What is a podcast?
A podcast is a series of episodes of digital audio, usually in MP3 formats. A podcast can be downloaded to personal mobiles by the users. Many podcast streaming applications provide an integrated system of uploading a podcast into their applications.
One or more people can get involved in a podcast discussion about a particular topic. A podcast is all about creating and producing audio content and delivering it through an application source where it can be published.
Many podcast series usually get associated with website links and guest profiles, transcriptions, subtitles, and also a community forum exclusively to discuss the show’s content.
How to start a podcast? A guide for beginners
Pick a topic: We must be clear in choosing the topic we want to speak about. Make sure that the topic you chose is familiar and you are confident with it. Pick a topic that you are confident to speak about.
Invite a guest or familiar audience: It is always better to share a room with either a guest or some familiar audience, to share different opinions and view on a topic. Giving a chance to a co-host will make the tasks diversified and interesting for the listeners as well. Inviting a guest adds a fun-factor for the audience.
Chose a name: Naming your podcast is as important as your audio content. Though your content is interesting, your podcast’s name should give a glimpse of your audio content to attract listeners. The name can be short and catchy, and it can also be descriptive.
Prepare a format for your podcast: A podcast’s proper format grabs the listener’s attention and makes it interesting. A typical podcast format includes teaser, intro music, welcome tagline, ad spot, interview or a topic debate, call to action (like visit our website or podcast forum, etc.)
Plan for the episode or rehearse: Rehearsing for the podcast is not that you are unprofessional or a beginner. But it is crucial as a beginner to make a couple of practice attempts before you go for publishing your podcast. Rehearse always help to plan for the podcast. How to start a topic? Where to begin the topic? What to add or what not to add? Etc.
The technology used in a podcast
Graphic software, microphone, audio editing, and recording software are the technologies that are used in a podcast, as technology is essential in podcast production. Let us see how these technologies help in producing a podcast.
A microphone is the primary technology device used for producing a podcast. A microphone is used to record audio files to enhance your audio quality that is further used on digital platforms. Unless you have the right equipment for the recording, you cannot proceed further in the process of producing a podcast.
Graphic software is used to create cover art for your podcast. A cover art might not be necessary to include in podcast production, but it has a role in attracting people to listen to your podcast. The cover art also conveys brief visual information of your audio content. Therefore, in order to create a good cover art a graphic software is used.
Recording software is used to record an audio file. No matter what high-end technology mic you are using, the recording device should be connected to the software to store the audio file to process the audio file further.
Audio editing software is also used in podcast production. Audio files need to be trimmed to ensure that there is no unnecessary audio content is published. It can also enhance the audio quality and add to your audio file like voice processing, adding intro music, some background score, etc. An audio editing software does the finishing job of podcast production.