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Podcasting: Essential Begginers Guide. With Anchor and Audacity tips.

Richard Andersone, TV and Radio l Writer l Pianist

Podcasting: Essential Begginers Guide. With Anchor and Audacity tips.

Richard Andersone, TV and Radio l Writer l Pianist

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9 Lessons (31m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Why Start A Podcast?

    • 3. Concept

    • 4. Design

    • 5. Equipment

    • 6. Recording and Editing

    • 7. Hosting

    • 8. Distribution

    • 9. Recap

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This course is a step by step guide to help you launch your course using Audacity and Anchor. Follow this step by step guide to launch your podcast today.

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Richard Andersone

TV and Radio l Writer l Pianist


An all rounded instructor known for writing and creating informative and entertaining national television and radio shows, books, podcasts and best-selling courses!

Richard has created hundreds of TV and Radio shows and held lectures at universities in London, United Kingdom. Having mentored hundreds around the United Kingdom and thousands around the world Richard is now offering support to students on Skillshare.

I love teaching and I can't wait to to be help you on your journey! See you on the course.

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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome to the podcast course. My name is Richard Anderson and I from your instructor. This course is for anyone looking to start a podcast and have this heard by listeners all over the world. Having made podcast since 2000 and five and now leading a brand new popular podcast, Siri's with guest appearances from Top 40 artists and BBC stars, I'm sure that I can help you. Let's begin with introductions. 2. Why Start A Podcast?: so there are three main reasons to start your podcast. The 1st 1 is creating a podcast allows you to reach a new audience. So if you for example, cell cause you'd want to reach out to people who are actually interested in cars, so you might be doing that. So your website through S CEO and you might also be doing that through various resource is that you have already it might even be word of mouth. However, when you start a podcast, there's an audience which you may not have reached yet, and a podcast is a great way to do that. An example of this is if you have an account with Spotify or Google podcast, for example, Spotify has 250 million people. They're exposed to Spotify who were scrolling through, so it's a bigger reach that you'd have right now. Another reason is 51% of the population. That's respectively, in both the US and the United Kingdom, listens to podcasts, and that is steadily on the increase. Again, you found major players such as Google and Spotify, which is now bore into this podcast market, and they're investing so much because it's a growing medium, and the third reason is that allows you to be an authority on the subject. So again, going back to the car salesman, for example, you might have another freelance career, of course. So if you're selling cars and the website is is Bill, it's a beautiful website. And then there's a podcast available that you having that personal 1 to 1 interaction time with the customer. So it's it's time that they wouldn't particularly give you otherwise, so that allows them to be more engaged and more focused. So for the customer, it gives them a better experience, allows them to make an informed decision and allows you a better place to actually pitch to the customers. So the customer is more informed him, or where and again in allowing you to be more of an authority on that subject. So it's a great way to reach more people now, during this course will be exploring five steps so you can get your podcast started today. So be back in the next section 3. Concept: so to get your podcast started today, you'll need to decide on the concept. What do I mean by concepts? You'll need to decide on what the podcast is actually going to be about, so you'll need to choose a topic. So again, coming back to a car salesman, you might be a website designer. You might be a house vendor. You might be selling drinks or whatever is you'd one. That's a compliment. That or if you're just looking your maybe not looking to sell anything you just want to give back. So maybe your you have a charity. And maybe it's something along the lines of something that involves giving so some charitable or noble aim. Or perhaps you're even starting as a hobby just to chit chat and a way to talk to someone, really. So you'll need to decide on what the topic is so ever that's themed around discussion, conversation, whatever is, but you'll need to have a topic. You need to know what it is that you're going to talk about as someone who has actually started a podcast, that something that we've had to look at and develop as we've gone along. You'll then need to decide on a name. So this is a very touch you one when it comes to podcasters, simply because most podcasters might choose a name that's very similar to another podcast us out there, and that can be very tricky. However, I believe that there are two sides to this with the name because first of all, when it comes to a name because it's a podcast, it what people are generally doing is they're looking for themes, and they're looking for what it is that that podcasters about so they find it in a certain category. So if the name is there usually shows who's created that podcast, which is how they would identify that it was you. So