Radio and podcasting will forever be linked. There just isn’t a way around it. When you are broadcasting audio content, which is what podcasting generally is, it will be compared to the forerunner in the field, which is radio. And while radio is shooting itself in the foot on a daily basis, it’s still the 400 pound gorilla in the room that podcasting is compared to.
But radio has covered a lot of technical ground over the years, and that is experience we can all benefit from. What many (and probably most) of us are doing is similar enough to radio content that we could get everything we need done with tools that are very similar to those in a radio station. We may not have the budget of a new studio, but there are ways to get around most the spending that goes into a typical radio studio installation.
Radio stations have some very specific needs that you don’t find in your typical live sound rig or a bedroom studio, things like playback, handling phone calls, or live streaming. We’re going to cover some of that in this series. And along the way, find some fun uses that may inspire you to do a little more with what you already have.
I will say now, some of the things I will be talking about will be things that do cost money. I understand that this is going to scare some people away, but it also helps to know what you are looking at, so you can make more informed decisions. I’m a big fan of good sound quality, and as podcasting gets more listenable and sound more professional (or at least not like it’s coming down a phone line), the audience is going to grow. And growing the overall podcast audience is going to grow your individual audience as well.
Here is a look at my studio, which I just finished putting the final pieces together for. It covers almost everything I could want in a podcasting studio:
In the coming weeks, I’ll detail what the pieces are doing, as well as how to set them up and use them effectively together. I’m looking forward to it, and I hope you are as well.