This is the first in a series of posts about podcast recording and production.
It appears to me that many of the podcasts out there could sound a lot better with a little knowledge about the process of recording and production.
You may be thinking that the podcast you create on your own PC with your headset or web cam microphone is fine. That is great; however, if you are serious about making it sound more professional then please subscribe to my blog.
As an experienced sound engineer I have a lot to bring to the subject and I am aware that companies in particular are now taking podcasting very seriously and are hiring professional studios to produce their podcasts. I see lots of ex-BBC personnel setting up podcast recording and voice-over services. These guys will record your script and produce a broadcast standard podcast that is sonically comparable to digital radio shows.
Personally, I think this is a step too far. I believe the podcast should be recorded and produced at a professional standard but believe using high end studios and the voice-talent of ex-broadcasters is not in keeping with the spirit of podcasting. It is also financially out of reach for most individuals / small or medium sized businesses.
I think the spirit of podcasting should be preserved. The fact that anybody can podcast about any subject is a great thing.
My series of posts is aimed at the serious hobbyist or small / medium sized business who wants to produce professional podcasts without breaking the bank.
In post #2 I will be discussing microphones. See you then.