100 How to Podcast Like a Pro and Never Edit – Say Goodbye To Post Production (+Video and Resources)

By Leslie Samuel | Blogging

Jan 30

If you're gonna do a presentation on How To Podcast like a pro and never edit, you might as well do it as a live demonstration. How do you do that? By recording a podcast right there of course.

Listen to This Episode

Well that's EXACTLY what I did. On January 8th, I was privileged to speak at the New Media Expo in Las Vegas, NV and I recorded this very special episode, both as an audio podcast AND as video. Yes, I went all out on this one.

In fact, you can watch the video right here:

In the presentation, I covered:

  • Who I was and Why I got into Podcasting
  • What my podcasting workflow looked like before and what it looks like now
  • Different equipment options for podcasting professionally
  • How To Go about PLANNING your episode
  • How to deal with mistakes

But here's the thing. This is Episode 100, which is a pretty big Milestone. And to celebrate, I decided to go all out and try to make this podcast episode and blog post into a significant resource for anyone interested in getting into podcasting.

That's where this next section comes into play 🙂

What's YOUR Podcasting Budget?

RadioStationWhen it comes to podcasting, there are so many equipment options that it can be difficult to make a decision. I wanted to put together a resource to go along with my presentation that can work for any budget.

I know how it is to be just starting out and not have money to spend on expensive equipment. However, that's no reason not to start podcasting. I put together packages that range from under $60 to $1,000+. With ALL of these setups, you will get a good quality recording. However, as expected – the more you spend, the better quality you will get.

These packages are put together in a way that you can start with the absolute minimum, get a good quality sound, and upgrade in the future by just adding other components to what you already have. So, you don't have to worry about your equipment no longer being applicable as you grow.

If you have questions about any of the products, don't hesitate to ask in the comments section below. I LOVE this stuff. In fact, many people don't know this but I'm actually a certified Recording Engineer. I love audio production so much that I had to get all official and stuff!

To see the details of any of the packages, simply click on any of the following options . . .

Under $60 Budget

Total Cost: $57.74

Notes: With this setup, you can get started with a good quality sound for a low price. Microphone is both USB AND XLR. This means that you can start recording by plugging it into your computer via USB directly, and if you decide to upgrade to a mixer in the future, you can bring it along with you.

$200 Budget

Total Cost: $200.81

Notes: Having a Mixer gives you more control over what you can do. If you are doing Skype interviews you can adjust your volume and your interviewee's audio separately, and can even bring in sound from your computer while making sure that the levels are set EXACTLY how you need them to be. The mixer will be plugged into your laptop for recording.

$400 Budget

Total Cost: $404.79

Notes: This is the same as the setup above, except that it also includes the Roland R-05 digital recorder. The benefits to using a separate digital recorder and not your computer is that you significantly reduce the risk of your program crashing during a recording and you get a better quality sound with better control. You get to see your levels as you are recording and if you are out on the road, you can use it as a portable recording device for interviews and any other sound recording. It's a beautiful thing.

Under $750 Budget

Total Cost: $733.34

Notes: The difference between this setup and the setup above is that this one uses the Rode Procaster mic, which is a much higher quality mic than the desk arm. It also includes a Swivel Mount Studio boom arm and shock mount to give you that professional radio-station feel and quality. The shock mount makes it so that it minimizes the effect of vibrations of your desk and gives you an overall better quality.

$900 Budget

Total Cost: $904.33

Notes: This is the same setup as the package above, except for it uses a 12 channel mixer instead of a 4 channel mixer, giving you possibility for expansion in the future.

Leslie's Setup

Total Cost: $1034.33

Notes: This setup uses a 14 channel mixer instead of the 12 channel mixer above. It's the Beast of a Setup that allows for even more expansion. It might be a bit unnecessary, but I like it. Also, the mixer uses volume sliders instead of knobs, which makes it easy to control the volume of your individual tracks

Miscellaneous Options

Behringer HA400 4-Channel Headphone Amp

If you are going to have multiple people in your podcasting studio, it's VERY useful to have multiple headphones. To accomplish this, you will need a headphone amplifier. This is a 4 channel one that I haven't tested, because I use a Mackie Headphone amp that has been discontinued. However, the reviews on Amazon are pretty decent, so I'm including it here.

