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Professional Podcast Production, Editing & Blueprint

Setup podcast recording studio equipment, audio mastering, WordPress website creation and how to put it on iTunes.
4.5 (90 ratings)
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Created by Ian Robinson
Last updated 1/2017
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 13 mins on-demand audio
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
We will plug in a microphone and a mixer for a light, inexpensive, fully functional and professional quality podcasting studio
You will record your solo raw recordings using the free software, Audacity
You will record interviews using Skype and Piezo with anyone on earth who has access to a phone
Engineer your raw recordings using Audacity and Levelator to quickly and professionally produce professional, great sounding recordings
Mix our engineered recordings, sound effects and music with GarageBand to create a podcast that is limited only by your imagination
You will create a process for writing consistent tagging information to your podcast .mp3 files for a polished professional end podcast product using a simple and powerful software called ID3 Editor
We will build a website using WordPress and the Blubrry podcasting plugin to empower you to own your podcast distribution system (hint: you won't be married to BlogTalk, Podbean or others)
After the podcast is built, we will submit your podcast RSS feed to the major podcast platforms like iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and others (note: YES, you'll be a published podcaster at the end of this course)
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  • You will have the option of purchasing a podcast recording studio (microphone and a mixer) which totals to a little less than $300. This is not required to learn the process, but it will help your final results from the course greatly.
  • Most of the software is free (for Apple users.) Free software tutorials on: Audacity, Levelator, GarageBand, WordPress, WordPress Plugins
  • Hosting for your media URLs will be with Libsyn and HostGator for your website. Together they will cost new podcasters between $15 and $30 per month
  • Additional estimated software costs: Id3 Editor ($15) - Piezo ($15)

Check out this review from a student who has a show on iTunes now:

(edited to announce I am on iTunes! Thank you, Ian!) Ian has created a Masterpiece of a course! I have an undergraduate and a Master's degree, and I would have to say this class ranks right up there as one of the best, perhaps the very best class I have ever taken, anywhere. This is a great teacher, folks. Ian has broken down the very technical content of creating a podcast into understandable, manageable lessons that I believe anyone can follow if they put in the time. He even manages to make the technical lessons fun and interesting. The system Ian teaches for post-interview audio engineering is simple yet brilliant, and I would never have figured out these methods without this course. Ian is one of the most responsive, helpful available teachers I have ever encountered. I know he has my back and would do anything to help. I was waiting to write this review until I actually had my podcast up and running, so that I could encourage future students from the position of someone who had made it to iTunes. I am not there yet, but I just realized that reviews on Udemy can be edited, and I will add that part in later. So I am writing this review now because Ian so highly deserves it, and because I want potential students to know that they will highly benefit from enrolling in this course. Ian, thank you for all your help so far!" - Meredith Here (Host of Local Hearted: Asheville Artists | WNC Artists | Art Business on iTunes)


Learn how Freedom Podcasting produces shows like:

  • The Tim Ferriss Show
  • The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes
  • Glambition Radio with Ali Brown
  • ShopTalk Radio with Nick Onken
  • The Crave Cast by Alexandra Jamieson
  • Plus many more...







Despite the superstar quality of these shows, the process we use can be mastered by anyone. You can learn the skill in a weekend and simultaneously produce your first course and get your message on iTunes!

"Ian absolutely rocks this course. It is by far the best content I've come across in all the Udemy courses I've studied to date. Ian's content is entertaining, captivating and engaging while still nailing the topic. This course delivers the goods and I can't recommend it highly enough. 10 out of 10. Well done Ian!" - Tim Cooper host of ECommerce Domination

This course is unique to Udemy and I've not shared this process with ANYONE outside of our internal company process documents. Sign up for the course and you'll be the first to see the inside of our production studio.


"Just wanted to share my progress with my podcast. Started out by meticulously following the Udemy course and it's just growing and growing now! I've had 1400 downloads in 20 countries! And I'm only to episode 8!" - Lily Gold host of Mormon Missionary Stories

Here is a list of people who have taken this course, and used it to create AMAZING shows. All of them are now 100% verified podcasters:

  • Lily Gold is now the host of Mormon Missionary Stories 
  • Tim Cooper is the host of Make Money with Massage
  • Robbiej Frye is the host of Frye Show
  • Sierra Clarke is the host of OKCarrot
  • Plus many, more....

