There is a good chance you are considering a podcast or a voice over project. You have many questions; many that remain unanswered. Here you will find a plethora of audio production resources you can consult to assist you in your endeavor to get your audio recorded.
Audio Recording Gear Recommendations
Audio gear can be expensive; however, it does not have to be. With a clear vision of your goals, you can certainly find new or used pro audio gear to serve your purposes. The most important aspect of the pro audio gear you will purchase will be how it performs during the recording process. If it causes distortion or other undesirable affects to your audio, there is very little that can be done to fix the outcome. Remember: we cannot polish a ball of mud.
Audio Recording Software Recommendations
There are so many audio recording software packages today that a newcomer to the world of audio could easily have their excitement replaced by confusion. It is helpful to remember that the audio software investment is closely linked to the computing environment of choosing. While some prefer Windows; others will prefer MacOS. My advise is to start small and to start free. Audacity is a great audio software application that can get you going where you want to go, and it can be easily configured to perform the same tasks over again. The other audio software packages around may have more features better suited for broadcasting or streaming; however, a barebones approach to recording audio will put you in a better position to have an audio engineer add or remove specific elements of the audio during the post-production process.
Audio Recording Prep for Post-Production
It helps to think about audio post-production in terms of cooking a meal. We don't concern ourselves with the size of a dinner plate or the lighting of the dinning room when we are cooking the meal. The same can be said of audio post-production. Once all the audio is recorded, we can then sit down and strategize how best to attack the task of balancing, editing, mixing, and the various techniques that are used to sweeten the presentation of the audio. These techniques have been around for many years; in fact, you more than likely heard several of them when you listened to the news this morning or when you were jamming to your favorite album in the car. It's all the same process--just tailored to the audio in question.
With the resources above, you will have all the hardware, all the software, and all the audio post-production preparations know-how needed to move on to the next step to getting your audio heard by your target audience.