Gone are the days when podcasting was considered a hobby. In 2020, you can easily make a living just by uploading podcasts on online platforms. According to a stat published on DiscoverPods, 70% of Americans aged 12+ are now familiar with the word “Podcasting”. They also confirmed that a large number of people now prefer listening to podcasts than watch a TV interview.
Here Are the Top Gadgets You’ll Need to Start a Podcast in 2020
1) A Podcast Account
Unless you are planning to create a video-based podcast like some of the most popular YouTubers have done, you are better off hosting your account on a free podcast hosting service like Buzzsprout, Transistor, and Captivate. If not, then just record the video along with along and upload it on YouTube.
2) Editing Software
Similarly, you will need good audio and/or video editors. Now, the software you will need for editing the content depends on how many people you are planning to do the podcast show with. For two people podcasts like The Tim Ferriss Show, you can do great with Audacity as your audio editing software. Or else just go for something like Adobe Premiere Pro or Filmora.
Choosing the right microphone can be a nightmare if you have never recorded a sentence before. As a beginner, you can do great with a microphone with a basic omnidirectional microphone. But when you have more than two people in the studio. You will need a microphone with a mixer. A mixer will collect inputs from all microphones and send the data to a single location (your computer’s hard drive).
4) Pop Filter
Wondering what a pop filter is? It is those black nets that you might have seen professional singers and podcasts host place in front of the microphone. It is an accessory to your microphone. Basically, it keeps the unwanted noise away from the microphone. Moreover, it also protects the microphone from the accumulation of human saliva and dust coming from outside.
Headphones are a must when you are interviewing a guest online via Skype or any other video calling service. Also, you can use them to listen to what the in-studio guests are sayings. It keeps everyone involved (even the camera guy) on the same page. Moreover, they are also necessary while editing audio later.
Lastly, for YouTube podcasts, it is essential to make your studio look like your home. Your audience won’t feel comfortable watching long-form content if you shoot your podcasts in a professional-looking studio. Hence, place artwork like paintings, sculptures and vintage furniture strategically across the room. Joe Rogan has an axis deer horns on the wall that he hunt himself with his friend.
I hope the above post helps you start your own podcast in 2020. There has never been a better time to share your ideas and concepts online with millions of people listening from all over the world.