Podcasting started in 2004, but its popularity has experienced exponential growth in recent years. In 2018, approximately 128 million Americans listened to podcasts, with 48 million listening weekly, according to the Infinite Dial Study conducted by Edison Research and Triton Digital. With this surge in podcast popularity, many organizations are thinking about entering the podcast world. The good news is starting a podcast doesn't have to be complicated, stressful or expensive.
Here is everything to need to start a podcast:
A good microphone.
A high-quality microphone is the most important thing every podcaster needs. Sound quality is not something that you should compromise on. You will want to have a microphone for each person you plan to have on the podcast. Some of the most popular microphones currently on the market are the Rode Procaster, MXL990, Shure SM58, Blue Yeti, and Heil PR40.
A pop filter.
When recording, it’s important not to get too close to the microphone or “p” sounds and “b” sounds can come off very harsh and muffled, which will lower the sound quality. A pop filter not only helps to you to keep a little distance between yourself and the microphone, but it also helps subtly filter out those harsh “popping” sounds as well as some background noise. A pop filter is a cheap and effective way to make the sound quality that much better.
Headphones are an important part of podcasting, especially if you plan to do the recording yourself. Headphones will allow you to hear the audio that is being recorded while it’s recording. This enables you to hear and fix any audio problems that may come up during the recording.
Recording and editing software.
Recording and editing software is definitely a necessity for creating a podcast, but that doesn’t mean it has to cost a lot. Garageband or Audacity are two free programs that work perfectly for recording and editing your podcast.