There are many things that can keep us entertained while in isolation and quarantine. Social media, games, streaming sites, YouTube, and books are here to keep us company, but have you ever tried doing podcasts?
Podcasts are digital audio files made available on the internet and are usually a series. It is similar to a vlog wherein people would talk about a certain topic, but just audio and no video. (Read: 12 of the Best Educational Podcasts on Spotify)
Celebrity couple Jim and Saab Magalona-Bacarro, voice artist Inka Magnaye, and entrepreneurs Ayn Bernos and Rizza Lana-Sebastian all have podcasts, among many other influencers, celebrities, and regular individuals who have their own podcasts. (Read: 5 Podcasts by Empowered, Inspirational Filipinas)
So if you’re someone who loves to make kwento to friends, but can’t do it right now due to the pandemic, why not start your own podcast? Here are some tools you would need:
Podcast Tools: Noise Cancelling Microphone
If you have pets in your house, you know all too well the struggle of finding a quiet place to have your virtual meetings or classes. Their barks, meows, or tweets can be too loud at times that it’s heard by your classmates and co-workers over the call. The same problem will arise when you start recording for your podcast— you don’t want your listeners to hear your furry friends barking or panting, right? (Read: Passion or Career? Podcaster Marge Villaester Weighs In)
So before you begin your podcast journey, you should probably invest in a noise-canceling microphone or app to remove any unnecessary background noises. You can get one from online stores just like Lazada, or if you want to save money, you can download noise-canceling apps like Krisp.
Podcast Tools: Audio Editor
Of course, after recording, you have to edit the audio, remove long pauses, and make some parts louder or softer depending on the recording. You can download any of the following editors online (some are free, some are paid): Adobe Audition, Anchor.FM, GarageBand, Audacity.
Podcast Tools: Reliable Laptop
A laptop is ideal for recording podcasts because it can store everything from your raw audio, to the audio editor, and other apps and tools you need for recording and making a podcast. You can also use it to record a video of you recording the podcast in case you want to show your listeners a glimpse of how you do your podcasts.