Podcast Production Services
By One of the UK's Top Podcast Consultancy & Production Companies
We'll help design your show, sort the tech & support recording, then edit & produce the result. Work with us to get your message out!
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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.”
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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.”
As someone who literally had no idea how to go about starting a podcast I am so glad I 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 a mentor throughout. If you want to concentrate on creating great content for your show, hire the Podcast Host to worry about everything else!
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Despite my 30 years of experience in programme-making, Colin’s insight into what makes a 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!
CEO, Broadstance Media
Colin has 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. Colin was instrumental in assisting us, from assisting us with a theme tune to giving us useful content to use in our podcasts. We have turned from Podcast Plebs into to Podcast Prim-donnas! We would recommend Colin to anyone.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What type of projects do you take on?
We’re happy to chat about any project, but I’ll admit, we do turn down a fair few. Here’s a couple of examples of the types of projects we’ll take on:
- Podcast Launch – designing the show, figuring out equipment, coaching you on planning and recording, and creating a promotion plan.
- Series Production – working with you to create and produce a themed series of episodes, usually 8 at a minimum.
Q: What type of projects do you NOT do?
Right now, we’re only taking on larger projects, so if you’re looking to have anything less than 8 episodes produced, then we can recommend you someone else for the job.
We also don’t take on weekly production work. We’re happy to work with you on a regular basis – for example producing a new series every few months – but we don’t provide a weekly service. Again, we’ve got good partners for that
Q: What are the usual costs for this?
Ok, you probably know I’m about to say, “Well, it depends….”
But, I can give you a ball-park.
Our ‘standard’ launch package includes a lot of help around designing the show, setting up equipment, presenting skills and content planning. Then we’ll edit, produce and publish your first 4 episodes. For an average show that would be in the region of £1000.
Then, to edit further episodes, it’s around £100 per episode, with discounts for larger projects of 8 episodes or more.
Read the question a little further down about ‘standard’ episodes to get an idea what this includes.
For highly produced shows, such as bringing together multiple interviews, picking out highlights, adding narration, beds, etc, the time escalates quickly. So, we’re happy to talk about your particular situation.
Q: What do you do to Produce an Episode?
We tailor the process for every podcast – everyone’s a little different after all – but here’s a general idea of what we do:
We take a copy of all of your audio files for that episode
We take your notes on what you want included, what you want cut, and what order it should be in.
OR, we can help you figure this out, for more complex shows.
We take your written show notes, including a 1 paragraph intro to the episode.
We chop up the audio to match the episode plan and structure we’ve already worked out.
We add title music, outro music, and audio transitions between each segment
We produce the audio to make it sound sweet – EQ, compression, etc, as needed
We export the finished episode and include all the necessary ID3 details, including a description (remember that 1 paragraph intro from earlier?)
We upload the audio to your media hosting space
We can create a page on your website for the episode and include the audio file for playing there, if required.
We can publish the audio file on your website as a podcast episode, adding it to your RSS feed, if required.
Q: What does a 'standard' episode edit look like?
A: Here’s a normal process – what you might call the ‘standard.’ We can take up to 5 separate audio recordings and stitch them together into your episode. We always top and tail each clip as standard – that means taking off the silence, or the extra bits that aren’t part of the show, at the start and end. You just need to have a listen and tell us where each file starts and ends, by time. We can do a little extra editing as needed, such as cutting out some parts from inside the audio file. If you make a false start and have to redo a section at 10 mins and 25 seconds in, you can let us know, and we’ll cut it out. All you need to do is give us exact timings of where you want to cut, eg. “From 10 minutes and 25 seconds to 11 minutes and 12 seconds”. We can do these extra internal cuts up to 10 times for each episode.
Q: Can you show me some of your bigger, high profile projects?
A: Yep, we’ve worked on some good projects over the years!
We recently worked with Blackadders, a nationwide solicitor in Scotland, to create the first season of their show.
We helped them design the concept, create the branding, collate their equipment, trained them in planning and recording, and then edited and produced all 8 episodes of that first season. We then set up the website and published the show for them.
We also worked with STV, a UK TV station, to create a companion podcast for one of their prime-time TV shows: Scammers.
The show producer collected the raw material, and we helped her turn it into a complex, narrative-based series of episodes. I really think it showcases some of the best podcast material to come out of the UK right now.
Q: What are the Timescales for producing a show?
Again, this depends on how complex the show is, but we can generally produce a normal type of episode (3 to 5 audio files, linked together, that don’t require a massive amount of internal editing) within two weeks of you delivering us the files. Of course, if we’re editing, say, 5 episodes in a batch, we can generally do that within the same timeframe, given enough notice. The editing itself doesn’t take 2 weeks, it’s about scheduling it into our work.
Q: What does your Launch Package cost and include?
Our Launch package costs £995 (approx $1350) for a ‘standard’ show.
In the launch package, you get podcast design, equipment support, planning/recording training and website setup support. Then, once you’ve started recording, we’ll edit, produce and publish your first 4 episodes. Again, that’s based on the ‘standard’ episode edit you can see elsewhere in these FAQs.
We can edit further episodes to make up a larger season for around £100 per episode.
Q: What About my Ums and Ehhs....?
We’re happy to take out as many of these as you like when we’re editing a show, but we don’t go through and remove every single one as standard. If this is something you’re really keen to have done, we can definitely build it in, but be warned, it’s pretty time consuming. It’s a long process to do it for an entire show, and still make it sound good. Instead, this is something that we’ll work with you to remove from your speech in the first place. As you Podcast more, you’ll learn to stop umming and ahhing, and it’ll disappear even quicker with our help. There’s nothing like listening to yourself speak for a few episodes to improve your presentation style quick-smart!
Q: What do I Need to do in the Process?
A: Good question. While we’ll be taking on the grunt work, there are still a few things we need from you.
Audio recordings – we need you to create amazing content in audio file form, and send them through to us! Don’t worry, we can tell you how to do it, of course, but we don’t normally do the speaking for you.
Editing notes – we need you to write down instructions on what’s in and what’s out. Tell us what order the audio files go in, where they start and finish, and any sections that need chopped out. Again, we can work with you on this in some cases.
Show notes – It’s up to you what you put in your show notes, but the minimum requirement is a short description of the episode, perhaps 50 to 100 words. This goes on the episode page and in the description field on the audio file. Ideally, you’ll write a 300+ word page including the description and a little about the resources and people you talked about during the episode. Have a look here for an example.
Q: Can you take care of the show notes too?
A: Yes, we can indeed. We know that show notes are a pretty big pain for podcasters. They take a lot of time to put together! Because of that, the cost depends heavily on your format, your show length and a few other factors. So, if you’re interested in this, let’s have a chat about it.
Q: Can You Get Good Intro Music for my Podcast?
A: The basic option here is for us to source some standard royalty free music for you. This will be a track from a normal music library that you can use on your show, and would normally be played either as an intro by itself, or perhaps with you speaking over it. It’s possible that these tunes can crop up elsewhere on the web or on other podcasts, but it’s not that likely since there’s such a large choice.
The second option is to commission custom professional intros and outros from a professional FX production company we partner with. This includes a much more exclusive high quality piece of music, a professional voiceover introducing your show and plenty of processing and FX to make it really stand out from the crowd. This costs around £140/$200.
There’s no need to go for the latter – it’s really just an optional extra for those that want to really invest in their audio branding, getting something really pro right out of the gate. Most of the time I’d recommend going for the free, standard option for the first wee while and then upgrading if it becomes obvious the show is working for you.