This page contains our top recommendations for podcasting equipment, tools, software and content to help you run your podcast successfully.
They are broken into sections so that you can easily find what you need.
1) Podcast Equipment Recommendations
Your computer has an internal microphone so you are probably thinking of using it for recording your podcast. That would be a bad idea because the quality of computer microphones is poor and it will produce wacky sounds that will turn off your listeners and create a bad stench on your brand. A quality microphone will help you spread your message with awesome quality that will provide a thrilling experience for your listeners. The following microphones plug straight into your computer without any hassles.
Sennheiser PC8 USB
Portable Recorders / Digital Voice Recorders
Portable recorders allows you to record your podcast without being stuck to your computer. They are an awesome choice for recording in various locations as they are lightweight and easy to operate. As a bonus they can often double as a USB mic when you connect them to your computer.
A mixer allows you to input various sources of audio and then control them and tweak them individually to balance the sounds. A mixer is beneficial if you want to obtain greater control of your audio and speed up your workflow however they are not necessary as they often add unnecessary complexity to your setup so unless you have decent audio skills or you have a producer who will be operating the mixer, it is advisable to avoid purchasing a mixer.
You can simply record your podcast and edit it after recording.
If you want to record a live podcast then a mixer is an essential tool to have in your arsenal.
2) Podcast Software & Apps
This section includes programs you can use to edit and record your podcast, record calls, transcribe shows, create intro, outros, sound effects and music for your show.
You will obvious need a recording software to record your podcast. Editing software allows you to fine tune your podcast, you can add audio clips like into, outro, sound effects, music and ads. You can also use it to remove awkward pauses and stutters from your recordings. The following programs allow you to record and edit your podcast.
Audacity is a free feature packed cross platform program (Windows, Mac & Linux) that allows you to easily record and edit your podcasts.
Professional podcasters will appreciate this powerful tool that streamlines your podcast production workflow. It’s batch processing function allows you to apply the same group of effects to separate files.
You can access this program if you are already subscribed to Adobe Creative Suite or you can purchase it separately with a $20.99 monthly subscription.
This free Mac only app comes preinstalled on your computer and remains an excellent choice for podcasters with it’s user friendly interface and ease of use.
Recording Remote Interviews
If you want to host and record remote podcast conversations with your guests from any part of the world you will specialized software and web apps. To ensure a seamless experience in your remote interviews make sure you have a fast and stable internet connection. It is also important for you and your guests to have high quality microphones to ensure pristine audio quality.
The following apps perform this task admirably
This fantastic app available as a desktop client or a web app allows you to record your audio or video remote interviews easily. The free plan limits your video recording to 720p resolution but that should be more than enough to record your podcasts.
This old time favourite app has lost a bit of steam recently however it still remains an excellent choice for calling podcasts guests remotely. As a bonus it now has the ability to record interviews natively so you no longer need to fiddle with 3rd party apps which could be buggy or crash your PC.
This awesome app is created specially for podcasts, it requires no installation on your PC as you simply sign up for the service and record your conversations easily. It is focused on recording your conversations in high quality so it records each person’s audio separately and it provides your recording in WAV or mp3 format.
There are no free plans available but if you regularly record podcasts remotely then it remains a useful tool to consider.
This awesome app for podcasters allows you to record and edit your podcasts without any installation. It records a separate track for each guest and allows you to edit your podcast live as you are recording. The free plan limits your number of guests to 2 in a session and limits your recordings to 8 hours monthly but this should be more than enough for most podcasters.
3) Podcast Music and Sound Effects
Adding an intro at the beginning of your podcast is a great way to get your listeners excited about your show and also inform new listeners of what you discuss on your podcast. Including intros, outros, jingles and other elements appropriately is a great way of enhancing the presentation and professionalism of your show. Obviously you can’t just use any music or sound you like due to copyright law. If you are found guilty of violating copyrighted laws your podcast can get taken down and you might even get sued. The following services provide great music and sound effects for your podcasts.
You can download a variety of music for your podcast as long as you give credit back to the site. Their music is not sorted by genre or instrument rather you cam select based on the mood of the music such as cinematic, upbeat, cute, kids and more.
This service provides awesome music for your podcast. You can also use their in-depth search feature to find what you are looking for across various genres, instruments, mood or keyword. They offer two flexible license options for your projects.
Download music for your podcast from their large library of over 220,000 royalty free music tracks. They offer affordable monthly or yearly subscription plans.
Audioblocks provide music, sound effects and loops in an affordable subscription package for your podcasts.
This is a very popular royalty free music site. All the music on this website are created by Kevin MacLeod. You can use any song on the website for your podcast provided you give the creator credit.
Do It Yourself
You can create an intro or outro yourself without relying on fancy music or sound effects. If you are still convinced you need music or sound effects you can test your creative juices by adding them with Audacity or GarageBand.
4) Podcast Hosting
Most podcasters when they are just starting out assume that Apple hosts your podcast in a similar way that youtube stores your videos on their servers, this assumption is false as Apple is simply one of many directories you can submit your podcast to. A podcast host stores your audio files and creates the RSS feed you need to submit to podcast directories.
Buzzsprout makes uploading your podcast a smooth and seamless process. Their embeddable podcast player looks great and works well on screen sizes. They offer a limited free plan which allows you up to 2 hours of new shows per month but deletes your old episodes after 90 days. If you are serious with podcasting and you want to use Buzzsprout you should opt for any of their paid plans.
Libsyn is one of the oldest podcast hosting platforms created by podcasters for podcasters. They offer podcast hosting plans with different storage limits starting from $5 per month with 50 MB monthly storage. As a bonus libsyn can also host and distribute videos and PDF via your podcast RSS feed.
This podcast host which is now owned by Spotify bills itself as the easiest way to make a podcast and considering the range of features it offers it is difficult to dispute that claim. Anchor offers an all in one tool that you can use on your computer or smartphone to record, edit and add music, intro and sound effects to your podcast without leaving the app. It will even offer to automatically distribute your show to all the popular directories if you don’t mind Anchor appearing as the publisher of the podcast.
Anchor offers all this features for free so you can get started with your podcast immediately.
Transistor is a podcast hosting service for amateur and professional podcasters. They offer unlimited podcast hosting plans which means they don’t offer storage limits.
Each plan includes a customizable podcast website which is a useful addition for businesses that don’t have a website.
If you are keen on using transistor you need to be aware of the download limits they offer for each plan and upgrade your plan as your podcast grows.
Podbean offers a feature packed range of tools for starting, promoting and monetizing your podcast. Their podcast promotion tool automatically submits your podcast to all the top podcast directories and they offer unlimited podcast hosting plans with unlimited bandwidth.
5) Submitting your podcast to major directories
Once you release your show within a podcast host it will automatically generate an RSS feed. You need to copy that URL and submit it to the podcast directories you want your show to appear in.
Immediately your show has been successfully listed in the podcast directory you don’t have to repeat the process again as each new episode will show up when you publish them in your podcast host.
To submit your podcast to the directories, click on the links below, fill in the necessary info and make sure your podcast cover art is within the recommended specification for iTunes.