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New Media Expo

Software:

  • Skype – For doing Interviews
  • Ecamm Callrecorder – For recording Skype Interviews on a Mac
  • Pamela – For recording Skype Interviews on a PC
  • Vodburner – For recording Skype Interviews on a PC (BETTER)
  • Bossjock Studio – App for recording on the iPhone or iPad

Learning With Leslie Episodes:

 

  • MarinaCBD says:

    Outstanding post Leslie, I love the budget option.

    • @MarinaCBD Thanks for the feedback. Yeah, you’d be surprised at the quality you can get from even the budget option. I just got the mic and have been testing it out and it’s amazing!

  • I’m listening right now and i already love it 🙂 still listening. Just saying that I’m here 🙂

  • Ah! LESLIEEEE 😀 THAT VIDEO WAS SO AWESOME 😀 You already know i’ve wanted to start a podcast for way too long. Thanks for all your advice. I’m gonna do it. And that boss jock studio thing?? Only ten bucks eh?? Hmmmm gonna check that out for SURE 😀

  • keseankenton says:

    Brilliant! This is good stuff Leslie.

  • AdamTeece says:

    @Leslie Samuel I was just wondering what you used for the sound bites? I heard you mention it but not sure which it is online.

  • Getting the audio technica today 🙂 Using your link! Happy Birthday to me 🙂 Then i’m gonna grab that Boss jock app 🙂 YAY! Let the good times roll 😀

    • @Rochelle Hanson Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear Rochelle. Happy Birthday to you. WOOHOOOOO. We wished you happy birthday at Brigette’s annual Surprise Birthday party on Saturday. Hope you are having a BLESSED day 🙂

    • @Leslie Samuel LOL! you did? Awww that’s so nice 🙂 Thanks Leslie! So ya i got my mic & the puff & the stand 🙂 YAYY:) Time to play with the app now! LOL 😀 EXCIIITED

    • @Rochelle Hanson Woot woot! Awesome stuff! Let me know how it goes.

    • @Leslie Samuel Will do! My mic will be coming in next week but so far i’m having fun playing with that app 🙂 It feels like a real radio station but it’s on my lap inside my iPad 😀 Anyway Can’t wait till the mic comes!! I’m kinda just practicing so that when it comes I’ll be ready. Thanks for replying to my millions of comments. No one else gets excited about this stuff!! 😀 I’m such a nerd.

  • JimLeaf says:

    I just purchased a bunch of stuff. It’s good to see that I got the right equipment. I wasn’t sure about a mixer board, but bought it anyway. Glad I did!
    Thanks for this info. I’m bookmarking this page!

  • Monty Campbell says:

    Awesome. Love this video. Great session. You did a magnificent job. I loved every minute of the phenomenal presentation.

    • @Monty Campbell Glad you enjoyed it!

    • Thanks for all your help. Back at this page again learning more. This week I will be getting the “Leslie Setup”. I’m a little nervous but I’m very excited to start this process. I’m looking forward to progress I work to make this happen. For me the choice was going to all these conferences or taking the leap of faith to make it happen. With your help and God’s Grace, I’m taking the leap of faith. Thank you tremendously. You have been more than generous with your time and help.

      Monty

    • That’s awesome Monty. Wishing you all the best as you start your podcast. Let me know when it’s live. I’d love to check it out.

  • Hi, Leslie. Where do I get some cool music like what you use for my podcast? Is there a specific site you can recommend to find some 90 second intro/outro music?

    • Great question Warren,

      The ones I use I got from a program that I use called SonicFire Pro. However, it’s a pretty pricey program. You can find it at http://www.smartsound.com/sonicfire/. I purchased it back when I used to be into making short movies because it allows you to take a song, specify exactly how long you want it to be and what mood you want for the song. It’s overkill for podcasting, but I already had it.

      A good resource for royalty free music is http://musicbakery.com/. You can purchase tracks of different lengths there and they are high quality. I’ve used them in the past and recommend them highly.

    • Great – thank you Leslie. I’ll check them out.
      I also just found audiojungle.com.

    • Looks interesting. Thanks for sharing. I’ll look into them too. Always good to know of other options.

