The Complete Guide to Audio Live Streaming with Podbean Live Stream

Podbean Live makes it easy to start a live show for your podcast. A live audio show creates deeper engagement with your audience, is a fun way to have interactive conversations and celebrate special guests or events, and is even a way to earn some money. Click on any of the sections to the left to read more about how to start and manage your live show with Podbean Live Stream.

Here are the quick and easy steps to start and run a Podbean Live Stream.

Step 1: Signup or login to Podbean, create a live show and invite co-hosts/guests.

1. Go to www.podbean.com and start a free account or log into your existing Podbean account. Podbean Live is free for podcasters, no matter where you host your podcast.

2. Go to your “Publish Dashboard”. Click the Live Shows button on the left of the dashboard page, then click “+New Live Show”.

Go to your “Publish Dashboard”

3. Set up your live show room with a topic title, duration, and description. Then click “Save”. You can also set the planned time your live show will start here.

Set up your live show room with a topic title, duration, and description

4. After setting up your live show room, you will be taken to the Live Shows page. You can click the Enter button in the right column of the corresponding live show title to enter the live show room.

After setting up your live show room, you will be taken to the Live Shows page

5. Please plug in a headset or use headphones and a mic to get better voice quality and avoid echoes. Make sure to test your settings and audio before beginning your show.

6. You can click the “Call-ins” section on the right of the Live page to invite any co-hosts or guests. There is a limit of five total people joining at once (host, co-hosts/guests and listener call-ins).

Share and promote your Podbean Live Show before it starts.

Step 2: Share and promote your Podbean Live Show before it starts.

After you set up your live show, click “share” in the right hand column to post to Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin as well as to get a link you can share anywhere.

Share and promote your Podbean Live Show before it starts. Share and promote your Podbean Live Show before it starts.

Make sure to announce upcoming live shows in your podcast episodes, newsletters, and groups related to your podcast. Share at different times on social media to make sure your fans know about the show. Get creative with images and promotion of the topic being covered or guest joining you. Be sure listeners know it is also a chance to interact with the podcast.

When your live stream begins, Podbean will send a notification to your podcast followers. Encourage your fans to follow you in the Podbean app so they receive notifications and can keep up with your shows.

Step 3: Start and run the live show.

1. The latest version of Chrome browser is required to run Podbean Live. Please make sure you have Chrome installed/updated. When you’re ready, launch the live show page in Chrome. You can click the Start button to activate your live show. (Even though you may set a scheduled time, the live stream will not start until you click start.) When you see “On Air”, your livestream has started.

 Start and run the live show.  Start and run the live show.

2. You’re now live streaming and can begin talking into your mic. You can mute yourself anytime by clicking the microphone icon on the top left corner of the Podbean Live page. Along with audio, you can send text messages and emojis to listeners by inputting a message in the text box or clicking the emoji icon.

 Start and run the live show.

You can click audio effects on the right to add various audio effects, you can also click the music section to add background music.

 Start and run the live show.

3. You can manage guests and listener call ins on the right side of the interface. Read more about inviting remote guests and how listeners call in. Under “PodPoints”on the left you can see any gifts received from listeners. In the chat section, you can click on a listener's "profile" to check their profile page (view their likes, who they're following, and their podcast, if they have one). You can disconnect the call here, and also block the listener (which means they will no longer be able to call in or comment in this live stream).

 Start and run the live show.  Start and run the live show.

4. After you finish your live show, click the End button on the top left corner of the Live page, then confirm by clicking “Yes” on the pop-up window to end the live show.

 Start and run the live show.  Start and run the live show.

After ending your live show, you will see a pop-up window that shows the general statistics from your live show, including its duration, the number of PodPoints earned, number of participants and new followers.

 Start and run the live show.

Step 4: Turn your livestream into a podcast episode.

Click the Get Recording button on the Live Shows page. You will see two options: “Publish Episode” or “Download Recording”. Publish will take you directly to your Podbean publishing page to create an episode from the current recording. If you are not hosting your podcast on Podbean or wish to edit your recording or save a copy, choose the download option. You will get the recording as an MP3 file.

 Start and run the live show.  Start and run the live show.

1. From your Live Shows page, enter the live show you wish to invite co-hosts or guests to join. On the right of the screen, you’ll see “Call-ins” which will show you the number of available slots and anyone already invited. Under “Invite Co-hosts & Guests” click on the “+” to invite a new guest.

 How to Invite a Remote Guest/Co-Host to Your Livestream

Note: Four slots are available for calling in. A total of 5 people can be on the live stream at one time (including the host, co-hosts, guests and any listeners calling in).

2. Input your co-host or guest’s email address, then click the Invite button to invite your co-host/guest.

 How to Invite a Remote Guest/Co-Host to Your Livestream

3. You’ll see the co-hosts or guests you’ve invited under "Invite Co-hosts & Guests". When they call in, click the green button to accept the call or the red button to reject the call. Once the call is connected, you will see their icon in the top section and can click on it to hang up the call.

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How the Co-host or Guest Joins Your Show

1. Your co-host/guest will receive an email such as the following example. They can follow the steps to join your live show. They will need to sign up for a free Podbean account and download the Podbean Podcast App. Co-hosts and guests can only join the livestream via the Podbean App.

 How to Invite a Remote Guest/Co-Host to Your Livestream

2. At the time of the live show, they can either click on the link in the invitation email to go directly to the live show or search your show in the Podbean app (if they follow the show, as recommended in the email, they will receive a notification in the app when the live show show starts).

