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.
Pro-level recorder with 2 XLR inputs & space for more.
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:
Do you want to house your podcast on your own website?
Use the Powerpress plugin for super-simple publishing. Use coupon code Podcraft for a month free.
Do you want to place your podcast on the media hosts’ website?
Great host, simple system. $20 Amazon voucher for new members.
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.
Both apps record any Skype call, video or audio.
All in One Calls & Recording
A brilliant video conferencing platform that also records audio & video.
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.
Subscription for 100,000 loops, FX and music.
Huge range of tracks for one-off purchase.
Pro quality, custom-made intros & outros.
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!