If you want to get your church set up with podcasting services? This will be a step by step guide you can follow to start the process of editing and posting the first service.
Sermon Podcasting: Step by step sermon podcasting
The first thing you need to do is head over to Soundcloud and set up a free account. There are limits on how much audio you can upload per month. The free version is more than enough for new churches. If you find you need more you can always upgrade the account.
The second thing you need is an audio file of a service. I won’t spend any time explaining how to record your service. There are way too many options for recording a service, and most churches have a way of capturing audio. If you are a new church with no sound system or recording equipment, use a smartphone. It will get the job done and do it quite well.
Once you have an audio file. You are going to want to make some edits. Edits include; Improving the audio. Trimming off extra portions of service you have no desire to post. Adding a bumper to the intro or outro of the clip. I am going to show how to use GarageBand because it is an app that comes with all Apple computers. If you are on a PC, downloading and using Audacity will work great. It is a free software with a ton of plugins.
Here is a great video by KingTutsPro for improving audio using audacity. I used this same process when I started.
Editing in GarageBand for Mac
Have your Soundcloud log in information close. After editing the audio you will log in to share the final clip from GarageBand direct to Soundcloud. Audacity users will most likely have to export to a file. Then upload that file to Soundcloud.
Open a new project in GarageBand. GarageBand will present you with several options. You will want to choose to start with an empty project. Choose microphone as the recording device. Creating a new track with no content in the timeline.
- Find the audio file you want to edit. Click and drag the file into the new timeline. Garageband will start to process the audio, and soon it will appear in the timeline.
- Once the audio is in the timeline you can start to make adjustments.
I like to make the audio quality the best I can. To do this I have found some of the built in plugins within GarageBand can work wonders.
- In the panel on the left are options for instruments and vocals.
- Click on voice, then choose natural voice.
Start editing the audio using the controls in the blue box at the bottom of the window. It may take some tweaking. A lot of fine tuning the audio is based on your own ear. Find what sounds pleasant to you. Two things you definitely want to adjust are ambience and reverb.
- I turn both ambience and reverb down, cutting them in half.
- I also add compression.
The last thing I do before posting is trim the intro and outro.
- Hover your mouse over either end of the clip. By clicking and sliding you can trim without having to make a cut. I cut all empty space at the beginning. I also cut before the altar service begins.
- You can add bumpers to either or both the intro and outro. A bumper refers to the portion of recordings that say something like “Welcome to…” and “Thank you for listening, join us next time.”
Posting service to Soundcloud
Once you have finalized all the edits you want to make. To share or post the sermon to Soundcloud click on the share option located on the top menu. If you have not. Garageband will ask you to sign in to your Soundcloud account.
- Choose to “bounce” the audio clip
- Add title, name etc.
- Be sure to check the “allow streaming” box. Failing to check will not allow people to listen to your service.
Using an internet browser navigate to Soundcloud and see that your file shows up. If it is showing, or if it shows that it is being loaded. Success! You posted your first service to Soundcloud. Now to set up your podcast so you appear on iTunes.