Cheap Podcasting is Possible

This low budget podcasting tutorial will help you get set up to podcast, and it won't cost you an arm and a leg. Remember, Podcasting is simply the idea of creating an MP3 audio file that can be downloaded to a digital device so that you can listen to the program -- a song, a lecture, an interview, a rant, whatever -- at a time and in a place of your own choosing. Before creating your first podcast, it will help to know the difference, however, between a podcast and a simple audio file.

A simple audio file linked to a web page is not a podcast. The ability to subscibe to a feed is what separates this from a podcast.

The links to audio files in the box below meet the definition of a podast.
The difference between these and a simple audio file is that they are MP3 files stored on a web server that have been linked via an RSS feed so that anyone who wants to subscribe to them can do so by entering the address to the RSS file into their MP3 device. If you have a MyYahoo account, for example. you can enter the address to the RSS feed for this site and subscribe to the podcasts. That means that any time you login to your MyYahoo account it will include updated information about these podcasts on your MyYahoo page.

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Click on the RSS Feed link above to see the feed for podcasts at the Guides and Tutorials site.

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If you wanted to subscrive to the Guides and Tutorials podcasts, all you need to do is to login to a site like MyYahoo and add content to your page by copying the URL address to the RSS feed for this site. Then every time you login to MyYahoo, the information from Guides and Tutorials will be updated.

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RSS files work the same for podcasts as news feeds work for text based content. You can paste the newsfeed into your MyYahoo page or a news reader and stay up on any new information about the content you are subscribing to.

What do you need to produce a podcast?

  • Podcasting is not a complicated process that requires complex software or tools.
  • You don't need an iPod to podcast; any device that plays MP3's will do.
  • It's so simple that an hour from now, you could be a podcaster.
  • It's really a straight forward and simple process and these tutorials will help you create your first podcast.
  • All you need to produce a podcast is a microphone, a computer, and a connection to the Internet.

Listen to the sample audo files below recorded with very cheap to expensive equipment.

The $2 podcast - Sample $2 podcast
This is a good example of podcasting on the cheap. This podcast was produced with a 15 year old cassette tape recorder purchased for $2 at a garage sale. The audio file was recorded on the cassette recorder and then played into the computer via the microphone jack where it was digitized in Audacity. The sound file was processed in Audcacity using the effects tools including noise reduction, compression, and equalization. A music track was added and the file was then exported as an MP3 file and uploaded to the server. The total time from recording in the cassette to MP3 production was about 20 minutes.

The $40 podcast - Sample $40 podcast
This podcast was produced using a Logitech USB Headset Microphone (about $40). The USP mic was plugged into the computer and recorded using free Audacity software. The audio file was processed using effects tools: noise reduction, compression, normalization, and bass boost to increase the quality of the sound. A music track was added and it was encoded as an MP3 file and uploaded to the server.

The $600 podcast - Sample $600 podcast
This podcast was produced using a Shure SM32 Cardioid Condenser microphone connected to the computer using a Lexicon Omega USB Audio Interface. It was recorded using Audacity and no sound processing was applied.

 


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