    • Now I’m learning how to edit my audio interviews in Audacity – Aarghh. I have 12 interviews to edit, and add introduction and outro CTA.

      There’s got to be a better way to learn this program.

    • Yeah, that can get a bit annoying. That’s why I don’t edit anymore 🙂

      Are you a premium member? If so, I have a module specifically covering podcasting and there are videos that show how to edit in Audacity.

    • Yes, I am a premium member and have been going thru the training videos on Audacity.

      It’s like anything – no better way to learn it than to get in there and do it. I just need more time, uninterrupted time, to get thru it.

      I’m making progress.

    • Gotcha. Yep, you’ll get used to it. Practice makes perfect 🙂

  • Steve Chase says:

    Excellent presentation. Thanks for posting it. The SavvyBlogging attendees are in for a treat in Cincinnati. I love the tip you shared about leaving the mistakes in. It makes you more credible and confident knowing that we don’t have all the right stuff all the time. But it is your attitude and willingness to stick with the task or journey of helping others is what shows.

    • Thanks buddy. Glad you enjoyed the presentation. I’m definitely looking forward to the Savvy Blogging conference. It’s gonna be a blast. And yes, I’m a firm believer in showing your mistakes 😉

  • Kay Kirkman says:

    Hi Leslie,

    Enjoyed this podcast, and so happy I discovered your show! Any resources you can recommend for theme music?

    Thanks!

  • David Norton says:

    This is a very clear-cut and comprehensive page, and it answered a LOT of my questions, so nice work!

  • Joe says:

    Hi Leslie,
    I saw your video, it’s great inspiration and liked the detailed write up on the podcasting equipment. I recently got myself few of the things you mentioned in your options:

    1. Mackie Mixer 802 VLZ3 : http://www.mackie.com/products/vlz3series/splash.html
    2. Digital Recorder Edirol R09-HR
    3. Heil PR40 Mic

    Now I”m having trouble figuring out what cables do I need for setting up the mixer, digital recorder and have another audio source (IPAD maybe with SoundBytes on it for sound effects).

    Some of the questions I’m having are:

    1. If I want to record into a digital recorder as well as PC, do I use the TAPE OUT option?
    2. There’s XLR outputs on the mixer, are they always a better option for output?
    3. Should I always use balanced connectors? I see some from company called HOSA.

    I’m at a loss with the cabling, you you please shed some light on this?

    Highly appreciate and keep up the good work!

    Thanks
    Joe

    • Woohooo Joe. I’m so glad you’ve decided to get into Podcasting. It’s so much fun. Here are my answers:

      1. Yes, you can use the tape out option for that.
      2. I don’t use the XLR outputs. I use the Main out and that works fine.
      3. Balanced is good, but it doesn’t really matter too much unless you are running LONG cables that run the risk of getting some kind of interference.

      With your setup, all you need is the following:
      1. XLR cable to connect your mic to the mixer.
      2. 3 Dual 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch cables (Hosa is a good brand). One is output from laptop. One is output from iPad. One is output from mixer and into laptop.
      3. RCA to 1/8 inch cable. This is to go from Tape out to your digital recorder.

      That should do it. Hope that helps 🙂

    • Joe says:

      Thank you very kind sir! I gotta wrap my brain around that and let it sink in..so many cables so many gadgets 🙂

      I’m excited to follow in your footsteps. If you don’t mind I have one follow up questions:

      On the TAPE OUT, can I route the output to BOTH digital recorder and PC using “RCA Jack to Dual RCA Jack Adapter”?

      http://www.showmecables.com/product/single-rca-jack-to-dual-rca-jack-adapter.aspx?gclid=CNGh6f-C17cCFcqj4AodkBQAUg

      So on the TAPE OUT, using the adapter above, it will allow two connections. I will of course need “Hosa Cable CMR206 Stereo 1/8 Inch to Dual RCA Adapter Cable” [http://www.amazon.com/Hosa-Cable-CMR206-Stereo-Adapter/dp/B000068O33/s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1370783603&sr=1-2] to go from RCA to eventually mic in of the PC and Line In of the digital recorder.

      I hope it’s making sense. I;m new to all this but you blog has given me much to start with.

      I could use MAIN OUT as you suggested but personally I’m not even sure what’s the difference between MAIN OUT and TAPE OUT?

