This tutorial will teach you how to add a podcast to your WordPress website. Shows exactly what you need to build and produce your very own musician podcast and guides you through the installation, setup and use of the free WordPress plugin Seriously Simple Podcasting, Dropbox, Audacity, and the Audio Technica ATR2100 microphone. A great addition to any musician’s website and a wonderful tool for increasing personal engagement with your fans.
Resources for Building and Producing your Musician Podcast
Seriously Simple Podcasting
Seriously Simple Podcasting is an easy-to-use podcasting plugin for WordPress that is as powerful as it is simple. It uses a native WordPress interface and has minimal settings so as not to distract you from what you really need to do – publish your content.
It works with any theme and connects seamlessly with all podcasting services, including iTunes. Podcasting has never been this easy.
Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. The interface is translated into many languages. You can use Audacity to:
Record live audio.
Record computer playback on any Windows Vista or later machine.
Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
Edit WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis sound files.
AC3, M4A/M4R (AAC), WMA and other formats supported using the optional FFmpeg library
Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
Numerous effects including change speed or pitch and vocal reduction or isolation (given suitable stereo tracks).
And more! Visit AudacityTeam.org to see the complete list of features.
Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone
The Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone is designed to take you from the stage to the studio and beyond. This rugged handheld microphone offers two outputs, USB output for digital recording, and an XLR output that connects with a sound system conventional microphone input for use in live performance. The microphone plugs right into your computer USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software. The ATR2100-USB also offers a quality analog-to-digital converter for excellent fidelity, and a headphone output with level control for monitoring with no audible delay. Its cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear.
This microphone is ideal for live performance, podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use.
How Dropbox works
Joining Dropbox is easy: installing the Dropbox software (for Windows, Mac or Linux) creates a special folder on your computer. Anything you add to this Dropbox folder will automatically save to all your computers and to the Dropbox website.
Dropbox is a great option to have for producing a personal podcast. Placing files inside your Dropbox Public Folder allows you to share those files with others. It provides a great home for storing your podcast episode MP3 Files that will play on your website podcast as well as iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Soundcloud and others simply by subscribing to their service and supplying your RSS Feed from your Seriously Simple Podcasting WordPress plugin.
It’s free to register for a basic account that will give you up to 2 Gigabytes of file storage.