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The Magic Checklist to Create your Own Podcast

The magic checklist to create your own podcast

In past blogs, we’ve talked about the qualities you need to become a natural-born podcaster, we’ve talked about the importance of professionally recording your podcast in a recording studio like nodalab’s, and how podcasting can help your brand to improve your marketing strategy… but today we will return to the basics. In this blog post, we will give you our secret to creating your own podcast: nodalab’s magic checklist to create a podcast that has a meaning, a purpose, and, of course, the best possible quality to stand out from the competition!

At the end of this blog post, you will be able to download our Magic Checklist which we’re sure will help you significantly when you decide to hit the gas and become a natural-born podcaster.

Let’s begin!

Concept of your podcast

To create a good podcast concept, you need to ask yourself, what do you want to talk about in it? What are the topics you’ll address? We recommend, as in all research processes, to go from the general to the particular. If you have already thought about what your general topic is, let’s say food, then the next step is to let your imagination fly and create a list of topics that are related to the central theme of your podcast, for example, fruits, desserts, or tacos. Once you have that list, it will be much easier for you to develop that concept. Think of it as the birth of an idea that forms and develops as you feed it with more ideas or thoughts.

Name your new baby podcast

Once you’ve solved the previous questions, you’ll be ready for a name brainstorming. nodalab’s recommendation is that you have at least 15 options for your podcast. It is also crucial to do a search on Spotify or Apple Podcasts to avoid giving your podcast a name that already exists. Remember that the more passion you put into this project, the more difficult it will be to abandon it and fall into the podfade.

Format

Like TV shows or newscasts, podcasts gain dynamism when they have a specific format. This is the time to choose whether your podcast will be scripted, or you will follow a list of bullet points to guide you on the topics you’ll be talking about; you’ll have to choose if you will have sections and if you will draw a narrative arc to keep your audience more entertained. You can decide as part of the format if you’ll have a co-host, regular guests, or if you will shine on your own as the sole host.

Publishing Frequency

The secret to a hit podcast is habit. Plain and simple. You will need to define a day and the frequency of publication in which you are willing and able to publish (once a week, once a month, every day, that depends on you and your project).

Goals to reach

Every project needs goals and objectives in order to get results. It can be to generate brand awareness, position your company or brand as an opinion leader, increase sales, generate leads or traffic on the website or to reinforce the culture in your organization. That’s up to you. However, we recommend that you do this to find the authentic purpose of creating your podcast and that motivates you to move only forward with your show.

The ideal length

After almost 20 years, the podcast format has an almost infinite variety of combinations for the duration. At nodalab, the ideal duration that we recommend to our clients is a maximum of 30 minutes, because the attention span that we have as humans is less and less due to the consumption of content that we experience every day.

Plan your episode book

When you finish creating your concept, we’ll ask you to save your brainstorming for this second exercise. The second secret for a successful podcast is planning (which is also an essential habit for a winning mindset). Planning your first 15 episodes will give you a much clearer idea of ​​the path your podcast can take and if, for example, you plan to publish on a weekly basis, you’ll have a 3-month runway of content ready to be created and released. Planning a schedule of episodes is a common practice for natural-born podcasters and content creators in general. It requires discipline to create content, are you ready to succeed?

Recording setup

If you are determined to turn a space in your home or workspace into your recording studio, we need to recommend the following: Avoid noisy spaces, be near the windows of your house and a place where you do not hear much echo. We recommend doing sound tests, with good headphones and a microphone to start your podcasting journey. If you need specific options, check out this article on software and equipment recommendations for setting up a home studio for podcasting.

Music

The music of your podcast is the hallmark that will generate brand recall from your audiences. We recommend choosing songs that are royalty-free to avoid having trouble with other creators or ultimately, for your show to never hit the surface because of a very commercial song.

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Congratulations, now that you know everything you need to create your podcast, we want to give you a copy of our perfect checklist.

