Podcasting Hardware Is Easily Assembled
Podcasting has become very popular in commercial uses such as in education and advertising. Now many people are discovering that producing their own podcast recordings is an enjoyable hobby. In order to make your own digital podcasts you have to assemble the proper podcasting hardware. Adding to your existing computer by simply picking up a few accessories allows you to gather together the podcasting hardware necessary to build your very own podcast recording studio.
Podcasting Hardware For Beginners
To construct a beginner's podcast workstation it is best to use the equipment you already have and only purchase additional podcasting hardware as needed. Most of have a personal computer (or Mac) that can handle the job. The minimum requirements to properly produce a podcast include a minimum of 512 MG of RAM, two to three gigabytes of hard drive space, a soundcard and in/out jacks for the headphone and microphone. For a personal computer, using Windows XP makes recording easy. Using OS 9 or X on your Mac will make recording a podcast a breeze. The most important piece of podcasting hardware is the amount of RAM you have available on your computer. The quality of your recording is something that is greatly affected by this.
A microphone and headphones or a headset are also required podcasting hardware. You need a microphone to record your voice and the headphones allow you to listen to your podcast. Using your existing computer speakers is probably impractical for use during a podcast recording session, especially if your speakers and microphone are both close to your workstation.
An inadequate Internet connection, such as dial-up, will make uploading and downloading podcasts almost impossible. This means that having a DSL, cable or T1 Internet connection is included on the list of mandatory podcasting hardware.
Optional podcasting hardware might include a pop filter that can affect the quality of your recordings. A pop filter eliminates the popping sounds made when you say certain letters such as "p". A pop filter can be purchased inexpensively or made at home with just a few supplies you might find around the house.
MP3 players are valuable, but not mandatory, pieces of podcasting hardware. They will allow you to take your favorite recordings with you wherever you go. Be sure to select an MP3 player with plenty of storage space because podcast recordings can take up a lot of room depending on the length of the recording.