You know I’ve mentioned on my past video here that I have been doing research on podcasting. But I don’t know when I will start doing this. Some people said that if you’re going to do podcast, it better be a fun thing for you. Or you will not enjoy the process.
If you have the Macintosh already and you have a Garageband, you are way ahead of the game…you can use it for podcasting. If you don’t have a Macintosh, some people use Audacity which is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and BSD platforms–it is a FREE platform.
What kind of microphone should I use?
So far I have watched reviews on microphones for podcasting and they are the:
- Blue Yeti Pro
- Rode NT USB
- Apogee ONE
While I do have the Apogee ONE and I have used it for singing a few times, I don’t think the USB on this one is very good. Plus, when I’m recording on my monitor the microphone keeps getting turn OFF. And it’s very distracting when I’m recording a song on Garageband and I happen to be reading the lyrics and I have to keep turning that thing on. Clicking here and there. Not a good thing.
However, there is also a Blue Yeti microphone, without the “Pro” word. The difference between the two is, the Blue Yeti can be hooked on the USB only while the Blue Yeti Pro can be hooked both USB and XLR. The XLR Connector is either you can hook this to another microphone, video camera, external mixer, amplifier, professional CD player, etc. XLR gives you more power.
The Rode NT USB microphone is mainly just for USB computers. But I don’t think it has an XLR. This is actually the latest series of the Rode microphones. I heard this is a very QUIET microphone. Rode NT USB cost around $159 brand new. But you can get it cheaper on eBay or Amazon.
The Blue Yeti cost around $100. You can get used ones on eBay starting from $41 up to $75 dollars. Blue Yeti Pro cost almost $400 but you can get a used one with a complete set of Pop Filter and Headphones around $259 or less. Depends on the auction. I’d like to get the Blue Yeti Pro, which is great for both podcasting and singing that will not break my bank.
Do I need a Pop Filter when I’m podcasting?
By the way, this is the beautiful photo of the Rode NT1 microphone and that black thing on the left that looks like a lollipop is the Pop Filter. What is a Pop Filter and how can it help me in my podcasting? The Pop Filter helps eliminates the popping Ps and Bs because the microphone is very sensitive picking up every single sound. Even a whisper. And so to keep it down, use the Pop Filter.
Pop Filters can range on the prices of $20-$40 dollars. Depending on what brand you buy. You can Build Your Own Microphone Pop Screen using hose stockings. I’ve checked this link and I’m not sure I want to build my own just to save money! I think between the time putting this together, the cost is about the same. But if you are ambitious and you really want to save money, go right ahead.
Where can I host my podcast?
When I learn that I need another hosting service just to host my podcasts, I thought wow…this is not cheap! Pat Flynn’s complete step-by-step podcasting tutorial on How to Start a Podcast didn’t say it’s cheap. Rob Cubbon told me that he is paying like $15/month just to host his MP3.
If you’re not making any money yet in your blogging, how can you afford this? So I started searching out there and I found out the Free Podcast Hosting and it looks pretty good. I haven’t tried it yet but I’m going to experiment to see if this is true. How good is it.
I have just watched Cliff Ravenscraft’s video on podcasting, he said that if you decide to store your MP3 on podbean.com, DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO PULL ALL YOUR MP3. Instead, let FeedBurner do it. Watch Cliff’s video here: Learn How to Podcast.
Over to you…
What about you? Have you ever thought about podcasting sometime? Or are you just scared of the technical part of this? They said, “If there’s a will there’s a way!” If you are truly willing to do this, YOU CAN DO IT!!! Do you agree? But if you don’t doing a podcast is like pulling your teeth out, it will definitely be a drag. Don’t worry about the technical part of this, there are tons of videos who can give you a tutorial video about this. I’m not technical at all. In fact, I hate this part of the business. I’m not truly a geek. But I’m always willing to learn. So there’s a big difference!
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Hello everyone this is Angela from angelamccall.com. Today is very, very hot. So if you hear a noise in the background, that is my air condition and two fans blowing in my room.
So today my topic is “How to Do a Cheap Podcast”.
I’m still doing my research and so I thought I decided I would write something about this. Not only it is a note for myself but also it is a note for those who wants to start podcasting, the cheap way. I found out that in podcasting, you have to have a separate hosting service just for your MP3s.
Your MP3 is the one that you upload in your website and you create a “feed” from it and when you sign in iTunes, you can direct that address to iTunes. And everybody else can get your RSS feed, not only iTunes. There is other stuff on website out there for other platform that could pull out your MP3s.
Anyway, I wrote down a few things that I’d like to talk about today. So, I’ve been doing my research on microphones, right? So I mentioned it in the past that I’ve been eyeing on Blue Yeti, Rode NT USB, and so far I also saw a video on Apogee ONE…which I already have. But, I’m not too happy with this although I’m very happy with the professional sound and singing. When I sing…it sounds really good when I sing. It sounds very professional and it catch that whole sound and my voice is louder.
