The beauty of podcasting is that anyone can do it. It is a rare medium that is almost as easy to consume as it is. And as in, no two people do it in exactly the same way. There are open hardware and software solutions for potential podcasters, so the setup runs the gamut from NPR Studio to USB Skype Rigs (currently a default of sorts during the epidemic).
We’ve asked our favorite podcast hosts and manufacturers to highlight their workflows – the tools and software they use to do the work. The list so far includes:
Welcome to your fantasy alien kagan
Articles by Avery Truffelman of interest
First Draft and Track Changes Sara Sarni
RiYL Remote Podcasting Edition
Sam Dingman of Family Ghosts
I am listening to Anita Floors
Justin Richmond of Broken Record
Lauren Spore of Criminal / This Is Love
Jeffrey Cranmer of Welcome to Night Well
Jessie Thorne of Bullseye
Ben Lindbergh of Wild in effect
My own podcast, RiYL
Everyone knows that politics is like sports, only you know, real world consequences that can directly affect the lives of millions of people. But why deal in abstraction when you can bet on real money? With Election Profit Makers, co-hosts David Rees, Starly Keen and John Kimball put their money where their mouth is, with their hard-earned dollars betting on political outcomes.
As a collector of audio gear (mostly impact paddles, old rim-drive tape machines, and a keyboard modified by me in the 1980s), I wish I could have said tools with my podcasting setup features that are very much to come Is expensive and difficult. I would love to brag about, say, handheld boutique preamps and a rare Soviet condenser microphone purchased at a military auction in Kazakhstan. Nothing would make me happier than sharing photos of a massive reel-to-reel tape machine on which I read my ad (for “summer”) before mixing them on my laptop.
Alas, my podcasting setup is quite normal. I have a Scarlet two-channel interface that I purchased at a chain store. I have a Rode microphone because I cannot buy a Shure SM7B. I record in Garageband, a spiral-bound notebook of audio interfaces. The only slightly unusual thing about my podcasting setup is that on the rare occasion when I edit an episode I do it at Abbleton Live, which I originally bought years ago when I had a passion for making mashups.
The only analog effect I can claim is embarrassing: My laptop is so old that USB ports are becoming dull – I’m surprised they don’t have hair growing like the ears of older men – so I have to fix the power. Line from my scarlet using K tape.
The Election Benefit Maker web site is a podcast about placing bets on political events using PredictIt.org. (My co-host John Kimball made enough money on the 2020 election to buy a new car; I made enough to buy a new carol pedal.) When we’ve done field recordings, that’s only the last time John and I went Were. A nerd / comedy cruise in the week at the COVID hit Caribbean. We recorded daily dispatches to the sea using the Zoom H4N, then wandered around Santo Domingo until we found a university library whose Wi-Fi access we used to upload files to our co-host and editor Starly Could do. My phone says that I walked 24,000 steps that day.
Because my podcasting setup is so boring, I’ve upped the photo by incorporating some of my other audio gear into the shots! When the world is ready for cassette-based podcasts, saturated in analog delay, I’ll be more than happy to oblige!