Podcasting should be simple and easy to do. The technology involved is not much more than blogging used to require. For a long time, there was no easy way to record a podcast on the go, at least until smart phones became the popular go to item in adapting podcasting technology!
There could be times where a smartphone is all you will have with you for recording! Especially if you are into “live and on the scene” type of recordings (similar to a news reporter) Mi 11X. Some podcasters niche is to record in a live setting (restaurant, ball park, etc.). Smart phone just fill that special void where someone does not want to be stuck in studio or room behind a microphone and computer.
Need to have a live interaction recorded? Just use a smartphone. Need any audio to accompany the creation of a video? With your smart phone, you can record what you need. Typically, you have your cell phone with you and the cell phone companies have made the effort to accommodate recording quality sound through your phone.
Warning: The microphone on your cell phone will pick up a lot of ambient noise. You will need to hold the mic closer to you to ensure good quality. If you are doing an interview type of recording, you can shift the mic end of the phone between you and your guest while talking (like a news report would shift their microphone back and forth). OR, if in a calm environment, place it on the table (not more than 1 foot from each person).
It used to be fairly standard for a podcast to be recorded inside only (a quite room or studio). But, with the upgraded features on modern smart phones, you can actually “hit the road” for your podcast recordings and still have a great quality podcast!
All you will need is:
Although a USB microphone and headset can come in handy, the basic device is sufficient. But which application will you use to record your podcast, edit it, and publish it?
Anchor is one of the apps you can use to make a podcast. I do not personally use Anchor but I know several people who do. Anchor began with its own “ecosystem” of brief audio as a popular platform. But a simplified process for recording, processing, and publishing podcasts is now what they are known for.
Anchor takes you straight to the recording page when you open the app (once you have established a login, of course). Tap one button to record, raise your phone and start speaking into the microphone. You can record on the go or while sitting at your desk. It’s up to you. You can merge background music, etc. for that special effect.