"I loved this course because Ian kept his instructions simple and clear. By having a video demonstration I felt that I could easily navigate each step. This course gave me confidence in what I was doing and moving forward into the podcasting world. As Ian says "Huzzah!" -- I'm now ready to rumble." - Sierra Clarke host of OKCarrot


In the course you will learn AND execute the following skills:

  • Set up a recording studio
  • Record your podcast introduction
  • Record an interview with a guest via Skype
  • Engineer the audio to professional standards (Minimum effective dose of learning to ensure rapid skill acquisition)
  • Mix your recordings together with music and sound effects. You are limited only by your imagination!
  • Label your podcast for a polished, professional feel
  • Set up a WordPress website and install plugins so you own your own show (Sorry Podbean and BlogTalk)
  • Finally, distribute your podcast RSS feed to the world on platforms like iTunes and Stitcher

"The instructor has done a great job at producing this course, really like the talking head in combination with the screencast. Information is very comprehensive, I already have my own podcast but still learned a lot. Good job!" - Jasper Ribbers host of Get Paid for Your Pad

Upon completion of this course, you will publish your podcast and see it on iTunes! You will have progressed from beginner to published podcaster!

Upon proving your show is published, you will have the opportunity to access our exclusive Facebook group where you can share your podcast with others who have successfully completed the course.

Remember, the opportunity is now. Podcasting is in it's infancy and cultivating these skills will offer you world class opportunities.


"When I first started this course, I had doubts that I could actually produce a quality podcast on my own. However, after only a few lessons, Ian helped me realize that those fears were only in my head. By following his instructions in the course, I was able to easily setup, record, edit and publish my very own podcast that is now published on iTunes! I can't recommend this course enough. The way that Ian has put together the learning material makes it extremely simple to learn......and he keeps it fun! Podcasting has helped transform my business by allowing me to access the influencers in my industry. And, by doing so, I am building my own positive reputation along the way. Thank you are the man!!!" Trevor Turnbull host of The WordPress Authorities Show


Are you deciding between this course and another, longer course? The reason this course is one of the shortest is because the content is carefully curated to deliver value every second. I cut out all the junk so you can learn AS FAST AS POSSIBLE. Don't spend 2-3 days producing a lower quality podcast and waiting through slow, unhelpful tutorials.

This course is carefully crafted to get you producing FAST.


What are you waiting for? Click "Take This Course" and let's start podcasting!

Who is the target audience?
  • People willing to do the hard work, produce something beautiful and courageously reach out to the world and say, "Hi, I made this."
  • Those interested in creating a podcast production business (NOTE: works great for those who would like a location-independent or a work-from-home lifestyle)
  • Do not take this course if you don't like taking action. Without following the steps and doing the work, the lessons will become uninteresting as you won't be following along with real results.
  • Do not take this course if professional quality is unimportant to you
  • Do not take this course if you are not passionate about podcasting
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 32 Lectures Collapse All 32 Lectures 04:08:23
About: The Instructor, The Course and the Podcast Production Process
2 Lectures 05:33

In this section you will learn about my experience in podcasting, the clients I've worked with and the skills you will acquire during the course.

Preview 03:56

In this section you will learn how to join the discussion during the course and how to leave a review for the course.

Preview 01:37
4 Lectures 25:37

In this section you will learn how to install the recording hardware we suggest for this course.

Set Up: Operating your Recording Equipment (Equipment List Included)

In this section you will learn the software skills needed to do live recordings by yourself and with a guest who is sitting in the same room.

Recording: Solo and In Person Recordings with Audacity

In this section you will learn how to record an interview with Skype. This process empowers you to make recordings with anyone on earth who has access to a cell phone.

Recording: Skype Interviews with Anyone Who Has Access to a Phone

In this section I wrap up what we've learned and prepare you to move into section 2. In section 2 you will learn a system to engineer your recordings in a consistent way that you can bet your reputation on.

Wrap Up: ACTION Time! Getting started with your recordings

In this quiz, we ask a few questions to ensure that you produce some recordings. These questions clarify expectations for going forward.

Recording: Time to Take Action!
4 questions
Audio Engineering
13 Lectures 02:02:47

In this section you will learn how to structure your file layout to stay organized. You will have access to download the MasterFiles that you need to ensure great file name structure.

Structure: Podcast File Layout Process

In this section you will learn to polish audio while taking notes for a great blog post. This is the most time intensive portion of this process so prepare to do the bulk of the work on your podcast now.

Polishing: Mastering Audio with Audacity and Taking Podcast Notes

In this section you will learn to Level your polished recordings so that they are prepared to mix with GarageBand.

Preview 01:44

In this section you will learn to take audio from two outside sources: Soundcloud and YouTube. With these skills, a limitless supply of audio is at your figertips.

Sourcing: Collecting Music and Other Podcast Audio Elements

In this section you will learn how to polish various types of audio with different noise profiles and equalization requirements. Don't worry, it's not as complicated as it sounds.

Polishing (Again for Clarification): Polishing New Kinds of Audio

This is the first of two lectures in which you will learn to mix your collection of polished audio segments into a cohesive, and entertaining podcast.

