August 3, 2022

How to Make a Meditation Podcast That’s At One With Everything

Lindsay Harris-Friel

As much as there are different kinds of meditation teachers, there are different kinds of meditation podcasts.  Maybe you want to lead a solo guided meditation underscored with music. You may want to interview experts to explore the benefits of mindfulness practice. Or, perhaps you have a group meditation practice that you want to record live and share. No matter your experience and goals, making a podcast requires a specific process. For some people, the idea of recording, editing, mixing, and publishing is intimidating enough to make them need deep cleansing breaths. Fortunately, with Alitu, you can automate the technical details so you can focus on the content in your meditation podcast.  Let’s look at these kinds of meditation podcasts and see how Alitu can help you share your vision. 

Solo Guided Meditation

You can make a guided meditation podcast episode in minutes with a simple script and some music. Our free music library can help you find music to underscore your dialogue. You can also find royalty-free music in many places. Kevin McLeod makes royalty-free music for films, podcasts, YouTube videos, and more. You can purchase an entire music library at his website or individual pieces. I like his site because you can search by mood, genre, length, and other criteria. Another great option is Shutterstock, whose unlimited subscription includes both Music and SFX. (30,000 tracks and 8,000 Metaverse-ready immersive SFX – starting at $16.60/mo. 

To include it in your podcast episode, import the music file to your Library and mix it with the episode. Alitu’s Music Editor can help you make sure the music fades when you speak and doesn’t rise in volume again until you want it. 

Interviews with Remote Recording

No matter how far away your interview guests are, or how tight their schedule is, you can easily record a remote interview with Alitu. You schedule the interview and then set up the episode recording. Alitu provides a link for your guest to click. They don’t have to have any special software or recording skills, just a mic and a computer. Take as long as you need for the guest’s discussion; there’s no limit. Then you can save it to your Library and edit the audio file to your liking. 

Recording a Group Meditation

Recording a group meditation podcast is trickier because more variables are involved. The best recording spaces are usually rooms with soft surfaces to prevent reverberation. If you clap your hands in the room where you plan to record, and you can hear it echo, your recording isn’t going to sound good. Or, actually, it’ll sound great, provided you want it to sound like the speaker is in a cave or down a well. The reverberation can make the words harder to understand. Here are a few lessons I’ve learned the hard way: 

  • Have the meditation leader use a lavalier mic. This way, the leader’s voice takes centre stage in the audio recording. Other errant noises (such as an audience cough or outside traffic) are negligible. 
  • A wireless lavalier mic lets the leader relax without the cord distracting them. A Bluetooth wireless mic can let you use your Apple or Android phone as the recording device (such as the SmartMike+).  
  • A digital recorder is small and can be unobtrusive. If you use one with batteries, make sure they’re fully charged, so you don’t lose a moment. Save your recording to the device’s memory card and then from the card to your computer. Here it can be loaded directly into Alitu for editing and publishing.
  • Again, soft surroundings keep the voice from echoing too much. Putting a cloth canopy over your group leader can keep their voice from bouncing off the ceiling. 

The echo might make the voice impressive. But when you record it, the words are unclear, and the message muddled. You can avoid this by planning ahead. 

Sharing Your Meditation Podcast

The beauty of a meditation podcast is that your audience benefits from your content whenever, wherever they need it. Once you’ve edited the podcast episode so it’s exactly what you want, you upload it to a hosting service with a few clicks. Then you follow the media host’s instructions to publish the podcast episode in different directories (such as Apple, Spotify or Stitcher). You only have to do this once. After that, new episodes go to the directories automatically. 

Right now Alitu is beta testing its own hosting service, too. This means that you can record your meditation podcast, edit the audio, and publish the episode in one single place.

Making a meditation podcast requires some specific know-how, but the learning curve doesn’t take long to master. As long as your episodes and publishing are consistent, your audience will return for more. Not only does Alitu have a straightforward drag-and-drop editing system and a free music library, but they also have a seven-day free trial, so you can see how easy it is to make a meditation podcast. This way, you spend a little time editing and a lot of time focusing on your content and followers. 

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