If you’re thinking about starting a podcast, one the questions you might have is what equipment should I buy. With the array of choices, you might be confused and eventually delaying starting your podcast. No need to delay any longer because what you will need to get started is a few basic things, and they don’t need to be expensive.
A microphone can make or break the quality of your podcast. This is the most important piece of equipment you will buy. How much you buy depends on how many persons you will be recording in your podcast production studio. For now one will do. When choosing a microphone they’re some things to look out for.
First, you will need a dynamic microphone. The reason for this is they are built for live performances and are less sensitive compared to a condenser microphone usually used for studio recording. These types of microphones are ideal for recording in home offices and small spaces where you can easily set them up and record without the worry of picking up unwanted noises. You will need to keep your environment quiet while you’re recording though.
The most recommended microphone by top recording engineers worldwide is the shure sm 58 microphone. It is a rugged microphone and has an excellent sound. I have used this microphone at press conferences in Jamaica for years, not to mention at church.
Their other microphone on the high-end side from a price perspective is the shure sm7. Almost all radio stations in Jamaica has this microphone in their studio. I have been working with this microphone at the Jamaica Information Service for over 8 years and they sound great.
Mixing board / Audio Interface
Most dynamic mics’ comes with an XLR input. To use this input with your computer or laptop you will need a mixer to connect to your computer. An audio interface is a great way to do this. They come with a 1 to as high as 8 or more channels. They can record multiple tracks which can be great for recording guest inside your office.
They’re many options available and they are built pretty well. I personally use the M Audio mobile pre. I’m not sure if they are still making this unit because I’ve had it since 2010 and it is still working the only issue now is the headphone jack is not working properly.
When buying, choose a device with the number of inputs you are going to use over and over again. It would be a waste of money to invest in a unit with 4 channels when you only need 1 or 2. Higher price does not always equal better quality but you might get a better-built device.
The ability to hear yourself clearly is important not only when editing but recording as well. A good headphone can get you that. I personally love the shure srh440 headphones. They sound great and transparent. If you want to hear a lot of booming bass in your headphone, you won’t get that in this one.
The other headphone I know very well is the AKG k240 headphone. They also sound great, and very flat and transparent. My only issue though is that it’s not as bright as the shure srh440 but with a good reference point they are good to have.
Recording and Editing Software
Most audio interfaces come with recording software like Cubase ai, or Ableton live lite. For podcasting purpose, both are good to use, If you happen to get a copy with your audio interface use it. The plus to this is that you don’t have to go software hunting. You can set up templates for your show. Also, they are not that difficult to use.
Another option is audacity. This is also free and can work on both mac and pc.
Arm Suspension Stand
Finally, you will need a microphone stand to attach to your table. You can get a regular desk stand if space is an issue for you. Otherwise, get an arm suspension stand.
Starting a podcast is not difficult. With your shopping list now in place go and take action. Buy what you need and get started.
If you have any questions, leave a comment below.