in this day and age, I believe that there's enough I dense in the actual body, off the podcast for the listener to distinguish. But like from like, however, if you did want to separatists, separate yourself and set yourself apart from the competition, it would be a good idea to Google the name that you're intending to use. So if it was, I don't know Jeffs podcast, for example, you might want to check whether there's another Jeffs podcasts, because the worst thing that can happen is you're both using Jeffs podcasts, or there are 10 other people using Jeffs podcasts. And if you were trying to distinguish yourself from the other Jeffs podcasts, it would be a bit difficult, so it would be one to look at. You need to look at the name and whether that is something that you feel is quite important to distinguish yourself from your competition or whether it doesn't matter too much because you're intending for the customers to know exactly who you are. But if you're looking to grow in audience, it might be quite important to distinguish yourself from the competition. Then, of course, as mentioned before, you'd have to look at the format. So how does it start? Is it gonna have an introduction at the beginning? Is they're gonna go straight into its will. The host introduce it first and then followed by another host talking in the second segment and then perhaps a conclusion towards the end. How will it work? Will you have any music that we're playing between? How will it work? You'll need to decide on the format, so the layouts off the show and finally you need to decide on the length of the show. This is also an important one, because on one side you could say that it creates a sort of expectation. So if there's a show coming out, people know it's going to be 30 minutes. However, I would leave this at your own discretion. And the reason why I say that is because a podcast is not the same s traditional radio, whereas with traditional radio you confined to an exact half hour or 21 minutes of speech, followed by music which would equate to X amount of time, followed by adverts which would equate to X amount of time with a podcast. You're more in control. After all, the listener has come to listen to you, so they're quite happy, generally speaking, with however long it needs to be because they can always put it down and come back to it, which is the beauty off on demand in the next section will be back and we'll be exploring the next step in order to get your podcast started today. 4. Design: next, we'll need to look at design, so you need Teoh. Enter this stage is quite a key one. It's very, very important because this is how your brand and how your podcast will be perceived. So in when it comes to design and branding, of course, the first thing on the list is going to be the artwork for a logo or album cover. So depending on the service that you use, you might actually find that that can actually be pre done for you, depending on the service that you use again. That's something we're gonna cover a bit later on in the course. Or it's just possibly something that you want to design yourself. If you have your own logo, don't worry too much. If you don't, I wouldn't get hung up on this stage. There are ways to get logos, and they're always to get things done. Their services are out them. You'll also need to have in mind a description for your show again. I would generally start recording the shows, and then you'll have more of a of an idea as to what that show is going to be about so most people might decide to do this beforehand, and they might want to write the description of what the show is going to be about, as we would call it a logline. So, you know, is this show about trees and how trees effects the environment, and that's what you going to explore. So it would be good to have about a paragraph, maybe even a sentence, just off a brief description of what the show is actually about. So this is the branding so that all in itself, so the artwork or low goal and the album cover that you'll be using the description of the show, the title of the show, all very, very important and Key in the Next section will be looking at the next step of how to start your podcast today. 5. Equipment: in this step. We're looking at recording and editing in particular in this, that we're looking at equipment. So equipment is key because it is the difference between both good and bad audio quality again with a podcast. Some I argue. It's forgivable, I would say is no. I believe that there is a general expectation. So with that in mind, I'm going to give you some recommendations of equipment. However, this list is not exhaustive. You don't have to run out and buy these in particular, but they might help you in terms of getting your podcasts off the ground and delivering the quality that listeners will come to expect. I would always say a good pair of headphones, such as the ones I'm using right now is it is important, but I wouldnt again get hung up on it. The reason why I say it's important is because, as a podcast start, you want to hear everything that's going on. So there might be sounds that you don't initially pick how in the first instance, so good pair of headphones will help you do that. Over is our preferred. However it doesn't have to be. It can just be the simple plug in your ear ones as well. A decent microphone will also help, and that would be a USB mic. In particular. I'm actually using a blue Yeti microphone. Right now. There's the roads one and, of course, the zoom, which is just towards the end. And I'll say in order You got the roads one followed by the blue Yeti, followed by the zoom, and I actually