Here are a few tips for setting up your space before you start recording:
- Try to find a SOFT LOCATION to record your audio. Look for quiet locations with textured surfaces (try to steer away from large, open areas with smooth surfaces that audio waves can bounce off of) where you can be comfortable spending hours on end.
- Try to find a location that is CONTROLLABLE. Before setting up your recording space, go to the area where you are going to record and just listen. Are there any background noises? If so, is there anything you can do about the background noise? You can turn off air conditioner or (temporarily) unplug a refrigerator to remove background noise, but there is little you can do about noisy neighbors or the sound of traffic from a nearby motorway.
- Prepare a script (to the extent your podcast requires): Some podcasts are very structured and regimented while some are more casual and loose. Depending on how much your podcast depends on being scripted, take the time to develop a working script. If your podcast is about true crime or heavily utilizes statistics, include this information into your script to serve as a reference.
- Make arrangements with potential podcast co-hosts or guests: Very few podcasts feature only one voice; most podcasts make use of the act of conversation. Coordinate with co-hosts or guest to arrange a time to meet -- either in-person or virtually -- and discuss what you'll be covering in the podcast to give everyone involved time to prepare.
- Here are some resources to help with the pre-production phase of podcasting:
Google Docs - excellent free resource for collaborative note taking
Microsoft Teams - used by businesses and project teams to easily communicate and share documents
Slack - great tool for connecting and collaborating with team members