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How to create audio for podcasts / streaming

2021-02-25

Theme:Tips & Useful Info, PA

This time, I would like to introduce methods for recording & editing audio data for streaming podcasts, and what kind of products should be purchased to get started.

【Level 0】

Voice streaming using a PC or smartphone! All you need is a PC / tablet device or a smartphone! This is a method of recording audio for a podcast using the built-in microphone of the device. You can start anywhere for the time being.

【Level 1】

Just connect to your PC! High-quality sound delivery by connecting a USB microphone!

Another method is to connect a USB microphone to a PC. All you need is a PC, a USB microphone, and recording software! If you’re doing simple recording & editing, you can easily use free software or GarageBand on Mac.

【Level 2】

High-quality sound recording with audio interface

If you have an audio interface with a mic input that supports Phantom power, you can record on your PC / Mac using a dynamic mic or condenser mic. If you want to stick to a recording microphone, it's common to use an audio interface. Mixers with an interface function are easy to operate and volume adjustments and so on are easy to carry out.

*When using for live streaming or video conferencing, even if there are multiple microphone inputs on the interface, the number of inputs and interface functions may be limited depending on the specs of the application being used. A multi-functional audio interface with a large number of inputs and outputs is designed to show its full specifications when combined with DAW software.

【Level 3】

Recording and editing audio with DAW software

Let’s try editing the recorded signal with DAW software. You can create a higher level podcast program by cutting and pasting audio wherever you like, adjusting the overall volume, adding a jingle for scene changes, and inserting your favorite audio data / background music.

→Lessons for beginners/Choose music production software

→ DAW (sequence software) link

【Level 4】

Further improve voice quality with plug-in software

Let's adjust the sound further by using plug-in software available with DAW software. Most DAW software comes with spatial processing effects such as reverb and delay, as well as EQ and limiters to optimize the sound quality. When used properly, they’re also useful for adjusting the sound to make it easier to hear, and for producing effects such as sound effects as part of your program. If your DAW software is compatible with external plug-ins, you can add a variety of plug-ins that may be of use later. By using plug-in software such as noise redcution during recording, overall sound pressure adjustment, and filter processing for radio voices, the degree of freedom in editing is further increased.

→ Plugin category

【Other items】

Convenient items for streaming Part 1. Monitor headphones

It’s useful when monitoring the audio to stream, checking recorded data, and mastering. The difference from general listening headphones is that the sound quality is faithful to the original. Many monitor headphones have characteristic of having high resolution and flat sounds for due to their use, and are ideal for checking how the sound through microphone is. When recording while monitoring, it’s recommended to use closed-type headphones so that the microphone doesn’t pick up the sound from headphones.

→ Headphones for streaming

Convenient items for streaming Part 2. Sound absorbing panels

Depending on the recording environment, the reverb in the room interferes and you may not be able to record the sound you imagined. The sound absorbing panels reduce the reverb sound in the room to some extent and create the recording environment. How about using it when the reverb bothers you and the recording place is limited?

→ Accessories for streaming

What did you think? In addition to the items introduced here, we have a wealth of equipment useful for streaming and podcasting. Please look for various items with your own eyes that you may like.

→ Podcast link

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