Materials by Amanda McLoughlin. Slides by Allyson Wakeman.
Idea Generation & Testing
Namechk.com: Search availability of domain names and social media handles all in one
Hover.com: Search for domain names to make sure you can get the one you want. Especially good for handling multiple domains
Finding a recommended designer within your network/friend circle is ideal. Developing a relationship with a designer you trust will be helpful initially and super beneficial down the road
Canva: Free tool for creating social media banners, infographics, etc.
iTunes Best Practices : Lists ideal dimensions for cover art and guidelines for metadata. Good for market research, too! See what designs from the top charts stand out to you and why
Illustrator: If you’re taking on design yourself
Digital interface - Translates analog audio signals to digital files
Mixers - More suitable than interfaces if you’ll be doing a lot of live shows, also play music, or need 2+ inputs (mics, instruments, sound effects, etc.) at a given time
Accessories - You may also need headphone splitters, pop screens, and mic stands
Sources of Advice
B&H: A photo/video super store in NYC that you can call for free advice and product recs
Blogs: Lots of “cheap starter kits for podcasters” blog posts exist online!
Technique is just as important as equipment. Read, watch and listen to all you can about how to use mics, record sound, and post-produce
Over-ear headphones: A must for editing! Even a $50 pair is much better than earbuds
Twitter chats and weekly hashtags (Ex: #audiodramasunday)
Goodreads groups (Ex: Spirits)
Meetup.com: Search for keywords (podcast, audio, radio, producer) to find a local group. Ex:
The Care & Keeping of You
Populate your social media profiles with consistent branding using Canva (or your designer)
Talk to your podcaster friends! Look, you made three already--find us @SpiritsPodcast