But I’m not too happy with it because when I sing and I turn ON the microphone on my monitor, somehow this thing gets keep getting turn OFF for some strange reason and I don’t know what is the problem. So I’ll just turn it back ON. But it’s distracting. When I’m singing and I have this lyrics right in front of me, and I’m reading the lyrics when I’m singing, it’s kind of distracting because I have to keep turning it ON and OFF or turn it back ON; so I’m not too happy about that.
Also the USB on Apogee ONE is very flimsy.
And they could have done this better, they could have design a better USB, maybe put a clamp in there so it won’t keep coming up…it won’t keep coming out, I mean. So, that’s the one I’m not happy. And I try to bend that USB and finally I bent it to a point that it’s not longer working. So you can get one of those Apogee ONE USB on eBay for like…maybe about $20 bucks. But that’s just the downfall on the Apogee ONE. It’s good for podcasting but I don’t know about the USB.
I like the Blue Yeti.
There are two kinds of microphones in Blue Yeti. One is the Blue Yeti. And the other is Blue Yeti Pro. What is the difference between the two? The Blue Yeti is hooked only to USB; which is hooked to your computer only. However, the Blue Yeti Pro can be hooked on USB and XLR at the same time.
Now, what is an XLR? An XLR is something that gives you more power to your microphone. It can be hooked to another Mic. Or to another, or to an Amplifier, or Video Camera, Mixer, or CD Player. So that is the XLR. So that is what I want to get. I want to get the professional microphone.
The other one, another alternative is the Rode NT USB. Now this one is Rode NT USB. Spell — R-O-D-E. Now what is the difference between the other microphones of Rode? Now the Rode NT USB is the latest one they have and this one only hook to USB computers. But it sounds really, really good. And the cost is not as much; it cost about the same thing as the Blue Yeti. They cost around like $159 dollars for a brand new one but you can get one, a used one on eBay or maybe Amazon.com.
So where do you podcast? I am looking at this FREE podcast hosting service which called podbean.com. P-O-D-B-E-A-N. Podbean dot com. So, I haven’t tried it yet but I’m going to experiment. I heard some people said that if you’re going to do podcast, make sure it’s FUN. If it’s not fun for you, then don’t do it. You know…coz you’re just wasting your time and energy. Make sure it’s fun.
I think it’s the same thing in Blogging. You think so? Blogging and Video Blogging…Video Making. You have to have some type of fun doing the video. Otherwise, you’re not going to last. Same thing in Blogging. If you’re just going to blog for the sake of money, don’t even think about it.
If you’re going to blog and start…and the only reason why you’re blogging is because you want to make money. No, you’re in the wrong business, baby! Don’t do it. You have to have fun and then the money will come. That’s what I’ve heard from a lot of probloggers out there. So you have to have FUN.
Now I told you in the past this guy besides Rob Cubbon, I forgot his name. I just saw his video and I already forgot his name. Coz I think his name is something German. Anyway, he’s the one who said, there are 450 million Bloggers on the Internet. And there’s only like 1.2 YouTubers.
And there’s only 250 Podcasters. I said before 400 because Rob Cubbon said 400 thousand. But there’s only 250 thousand Podcasters. And 90% of them — sucks! So there goes. You got really no competition. Plus it’s highly in demand. There are 1 billion smartphone users! So take that. It’s a good way to know that the whole world is going onto smartphone using this little device, this little computer in your hand.
So anyways, what else did I write…ah…Pop Filter. Now what do I need a Pop Filter for? When you are podcasting, you bought this professional microphone. Now the professional microphone can pick-up all the sound. All the sound. I mean whispers and picks up the Ps & the Bs. And if you have a Pop Filter around your microphone, it eliminates the Ps and Bs sound. So that’s what its for.
Now Pop Filter is really not expensive. You can get one for $18 dollars. Some are $20 dollars. And some are very expensive kind of like $40 bucks. You can make your own Pop Filter. And I actually mentioned that in my post today. And yeah…you can make one.
But then I’m thinking, I looked at the website on how to make your own Pop Filter. I’m thinking all the energy and all the money, and all the time and all these things that I have to spend in making this Pop Filter, I might as well just spend $18 dollars. Right? It’s just going to cost me just about the same.
That’s just my own opinion.
So…but if you really want to save money and you have all the equipment, all the things that you…you know…to make a Pop Filter, then go ahead and do it.
Garageband. If you are a Mac user, automatically you have a Garageband. Right? So you are all set to do your podcasting. You also use the built-in microphone on Garageband coz you can turn it up all the way to 200% and make it very loud. But a lot of people or these people who are professional podcaster DO NOT recommend that, they would recommend you to use a microphone, a professional microphone instead.
Anyway, Garageband is pretty good for editing your audio.
Now if you don’t have a Garageband and you are a PC user now, you can use Audacity. A-U-D-A-C-I-T-Y. Audacity. And this is a FREE platform for mac, windows, linux…and this is pretty good. I heard it’s a pretty good one, I’ve never use it. So you can use that for podcasting.
Anyway, that’s all I want to say for today. And I hope you have a cool day on this very hot day.
I’ll see you later. Goodbye.