Equipment suggestions for posting podcasts to AppleVis
People are using a variety of methods to record podcasts for the site. The simplest solution is to use an app such as DropVox or List Recorder to record directly onto your iPhone. The benefits are that it should record VoiceOver quite nicely and you will have the file in a format that you can upload to the site without needing to convert it. You need to make sure that the app supports recording in the background, or else it will stop as soon as you switch to the app that you are demonstrating. Take a few moments to test that the VoiceOver volume is appropriate to the volume of your speech, and away you go <smile>
Having said all of that, this might not be suitable for the podcast that you have in mind, as I think that all voice recording apps will stop recording if you start playing audio in another app (anybody feel free to correct me if I am wrong <smile>).
Some people use a digital handheld recorder, which if you happen to have one, also makes for quite a simple solution.
I've no experience of recording audio via a PC or Mac, but I know that many of the people who have recorded podcasts for the site do use this method.
In its simplest form, I would assume that it requires no more than plugging a Mic into your soundcard or USB port. If your soundcard supports 2 inputs, you should be able to connect both your Mic and iPhone, and record both inputs simultaneously.
Beyond this, you start to get into dedicated hardware, such as mixer boards, which (among other things) allow you to connect multiple audio inputs to your computer. Again, I've no experience of using these.
As for software, Audacity and GoldWave seem to be popular choices. The first of these is free, and there are lots of tutorials available online.
There is a podcast demonstration of Audacity on the Blind Geek Zone website at: http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/audio.htm
There's a podcast introduction to Audacity on the Blind Tech Support website at: http://www.blindtechsupport.net/podcasts/audio/audacity
I don't know if the Sound Recorder application that is native to Windows is too limited, or whether it would be enough for this purpose.
Hopefully somebody with actual experience of recording podcasts with a PC will be able to provide some better advice <smile>