Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need some crazy, ultra-professional setup to start your podcast. Your iPhone is powerful enough to get the ball rolling.
That said, there’s a right and wrong way to go about it. Of course, you want to sound as professional as possible, so I’ll teach you how to make the most out of your unconventional setup.
By the end of this article, you’ll have all the know-how you need to start your iPhone-powered podcast. Let’s get started!
1. Get an External Microphone
The iPhone’s built-in mic does a decent job capturing audio, but you’ll get much better sound quality if you invest in an external mic.
The microphone you use should have the following:
- A USB connector
- An adjustable gain feature
- A cardioid polar pattern
- A noise-canceling windscreen
My top picks for microphones meeting these criteria are:
- Blue Yeti USB Microphone
- Rode NT-USB Microphone
- Audio-Technica AT2020USB
Just don’t forget to pick up a USB to USB-C cord so you can actually plug it up into your iPhone.
PS: Consider getting a pop filter
A pop filter is a cheap device you put in front of your mic to eliminate the “p” and “b” plosive sounds you make. It’ll help improve your sound quality and make you sound more professional.
2. Install a Recording App
Next, you’ll need a recording app. And good news—there’s no shortage of quality options for iPhone users.
Great free recording apps for iPhone include:
- GarageBand. Create your own music and podcasts with this powerful app. It comes standard with iPhones.
- Anchor. Create and distribute podcasts from your iPhone.
- BossJock Studio. A great multitrack recording app for pro-level sound.
3. Start Recording
When you’re ready to start recording, connect your mic and plug it into your iPhone’s Lightning port. Then launch your recording app and start recording.
Don’t forget to check the levels for your mic and adjust them if necessary. You should also wear headphones to monitor your sound quality during recording.
At this point, you’re ready to start podcasting! Here are a few tips to remember while recording:
- Be Conversational. Don’t just read off a script. Have a conversation with your guest or co-hosts.
- Eliminate Extra Sounds. Quiet your environment and make sure there’s no noise in the background.
- Keep an Eye on Levels. Monitor the levels at least every few minutes to ensure there’s no distortion.
- Rehearse Your Lines. Practice your lines before you record. This will help you avoid stuttering.
Further Reading: How to Record a Podcast
4. Export Your Podcast
When you’re happy with your recording, you can export it to your preferred audio format. Most recording apps will give you a few format options to choose from.
A few popular audio formats for podcasts are:
- OGG Vorbis
Once the file is exported, you’re free to upload it to your podcasting platform. Speaking of which…
5. Join a Podcast Publishing Platform
If you want people to be able to find and listen to your podcast, you’ll need to join a podcast publishing platform. These services let you upload your podcast episodes and distribute them to multiple platforms at once.
The most popular podcast publishing platforms are:
- iTunes/Apple Podcasts
- Google Play Music
You’ll need to create an account, enter your podcast details (including artwork, descriptions, and more), and upload the audio files.
Once you do that, your podcast should appear on those platforms within a few hours.
Further Reading: How to Start a Podcast With No Audience
And there you have it—you now know how to record a podcast on your iPhone. Just make sure you invest in quality equipment and follow the steps outlined above, and you’ll have a great podcast up and running in no time.
But truth be told—and you probably realize this—an iPhone is not the most ideal podcast setup. While it certainly beats nothing, you’ll want to get set up on a computer ASAP.
A proper computer makes it easier not only to record a podcast but to edit and upload it too.
And that’s all there is to it—happy podcasting!