You’ve chosen a topic, defined your show, created a plan, committed to yourself and your audience that you’re going to start a podcast, but how do you get started with recording? If you’ve never attempted to record yourself it could be a little intimidating. Don’t worry, it is easier than you might think once you’ve armed yourself with just a little basic knowledge on the gear you need and how to operate it.
Once you’ve got some podcast equipment and secured a quiet room, you’re ready to get started.
Step 1. Plug your audio interface into your computer, make sure the interface is powered on.
Step 2. Attach your microphone to your stand or boom arm, if using a shock mount or pop filter, attach those as well.
Step 3. Connect one end of your XLR cable to your microphone and the other to input #1 on your audio interface. If you have more than one microphone for additional guests, connect them to the additional inputs on your interface.
Step 4. Plug your headphones into your audio interface. With Vocaster you can control your headphone volume easily and adjust whilst recording.
Step 5. Open your chosen recording application and create a new session. Be sure to name it something that is relevant to the show you’ll be recording such as: 2022–06–01 My Podcast Name & Topic – be sure to save it in a location you’ll remember.
Step 6. Make sure your interface is chosen for the input and output device in your recording application’s settings.
- Hindenburg – this can be found by navigating to the preferences menu, selecting the Audio tab, then choosing your interface for both Playback and Record.
- Audacity – this can be found in the dropdown menus in the top bar
- GarageBand – this can be found by navigating to the preferences menu then choosing the Audio/MIDI tab and selecting your interface as both the input and output device.
Step 7. Adjust the gain setting on your audio interface. On a Focusrite Vocaster, Scarlett, or Clarett it is very easy to set your microphone level; turn the gain knob clockwise while speaking into the mic and when it glows red, turn it back counterclockwise just until it doesn’t glow red anymore, that should be a perfect level. With Vocaster, this is even simpler by using Auto Gain to set the microphone levels for you. ………
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