    • 2. Your Project

    • 3. The Pre-Production Process

    • 4. How To Choose and Set Up a Microphone

    • 5. More Studio Equipment You’ll Need

    • 6. How to Set Up the Rodecaster Pro Home Production Interface

    • 7. How To Use Your Production Interface

    • 8. Position Yourself at the Mic For Clear Audio

    • 9. Final Thoughts

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Podcasting is the best way to grow your reach and share your message right now! If you've been dreaming about starting a podcast but need help with the technical side of things, this course is for you. In this course, you'll learn how to set up a podcast studio. This is simple to do at home (we started recording our podcast in our closets!). 

We’ll show you how to record clear, crisp audio that sounds professional, which is so important for both your listeners and potential sponsors. 

By the end of this course, you'll learn: 

  • All the equipment you need for your home studio
  • How to choose and set up a microphone
  • How to set up and use a production interface
  • How to position yourself at your mic for the best quality audio

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***Some of you have been asking for more resources to record your podcast with free and budget-friendly equipment! CHECK OUT OUR DOWNLOADABLE WITH THIS INFO IN THE CLASS PROJECT SECTION!

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Almost 30 Podcast

Top-rated podcast & global community


Hi, we're Krista Williams and Lindsey Simcik! We're the co-hosts of the Almost 30 Podcast, a top-rated lifestyle podcast and global community. 

We started recording Almost 30 on our closet floors, and in just three years we've grown into a top-rated podcast with more than 20 million downloads. 

We’re so passionate about podcasting because it changed our lives, so we want to help you build the podcast of your dreams. That’s why we created the PodcastPro Program to give you all the guidance, tools, and support you need to launch, market, and monetize your podcast. You can learn more about the program at  


