Have you ever thought about recording a podcast on your phone? It’s easier than you think!
In the past, people had to use expensive equipment and audio engineers to record high-quality audio. Luckily, new technologies make it easy for anyone to create an amazing-sounding podcast on their phone.
Think you need a professional studio and tons of equipment to make a podcast? You don’t. Recording on your phone is easy. Just follow these steps:
Use an External Mic
You’ll need a smartphone to record with. Internal microphones on all phones can record audio in an emergency, although they aren’t capable of high-quality sound capture. If your recording is poor, people will quickly tune out if the sound quality isn’t good; and podcasting (or any other media, for that matter) is a format where audio quality is crucial.
Plug in an external mic to your phone, and you’ll be able to capture crystal-clear audio that will make people want to listen all the way through. The best part about using an external microphone? It doesn’t matter if there’s noise around you—the sound quality of your podcast won’t suffer unless it’s uncomfortably loud.
Monitor Your Audio with Earphones or Headphones
Some external mics will come with earbuds you can use to monitor your audio. While recording, be sure to keep the mic close and talk directly into it (without moving around too much). If there’s a lot of ambient noise in the background, consider using headphones or earplugs if possible; otherwise, make sure you’re in a quiet place.
Podcasting isn’t about perfection, but you should aim for the best sound quality possible to keep people interested and to come back for more.
Podcasting Apps: What’s Out There?
There are a few podcast recording apps that you can use to record and edit your own audio files, and they all offer different features, so you’ll need to consider what kind of content you want to create before deciding which one is right for you.
For example, if you’re looking to create a public podcast that anyone can listen to and comment on via social media, consider using Anchor.FM or TuneIn Radio Free. These apps allow listeners to stream your show live—as soon as you press “record” and start talking! If you want people who subscribe to your podcast to be able to download your episodes, you can use a paid service like Cast.
Take Notes and Save Your Audio Files
The best way to ensure that you don’t forget anything is by writing down notes prior to recording. While it’s possible for some people who are naturally good at multi-tasking, most podcasters will benefit from jotting down a list of what they want to talk about before pressing “record.”
In addition, you’ll need to save your audio files so you can edit them and upload the podcasts later on! If space is an issue for your device or storage plan, consider using a third-party app like Google Drive to store your audio files.
Don’t Forget to Edit Your Podcast!
Once you finish recording, it’s time to edit the episode before uploading it for people all over the world to listen to. Several apps will allow you to delete any unnecessary “umms” and pause from your podcast, so listeners won’t have a chance of tuning out.
If you want to take it a step further, consider adding music or sound effects in the background of your podcast! If there are any distracting noises that shouldn’t be included in your recording, use an app like Audacity to edit them, so they don’t distract listeners from what you have to say. You can even create intros and outros to make your podcast seem more polished!
Tips for Recording a Podcast on Your Smartphone
It’s time to get started thinking about recording after you’ve gathered all of your equipment. Here are some pointers for obtaining excellent sound:
Record in a quiet place – If you can, do your podcast in a quiet room where there is not too much noise. You can record it outside if you like. Record inside if you cannot because it will sound bad. Put things on the walls to make sounds less loud and make your house look nice.
Mount your phone – Do not hold your phone while recording a podcast. You will be able to hear any bumps or vibrations that happen. Use something to secure your phone, so it doesn’t move, like a tripod and grip.
Consider microphone placement – You need to think about where your microphone is in relation to your mouth. You will have less control of the recording if you are recording on the phone, so you should keep it close. But if it is too close, then the sound might be distorted. The microphone should be about 20-30 centimeters away from your mouth for a more professional-sounding podcast.
Watch your audio levels – Most audio recording apps have a level meter. Before you start recording, make sure that the level is not too loud. If it is hitting the orange or red section, then your audio will become distorted. So make sure to back away from the mic until it is above halfway and speak loudly while recording.
That’s it! If you follow the steps in this guide, then recording a podcast on your phone should be easy. Remember that there are different apps for each service, so keep that in mind when choosing one to use—and don’t forget to edit your audio before uploading the first episode of your new show!