Evolution of AI and Benefits
As a podcaster, you know that creating high-quality content can be time-consuming and tedious. Fortunately, with the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) tools, you can streamline your podcast production process and learn how to use AI tools for your podcast to 10x your productivity.
The evolution of AI has brought numerous benefits to the world of podcasting. From generating content ideas to creating unique episode artwork and social media pieces, there are AI tools available for every phase of podcast production.
Different Phases of Podcast Production
Before we go into the tools you can use, let’s go over the 3 main phases of the podcast to clearly identify the tasks that are being done and how AI tools can be integrated to speed up their completion.
The pre-production phase of podcast production is where the ideas for the podcast are generated, and the groundwork is laid out for the rest of the process. The following tasks are done in the pre-production phase:
Idea generation and outline topics: The episode idea is brainstormed, and topics are outlined. This includes identifying the main themes and talking points for each episode.
Suggest guests and questions for your guests: If the podcast features guests, the podcast host will identify potential guests for the show and come up with questions to ask them during the interview.
Script Writing: A script is written for each episode to help the host stay on track and ensure that all important information is covered.
Voice Over: If the podcast requires a voiceover, this is recorded during the pre-production phase.
The production phase is where the actual recording of the podcast takes place. The following tasks are done in the production phase:
Audio Editing: The raw audio is edited to remove any unwanted noises like background noises, filler words, and any other unwanted sounds that may have been picked up during the recording. The audio may also be edited altogether with the video if the podcast is in video format.
Episode Artwork and Graphics: Graphics are created for each episode, including the cover art and any additional images that will be used to promote the episode.
Show Notes: Detailed notes are taken during the recording process or the outline used for the script. These notes can be used to create the show notes that will be used on the podcast website and podcast distribution channels so the listeners can easily follow.
The post-production phase is where the podcast is finalized and prepared for distribution. The following tasks are done in the post-production phase:
Content Repurposing: The content from each episode is repurposed for use in other marketing materials, such as blog posts or social media content.
Creating Graphics and Videos: Additional graphics and videos are created to promote the podcast and individual episodes.
Podcast Publishing and Social Media Posts and Scheduling: The podcast is scheduled on its host platform and promoted on social media. Posts are ideally scheduled to go out after the episode is launched to remind listeners that they can already listen to the episode.
How To Use AI For Each Phase: 20+ AI Tools For Podcasts
I actually saw videos and blogs on how to use AI for your podcast but it was mostly about how to use Chat GPT to generate topics, questions, and scripts. So here’s how you can integrate AI and other tools into your entire podcast production process.
Chat GPT - I know everyone is talking about this and that’s because it’s the best out there (so far). You can use it for idea generation, outlining topics, questions for your guests, and scriptwriting your solo episodes.
Playground AI - The free version of Chat GPT is always down due to the surge of users so Playground AI is an alternative to Chat GPT. It is also developed by Open AI but is still in beta mode.
Matchmaker.fm - Can be used to find guests. Matchmaker.fm is like tinder for podcasters. You can sign up for free and filter new potential people you can have as a guest on your show or to be a guest in.
Jasper.ai - Ideas, Copywriting, Blog writing, Descriptions, etc.
Hypotenuse.ai - Alternative to Jasper because Jasper is expensive. 😬
Rytr.me - You can use SEO templates and other use cases for titles and ideas. I personally use this one. They can also automatically generate images from the written content generated. They’re not perfect though. Last time I generate a photo of a girl and her fingers and eyes looked funky. 👀👇
Creaitor.ai - Alternative to Rytr. If you end up not like Rytr.
Midjourney.com - Podcast cover and graphics inspiration. Of course, there are other AI image generators out there like DALL-E 2 but honestly, Midjourney is the best.
Prompt.noonshot.com/midjourney - Sometimes it might take a while for you to generate the image that you want without it having an extra set of fingers and eyes so here’s a prompt tool to help you with Midjourney.
FakeYou.com - Text to speech. You can use 2000+ voices. PewDiePie’s voice is here. 😳
Repurpose.io - Repurposing podcast episodes. You can edit the audiograms directly on their platform. Although I’m not a huge fan of audiograms anymore because as I’ve mentioned in my IG post, it doesn’t work as well these days.
Capsho.com - Generate show notes, titles, transcriptions, and captions from your episode just by uploading it. The only downside is it takes a long time to process and you have to rewrite the show notes and posts it generates or else it may take some information out of context.
