The Essential Tech You Need to Get Started with Podcast Guest Appearances
One hurdle for getting started appearing on podcasts is tech considerations. But unlike some other mediums like video, the necessary gear for podcasting is relatively minimal, so this is a small hurdle to overcome. You only need a few things to get started.
Start Simple and Scale up
When you decide to get started appearing on podcasts, you may feel inclined to drop a pretty penny on a pile of state-of-the-art gear. But the correct strategy is to start with simple or free options and then scale up as necessary.
Get enough to get started, and then when you decide to upgrade, you’ll have a better understanding of exactly what you need. This will make it much easier when you’re considering microphone types or audio editing software features.
Computer and Internet Connection
Naturally, you will need a computer and fast internet connection. What’s important here is that they are reliable. You don’t want a battery to die or a connection to be lost mid-interview. Podcasts often use programs like Skype, Zoom, or GoToMeeting for interviews, so download the program well ahead of time and make sure you know how to use it.
You don’t need a professional-grade microphone, but you definitely need something more than your computer or smartphone’s built-in mic. Your interview will be hard to listen to if it sounds bad.
There is a head-spinning array of prices and styles with all kinds of features you may or may not need. The main thing to consider is the environment where you’ll be recording. Are you recording in a quiet space or a place where there will be background noise? This will determine the type of mic you need.
Although there are many options out there, the most recommended mic type for podcast recording is USB/XLR condenser or dynamic mics. These have the best response.
Headphones or Earbuds
You need headphones or earbuds to appear as a guest on podcasts. With only the speakers on your computer, it may be difficult to hear, and you’ll have distractions. Earbuds are a good choice if you’re not used to using closed-back headphones.
You will also be able to monitor the sound, although this isn’t as important for guests as it is for podcast producers. But if there’s a buzzing sound or some distracting ambient noise, you will know.
You may want to invest in a pop filter if you’re planning to appear on podcasts regularly. A pop filter is a filter that goes in front of the microphone with a mesh that prevents the P’s and B’s from popping. Without one, the popping P’s and B’s in your recordings can be a terrible distraction to listeners. You can learn to minimize them by the angle at which you speak into the mic, but pop filters are cheap and using them makes it much easier.
Appearing as a Podcast Guest
Getting interviewed on podcasts is a great strategy for growing your audience, building your expertise, and learning the basics of audio content.
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