How to Set Up a Podcast Recording Studio

In this tutorial, I’m going to set up a podcasting studio. Once it’s set up, I’ll create a test recording using the audio recording software called Audio Hijack.

First, we will set up two microphones and two microphone stands. Then we will plug them both into a single Macbook Pro using the USB cables. Once we have our hardware set up, we will go into the computer and make a test recording. We will capture the audio via a software program called Audio Hijack.

Benefits of this podcast recording system:

  • Split track recordings across each of the podcast participants
  • Low cost (I think the microphones are about $60 each)
  • Boom mics and pop filters help ensure great audio quality

In the video above, I try to explain the podcast recording setup as quickly as possible. My goal is that the watcher can learn to set up the recording equipment, operate the recording software and share the recorded files with people via some file sharing process.

how to set up a podcast recording studio

To get this setup, you only need to buy two things:

Microphone (x2)

how to set up a recording studio - podcast microhpone

Audio Technica 2100


Stand + Pop Filters (x2)

microphone boom arm for a podcast recording studio

Stand + Pop Filters


Audio Recording Software

Audio Hijack – My favorite podcast Recording Software


Podcasting Microphone Stand

In this tutorial, I set up the microphones using the boom arm microphone stands.

The boom arms are entirely optional.

The Audio Technia ATR-2100 microphones come with small little tripod stands which work perfectly fine.

Why I Like the Audio Technica ATR-2100

The ATR-2100 only records audio from directly in front of the microphone.

If you’re recording and a loud motorcycle drives by outside, you won’t hear it on this microphone. Even if the motorcycle sound really loud to you, the microphone is great at not recording that.

Don’t use these:

  • Blue Yeti
  • Snowball

Why Split Track Recordings

The reason I like split track recordings is because they empower the people in post production to make your podcasts sound better.

If there is a dog barking in the background of one microphone, the producer can go in and edit that out exceptionally cleanly.


Have any questions? 

Please let me know in the comments below.


About Ian

Ian started producing podcasts for clients in 2010. He now focuses on making Freedom Podcasting awesome. He's working on the Freedom Podcasting App, making videos about podcast studios or doing whatever else to work for Freedom Podcasting.

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