What are the best tools to use for podcasting? I'm looking to focus on content, and minimizing work on production/sound quality, etc as much as possible.
It's a balance since a level of technical knowledge is needed for sound quality. Tools vary based if you're Mac or PC. Here's an easy setup:
Each person uses Audacity (audacity.sourceforge.net) to record their microphone as you're all talking on Skype or wherever. Then all the audio is sent to one person who puts it together (can be done in audacity too) and exported as an MP3.
I would also highly suggest using The Levelator (conversationsnetwork.org) to even out all the sound. It's a free, semi-pro tool, and works wonders.
The great thing about podcasting is once you get the audio tech down to a system, you never have to think about it. You can just focus on making the best show possible. Your workflow for post-production would never change.
If you have Audio Hijack, then you're golden. Just use that. Audacity is free and cross platform. That's why I mentioned it.
There's a ton of podcasts out there, so your challenge will be getting the word out. Best thing is to make a promo and ask to swap / play promos with other shows that may have your target audience. If you fit a niche, there's no reason you can't build & grow an audience. Quality content and consistency takes care of that.
Thanks for your feedback! Team Branch