3. The co-host or guest will click on the microphone in the app to request to call in. Once you accept their call, they will be live. They can click the mic button again to mute or hang up at any time.

 How to Invite a Remote Guest/Co-Host to Your Livestream

Please make sure you have the Chrome browser installed. The latest version of Chrome is required to run the livestream on your computer (the host must use the interface in the Podbean dashboard for desktop, not the app). When you’re ready to begin, launch the liveshow page in Chrome (login to Podbean, go to “Publish Dashboard”-->”Live Shows” and click “Enter” for the show) and click the Start button to activate your live show. (Even though you may have set a scheduled time when setting it up, the live stream will not start until you click start.) When you see “On Air”, your live stream has started.

How to Run a Live Show with Podbean Live Stream

Live casting and interacting during your live stream: You’re now live streaming and can begin talking into your mic (headset or headphones and mic required). Along with audio, you can send text messages and emojis to listeners by inputting a message in the text box or clicking the emoji icon. You can mute yourself anytime by clicking the microphone icon on the top left corner of the Podbean Live page. 

How to Run a Live Show with Podbean Live Stream

Guests and co-hosts can join the livestream after you’ve started it. During the live stream, co-hosts and guests can hit the mic in the app to mute (click the mic button and they will get a pop up with mute or hang up options) when they aren’t talking to avoid background noise.

How to Run a Live Show with Podbean Live Stream

Audio effects : You can click the audio effects section on the right of the interface to add various audio effects. Click the desired audio effect icon to play it in the live show.

How to Run a Live Show with Podbean Live Stream

Background music and intro/outro music: If you want to add background music, you can click the Add Music button on the right of the interface, then select the background music you’d like to add from the list in the pop-up window.

How to Run a Live Show with Podbean Live Stream

After selecting background music options, they will be listed under the Music tab. Please click the title of the background music, then click the Play button on the mini player to play it.

How to Run a Live Show with Podbean Live Stream

You can click the play mode icon on the mini player to set the play mode. There are three modes: Repeat (the individual track), Repeat list, and No repeat.

How to Run a Live Show with Podbean Live Stream

Click the Low/High volume buttons to change the volume of the background music. If you are speaking to your listeners, you should use low volume mode; if not, you can set it to high volume (such as for intro, outro and interlude music). If you don’t want to play background music when you’re speaking to your listeners, you can click the pause button on the mini player to pause the music.

Taking listener calls: On the right of the Podbean Live page, you’ll find the “Call-ins” section. When a listener calls in, you will see their request in this section. Click the green call button to accept their call. Click the red button to reject the call. Once the call is connected, you will see the listener’s icon in the top section and can click on it to hang up the call.

Toggle the button under “Listener Call In” to disable listener call in.

How to Run a Live Show with Podbean Live Stream

Ending your live show: After you finish your live show, click the End button on the top left corner of the Live page, then confirm by clicking “Yes” on the pop-up window to end the live show.

How to Run a Live Show with Podbean Live Stream

After ending your live show, you will see a pop-up window that shows the general statistics from your live show, including its duration, the number of PodPoints earned, number of participants and new followers.

How to Run a Live Show with Podbean Live Stream

Listeners can join from the link you share to promote the show. When they click the link, they will either be taken directly to your live show admission page, if they already have the Podbean app, or to download the Podbean app first.

How Listeners Join Your Live Stream

Listeners who follow your podcast in the Podbean app will also receive a notification when you start a live show. They can also browse the live shows section in the Podbean app to find various live shows.

How Listeners Join Your Live Stream

When a listener goes to join your live show, they will be taken to the admission ticket page. The first 50 attendees get free admission. After 50 slots are taken, attendees will need to pay 70 Golden Beans (Podbean’s virtual currency) for a standard admission ticket. Listeners can easily recharge their Golden Beans balance right in the app. The host/podcaster will receive PodPoints from these ticket sales, which can be cashed out.

How Listeners Join Your Live Stream

In the live show, you can enable or disable listener call-in (it is enabled by default) . If enabled, your listeners can request to call in. If you disable listener call in, your listeners will receive a message saying “Call-in is not enabled by the host” when they try to call.

How Listener Call-in Works

When a listener requests to call in, you can click the green icon on the right of your listener’s nickname to accept their call. If you can’t or don’t want to accept it, you can click the red icon on the right of your listener’s nickname to refuse their call.

How Listener Call-in Works

Podbean Live Stream allows up to five people to have their audio live at any one time. This includes the host, any co-hosts or guests, and listeners.

Once a listener call is connected, their icon will show in one of the slots at the top of the “Call-ins” section. You can click the icon to disconnect the call.

How Listener Call-in Works

Golden Beans are Podbean’s virtual currency. They can be used to purchase admission to live shows and to send virtual gifts to hosts during the live stream. Gold Beans are not transferable and not refundable. They can only be used to purchase services in the Podbean app.

Hosts earn points from virtual gifts received and ticket sales. 2 Golden Beans=1 PodPoint. Hosts can then cash out these points to their Paypal account. 100 PodPoints are worth $1.

To cash out your PodPoints balance, go to the Live Stream menu-->PodPoints page to fill in your PayPal account information. The balance will be paid out on the 25th of the following month.

How Golden Beans and PodPoints Work in Podbean Live Stream