have both the blue yeti and zoom. Incidentally, however again, this is no exhaustive. You can always go and get a cheaper alternative as long as I would always recommend using USB one, as opposed to the computer inbuilt microphone that you have. And the reason why I say that is because it can just be a bit of a disaster by the time you actually hear it back. And there's a clear difference between the audio quality. Next in line, I would say, is a pop filter again that prevents those awful P noises that you can hear from time to time. So again that can be very annoying for the end user is there listening to that? So for your listeners, if they're hearing a bit too much of the pop sounds, It might be a bit much in the air now. I always like to do an example with the pop off, so I'll just take off my pop filter that I'm using. And as you can hear, there's a lot off peas in there which, if I say Peter Piper you can hear is the Pisa emphasized them. When I've put it back again, that just disappears. A windshield, as you can see there, is also quite handy. It's good if you're recording anything outside. It's also good to serve as a pot filter as well. But I was would always go for a pop filter. I feel that it in terms of the audio dampening I feel like it dampens. It reduces the order a little bit too much. When I used the windshield, so I would always go for a pop feel to personally. Finally, you'll need a good bit of editing software again. No, exhaustive, However, in my to my experience and the ones that I always go for, I always go for audacity or Adobe audition. Adobe Audition is a personal favorite simply because off the layouts, however, I'm finding increasingly their audacity is about the same and in today's example, will be using audacity and editing and recording through that software. So again, a good pair of headphones, a USB mic, ideally, a windshield or pop filter in particular and some editing software is what you'll need to get your podcast started today. 6. Recording and Editing: in this section will look at the recording software so that you can get your podcast started today. So in this example, I'm using audacity because it's free and it's available. It's open source software, and I'll be exploring that just now. So once you've downloaded it on, you've opened it up. Then this will be the layout for audacity in audacity What you can see here and all point with my mouse, you can see that there's this screen here and on this screen. What you're looking at is where the way form or go, or everything that you're recording. And then you've got your three main buttons at the top or six. In this case, you've got your paws play. Stop, skip to the starts, skip to the end and record. Those are really the only buttons that you'll need to remember. And of course, down here you've got our time of that tells us how long we've been recording and associated timers as well. Their projects rate in hurts is usually 44 100 it will usually be preset to that news what it should be. You'll also need to check that the plug ins are correct. So in this case, you've got the blue Yeti microphone that you're wanting to select. If you have another microphone, insure that that selected on, then ensure that your recording in stereo, which is preference. However, in terms of audio, I will always go for stereo on again. That's really just for play out, so that's not too important. But those those two, I would say, would be key. So what we'll do now is, well, do it a brief samples on the example and premise that you'd be recording your podcast so we'll give this a shot right now. Hello. I'm recording into this microphone, and I'm testing this for my podcast show. So again hit the record button to start recording. Once I was done, I press stop and that allowed me to have the audio. Now, in order to edit this while need to do is first of all, I'll need Teoh ensure that that's all I wanted. So that's my audio. There all they need to make sure that the audio is clean on by that what I mean is, there's no background noise, so I do, too. To establish the background noise is I grab a clean sample and again, if you look closely there, you can see that there's some dots there. Those dots represent noise as well as this whole way form here represents me when I'm speaking, so I'm going to select the part. I know it's silent, and I'll grab that because it's a nice flat line that tells me that there is complete silence. I'll go to effect From there. I'll go to noise reduction and then I'll ask it to get the noise profile. I would always leave it at the presets, and I will click. Get to noise profile as in, I want you to look at this silence on. I want you to remember it and it will gets a noise profile for me. And now what I'm going to do is I'm going to double click on my mouth's or you can press select all if that was needed and again, you can go back to effects noise reduction, and then this time, instead of going to get noise profile, you're going to say OK, what you're essentially telling the computer is I want you to grab that silence that you did before that silence. I told you before, I want you to put that everywhere. I want that to be my background and no any other noise. So what we'll do is we'll press OK. And there you go. So what it's done there is. It's provided us some clean audio so that that will be in the background there, Right? Once you've done that, what you can then do is you can go to effects normalize. I would leave the presets there and again at your discretion, but I would always go for minus 6.0 Empress. Okay to that, what it's done there is. It's actually normalized. All of the audio there said