By Terry Freedman
Assuming your computer has a sound card, you will need the following:
A decent microphone. I purchased a Sony ECM-MS907 on Leon Cych’s recommendation (see http://l4l.co.uk/@blog/?p=5). It has two settings (close-up and hall), and is battery-powered. You can get away with cheaper microphones (I used one costing less than £10/$15), but you will notice the difference.
Sound editing software. Audacity is free from http://audacity.sourceforge.net/. It’s a bit technical, but you don’t have to learn it all, of course! I’ve tried podcasting software for the PC, but have found Audacity to be more flexible. For the Mac, Podcaster from Kudlian (http://www.kudlian.net/products/podcaster/) is supposed to be very good, as is GarageBand from Apple (http://www.apple.com/ilife/garageband/).
Music software (such as GarageBand – see above) or websites: two good sources of free music released on a Creative Commons Licence are http://freesound.iua.upf.edu and http://podsafeaudio.com/.
Check the mike’s setting.
In Control Panel, go to Sounds and Audio Devices Properties?Audio?Sound
Recording?Volume?Advanced?1 Mic Boost, and click in the box, then on OK.
Find out the name of your sound card from the Audio section (see above), then enter its name in a search engine, then locate and download an updated driver for it.
Configure the soundcard driver via its menu and tab systems.
If necessary, use Audacity to amplify the volume of the completed recording.