Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac
Now in my tenth year of being a podcaster, it is by no means surprising that one of the topics I’m asked about over and over again is how to start podcasting. I always recommend starting off with the minimum essentials and then slowly building up your gear as you go along. In other words, don’t make a huge investment in hardware and software initially. You can always upgrade and enhance your set up as you go along. This way, if you find it is something that isn’t for you or perhaps you simply don’t have the time you thought you would had when you first decided on doing it, you can stop without having invested too much money into it.
Of course, that is just a bit of general advice I give to anyone just starting out in the field. It doesn’t cover specific technical questions or what gear may be needed, and so on.
Podcasting has come a long way in its first ten years. In many ways, people starting out now are more fortunate as they can build on the experience of others and there are more resources available today that they can take advantage of now.
Even still, sometimes finding information is hard and is scattered across the net. If you are using the Mac platform, one resource that has it all in one place as for knowing technically how to create a podcast is an ebook by Andy Affleck titled, Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac, Third Edition.
I first met Andy back in 2008 at the New Media Expo in Las Vegas, NV. He along with a group of other podcasters, including myself, came together after hours to discuss the ins and outs of using GarageBand in producing a podcast. Since that time, I had gone off using a couple other audio editing software packages before coming back full circle with it.
In this latest edition of Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac, Andy explores choosing the right microphone, picking audio software, recording tips, recording in the studio and out in the field, recording interviews on the net, mixing and editing of your audio, encoding your files for distribution, and syndicating them. He also explores what other podcasts do. Among those other podcasters, you may recognize one of them to be yours truly. Besides myself, other podcasters profiled in this book are Chuck Joiner (MacVoices), Kelly Guimont (Ask TUAW), and Kirk McElhearn (The Committed).
The ebook is only $10 and can be obtained here (or below): Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac, Third Edition. This is also where you fill find more information about the book, sample some of it for free, and more. You can buy it directly with the button below. (Note: The link above and buy button below are affiliate links).