that that way it's It's about the same length, and that's how you normalize the audio. Okay, so with that's when she happy, you can then go to file exports as MP three on the basis that there's nothing that you needed to take outs. It's usually when it's a podcast is not very much Andi. If there was anything, of course you would go into it and you'd remove that by selecting and deleting what you didn't like. And in this case, we're going to call it test to? No. Well, it's grabbing my mouth there. I would always save it as an MP three on, not a wave. I would have used wave in my radio days. However, given that now MP three is, it's negligible. The differences in MP three and wave to the human ear is so negligible, it really doesn't make any sense. I would always go for MP three because wave actually is a lot heavier on your storage. So I was going always go of MP three. I would leave the presets there. So it's a standard. I will always go for a joint Syria and not stereo us. A joint stay area produces better quality and click save. You can fill these in their local lot nicer once if you're looking at a fire or it will show you these entire details if you look for it. So we show you the artist's name. So who is in the clip? You know, the album title, If it was necessary if you was a song is such, but you know, you might want to fill those innards of podcasters. Well, you can do so. I never Fillion, but again, if it is if it's something you'd like to do. When I was working for a radio station, there was one particular one that was always asking us to fill that in by again. It's not a requirement. It's really up to yourself. Once you're happy, you click. OK, it then saves it to your designated place, and that's how you record and edit. 7. Hosting: so the next step you'll need to take to start your podcast today is deciding who will host for you or, in other words, store your files. Podcasting is essentially audio, which is stored and then listen to, so you'll need to decide who will host your podcast or store your audio files. That's all the recordings that we did a bit earlier. Some popular choices include lips in blueberry and ankle. What I'll do is I'll run through each of these just now when you can have a look and decide which one you feel may be right for you again. This list is not exhaustive on you are no under any. You don't have to choose any particular one. Now we've lived soon. As you can see here, it does mention that it starts for £5 a month, and again you may see benefits which are applicable to you. You also have blueberries well again, flexible to use tools for podcasting and offers certain benefits, too. And again, I've already set one up with anchor for the purpose of this example. So when she filled in your details and you set up your account, which is non chargeable. It then takes you through to these options here. So it loads up this page and invites you to set it up in three or four simple steps here, which is make your first episode set up your podcast, distribute your podcast, set up your monetization if that's applicable to you and get listeners. So what I'll do is I'll take you through step by step just now just so that you can have a close up view off how to set up on Hancock. 8. Distribution: Okay, So with that, what we look at now is a brief tutorial off how to set up your podcast through anchor, which is a free alternative. So what you'll need to do first of always after you set up your account and confirmed your email, it'll prompt you to this screen, which is on the dashboard, advising. Welcome to anchor. So as you can see, it lays out, as we mentioned in the previous section, quite nicely there, mentioning. Make your first episode. Set up your podcast distributed monetize er and get listeners. What we'll do is we'll click. Let's do it, taking us to this section here. As you can see from here, it leaves a number of lovely options for you, which you can explore or you'll need to do is you'll need to get the audio that you recorded in this case. It was test, too. Drag it across and puppets in here in this box here, As you can see, it's uploading it right there starts processing as it processes. It takes it onto its server, so therefore they are hosting it for us. You click Save episode. Here we are, and again it asks you to title it, so we'll call it. Hello. From there, we'll say, What do you want to know? This is the description that we're talking about. This episode is about something interesting. And then from there, ask you when would you like to publish it? You can say now, if you did want to use any special fonts, that's also there, you know? So I add links there to if you wanted to, by double clicking and inserting the link. And you can insert domain there if you want to to, by clicking on it again. When would you like to publish its You can choose a future dates or today I will choose today. Confirm from there asks you the season number, which will presumably be you want and episode also number one. Then it will ask you, What is it that they were actually up loading and will confirm it's the four episode episode? And does it have an explicit content they would like to know? So again, you Devery explicit or clean If you did have any new cover arts than you can upload it there. If there was anything that you wanted to add, you are, and then from there shed your episode. You are, and again it provides some analytics there. So then it will ask you, as you can see here, it says, before we can distribute your podcasts to additional listening platforms, you just need to fill in a few things. You can always change these later and again. Oldest right podcast Name