From 2017 to the present, the podcast genre has been growing in popularity: in 2022 alone, the approximate audience in the country was estimated at 19 million people. And while there is no reason why such content will cease to be relevant.
If there are a lot of general topics in the spirit of sports, pop music or TV shows, then any really narrow niche is still free. Podcasts are convenient — you don’t have to watch them, you can do business against their background, they are not tied to any broadcast network, and they are listened to by the public, which is interested in the topic of the release. In addition, podcasts can cover more than one need for the listener, because they can be entertaining, educational, business-oriented, and personal.
The availability of radio shows is another reason for its popularity. Podcasts are hosted on Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, SoundCloud, PodFM, Amazon Music, and Apple Podcasts; Every mobile platform has a service for listening to podcasts. Genre dictates the conditions The equipment should be chosen according to the format. The production of a podcast diary of personal trauma does not require a port studio and a fleet of Telefunken microphones (though we suggest you to check this article and pick your best computer for podcasting). On the other hand, the controversy of five guests with the host's comments and beats should not be written on the buttonhole.
The single-actor release can be recorded on a USB microphone in a laptop, and the musical accompaniment can be taken from the Royalty-free library or assembled independently in Garageband. Further, the hardware configuration will need to be expanded.
For high-quality recording, you need microphones, a preamplifier, a sound card, a recorder, a mixing console, headphones, a computer.
Pop filter / windscreen. The pop filter will soften the plosive consonants "b", "p" and "t". Wind protection is needed if recording takes place outdoors in windy weather. Microphone stand / pantograph: floor stand or table mount stand. Headphones for monitoring sound, noise and signal level. They must be closed so that the sound from them does not penetrate the microphone.
Microphones for recording podcasts are condenser and dynamic. Connect via USB or XLR.
Condenser microphones pick up voice well, but are sensitive to background noise. Require a prepared room for recording. Condenser microphones also include USB microphones. This is a versatile and convenient solution, but at a price in quality — any USB microphone will use simple components to amplify and convert the signal, so the sound will inevitably be better with a studio combination of equipment. Dynamic microphones are less sensitive, less susceptible to noise and external interference, and do not require the same care as condenser ones. But to work with them, you need a good preamplifier — external or built into the audio interface.