There is no one way that a podcast setup looks like. Everyone’s podcasting set up is different. It honestly depends on what equipment you have in your arsenal, what you use and how you use it. There are plenty of ways to have your set-up, and there is no definite or specific way that you have to do it. Everyone is different, everyone’s podcast is different, their decisions and reasonings are different, their equipment and set-up will be different. There is no one way to do things, and podcasting is no different. While there are always plenty of options on how to do it, there is no one specific way that is has to be done. You are not restricted in any sense, but some ways are easier than others. It all just depends on how you want to proceed and move forward with it. So let’s talk about what a podcast setup looks like.
First let’s talk about what you have to work with. What kind of podcast are you going to be running or working on? What kind of equipment do you already own? Do you have a podcast microphone, or something to record with? Do you have a Digital Audio Workstation on your computer, or a DAW? Do you have something that you can edit your audio files on? What will you be using to record your audio with? How many voices will you be recording? How many microphones do you need, and how many do you have already? If you are looking to get more equipment, what exactly are you looking for? Do you have enough space for everything that you need?
It is important to have all of your information before you get started. You don’t want to be a step or two into the process and then find yourself stalling because you forgot something. Once all of your questions have been answered appropriately, you can think about the process of recording your podcast. It really is quite simple to set up, depending on your equipment and what you are using, how elaborate your set up is. But remember: there is no one way to do this. Everyone has their own way they want to do it, their own way in which they are comfortable in making their podcast.
It’s quite simple to do, too. It just depends on what you have to use and how you want to proceed with recordings. If you have a handheld microphone or a something that works on its own, you can record straight into that if you are doing a monologue or are recording foley or something for the background. You can hook up your microphone usually directly into your computer, change the input settings in your DAW and be good to go and record straight into your workstation. You can hook up multiple microphones and headsets into a mixer and have a better handle on live recording as you go as well. You can add foley noise in later and edit it in your workstation.
There are plenty of ways for you to set up your podcast and work on it. For more information on how to set up a basic podcast, check out the article below.
Your setup is going to depend on what you have in regards to equipment. Everyone is different, especially in this situation. As long as you are comfortable, have equipment and technology that works and that you know how to use, you will get along just fine. The real trouble comes when equipment doesn’t work and you are maybe using things that you are unaware how to, or maybe you are trying to do too many things at once with your podcast.
There is also no shame in starting small and building up. So let’s say, right now, that maybe you have one microphone that uses a USB and gets plugged right into your computer. There’s a DAW on your computer, so that is one less thing that you have to worry about. You feel sad that you only have one microphone. You feel like your setup could be bigger, that it could be better. But right now, that just isn’t in your cards–you have other priorities that you need to take care of that are taking precedence. So your podcast equipment starts out small. That’s okay! There is always room for improvement and advancement and as time goes on, that can definitely happen. You are not stuck in one position and you won’t be. Once you get settled and are use to the way you are working, it will only get easier for you to incorporate new things.
Just remember that everyone is different, so their podcasts and setups will also be different. There is no one way to do things, and there is always a community of people around you for help and support.
Keep on listening and keep creating,