is Hello, Porta Caff description. Something interesting happens again. That's you filling in with the actual text that you want to write, and in this for the purpose of the example and again you choose your category. This is quite important. So this index correctly so we'll assume in entrepreneurship for our new episode, then ask you for the language that lesson will assume English has. That's what language I speak and we'll click. Continue from there, allows you to choose some cover arts. You can even upload your own image, or you can ask it to choose one for you, and it will choose randomly. I'll do that for the purpose of the example. So it's asking here, it's just provided that one. If I'm not happy, I could go back and then again, click Choose one for me. And as you can see here, it loads another image. If I didn't like that, I could go back, choose another one for me and so on and so forth. You can also search for a photo, and that allows you the access to their full library so you can look for whatever is that you feel is more appropriates through. A list of photos that are available here in this case will go for this trendy, colorful one over here, and we'll put that in again for the purpose off the example of Picked any random picture and click. OK, it's asking me to crop it, but I'm quite happy with whatever selection it chooses. And then it asks for my text well, and it's just put in my cover name and it's asking me, How do I want it to be? So I want the text to be more to the side, more to the front or bang in the middle, and I will go for more to the sites side there. Vertical alignment. So I wanted to be at the top center or the bottom go for century, this example, and I can choose the color where everyone net to be another color there. And in this case I'll go for whites and that we are. And then I'll update cover arts that will become my new cover right there, just sending it to the service. So again, not something you particularly need to worry about in terms of launching your podcasts, because you can get off the ground and it would provide this from there. What you do is you'll distributes it yourself. If you have to do so, you're click Yes, which I won't do in this case because I don't want to distribute it in this case, Ochlik. I'll do it myself. Or actually, I'll just click X and what I'll do is I'll just show you what it shows you through here and again. Once you have enough plays, what will happen from there is it will show you a graph as to how many listeners you've had . So that will increase presumably or decrease. But presumably it will be increasing over time, and you can look at that daily, weekly or monthly. Andi, that will be you and then from there of you. And if you did want to make any edits to the audio. You can do that through the options here as well by clicking edit audio. And that's something that you can also look at. You can also add a background to the music as well. So if you wanted to, you could add a track there. So I'm going to click this random one and click preview and I'll just apply it. We all and it's taken my test audio, and it's actually automatically applying my background to this track, so I'll play it just now, too, so we can all hear Hello. I'm recording into this microphone and I'm testing this for my podcast show. And as you can hear that actually normalize the audio for me as well. So that was quite nice. So as we were recording previously, it actually took the background and lowered it as well. So again. And when she happy, you just save the changes for that. And then again, it's ready to go and you can distribute it whenever you're ready. And that is how you upload your podcast. What it did there was it was actually distributing it for us as well, so that might be the easiest way. So you recorded your podcast. You've now sent it to the host. And then from there, what it does is it will distribute it so you don't want to have to do that manually. In an ideal world, it would be good for that to be done for you. So Ankle provides you the opportunity to actually do that. So we actually starts distributing it to multiple platforms, which will include Spotify and Google podcasts and various other ones. I believe it's up to about 10. You've got a whole host of podcast platforms there that will be updating at the same time, And that's how you send your podcast to a host and how you have it distributed through anchor. 9. Recap: So congratulations, you've reached the end of the course, and I'll just be taking you through a brief recap and conclusion. So the five main steps are to come up with the concept or the idea. So how will this podcast run? You also need to think about to get your podcast started today. The design, so that includes the any logo design or album, cover the description of the program. As we wrote earlier, you also need to think about how you record and edit it's and what equipment you'll use. You also need to think about who's hosting your files. So who's taking on your files where you're storing it on? And finally, you also need to think about where this is going to be distributed to. So where is it going out, too? So that includes all the standard ones and mawr. So with that, I'll leave you of our final thoughts, which is, Don't forget to start your podcast today. If you are looking for more advice or in voice overs or speaking, which you might find particularly helpful with podcasting, you can also check out our previous courses as well. And with that I bid you all the best. And remember, if you are stuck, you can let me know and I'll be more than happy to support you. Good luck with starting your podcast today.