Anchor.fm Free Online Podcasting Platform

Producing a podcast typically begins with recording a conversation or speech and editing it with software like Pro Tools or Adobe Audition. After your audio is edited, it needs to be uploaded to a hosting site. Then you register with separate podcast directories, where listeners can hear your work. This blog post, Start a Podcast in Creative Experience, breaks down the process. Creative Experience offers free Recording Rooms at Central and Barr Libraries, which reopened on June 29th with limited hours. They are a great resource for everything you need to produce a professional podcast.

But what if you can’t get to the library, or you just want to record on the fly. Lately, I have been hearing a lot about Anchor.fm, a new platform that streamlines the entire podcasting process in one single app that you can use from a computer browser on your phone--all for free! “What’s the catch,” I thought, so I decided to give it a try.

I tried Anchor.fm on a PC desktop computer, but you can use it without downloading software on any computer, or you can get an app for your mobile device. Free really does seem to be free. Anchor gives you monetization options that they take a cut from, but these are optional. I found it intuitive and easy to use to record and arrange your podcast, and it has some cool features I didn’t expect, like offering an easy way for listeners to leave you voice messages. The recording I made with my computer microphone sounded pretty bad, and I had a little bit better luck with a plug-in headset. Recording on a phone might sound better.

Pros:

  • Easy to use from start to finish 
  • You can record a conversation with a co-host or guest
  • Offers free musical transitions and background tracks 

Cons:

  • The audio quality using the built-in mic on a computer or phone
  • The editing  and mixing features are limited
  • You can only create one podcast per account 

Overall, Anchor.fm promises to be a great tool for anyone getting into podcasting. Experienced podcasters may also consider switching to take advantage of free hosting and streamlined publishing, even if they choose to use more professional recording and editing equipment like that available in Creative Experience.

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