Record A Podcast

The task of recording a podcast may seem a bit daunting, but it needn’t be if you take the right steps in the right order. You may also think that recording a podcast requires expensive equipment or software. This is not necessary, though good quality equipment and software will yield significantly better results. You will need a device to record your podcast, a microphone and a set of headphones to monitor the recording. This article will take you through the basic steps to record a podcast suitable for publishing on the Internet using a PC computer.

Instructions Properties from the menu and select the radio button next to Recording. Make sure that microphone is selected in the tick box under “Show the Following Volume Controls.” Click the OK button to close this dialogue box.

7. Tick the “Microphone Select” box, if it is not already selected, and be sure that the volume slider is at least half-way up. You can adjust this control later to fine-tune your ideal recording level.

8. Open the Audacity program you just installed and choose Edit > Preferences. In the Audio I/O tab, make sure your computer’s sound card is selected as the device for both the Playback and Recording options. In the Channels drop down box, the Recording section should be set to 1(Mono).

9. Choose 44,100 Hz as the Default Sample Rate and 16-bit as the Default Sample Format in the Quality tab of Audacity Preferences.

10. Click on the File Formats tab and select the radio button next to “Make a copy of the file before editing (safer).” In the Uncompressed Export Format drop-down menu, choose Wav (Microsoft 16 bit PCM). Leave the OGG Export Setup as it is, and in the MP3 Export Setup section, click the Find Library button. You will be asked if you wish to the locate lame_enc.dll file. Click Yes and locate the root folder where you installed the Audacity program. You will find the lame_enc.dll file there. Select it and click Open.

11. Click “OK” to close the Audacity Preferences dialogue box.

12. Check in the main Audacity program window to be sure that Microphone is selected as the recording input option from the drop-down box on the mixer toolbar. Click on the microphone icon on the meter toolbar. You should see the red level indicator moving left to right in synchronization with the sound level when you talk into the microphone.

13. Click the “Record” button, which has a circular symbol and is third from the left in the row of six record and playback function buttons. You will now be recording a podcast.

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