      As always, appreciate your time and wishing you best of luck in all what you do.

    • I would guess you can do that, but I would think that it would get a little messy doing it that way. I think the easiest would be to have the outputs separate.

      In terms of the difference – it allows you to have more control for more over your outputs. For example, you can have one level going into your recorder and a different level going into your PC. Your PC might have different input levels than the recorder and you want to be able to adjust them individually.

      It’s not a HUGE deal, but I just know that when you start using splitters, the cables can start taking over your desk, and if you have a mixer, you might as well use its capabilities 🙂

      Hope that helps. I know it can all be confusing, but you’ll start getting it the more you practice. Eventually, it’ll become second nature 🙂

    • Joe says:

      wow! great. I know I have got more to learn. Yeah in general that’s what I was concerned about too. Using splitters could introduce some noise etc.

      Bottom line, use MAIN OUT and TAPE OUT for outputs going into PC and digital recorder respectively.

      Believe it or not, I am an engineer by profession but still find all this sound/audio stuff confusing. With people like you are willing to share their knowledge, it won’t be long before it will be second nature to me as well.

      I will let you know how my experimentation goes with the cables and podcasting equipment.

      Just to make sure, I am using PR40 mic so I don’t phantom power?

      I’m stepping out to Kids’ sunday school so please note if you see reply from me right away.

      PS: I feel like I’m talking to someone who knows this stuff, makes me feel great 🙂

    • Joe says:

      Sorry to ask another question. Given that I have a typical computer desk, boom that extends upto 44 inches and will be using a mixer, wondering about the length og the XLR cable? Should 5 feet be better or 10 feet is good?

      I guess what I’m wondering is is it ok to wrap the unused portion into a circle without loosing any sound quality?

    • No need to apologize for asking questions. That’s what I’m here for. I would definitely go with the 10 ft. The 5 would work, but sometimes you want to wrap it around stuff depending on how things evolve. Always good to have a little extra 😉

    • John says:

      Great ! Thanks much. I noticed in Leslie’s setup, u use 25 feet long xlr cable, any reason for that? I can buy the 25 feet too as the price difference isn’t much.

      Thanks on answering the phantom power question. You have got yourself another fan. I will sure to send others he who might be looking to start their own podcast.

    • That’s mostly because I always like to go overboard 😉

      The truth is, I like to leave room for expansion. You can always coil the cable up if you need it shorter. And then if my setup gets bigger, I have space to grow. For the small difference in price, I think it’s worth it.

    • You are correct. The PR40 mic is a dynamic mic, so you don’t need to use phantom power. It won’t hurt/damage anything, but it doesn’t add anything to the sound, so you can just leave it off.

      Glad to help 🙂

  • Joe says:

    Hi there Leslie!
    Thanks for your valuable feedback. I see that you don’t use any sound processor and some audio pros swear by it.

    I have seen this recommended by few podcasters out there: Behringer MDX4600 4-Channel Expander/Gate/Compressor/ Peak Limiter

    http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/MDX4600.aspx

    It’s supposed to give you that extra ooomph and radio broadcaster sound.. I also like to go overboard with equipment and like if I can get little edge on the quality by using hardware within reasonable budget.

    What’s your take on it?

    • LOL, you sound like my kinda peoples Joe 😉

      No, I don’t use a sound processor, but they are good to have for tightening up sound. That’s probably the next thing I would add to my setup.

      I haven’t used the behringer personally, but that brand isn’t highly respected among audiophiles. My background is in actual studio recording, so I’m a bit biased and like companies who specialize in what they produce. Behringer makes EVERYTHING, so they aren’t Great at anything. That being said, for podcasting, I know that people have had great results with that device.

      So yeah, I can’t really give much advice on that. I do have a Joemeek compressor that is a pretty good quality, but I haven’t ever plugged it in to test it with podcasting.

    • Joe says:

      hahaha 🙂 LOL! Yeah I’m the kinda dude who piles up top notch equipment before even recording a single thing.

      Yeah I have heard about Behringer’s reputation not being very high when researching mixers. Mackie mixers are better. I think I better hold off on these bells and whistles until I get something out there..but man ebay and craigslist are calling !!!

