Course summary

  • 41 in-depth lessons
  • 35 video tutorials
  • 6 text guides
  • 25 action-prompting tasks
  • 1.06 hour video tutorials
  • 26 in-depth lessons
  • 29 video tutorials
  • text summary for every lesson
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Matthew McLean

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Matthew McLean

Head of Audio Production

Matthew is the head of audio production at The Podcast Host, taking care of both client podcasts and our own shows alike. He also produces audio dramas galore, and talks enthusiastically about them on the Audio Drama Production podcast every week.

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Choosing Your Podcast Equipment

Pick the Right Gear & Learn How It Works

There's an almost infinite choice of podcasting equipment on the market today. And whilst choice can be a great thing, it can also have its downsides – overwhelm being one of them.

In short, you'll learn:

  • How to create a great setup

    Figure out a quick & easy setup, which still delivers brilliant quality.

  • How to record with others

    Recording in-person or online, how to record 2 or more people.

  • How to use mixers and other kit

    Delving into advanced kit? Here's recorders, mixers & more!

Course outline

What We Cover

Recording with more than one mic

Text: Introduction to Multiple Mics

Recording with 2 USB Mics
Video: In Adobe Audition (1:56)
Video: In Reaper (1:25)

Using Multiple Mics With The Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB Preamp
Video: Into Adobe Audition On a PC (1:36)
Video: Into Adobe Audition On a Mac (1:33)

Video: Recording With 4 Microphones (3:21)
Video: Recording Into Audacity With 2 XLR Mics (2:23)

Podcasting with a Digital Recorder

Text: Introduction
Video: Zoom H1 – The Basic Recorder (4:42)
Video: Using the Zoom H1 with External Mics (1:52)
Video: Zoom H5 – The Pro Recorder (2:52)
Video: Recording With The Zoom H5 (3:16)
Video: Using The Zoom H5 With XLR Mics (2:07)
Video: Using The Zoom H5 With Lav Mics (2:04)
Video: Setting Gain on the Zoom H5 (5:50)

Setting up your recording space

Video: Boom Arms (2:02)
Text: Introduction
Video: Table Stands (0:34)
Video: Connecting a Pop Shield to a Mic Stand (1:02)
Video: Pop Filters & Windjammers (0:41)
Video: Connecting a USB Mic to PC (3:25)
Video: Recording Settings (2:37)Text: Controlling Reverb

Recording audio

Text: Introduction
Video: What Are XLR & USB Microphones? (1:16)
Video: What Are Dynamic & Condenser Microphones? (1:53)
Video: What Does Input & Output Mean? (0:34)
Video: Background Noise Vs Noisefloor (1:22)
Video: What Is Reverb? (1:28)
Video: Monitor your recordings (0:55)
Video: Distance From Mic (1:28)
Video: What’s The Difference Between a WAV & an MP3 File? (1:20)
Video: What Is “Gain” and How Do You Set It? (5:50)

Common cables & connections

Text: Introduction
Video: 3.5mm Connections (0:28)
Video: TS, TRS, & TRRS Plugs (1:55)
Video: Quarter Inch (1/4) (0:27)
Video: Splitters (0:49)
Video: XLR Cables & Connections (0:24)
Video: XLR & 1/4 (0:32)
Video: RCA Cables & Connections (0:26)

What podcast equipment do I need?

Text:I Want to Run a Solo/Monologue Podcast
Text: I Want to Run a Skype/Online Interview or Co-Hosted Podcast
Text: I Want to Run an On-Location In-Person Interview or Co-Hosted Podcast
Video: I Want to Run a Home Studio-Based In-Person Interview or Co-Hosted Podcast (2:52) (3:16) (2:07)
Video: Do I Need a Mixer? (4:29)
Text: I Want a Complete Podcasting Studio

What Our Customers Are Saying

Don't just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!

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My experience with ThePodCastHost made my podcast launch possible. I overcame a lot of my fears early on. I highly recommend The PodCast Host to anyone. I owe The PodCast Host a tremendous debt of gratitude.

Arjay
The Digital Wealth Digest Podcast
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I only have great things to say about The Podcast Host. Not only in the quality of their production work, but also with their knowledge and insights around technology, equipment & advice in podcasting.

Richard Brown
Director, The Property Voice
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Colin is the man when it comes to helping you launch a podcast or improving your podcasting skills. The online courses were invaluable and his advice along the way superb.

Andrew Hart
Financial Advisor, The Voyantist
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Colin and his team have been a massive help in setting up our series of podcasts. My colleagues and I went into the world of podcasting knowing nothing. However with Colin's support, it turned a really legal podcast into something fresh and exciting.

Simon Allison
Partner & Specialist in Employment Law, Blackadders LLP
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As someone who literally had no idea how Lo go about starting a podcast am so glad found Colin! If I hadn't signed up for the Producer Package then I know I would have become completely overwhelmed and would never have managed to bring my podcasting plans to fruition. I'm going to be honest and say that I worried about the monthly cost but I can safely say that it is indeed money well spent. The time I have saved trying to learn to do all of the things that Colin took off my hands has been spent creating good content and building my platform. Colin and the team have a great system going. Everything is streamlined and easy and [the team are] there as mentor throughout. If you want to concentrate on creating great content for your show, hire the Podcast Host to worry about everything else!"

Julie Christie
Julie Christie Photography
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Despite my 30 years of experience in programme-making, Colin and his team's insight into what makes : podcast compelling is invaluable. I would strongly advise any first-time podcaster to bring The Podcast Host on board as your podcast coach, partner and safety net. Both he and Matthew were calm, reassuring and had endless patience whenever I stumbled and got me back up and running quickly, with even more knowledge as a bonus. I honestly wouldn't make a podcast without them and I'd strongly suggest, neither should you!

Jackie Brambles
CEO, Broadstance Media

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