Mixing: Using GarageBand to Create your Podcast 1 of 2

This is the second of two lectures in which you will learn to mix your collection of polished audio segments into a cohesive, and entertaining podcast.

Mixing: Using GarageBand to Create your Podcast 2 of 2

If you don't want to use GarageBand, another option is Audacity. The third in a three part series of tutorials on editing a podcast with Audacity. If you have a choice, please use the GarageBand mixing tutorial for your podcast. If you are on a windows computer or you just don't like GarageBand, this is the first in a three part section which will teach you how to mix and export a podcast with Audacity.

Mixing With Audacity PART ONE

The second in a three part series of tutorials on editing a podcast with Audacity. Much of this is repetition as I'm trying to give you an idea for how to organize and make repeatable work choices that lead to an excellent final product.

Mixing With Audacity PART TWO

The third in a three part series of tutorials on editing a podcast with Audacity. Here we wrap up final edits on the Three Favorite Books podcast and export an .mp3 file which is ideal for use in your podcast.

Preview 04:19

In this section you will learn how to create a document which ensures you consistently tag your .mp3s. If this doesn't make sense now, it will in the next lecture.

Tagging Document: Creating Your Podcast Tagging Document

In this section you will learn how to write ID3 information to your podcasts so that your show is professional indexed by various media players. We call this process, "tagging the .mp3."

Tagging: Digitally Wrapping Your Podcast for Professionalism

We will cover concepts and processes to ensure you have a powerful understanding of this production process.

Quiz: The Freedom Podcasting Podcast Audio Engineering Process
10 questions

In this section you will hear another example of taking many audio elements and mixing them into a cohesive, entertaining audio file.

Preview 04:30
Setting up your Podcast Distribution System: iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and More
5 Lectures 38:38

In this section you will learn how to buy a domain and hosting and create a Wordpress blog to host your podcast.

Building: Get a Domain and Built a Custom WordPress site from Scratch

In this section you will learn how to install the WordPress plugins necessary to produce a podcast RSS feed which can be submitted to podcast platforms like iTunes.

Setting Up: Make your WordPress Blog "Podcast Ready"

In this section you will learn how to set up your podcast media hosting and you'll upload your first podcast.

Uploading: Setting up Podcast Media Hosting and Uploading Shows

In this section you will publish your first podcast ready blog post. When you hit publish, you will have received the final step in creating your podcast RSS feed.

Publishing: Go Live with your First Podcast Blog Post

In this section you will learn how to submit your podcast to iTunes and will be provided with instructions on how to submit to all other podcast platforms of relevance.

Submitting: How to Upload your Podcast to iTunes
Growth, Business, Strategy and Hustle
5 Lectures 17:46

In this section you will learn to hear podcasts in a different way. This audio file was created using the process I detail in this course so you have an idea for what you'll be learning.

Preview 04:12

In this section you will learn more about iTunes and the podcasting section. I'll walk you through the store so you can navigate it and check your status on your own.

Environment: A Walk through iTunes, the Top Podcasts and the New & Noteworthy

In this section you will learn how to join the Freedom Podcasting Udemy Group and connect with other podcasters who have completed the course.

Preview 01:34

In this section you will learn more about creating a podcast production business. We even take a little peak into financials and how we attract clients.

Preview 04:53
Podcast Art Design with Photoshop
2 Lectures 34:07

This is the first of a two part tutorial includes drawing, photography and a lot of Photoshop. The end product is pretty bad on my end, but there are a lot of great lessons to be learned if you follow along.

Mock Art - Planet Money PART ONE

This is the second of a two-part tutorial includes drawing, photography and a lot of Photoshop. The end product is pretty bad on my end, but there are a lot of great lessons to be learned if you follow along.

Mock Art - Planet Money PART TWO
Student Questions - Tutorials to Answer Student Questions
1 Lecture 03:55

This tutorial isn't excellent, but it shares a solution to record a three person podcast in which two people are in the same room and they call a third person who answers the call on Skype.

How to Records a Three Person Podcast - Two People in the Same Room, One on Skyp
About the Instructor
4.5 Average rating
108 Reviews
2,328 Students
3 Courses
CEO of Freedom Podcasting, Podcast Producer Media Engineer

The Freedom Podcasting Company has been producing world class podcasts for a world class group of individual clients ranging from hedge fund managers to human guinea pigs to estheticians and much, much more.

As CEO, Ian is responsible for building systems around production which empower the Freedom Podcasting team to produce excellent media for clients with consistent results. To build these systems, Ian and the team require rock solid attention to detail and a deep understanding of the processes behind the scenes.

As an organization, we have been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Podcast Magazine and are regular focuses of Social Media Examiner.

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