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1. Welcome To Your Course: Hi Anu instructor Lindsay Simsek and I'm the co host of the almost 30 podcasts. Along with my partner, Christa Williams. We started the podcast. When you're going through a transition from our twenties to our thirties, we just realize it's so much more than that. And so we expanded our mission on the only 30 podcast. We delve into topics like helping illness, entrepreneurship, spirituality and self development. And hopefully, we help people navigate any transition in their life and propelled their personal growth. Kristen I started the almost 30 podcast on our closet floors, and since then it has grown into a top rated podcast with more than 12 1,000,000 downloads . And we're proud to say that almost 30 has topped the apple podcast charts in both health and overall categories has grown into a worldwide brand and a global community. We are so passionate about podcasting because it changed our lives, and so we want to help you create the podcast of your dreams. That's why we created the Podcast Pro program to give you all the tools, guidance and support to help you launch, grow and monetize your podcast. You can learn more about the podcast pro program at your podcast pro dot com. In this course, we're going to give the skill share community a sneak peek into the program, so we're going to teach you about a part of podcasting that is incredibly important. Setting up your home studio will teach you how to get clear Chris Audio that is professional and really important for potential listeners and sponsors. By the end of this course, you'll learn all the equipment you need for your home studio. How to choose and set up your microphone. You'll learn how to operate the production interface and you'll learn how to position yourself in front of the microphone for optimal audio. So by the end you will be ready to record. Here we go. 2. Your Project: before we dive into the course. I'd love to go over your project for this course, Having a successful podcast starts with planning. So for your project, I'm going to have a big A list. Make a list of all of your equipment that you're going to purchase for your home studio. Get specific and write down the brand names. And the price is, too. This will help you budget. Once you're finished, take a picture of your list and share it in the project gallery. This project should be quick to complete set aside about 20 minutes, and this is an amazing first step at setting up your home podcast studio. 3. The Pre-Production Process: way cannot stress this enough organization is key from the start. There's a lot of moving parts this process, so you just want to reduce your stress and the mistakes that could be made by being super organized within the production process. Whether you have a post production team or you are your own post production team, having your files stored and organized on an external hard drive, as well as on platforms like Dropbox or Google Drive is integral to keeping your show consistent and high quality. Let's first talk about pre production, so this is the preparation that needs to be done in order to have a successful production. So this involves organizing the destination for your files. So we'd like to have an external hard drive, as well as a platform like Dropbox be organized to receive the files. Preproduction involves organizing the destination for your files, setting up the equipment properly, making sure it's stable. Pre production also involves researching for the show, creating an outline that you could follow whatever best suits your needs during the interview, make sure that is finished before you actually start recording 4. How To Choose and Set Up a Microphone : we wanted to quickly go over our studio equipment, so we prefer to sit around a round table so we can see one another. And because we're around the table, we like to use Mike arms that attach to a table. So Road has an incredible mike arm that is super sturdy and high quality. It has this spring mechanism in it that really balances the weight of the microphone and the stand. So when you adjust it, it's really it. There's no trouble adjusting whatsoever. It it balances itself out. Um, so we highly recommend the road. Mike arms. So once you set that up, you're ready to attach your road microphone, and you can use the large washer to, um, just make sure that it screwed on super super tight. And then you can adjust the height of the mike with the lever, the black lever on the side of the mike arm. It's It's quite simple. You can read the directions to set it up. I just kind of wanted to point those out 5. More Studio Equipment You’ll Need : right in the center. There you'll see the road Castor Pro. This is the world's first fully integrated podcast production studio. And let me tell you, it has changed the game for almost 30. This is a an incredible board, easy to use. It has four high quality microphone channels, and they can power, you know, studio condenser maker phones or just your regular dynamic microphones. And then you can connect us. Be so from your computer, you can connect your phone. Um, there are audio jacks, obviously, for hooking up your headphones, but I cannot recommend this board enough, so we'll get into that in a moment. But I just wanted to point that out, since it's the star and it's right in the center back to the microphone. You also can add a windscreen to your microphone, which I highly recommend. We're human beings we spent. So it's nice to just kind of absorb some mouth sounds. Using a windscreen, there are a bunch of wires on the table. I know this right here is the XLR cable that you will attached to your microphone and feed into your road. Castor Pro. This wire right here is a ox cord, if you will, so you'll use those in your car to attach to your phone. This will attach from your phone to the road castor pro. So if you have callers that call in, you can use this court. And if you have an iPhone and updated iPhone, you'll need the adapter. This court right here is the U. S B. Cable that you feed into the road castor pro and then back into your computer. So if you're playing, you know, a clip off of YouTube or something like that, you can attach to the road castor pro and feed it through your, um, GarageBand or whatever system you're using to record the sound. This is a split audio Jack, and I like to use the split audio Jack. Um, not only because that's the that is the jack that the road castor pro requires, but it also enables you to have four different headphones for four different microphones, so highly recommend getting the split cable. And then we have our headphones. So these air really whatever. Whatever headphones that you prefer. We