Colin started The Podcast Host back in 2011, with the aim of helping as many people start podcasting as possible. One of the biggest barriers to that is equipment, software and tools!
So, this page is designed to bring together all of the resources we love in one easy-to-find place. No matter what stage you’re at, you can find the tools you need here.
PART 1: PODCAST EQUIPMENT
Digital Recorders for Podcasting
Digital recorders offer flexibility in location, and add reliability, avoiding software crashes or glitches during recording. You'll see we're fans of the Zoom range, and use them for everything!
Best budget option, with a decent internal mic.
Ultimate podcast recorder with 4 XLR inputs, call recording capabilities, and sound pads.
Video is great for running Skype interviews, live broadcasting your podcasts or recording episode highlights for YouTube. Here's how to capture it.
The best bar none – top quality webcam imagery.
Brilliant, flexible tripods, ideal for a webcam.
Webcam Effects & Recording
Set up scenes, screen-share, picture in picture, greenscreen, live broadcast & record your videos.
PART 2: WEB & MEDIA HOSTING
A podcast hosting service takes care of storing your audio files. They can also create an RSS feed, which is needed to submit to Apple Podcasts or other directories. We have 3 main recommendations for you:
Buzzsprout – $12/month – is the cheapest top option, & most popular. If you use our link to sign up then you’ll get a $20 Amazon gift card if you stick around for at least 2 months.
Captivate – $19/month – has great growth & private podcast features. Sign up for a 7-day free trial and see for yourself.
Transistor – $19/month – also offers private podcast feeds, & is super simple. 14-day free trial available!
PART 3: SOFTWARE & APPS
Online Calling & Recording Software
If you want to Podcast with a remote host or inteviewee, you need software to run & record the call. Here’s our favourites.
Start from $10/month. Records WAV & MP3, split-track with host and up to 3 guests!
Starts from $19/month. Records WAV, MP3, & video, split-track with host and up to 7 guests!
PART 4: PODCAST MUSIC & MEDIA
Most shows include at least a theme tune, and many include music beds and sound FX to add to the mood. You have to pay for the good stuff – here’s where to find it.
- Shutterstock – from $19/£14 a month
- Epidemic – from $13/£10 a month
- Audioblocks – from $19/£14 a month
These subscriptions give you access to huge libraries and lifetime licenses on anything you use during that subscription.
PART 5: PROMOTING & GROWING YOUR SHOW
Social Media & Audience Management
We all know social media is great for growing and engaging with your audience, but it’s overwhelming. Here are the tools we use to make it easier.
Create an automated, recycling queue of posts to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIN. Smarterqueue cycles through our queue of 500+ posts, promoting all of our old and new content on a regular schedule. Brilliant!
Welcome new users, members or list subscribers with video. We’re using this to engage with our new members through quick videos, as soon as they join up. It helps them know us, trust us and become fans of what we do!