The Podcast Directory

Craft your podcast

Guides

podcasting pitch deck host bio
Here's a free pitch deck template I made in photoshop for your podcast. It has all the info needed to pitch your show.
how to start a podcast guide
The definitive guide for starting a podcast from scratch. This includes everything from developing a concept to marketing.
diy acoustic panel guide
Detailed tutorial on how to build acoustic panels to treat a room for reverb. Includes a cost breakdown, measurements and links.
remote recording podcast
Recording podcasts remotely is something you'll need to do often. Learn the different options and best practices

Plugins

izotope rx 8
RX is a standalone plugin and VST to work in your DAW that repairs and cleans up audio. It really is an excellent piece of software.
$ 300
youlean loudness meter
A plugin for measuring loudness of your podcast. This is something most new podcasters ignore.
$ Free
waves vocal rider automation
Adjusts vocal levels automatically saving you the need to draw level changeS in your DAW or ride faders.
$ 48
gulfoss
Gulfoss is a dynamic, intelligent equalizer that can be used to tame harsh frequencies and boost ones for the best listening experience.
$ 200

Remote Recording

Remote podcast recording with 4k video recording, screenshare, live streaming, 48k audio and listener call ins. I...
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Remote podcast recording with 4k video recording, screenshare, live streaming, 48k audio and listener call ins.

I tested out riverside and I have to say it has some really interesting features that it's competitors do not.

First off they're are the first cloud based saas I'm aware of that offers video recording... and it's in 4k. Squadcast and Zencastr are both working on launching that feature by the end of the year.

They have the option to live stream to youtube, twitch, twitter and facebook. However that's only enabled on their highest plan at $45/month which is a lot for a non-monetized podcast and is limited to 3 hours.

This plan also allows people to call in with a unique link. It's not a complex feature but good for engagement and cool that they thought to add it.

One of the issues with some other services is that if your guest disconnects too quickly there can be an issue retrieving their audio. With riverside they can return to the page and it will continue uploading.

There's a warning message not to close the browser while your file is still uploading after you finish recording. There is even a progress indicator that shows how much is left.

They are a premium service and seem to have structured their price to compete with Squadcast.

Their basic plan costs $19/month and gives you 5 hours of audio recording (you can see video but not record it). Squadcast is $1 more for the same amount.

Their middle plan costs $39/month and allows you to record 10 hours of video as well as audio (Squadcast is $45 for 12 hours of just audio).

Another bonus is their audio quality. It's 48kHz. Only cleanfeed has a sample rate that high as far as I know.

When I tested it out everything worked properly. The video quality you see of your cohost while recording is degraded to preserve bandwidth however the uploaded file is very good quality.

And I almost forgot they allow screen sharing!

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Recording platform that allows the creation of podcasts with only the need for a desktop computer and...
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Recording platform that allows the creation of podcasts with only the need for a desktop computer and a microphone. Cleanfeed offers echo cancellation and auto enhancing of the audio content.

For collaborative recordings, only one party needs to have a Cleanfeed account; the others need only an invite link and can connect through a Mac, Windows, Linux, or Android. For conferencing, separate tracks can be created at the same time. 

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Soundtrap is an audio editing platform that allows you to transform spoken word into text and edit...
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Soundtrap is an audio editing platform that allows you to transform spoken word into text and edit your recording as you would a text document. This significantly reduces the amount of time you would spend editing audio files.

Soundtrap also offers features for increasing discoverability. Both the audio file and the automatic transcript can be uploaded to Spotify.

If you want to host a podcast with other people, Soundtrap creates interview links that you can send to anyone so they can join your podcast remotely.

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Record remotely, simplify editing and create engaging podcasts with an intuitive platform that allows you to connect...
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Record remotely, simplify editing and create engaging podcasts with an intuitive platform that allows you to connect with anyone, anywhere.

With continuous uploads, everything is captured at the source, so even complete power loss won’t result in a recording catastrophe.

In the event of a loss of the .wav files, backup files are always available.

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DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)

Creative tools for professional podcasting, beat making, editing, and mixing are built around a modern interface that’s...
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Creative tools for professional podcasting, beat making, editing, and mixing are built around a modern interface that’s designed to get results quickly and also deliver more power whenever it’s needed. Logic Pro X includes a massive collection of instruments, effects, loops and samples, providing a complete toolkit to create amazing-sounding music.

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GarageBand is a fully equipped music creation studio right inside your Mac with a complete sound library....
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GarageBand is a fully equipped music creation studio right inside your Mac with a complete sound library. .

Its music and podcast creation system enables users to create multiple tracks with pre-made MIDI keyboards, pre-made loops, an array of various instrumental effects, and voice recordings.

Built-in audio filters that use the AU (audio unit) standard allow the user to enhance the audio track with various effects, including reverb, echo, and distortion amongst others.

GarageBand also offers the ability to record at both 16-bit and 24-bit Audio Resolution, but at a fixed sample rate of 44.1 kHz. 

An included tuning system helps with pitch correction and can effectively imitate the Auto-Tune effect when tuned to the maximum level.

It also has a large array of preset effects to choose from, with an option to create your own effects.

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Audition is a toolset that includes multitrack, waveform, and spectral display for creating, mixing, editing, and restoring...
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Audition is a toolset that includes multitrack, waveform, and spectral display for creating, mixing, editing, and restoring audio content. This audio workstation is designed to accelerate video production workflows, audio finishing, and deliver a mix with quality sound.

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Using REAPER with your PC or Mac, and no other software, you can import any audio and...
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Using REAPER with your PC or Mac, and no other software, you can import any audio and MIDI, synthesize, sample, compose, arrange, edit, mix, and master songs or any other audio projects.

If you add a hardware audio interface and a microphone, you have a complete professional quality recording studio, suitable for recording anything from a soloist to a band to an orchestra.

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Tutorials

loudness lufs
The volume of your podcast should be measured in LUFS (loudness units full scale)...
mic technique
Some good practices to use while recording your podcast. I didn’t say it in...
Peak Normalization, Compression, and Hard Limiting
I’ve had quite a few questions about how to use certain processes for voice...
how to use audio compressor compression
Understanding compression and how to hear it is an essential mixing skill. In this...

Gear

SSL2+
$300
Really low noise level for an affordable audio interface. Comes with a free channel strip plugin. I use this one personally.
Zoom Podtrak P4
$200
Zoom's new portable recorder is their most appealing device for podcasters. All the functionality of a Rodecaster pro for 1/3 the price.
gator frameworks deluxe desk mic boom bm3000
$130
High-quality desktop mic mount with built-in XLR cable. 360 degree articulating, spring loaded arm. Made with powder coated steel.
blue baby bottle sl podcast equipment microphone
$400
Although it's a weird looking mic, the sound is neutral and rich in the mid range, making it an ideal microphone for recording vocals.

Glossary

Attenuates audio above a set frequency
Ads that stream after an episode finishes
Setting up your recording space to reduce reverb
Attenuate audio that registers below a threshold
Ads that stream before an episode begins
All your tracks combined into one audio file

MP3

Type of compressed audio file used to submit your episode
Boosts the gain and reduces the louder parts