When creating a podcast, it seems obvious to spend time developing the main content for each episode, but just as important are the other segments of an episode, such as the introduction you use to welcome listeners to each episode.
Libsyn Studio offers some segments as reusable chapters. After you record them once, they are automatically inserted into your future episodes when you start a new recording. You can always re-record them while editing an episode if you want to change them.
You can record the following pieces of reusable content:
The introduction is what welcomes listeners to your show as a whole. Think of it as a theme song to your favorite TV show. This is an important element of your show because it is the first thing listeners hear; it sets the scene for your listeners. Choose signature music from the free Libsyn Studio library or a sound effect that reflects and excites your content. Listeners will come to associate this audio specifically with your show.
We recommend recording the intro once and using the same one each time to build equity in your show as well as brand recognition. Consistency is your friend. Within your intro, you should include: podcast name, the host’s names and your “tag” or summary of your show content. Include your purpose or mission statement and integrate some signature, ambient music or sound effect.
The job of the outro is essentially to close the show. This is a good place to insert your Call-to-Action (CTA).
A CTA asks the listener to do something. Some CTA examples are: Subscribe to the podcast, share the podcast, sign up for the email list, download an ebook, buy tickets for an event or conference, support the podcast on Patreon, or pledge to the show’s crowdfunding project. It’s the best place to ask for feedback or a review. If they stayed until the end, there is a good chance they enjoyed the show, so they’d be more likely to leave a positive review.
For details on recording the audio files, see Record an Episode with Libsyn Studio.
Add Background Music
After you save your recording for a reusable chapter, you can add background music to play quietly underneath your voice recording.
Click the dropdown to expand the list of a royalty-free pieces of music. You can click the button to preview what the music will sound like.
You can also click Upload your own music to search for and add your own music. (Be sure you have the rights to use it.)
When you've added your music, click Save. After the file processes, you have several options.
Click to preview your recording with audio added.
Click to download an .mp3 of this file to your computer.
Click to edit the file. You can change the music or click to delete the audio recording.