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A guide to starting yo​ur own podcast

October 16, 2019

Lately, I have come across a lot of people that have asked me about the equipment I use for my Backyards of Key West Podcast. Some seem to be simply curious, but others have an interest in starting their own show.

Should you start your own show? Let me be very clear when I say that the answer is, “YES!”

Before we get into all of the equipment, programs, tools, and instructions, let’s cut to the chase and eliminate any excuse for not starting your podcast.  

If you have something to say and want to get started right away, you can do this with only your smartphone and one app.

Enter the Anchor App (FREE):  https://anchor.fm
Anchor.fm is an all-in-one platform where you can create, distribute, and monetize your podcast from any device, for free.

With Anchor, you can record from your phone, push a couple of buttons, and have your podcast on Spotify in minutes (Anchor recently got purchased by Spotify).

Here is more on getting started:  https://help.anchor.fm/hc/en-us/articles/360033428812

Now that the excuses are out of the way and want some podcast tools, I have broken down below a list of all of the equipment I use, and the programs needed to get started.

**Disclaimer** All of the links below DO NOT have any tracking on them, and I don’t get a kickback on any of these products.

EQUIPMENT RUNDOWN

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools ($145):

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Focusrite
+Scarlett+2i2+%282nd+Gen%29+USB+
Audio+Interface+with+Pro+Tools&
i=mi&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

This is what I have, which only allows you to record 2 guests at once. The mic(s) must be plugged into this device and then this gets plugged into a USB port on your computer. Another thing I really like about this is the USB port powers the device, so you don’t need a power source.


Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone (2 of them from $69 EACH):

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/
B004QJOZS4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_titl
e_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

These are nice basic professional-grade microphones that connect directly into your Portable Recorder – with cord and mic clips included.  They also come with a small stand and a connector, if you want to connect directly into your computer’s USP port. I have used this function (plugging directly) when I wanted to do a separate intro or the, “follow us on social” part on my outro.

Everything above included

Gator Frameworks Short Weighted Base Microphone Stand with Soft Grip Twist Clutch, Boom arm, and both 3/8″ and 5/8″ Mounts; Base Dimensions – 4.5″ X 8″ (2 of them for $39 EACH):

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/
B00BPELU68/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_
title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

These are the portable mic stands.  They are great, but heavy on the base for support and transport.  I do prefer these over the one that comes with the mic (see above) because it give you the ability to adjust the mic for your guest.

The bottom weighted part unscrews for transport

5-Way Multi Headphone Audio Splitter Connector ($9.49):

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0719LFLKG?
psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_dt_b_product_details

This is a simple device plugs into the headphone jack of your computer. It allows you to plug in up-to 5 additional headphones so all your guests can listen.

SONY Over Ear Best Stereo Extra Bass Portable Headphones Headset ($19 EACH):

https://www.amazon.com/Stereo-Portable-
Headphones-Headset-Samsung/dp/B011T
NK6V4/ref=sr_1_3keywords=sony+folding
+headphones&qid=1571157538&sr=8-3

This is a super personal purchase.  I went with them because they fold up and are great for transport (they were also available at my local Walgreens).  If you are going to do an hour or more podcast, I would suggest you get a more comfortable one for your guest.


If any of the above is overwhelming, and you learn better with Video, let me welcome you to famed Podcaster, Tim Ferriss.

Tim Ferriss created a great Video explanation of all the gear he uses for his #1 podcast, which I think will be a great additional resource:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRxVEcbh-Dk

He also created a blog post on the gear he uses: https://tim.blog/podcast-gear/

Now that we are done with the hardware portion of this post, let’s get into the editing and storing software.

PROGRAMS

GarageBand (FREE):    GarageBand on the App Store – Applehttps://apps.apple.com › app › garageband

I have a Mac and use the free version of GarageBand that comes with the computer.  I created a default layout in the program that is the same for every episode (i.e. Intro Music, Intro, Interview 1, Interview 2, Post-Roll).


If you do purchase the Focusrite Scarlett device, it does come with free software to record and edit with, in place of GarageBand.

Once I record an episode and save it, I upload it to an online service called Auphonic. With Auphonic, it analyzes your audio and adjusts levels to achieve a professional-quality result.

Auphonic Productions (FREE – $89 per month):  https://auphonic.com/engine

List of monthly plans

After you have a new updated episode, you need to host your podcast somewhere, so you share it with all of the Podcast Apps.

The platform I use for this is Libson ($5 – $40 per month):  https://libsyn.com

Libsyn is a 100% compliant Apple Podcasts optimized RSS feed, and powerful integrations connect you to your audience on all their favorite platforms. Grow your podcast audience with a listing in Apple Podcasts and podcast hosting that publishes directly to Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, and many more of your audience’s favorite platforms.

Libsyn plans

Once you have added your artwork, description, tags, etc, you will be provided with a URL called an RSS link, which is what Apple Podcast, Google Play, iHeartRadio, etc need in order to play your podcast episodes. 

This will be your main RSS feed link, and you will only need to add this to the various apps once. Think of the RSS link like your podcast’s URL.

Every time you add a new episode, Libsyn will automatically push the episode to all the apps that have your main RSS link.

I think this should be enough information to get you started. If you do have any additional questions, you can always DM me on Instagram @backyardsofkeywest and I will get back to you as fast as I can.

Happy podcasting and if you are looking for your first guest, you can always give me a call :)!

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