      Thanks again and I will chime in with any finds in my travels through the web about some nice stuff about audio..

      Cheers until next time!

    • Yeah, with what you have right now, you can do a lot of damage. You don’t need anything else at the moment. Let me know when your podcast is launched.

    • Joe says:

      Indeed!

      One more, can;t promise if this is the last question 🙂

      I’m not able to find 6 feet cable in this configuration:
      Dual 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch cables

      Seems like Amazon carries the 3 feet version and I haven;t been able to locate online.

      Am I being too picky, 3 feet seems too small to offer any flexibility in moving the equipment around a bit.

    • Joe says:

      Thank you very kind sir! That’s much better than the puny 3 feet ..beats me why I wasn’t able to locate it but thanks again.

  • Joe says:

    Hi Leslie,
    You must think that I’m living on your site.. 🙂
    So with Heil PR40 mic securely fit in the shock mount, what if you want to lay back and use some other mic that you can hold in your hands and may be sit on a sofa or something instead of sitting in front of the PR40 boom, what mic do you recommend?

    I’m thinking one could hook up a second mic in the mixer and then either use that for myself when I don’t want to be sitting close to the whole boom,shockmount setup. Or it could be used for a second person who happens to be sitting physically next to me.

    Any decent mics for that purpose? I’m not in position to buy another rod podcaster or PR40.

    • I would seriously consider the Audio Technica ATR-2100. I’m actually VERY impressed with the audio quality of that $35 mic. AND, if you go on the road, you can still record your podcast by plugging it into your Laptop via USB.

    • Joe says:

      Thank you Leslie! for that. It looks great, has XLR and USB. I know this is blog post is more about NOT doing much of post production but let say if you needed to, is Adobe Audition is the better choice? and is it worth investing some time to learn the ropes on that?

    • Yep. I’ve never personally used Adobe Audition, but I know that it’s a pretty awesome program from what I’ve seen. It just all depends on how much editing you care to get into.

      I do plan on testing it out at some point. You know – as soon as I’m able to figure out the secret to having 26 hour days 😉

    • Joe says:

      hehe yeah totally understand that! Only if there were more hours 🙂

      In your video, you (I think jokingly) said about Bossjock Studio that it does a lot of what the hardware setup does. I assume it’s not a replacement of all the hardware setup.

      Not sure where it can fit in the podcasting workflow?

    • Oh, I definitely wasn’t joking. In essence, it does the job of a mixer. Plug in a decent mic and you’d be surprised at the quality you can get from it.

      However, with the setup you have, you can still use it in the workflow. I use it to playback my audio files while I record my podcast. It does a pretty good job.

    • Joe says:

      I guess it does some of the things but can’t handle more than one audio sources as a mixer could. Come on man! I was hoping you would say hardware setup is the best 🙂

      Good point about using it in the workflow for playing little clips or sound effects.

      Not sure how it compares to SoundByte from BlackCatSystem

      http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/soundbyte_rack_cart_machine_radio_automation_software.html

      SoundByte allows to setup sound effects and is available for PC and IPAD. I haven’t used that myself but read about it online.

  • mryeah says:

    Hi Leslie,

    I just bought the Audio Technica ATR-2100 and mixer with Roland and just started to learn and play with it all…. it´s so fun:) !!!

    I´m all set now and soon ready to start podcasting.

    Just want to thank you for all the tips you share.

    You are awesome!

    Kind regards,

    Nic

  • Congrats. I couldn’t figure out how to listen to it though because I don’t understand what’s on the page.

  • The intro sounds GREAT. Great job Niclas 🙂

  • That sounds great Niclas. Awesome job!

  • Hi Leslie. I have a Blue Yeti USB microphone that isn’t XLR capable. I paid over $100 for this microphone and I’d hate not to be able to use it. I love my microphone. I’m looking to connect my microphone to the mixer I’ll be getting. Is there any possible way that my Blue Yeti can be connected to my mixer some other way?

    • Unfortunately, there’s no way to connect a USB mic to a mixer. Do you have an iPhone or iPad? Because Bossjock is a great app that you can use instead of a mixer. It’s also quite simple.

  • Michael Ahrens says:

    Leslie, can you run more than one set of headphones from either of these mixers? I see one out on each of these not sure if there is another way around it.

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