love audio Technica, But hey, pick whatever ones you want, make sure that they can attach easily, plug easily into the split cable audio Jack 6. How to Set Up the Rodecaster Pro Home Production Interface: Okay, here it is. The back end of the road, Castor Pro. You're going to plug in your power cord first and foremost, make sure it is securely fastened onto the board and feed it to your nearest outlet. Next deacon, plug in your USB cord so this will feed into your computer, most likely. And if you need a converter, if you have a newer Mac laptop or desktop, you will need that converter. Ah, the audio Jack. So you're going to plug that in right under that little icon of a phone and that will go into your phone into your cell phone. So if you take collars, it's super super easy. And remember, if you need a converter, get a converter. The X l R cable. You will plug these in to your microphone jacks and then plug the other end the female end into your microphone. Next, be split headphone jack, so this feeds in to headphones. Make sure it's pressed all the way in to the jack so that the's sound is clear. Sometimes, if it's not pressed all the way and clicked into place, the sound will be compromised, such as double check, and then you can turn on your road. Castor pro 7. How To Use Your Production Interface : Wow. We are aware that not all of you will choose to have the road Castor pro as your interface . Ah, we wanted to just give you a sneak peek of the features. So once you have everything set up plugged in, turn it on and, well, it's a really ah, touchable interface, So play around right away. Ah, what I like to do is, once I have people at the table, I go into my settings and I adjust my sound so you can find more information on the road website. But I just wanted to give you an idea of just how easy it is to navigate this interface so interface. So, for example, if you have a loud talker, you can adjust their mike because their tone is loud. If you have a soft talker, you can adjust it accordingly, and they have settings for quite literally allowed itself Talker. Not only do you have the capability of plugging in and using four microphones, but you also have the capability of plugging in your phone or plugging in your computer. So the U. S. B is an option for your computer. You can adjust the sound accordingly there. And then you also have B ox chord, which will connect to your phone, and you can adjust the sound accordingly. Um, for your phone, Jack, and you can see it right there on the board. There is a U. S. B. A phone, and adjust the levels right there. You can also turn off the audio for that by clicking the red button down below or the green button to turn it back on in the upper right hand corner. You can adjust the sound coming from your headphones. And then, of course, I'm sure you all like, you know, over on the right hand side of the road, Castor Pro. You have eight programmable sound effect pads for instant triggering of sound effects. Music jingles, applause adds. It's perfect for giving your podcast that professional quality, and you can record audio direct to the program programmable pads from any input, or simply drag and drop files from your computer using the supplied software. So it's super easy and so a fun. It really, really inspires your creativity with this process 8. Position Yourself at the Mic For Clear Audio : Okay, so now that you have your equipment set up, I wanted to go over a few of the technicalities around positioning around your mic. So you want to communicate this to any guest that comes in and remind yourself and your co host if you have one. So when it comes to your headphones, this is all preference. We like to wear headphones because it puts us in somewhat of a podcasting vortex, if you will, it just helps me be present. I actually will leave one year off just because I'm manning the boards, and I like to hear if there's any ambient noise that might compromise the recording, anything like that. So I just leave one off. And then when it comes to Mike, depending on your levels, some people are really loud talkers, and some people annunciated it pretty sharply. So you want to be aware of that. If you have a gas or if you have a co host making note of that first, you can adjust the distance of the mike away from you. I recommend A good rule is one inch away from the microphone. Some people like to hug them. Mike and put their actual mouth on it. You'll have to then wash your windscreens after that, which is fine if you want to. But I say one inch and anything farther away than that, you will lose the robust to sound in the recording, so you want to make sure and you'll hear it in the headphones. That's another reason why headphones air really important because you get to hear the quality of your tone, and if you turn your head away from the microphone, you'll hear it in the headset that it's feels far away. So this will help to keep you in check in terms of the microphone positioning, we've covered distance now the angle, so I'll show you. Don't you don't want the base of your road pro caster or any other microphone pointing upwards or higher than the the microphone Part of it, the part that's receiving sound you want actually the base to be lower and the microphone higher This way, you can guarantee sight lines to your guests and to your co host or to the camera. If you're recording the video, the arm of the the arm of the stand is adjustable, and that's does so pretty easily and intuitively so you can tighten that if you want to set the positioning or you can leave it, um, untie Tonho so you can adjust during the interview. Sometimes people like to turn their bodies instead of turning the mikes, I suggest that always making sure that your mouth is facing the microphone. So if you turn away, you compromise the sound, so make sure you are facing the microphone at all times. 9. Final Thoughts: then he's so much for joining me for this course. I hope that this class show you how easy it can be to set up your home podcast studio. Now, you're just one step closer to creating the podcast of your dreams. Remember to first make a list of all the equipment you're going to purchase for your home studio and then share that in the project gallery. And then once you have the home studio set up, take a picture of that and share that in the gallery with us, too. If you're looking for more guidance on how to start or uplevel your podcast, we have all the resources you need in our podcast pro program. It is a comprehensive, step by step guide to help you launch market and monetize your podcast. You can learn more at your podcast pro dot com They used so much again for joining me. I'm really excited for you to share your podcast and your message