The best part about podcasting is how mobile it has become. Even back in 2007, you could get a digital recorder which allowed you to record audio. I recorded audio for a podcast once from my old HTC 8125 Windows phone. It was a fun and eye-opening experience for me because I saw what we were able to do in the future of podcasting.
Add to this some great microphones you can add to your smartphone or tablet, your podcast options are a lot better than before. Also add the fact you can instantly upload to server location so your podcast could be published the second its done.
We’re going to look at items you can get to put that mobile rig together.
Mobile Podcast – Smartphone, Tablet or Other?
A lot of people create audio right from their smartphone. It’s easy and convenient because you don’t have to bring another device with you. Of course, we know that not only can you record a decent audio conversation from your iPhone, Android or Windows phone, but also can take photos and some video if you want.
However, a tablet like a Kindle Fire or iPad can bring a little more screen – especially if you use a podcasting app to record the audio or video with. The tablet also keeps your phone free to take calls or SMS messages. After all, it really sucks when you are interviewing someone important and your phone goes off…
There are other options like an iPod or an older deactivated smartphone. I have an Android phone and an iPhone 3GS which I use for those reasons. An iPod touch can be dedicated for audio or video podcasts – meaning more room for longer interviews.
Microphones for Podcasting on iPhone, Android
There are a few ways you can go with extra hardware for your mobile recorder. One item is the Audio-Technica 2100 USB/XLR combo microphone. With a lightning-to-USB connector and a good long USB mini cable, you can put the microphone in the vicinity of the speaker and get the best audio possible.
Another device is called the iRig microphone. This microphone will connect to the audio jack of your iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows phone. A downfall is the cord is a predetermined length and cannot be changed (unless you can find or make a 3-pole extension cable). Another option is the iRig-Pre Interface, which allows you to connect your favorite microphone, especially those which require phantom power.
You can definitely use the audio recorders built into your device, but if you need more oomph, here are some apps you want to look at to record or even create your whole podcast.
- Bossjock for iOS - This is a great app for audio podcasters that gives you a full soundboard so you can add intro-outro music, effects and more. You can even record an interview and have it ready and queued up to podcast out later in the day.
- Garageband for iOS – This is a great go-to app for podcasting. You can do post editing and get the audio sounding great before sending to someone else for finalization. If you team-podcast, this is a great way to collect multiple audio segments for post-production shows.
- Spreaker for Android – Spreaker for iOS - Spreaker is a site to create your own podcasts. You have to sign up for the service, which also allows you to find other great podcasts.
- iRig Recorder for Android – With your iRig, you can download the recorder app to record those interviews. You can then record to a .wav or .ogg file format – up to 192 kbps.
- Windows Phone – There are a series of audio recorders for Windows Phone 8, but nothing podcast-centric. Audio Recorder for Windows 8 looks to have some great functions to it – even uploading to Dropbox for later editing.
With the combination of device, microphone and app, you can definitely make your podcast on the go. Of course, video podcasters also have some great options, too. iMovie for iOS can do interviews and you could edit right from the iPhone or iPad.
What combinations do you use to podcast through mobile devices? Let me know by commenting below!