The goal of this post is to provide the most inexpensive list of podcast recording equipment that provides for optimized source recordings.
I’m going to list 2 options:
1. PRO ($700)
You can start podcasting with the microphone that came with your iPhone. If you are just testing the water, it’s not necessary to go out and get heavy duty equipment. That being said, there will be a cap to your audience growth unless you get your hands on a quality microphone. Either of these microphones will get you a great source recording.
My podcast requires that I carry my equipment with me. Having a mixer, a microphone arm and everything else is simply impossible due to my travel lifestyle. So I seek a mobile microphone that I can take with me. If you require mobility in your recording studio, go with the Budget High Quality podcasting microphone.
1. PRO Podcast Recording Equipment List:
This podcast recording equipment provides the highest cost/benefit ratio of sound quality to price. With this gear, your sound quality will be in line with the best of iTunes. It’s a small investment if your serious about having an excellent podcast.
Lewis Howes uses this PRO Podcast Recording Equipment and you can hear the quality by listening to it here.
Heil Sound PR 40 Microphone
Scarlet 2i2 Mixer
The mixer provides the power that the microphone needs to get the highest quality source recording. Since you just want to podcast, you don’t need a mixer with 50 channels. This mixer will provide you with the sound quality you need at a price that isn’t going to be restrictive.
The microphone connects to the mixer, the mixer connects to your computer. It’s that simple.
The pop filter is inexpensive icing on your sound quality cake. Even with the best microphone, you need a pop filter to create a physical barrier between you mouth and the podcast recording equipment. These cost around twenty dollars so there is a attractive cost/benefit ratio.
One of the most common complaints from podcast listeners is that they “hate” the host or guest breathing into the microphone. Pop filters alleviate the risk of this, plus they improve the overall source recording.
- XLR Cable – This will connect your microphone to your mixerconnect all this new equipment to your computer, you will need the following cables:
- RCA Cable – For pluggin your mixer into your computer via the microphone jack
- 1/4″ Stero Jack – For plugging your headphones into your mixer
Putting it all Together
Putting the Gear Together Goes Like This:
- Pop Filter goes over the Microphone
- Microphone connects to Shock Mount
- Shock Mount connects to Arm Mount
- Arm Mount connects to your table
- Microphone connects to XLR Cable
- XLR Cable connects to Mixer
- Mixer connects to RCA Cable
- RCA Cable connects to the Computer
Podcast Recording Equipment Cost
The initial investment will be about $700 USD.
Here Someone Else Shows you How to Set it Up
2. Budget High-Quality Podcast Microphone
I’ve changed my thinking on this as I’ve become more experienced. Now I suggest the podcast studio on this page. It’s inexpensive and much, much better quality.
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