Is podcast a fancy name for recorded audio?
A podcast essentially is a pre-recorded audio with single or multiple voices. But it is in its format, content type and overall accessibility that it differs from just another recorded voice file. In fact, some people like to call podcasting the 21st century version of pre-internet era radio, because of how connected it makes the listener feel.
What makes podcasts so popular?
Starting a Podcast
In this section we explained how a podcast can be created with a very low budget, or with minimum overlay to enhance the quality of the voice itself. Pre-recorded content or not, every podcaster’s goal is to harness the powerful potential of a podcast by approaching it afresh. This can be done with an outline and a plan. Read on to know more.
Creating a Podcast
Components of a Podcast
- Content Outline: A short, bullet-pointed list of the points to be covered will form a thought cloud of sorts that can keep you on track while preparing the script. Defining the genre of your podcast, and the subcategories that it belongs to will help you with content ideas, and in better classification while sharing your podcast online.
- Duration: Opinions and options vary from 5 minutes to 150 minutes. Let your content decide the duration, and be ruthless about editing out the parts that are not moving your conversation forward.
- Format: A conversation format like an interview lends itself to the sharing and bouncing of a variety of ideas through casual banter between two people. At the same time, some of the top podcasts are voiced only by one person. Start with what you have in hand and what you are comfortable with. You can experiment and learn with every subsequent podcast you create.
- Script: As a written flow of the content, it is a key element to the podcast. For beginners, writing everything out - from pauses to laughter to canned sounds - is a good practice. It ensures that you stay consistent with the topic, speak at an even pace and also makes you conscious about the quality of your content.
- Intro and Outro: Some podcasters begin and end their piece with short bursts of music. The intro music is usually followed by an introduction of the podcaster, along with a blurb of what to expect from the podcast. This can also be a good time to thank your sponsors or advertisers, or even mention that you are looking for one.
- Signing off: Once you have gone through everything you want to say, wind down gradually. Your listener is likely to still be keyed in and humming with all the information you have shared. Use this crucial time to request for a review, repeat the name of your podcast, and share when the next one can be expected.
- Recording: If you intend to record more than one podcast, investing in a good microphone and recording equipment can make a lot of sense. Alternatively, if you’re just starting out and want to give things a go first, you can do an equally good job by recording in a quiet, non-echoing room in your home or office. You can also feed your script to AI voice generators like Murf, and tweak the voices in the Studio to your liking. There is no one way, or the best way to get a voice over podcast-ready.
- Cover Art: This is the first thing a prospective listener sees on a platform like Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Investing in cover art that grabs attention while visually representing what your podcast speaks about is a smart way to attract new listeners, organically.
- Title: An easy-to-understand, searchable title will amplify your visibility. At the same time, pick a title that best conveys the content in your podcast, and be aware of misinterpretations of similar or familiar sounding words.
- Getting podcasts on Spotify or Apple: Once your podcast file is ready, upload it on a hosting site and generate an RSS feed. Now you can make it available on podcasting platforms like Apple, Spotify, social media, or even your own website. As a thumb rule, make sure it can be played and shared online.
Recording a Podcast
Here is a short note on recording, as voice forms the backbone of any podcast.
Recording your own voice
One of the many reasons for podcasts being so popular across age groups and segments is its unique ability to absorb any type and style of recording. There are no fixed rules for how a podcast is supposed to sound, or its duration. So you can introduce yourself, get someone else to do it for you, or choose an AI voice from voice studios like Murf. You can also use sounds of the things you talk about. For example, if your podcast is about sport, you can add sounds of supporters cheering in stadiums, or the sounds of the sport itself being played. An interplay of different kinds of sounds along with the voice over will light up your listeners’ minds with images faster and more effectively than wordy descriptions.
MAKE PODCASTS WITH MURF
Pre-recorded video to podcast
Pre-recorded audio to podcast
Murf can import the audio track alone from videos online, too. Click on the ‘Import audio’ button under the Audio/Music tab.
If you want to upload an .mp3 file, click on ‘Upload soundtrack’.
Use Murf’s powerful text to speech tool
Click on the audio track and you will see the option to ‘transcribe audio’ under the Voices tab.
Before transcribing the audio:
Now if you no longer need the video track, simply select and delete it by clicking on the white garbage can button against an orange background.
Editing the script:
You can retain your recorded voice, but this can limit the changes you make to muting or trimming words. You can also add and remove as many pauses as you like.
Pro tip: To add specifically timed pauses between your recorded voice, add a new text block by clicking on the ‘+’ at the very bottom of the text screen. Click on the text box and a variety of options will appear under the ‘Voices’ tab. ‘Add pause’ will add a pause unit in the box.
To position it between text blocks of your recorded voice, click on the block in the audio tracker at the bottom of the Studio Interface and move it to the left block by block.
If you want to edit or rewrite parts of your script, you can change your recorded voice into a professional voice over from Murf’s extensive voice library.
Murf’s Gallery has copyright free music tracks sorted by content and mood. What’s more, when you add a music track in between text blocks, it automatically fades out just before the voice sounds, and fades back in during the pauses.