Behind the Scenes: nodalab’s take on Sound Design

When you think about podcasting, the image that pops into your head may be fairly simple. Two people chilling in a studio, having influential conversations on the topics they are most passionate about. Sure, that’s the core of podcasting, the sharing of ideas in a structured, fun and easy-to-absorb format. But, there is this whole universe going on behind the scenes that audiences could appreciate a lot more: sound design.

But wait… do ALL podcasts involve sound design?

The short answer is… no. Even when all podcasts require audio editing, processing, mixing, etc., sound design is more of a craft, used to better illustrate ideas, warp the ways we deliver a specific message, move emotions, and so much more. Storytelling driven podcasts are great examples of the usage of sound design, as narrations often need a little extra something to enhance how we share ideas. Ambiences, voice effects, specific sounds (such as explosions, portals, sci-fi guns, etc.), and the way these sounds are incorporated into the narrative, all of these elements are what can really bring a great story to life through the power of sound design. 

Sounds cool, but how can podcasters incorporate this craft into their own projects?

I believe that everyone can learn new skills if they are curious and passionate enough to put some work into it, so I definitely encourage you to start your Sound Designer / Hero’s Journey if it is something you really want to do. So let me break down what you’ll be needing: 

1. A library

A good Sound Effects (SFX) library is essential for any sound designer, as it is the foundation of our craft. Even though there are sound designers that record and edit their own files (I encourage this practice too), in a library you’ll find thousands of SFX that are ready for you to incorporate into your projects. And before anyone panics, there are plenty of libraries out there, for all budgets. Let me recommend some for you, I got you!

For free sounds, you can always rely on FreeSound.org, a compilation of recordings and files that audio enthusiasts willingly share on this platform. All you need is to set up an account and you’re ready to roll!

To amp things up, I’d recommend Zapsplat, which contains a lot of hidden jewels, free SFX, and you can even access their premium library for a small fee. Personally, I’ve used this library for a couple of years and I can say it is worth paying for their membership.

In case you count with the resources, I’ll go ahead and recommend Soundsnap, that’s the one we use here at nodalab, and it is worth every penny. Soundsnap’s search engine is great and their library is so rich you’ll find pretty much anything here!

2. World Building & Criterion

Sound design is much more than just importing SFX into your project, as you have to really sit down and listen to the message you’ll. Always place sounds in order to support ideas and favor the narrative, think of assembling a really special dish, where every element has a purpose. Ambiences to better illustrate a scenery, a distant explosion, or dramatic transition to emphasize an idea, adding reverb, delays, and different equalization to specific words… The possibilities are endless! When you become a sound designer, you can twist, build, warp and manipulate this sonic universe.

3. Creativity & Love

Setting the technical stuff aside, I believe sound design is an extremely emotional and creative process. As sound designers, our ultimate goal is to really bring a story to life, this involves a lot of creativity and heart, so my advice would be to not hold yourself back and allow yourself and your creativity to flow. Dare to experiment and give your project a unique sonic identity.

Where can I find a good reference?

Allow me to flex a little here, as the original shows we produce at nodalab are great examples for you to dive into the marvelous universe of sound design. No project is identical to another, and each show has different needs when it comes to sound. Some may need some voice SFX and you can call it a wrap, while other projects may need close attention to detail and a bunch of sonic elements. Again, it all comes down to the needs of your show and how you want to tell the story. 

At nodalab, we really believe in the impact of great stories, and we’ve created shows that allow all of the parts involved (that is, from writers, to narrators, all the way to audio engineers) to push their creativity a little further, which has lead our team to raise the bar when it comes to storytelling in the podcasting industry. I’d like to invite you to check out our shows, so you can have a clearer picture of what your podcast could end up sounding like.

One of my recent favorites is La Historia Jamás Contada’s latest episode, which was especially fun for me to work on, as I could get a little more creative due to the nature of the topic… witches! Give it a listen, it is so worth it!

If this sound design talk has gotten you excited, don’t hesitate to contact our team if you have questions, we’ll be more than happy to chat with you! Learn how to do a podcast with nodalab.