Do you want to start a podcast?
Podcasting is a great way to share value and build your brand. It’s one of the easiest ways to get your thoughts out to an audience.
But some of your favorite shows have expensive microphones, recorders, and mixers to get that studio-quality sound. Others have the benefit of editing, mixing, and mastering their content.
These factors should not discourage you from starting your own podcast.
In fact, if you have an iPhone or iPad to your name, you too can start a podcast!
In this post, we’re going to cover the simple steps you can take to record, edit, and publish your podcast with your phone or tablet. This will come in handy if you’re on a budget or have to create a spontaneous podcast episode.
This will not be completely free, but you can take things up a notch with inexpensive purchases.
Technically, you can record your iPhone with just a compatible headset.
However, based on your iPhone model, you may not have the standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
And Apple’s Airpods would pick up your audio and almost everything else in the background.
So you will need a microphone that can connect to your iPhone.
You can pick up an inexpensive lavalier mic, aka a ‘lav mic.’ A lav mic is a thin chorded mic that you can clip to your body, similar to those you see on news anchors or TV hosts.
For instance, the Rode SC6-L Mobile Interview Kit comes with a Lightning Adapter and 2 lav mics. You can plug your lav mic into the adapter, then plug the adapter into the lightning port on the phone. There are actually 2 connections for mics, which means you can even perform an interview with your phone.
You can also try the iQ6 and iQ7 microphones from Zoom. These mics plug directly into the lightning port, turning your phone into a recorder with condenser microphones. Adding an inexpensive microphone can take your podcast audio to another level.
With a limited budget, you would need to make sure there is as little background noise or distractions as possible. That way, you won’t have to worry about extensive editing work. When using your iPhone or iPad for recording, make sure to put the device in Do Not Disturb mode and turn off notifications. That way, you won’t have to worry about calls or pings that mess with your interview.
Even with the mic, you should reduce as much background, echo, or ambient noise as possible. Record your podcasts in a small room or space. If that’s not possible, look for a room with soft surfaces like carpet, soft sofas, and rugs. Hard surfaces will bounce the sound around, making an unpleasant listening experience. Other options include inside your car, closet, or work office. You can also invest in some acoustic foam and line a box that you can place your phone and mic inside to dampen as much echo as possible.
After finding a place or setup to record and testing your mic, it’s time to record. Your iPhone comes with a Voice Memos app so that you can record your podcast with ease. Just boot up your app and hit the red ‘record’ button, and you’re on your way. The voice memo app does not have many options, but you can still trim off parts you don’t need before editing elsewhere. I like the Voice Memos app since it can also sync with your other Apple devices, so you have your recording just in case your phone goes missing.
You can also record your podcast in the Garageband App. Garageband has been around since 2005, and it’s a native Apple desktop app to record and edit music. However, podcasters have been using it for years to manage, edit, and mix their audio. Once you download the app, you can use the Audio Recorder option under the Tracks Tab.
After you click the ‘+’ and make some simple settings adjustments, you can start recording your podcast. Garageband then allows you to add intro music, your ad rolls, and adjust your audio levels. When you’re done, you can share or download your content to publish.
To successfully publish your podcast, you’re going to need a podcast hosting service. A podcast service stores your content so that listeners can download it to their devices so they can listen to your podcast. To do this, you’ll need to generate an RSS feed to share with libraries like Apple and Spotify.
Podcast hosting services can store all your audio files (dependent on your subscription plan) and create your RSS feed to get you published. There are several podcast hosting services on the market. But what if there was one where you can record, edit, host, and publish your podcast in the same app? Luckily, there are a few who want to make podcasting as easy as possible.
Spreaker is a popular podcast hosting service that allows you to record, host, and distribute your content all in one place. You can generate an RSS feed and share your podcast with popular platforms like Google Podcast, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and more. With built-in analytics and monetization through ads, Spreaker is a great all-in-one platform. For $20 a month, you get all these, plus the ability to create limited access podcasts.
Spreaker has taken things another step with their iOS and Android apps. You can record, edit, and distribute your content from the app. Once you download the app and create your account, you can simply hit record to start your episode. After the session, you can trim the audio or insert an intro or ad roll using their editing options. From there, you can publish the finished product directly to your preferred libraries through your RSS feed.
It’s easy to believe that you can’t start your podcast without hundreds of dollars worth of equipment. Yes, with a few hundred dollars, you can create studio-quality content. But what if you don’t have that? Sometimes you have to start with what you have and what you can afford. Your iPhone/iPad, an inexpensive mic, and some hosting are all that you need. Staying lean also helps to keep you accountable and helps you understand the basics. Podcasting takes some time to experience growth, but it can be a lucrative, fulfilling journey, even from your phone.
Need help setting up, running, and growing your podcast? Sign up for my email list for tips, recommendations, and strategies to make the most of your experience.