The whole purpose of the work we do here on the podcast and in the podwize co-op is to draw back the curtain on the podcasting space and demystify the processes, both for hosts and guests. But even then, there are some elements that can seem off-putting, particularly if you’re just beginning to explore using podcasts to increase your visibility.
Podcast audio and microphones can feel like a roadblock when you’re just starting out. It can seem so confusing that it might even put you off getting your voice out there at all.
My guest today is self-confessed audio geek Steve Woodward. Steve has been involved with home and studio recording projects since he was at school. Alongside this, he worked in arts marketing for over 20 years, specializing in creating and editing clear and persuasive copy. He now combines his audio and copy-editing skills to work on podcasts, founding the Podcasting Editor brand in 2019.
Steve has been the editor on the Go Pitch Yourself podcast from the very beginning and we share a dislike of posturing and what he calls ‘flexing’. We had a lot of fun in our conversation, but I hope we also lay to rest a few podcast audio myths and persuade you that sometimes good enough can be good enough.
Podcast Audio Made Simple with Steve Woodward
Topics covered include:
- Steve’s background, and what he does as a podcast editor
- Why certain areas in the podcasting space can create barriers to engagement – and Steve’s refreshing take on microphones
- Simple ways that you can get comfortable recording podcast audio at home – and how to improve your sound
- If you’re launching your own podcast, why you should envision your best-case scenario and plan for growth
- Podcast hosting services, how to record remote interviews, and deciding whether to hire an editor or do it yourself – with a discussion of various programs which will help you do just that!
I hope that you enjoy this episode and that the technical aspects of mic technique, audio, and editing no longer seem so off-puttingly exclusive! If there’re any key moments that really resonated with you, as always please let me know. Record a message at speakpipe.com/GPY or let me know on IG @angie_trueblood.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Please note: links marked with an asterisk are affiliate links. Steve may receive a small commission if you purchase which will not affect the price you pay.
- This episode is sponsored by the podwize co-op. Visit angietrueblood.training/coop to find out more
- Book a discovery call or a 1:1 Fix My Pitch strategy session
- Follow Angie on Instagram – and submit your screenshots when you’re ready to Go Pitch Yourself
- Visit Steve at The Podcasting Editor
- Connect with Steve on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
- The YouTube tutorial Steve mentions, 6 Tips for Setting up the Blue Yeti Microphone
- The personal vocal booth Steve talked about (please note: this page even includes an origin song!)
- Microphone brands: Shure, Blue, Audio Technica, Moano*
- Podcast hosting services discussed: Buzzsprout*, Spreaker*, Captivate*, Transistor*
- Remote interview recording: Squadcast , Zoom, Zencastr
- Desktop Audio Workstations (DAWs): Garageband (Mac only), Cakewalk (PC only, Audacity (Mac, PC, Linux)
- Audio editing: Descript*, Alitu*
- If you have a question or a comment, either email or leave a message for Angie at speakpipe.com/GPY
Now it’s time for you to get out there and Go Pitch Yourself! Be sure to screenshot this episode and tag me on Instagram @angie_trueblood and let me know that you are ready to #gopitchyourself! I’ll add your post to my story and help you spread the word!
Can’t wait to connect again!
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Special thanks to Steve Woodward at PodcastingEditor.com for handling all the behind-the-scenes tech pieces of production.