Looking for top tips for how to record a podcast with an iPhone?
Recording a podcast outside of a standard studio presents a new set obstacles: noises, environmental factors, and finding a stable internet connection.
It can be done, though!
Don’t let the learning curve stop you: the beauty of recording a podcast with an iPhone is you don’t need much equipment. It’s more about the space from a time perspective anyway.
I remember asking fellow podcaster Anna Keller, “on a scale of 1-10, how afraid of starting a podcast should I be?”
Her answer? 3.
Now, 200 episodes (make that 230 if you count the other entrepreneurs I’ve helped launch!) later, I can say without a doubt she is correct.
Most people overthink it, though. The microphone is a case in point. If you’ve committed to just doing it on your phone for now, congratulations- you’ve got rare momentum!
Okay, now that’s out of the way. Here are my top tips for podcasting on the go as a beginning podcaster:
Use Voice Memo
You can record directly in the Anchor app if you are doing your editing in app. If you use something like Audacity or Garage Band, you’ll want to use your voice memo app, which is preprogrammed in your iPhone.
After you record your audio segment, you’ll upload the file to your editor of choice. It’s that easy.
You know those little lines that move up and down when you’re speaking in voice memo? They are actually great for self coaching. You want them as level as possible- a sharp spike up or down means your voice has suddenly raised.
I get it- you’re passionate about whatever topic you’re speaking on. You’ll want to train on mic technique, though. Inflections in your voice can be controlled with some practice!n The iPhone is actually a helpful tool for this.
Control your environment
You want a small, enclosed space with carpet. Closets are ideal because clothes are hanging, absorbing sound bouncing off the walls (which can sound echo-y and tin-y in a show).
If you don’t have a suitable closet, go for a closed vehicle. Obviously, don’t turn it on.
You can also create a blanket fort in a pinch. Seriously, get underneath a blanket and go for it!
Create an outline
On-the-go doesn’t mean unedited: just because you’re recording in the wild, doesn’t mean you can’t go back and edit. You’ll likely remove less of the ambient noise since that’s part of the charm, but go ahead and cut out some of those um’s and ah’s.
Don’t forget to outline: no matter where you’re recording from, you can’t forget to outline what an episode is about.
If you are fortunate enough to have a lot of existing content (blog, social media you’ve gone way too deep with), that’s your outline.
If you are interviewing a guest, make sure you provide a brief as well as recording instructions. I provide templates for this as a time saving perk to my clients.
There’s nothing worse than sending over a detailed brief and lost of questions, only to have your interviewee show up with no headphones or recording outside. It doesn’t matter if you record a podcast with an iPhone or in studio!
True story: in my early days, I had a fitness type who was huffing and puffing in the gym during our interview, weights crashing in the background. Can’t edit that out!
I record on ZOOM with no video (this is to protect the audio quality with bandwidth) so I had to interrupt the interview and ask her to stop.
That interview never made the air. I couldn’t salvage the audio. Had I briefed her prior and set expectations on recording environment, I’d have saved myself that very time expensive mistake.
When you’re just starting out, generating huge download numbers might not be your primary goal. For success, consider other accomplishments like educating your niche audience or creating more personal connections with them to fuel audience participation episodes.
I recommend the Shure MV88 if you love the idea of portability but want to level up sound using your iPhone.
Here’s an entire podcast essentials list, including real microphones if you’ve read through all this and decided you don’t want to use your iPhone after all!
Contact me if you want to learn how to record a podcast with an iPhone or start a show of your own as a strategy to expand your warm market or build your personal brand.
If you’re more of a do-it-yourself type, you can also get my podcast playbook + a 20 minute ZOOM session for less than the cost of a lunch out.