The best thing I can tell you if you want to start podcasting is start with what podcast equipment you have available and just start recording. Take action! Because once you take action, that will snowball and that will be your stepping stone to gradually improve on what you’ve already started.
Sure, there will be learning curves, but remember, nobody started and already knew everything. The keyword is you just have to get started, Probably the best lesson you’ll learn is that you’ll be glad you did not wait for the perfect day when you have all the bright and shiny podcast equipment or all the knowledge to podcast.
So in this post, my goal is to just help you move one step at a time and guide you through the basic podcast equipment you’ll need and how to use them.
If there’s one podcast equipment you’ll need to invest in from the get go, that’s no less than a microphone. Be sure to get a decent microphone before anything else. Your microphone will have a very big impact on the quality of your podcast and although you can hire a podcast editor to help you clean up your audio, if you have a good mic, you’ll save yourself time, hassle, and money, and it will probably save you a subscriber from unsubscribing if you have start with a good quality microphone.
USB Mic Recommendations:
- Audio Technica ATR2100 Price: $67.08
- Rode Podcaster Price: $229.00
- Blue Yeti USB Microphone Price: $104.95
XLR Mic Recommendations:
If you are wondering what an audio interface is, it’s practically an equipment that bridges between an audio equipment like a microphone and your computer. The audio interface translates the analog signal of your microphone and turns it to a digital signal that is then passed on to your computer. It’s like a sound card, an external sound card for that matter.
Do I need an audio interface for a USB microphone?
The answer is no. You will only need an audio interface if you are using an XLR microphone. The USB microphone technically already has a built-in audio interface that’s why there’s no need for a “bridge”.
Now, depending on how many XLR inputs you’ll need, you can purchase an audio interface with different numbers of XLR inputs. Below are some examples of audio interfaces with two microphone inputs.
Behringer Uphoria UM2 Price: $39.99
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Price: $159.99
Whether for it’s monitoring your recording or for when you do the audio editing, I personally recommend Audio Technica’s ATH line of headphones. I personally use M30x and have been very satisfied with the comfort and sound quality. It’s a full ear headphone that you can plug into 3.5mm headphone jack or use the included adapter and plug it into 1/8 headphone jack.
Audio Technica ATH-M30X Price: $69.00
Mic Boom Arm
To ensure that you are able to move freely while recording and eliminate the chance of moving the microphone unnecessarily, you’ll need to get a microphone boom arm. This podcast equipment will keep you microphone in place and will make it easy for you to move or adjust to ensure you are positioned just right for best recording quality. You can get one for as low as $12, but you can also find
While your recording can be done directly into your computer, I also recommend that you invest in a portable recorder as backup system and redundancy and at the same time, a gear you can use when you are travelling.
Depending on your budget, here are some popular choices when deciding for an audio recording podcast equipment to buy.
Portable audio recording podcast equipment recommendations
- Zoom H6 – Six Track Portable Recorder Price: $399.99
- Zoom H5 – Four Track Portable Recorder Price: $279.99
- Zoom H4n PRO Digital Multitrack Recorder Price: $219.99
- Zoom H1n Handy Recorder Price: $119.99
If you’re on a budget, you can pick a Zoom H1n but if you have the money to invest in a great recorder, go ahead and get yourself a Zoom H6.
Zoom portable recorders are that good that’s why you’ll see almost all of their product lineup of audio recording tools in my recommendation. Roland and Tascam have their own portable audio recorders and I’m sure there are also great ones that I need to mention. I will go back to this post once I’ve personally tried one.
Now, when you have all these checked, let’s go down to the final tool, your computer. The post production part is probably where you’ll spend the most time. From editing, to uploading, to posting your podcast episode, all the efforts you’ve spent on podcast equipment, your computer will be the last stop before it goes out to the world. You don’t need a very expensive computer. You can use a Windows based PC and Mac with certainly get the job done too. Here’s my recommendation:
- Be sure to get an SSD instead of HDD
- Get enough storage space to accommodate files for backup
- If budget permits, buy an external drive for redundancy