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Bernie in North Carolina calling in using the AskDave button on our site”I’m a retired police officer and also a chaplain. I’m looking into getting into a podcast. On a shoestring budget at the moment. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.”
Well Bernie, You COULD do it all on your own, but with so many companies out there that will take care of all the hard work for you, theres really no reason to. As weve said, we use Blubrry to host our Into Tomorrow podcasts – and have been extremely happy with their service.
Of course, were on Blubrry‘s more expensive Pro plan, but you can get started with them for $12/month, whichll get you a hundred megabytes of storage – enough for about 2 hours of audio. They also have a $20 plan which will get you 250 megabytes. And they have a couple plans with even more storage. They all include a WordPress website to go along with your podcast.
At the very least youre going to want to invest in a decent microphone. Some of the microphones that are popular with podcasters – and broadcasters – are expensive, though for example, the Shure SM7B retails for around $400 and an ElectroVoice RE20, which Im using right now, will cost you around $500.
Rather than going with one of those, you can go with something like a Yeti USB mic which will cost you around $100 and will plug in directly to your computer, just like the Audio Technica ATR-2100 which is also about $100.
That can also free you from needing a board of any kind and you can just control your levels via the built in volume knob and via your software.
The software itself can be really costly too, so rather than choosing something more polished like Adobe Audition or Apples Logic Pro you can go for something simpler like Audacity. Audacity is completely free but it is rougher around the edges.
Audacity will allow you to edit and crop out parts of your recording that you want to exclude and it will allow you to do things like normalize the audio, but it will make you work harder than you would with a paid solution.
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