Headliner App - Audiograms creation. I like it because you can upload a video and put audio waves on it.
Contentatscale.ai - AI detector. You need this especially when you’re writing articles for SEO because the algorithm can detect if it’s done by AI and you will be punished by pushing your rank lower. So you can use this to detect if you’re writing is human or AI. If the latter, you might want to paraphrase your content before publishing it as a blog.
Quillbot.com - I use this to easily paraphrase.
Descript - It has automatic audio noise removal and audio leveling. It can generate transcriptions and can easily add captions to your clips. I’ve been using Descript for years now and it’s easily my favorite podcast production tool. If you’re interested, you can click here to start using it. If you use my link I will get a commission if you decide to subscribe so… pretty please? 🥺
Hypefury.com - Social media scheduler that I personally think specializes on Twitter. You know how Twitter threads are very trendy? Especially when you want to post a series of info. Hypefury can schedule Twitter threads.
Tweetdeck - A free scheduler for Twitter and an alternative to Hypefury but it can’t schedule threads.
Later.com - Most people use Later and I would use it because it can schedule reels but it can’t choose the trending audio that comes with your video so might as well use Meta Business Suite. Plus it’s free. 🤷♀️
Tailwind.com - Great for Pinterest and Instagram.
Notjustanalytics.com - Analytics is like a window to track performance which you can use for your strategy. Which is crucial for social media. Yep, we don’t just post randomly we create content plans with strategies behind them. 😊 If you want to try our social media services, click here. (Shameless plug )
Just a disclaimer: I am not sponsored nor do I get any payment to promote these tools. Except for Descript, if you use my link, I will earn a commission. 🥺 But these are tools that I personally use and have tried which I think can also help other podcasters.
AI Nuances: Real-world problems and Speculations
Writing and comedy are not my strongest suit so I let Chat GPT write this italicized part using an outline of my opinion on real-world problems and speculations about AI. Off to my vacation. ✈️😎
As AI continues to evolve and become more advanced, it's important to consider both the benefits and potential drawbacks of this technology. While there are certainly many benefits to using AI, there are also some real-world problems that can arise if it's not used responsibly.
One of the biggest issues with AI is that it can be used to steal from artists. This happens when the model is trained on the works of other artists without permission, resulting in a loss of creative control and ownership. And let's be real, the last thing we need is a robot trying to pass off someone else's work as its own - I mean, we already have Instagram influencers for that.
Another problem with AI is that it can be used for illegal purposes, such as searching for the formula of drugs or modifying code to hack into accounts. This is like giving a toddler a flamethrower - they might not know what they're doing, but they can still cause some serious damage.
And speaking of limitations, even Chat GPT, one of the most advanced AI models out there, has its limits. There are certain keywords it can't search, and there's a limit to how much we can ask it. It's like trying to ask Siri how to cook a 5-course meal when all she knows is how to make toast. But hey, developers are still figuring out how to improve AI and avoid exploitations, so there's hope for the future.
When it comes to speculation, some people are worried that AI will eventually replace humans in the workforce, leaving us all out of jobs. So instead of sending out resumes, we might have to send out friend requests to our robot overlords. And who knows, they might even be more popular on LinkedIn than we are.
But perhaps the biggest concern is that AI might become too powerful and turn on us. Imagine waking up one day to find out that the toaster you thought was your friend has decided to take over the world. As the quote from Ex Machina goes, "If you've created a conscious machine, it's not the history of man. That's the history of gods." So maybe it's time to start being a little nicer to our machines, just in case they decide to get revenge for all those times we unplugged them without saying goodbye.
It’s crucial for us to be knowledgeable of the nuances surrounding AI and what’s in store in the future but it’s more important to remember that these jokes are Chat GPT’s words, not mine. 💀
Why Humans And AI Have To Work Together
Peter Theil in his book Zero to One, says that AI and Humans have to work together. I agree. The foundation of AI is made to help humans. It challenges the value of the work we pursue. Adapting to change can help us to focus on a higher level of value which can create additional jobs. What I don’t agree with is the model training on copyrighted art and content without any regulation. I hope in the future the developers will find a way to solve the issues that surround it.
Going back to its use case for podcasts, with the help of AI tools, we can generate more content, repurpose it in different ways, and even automate the production process. So don't be afraid to embrace this new technology and take your podcast to the next level. After all, the only limit is your imagination, and with AI by your side, you might just surprise yourself.