A Guide to Selecting The Best Podcast Equipment
October 19, 2016 | Jacob Bozarth
Podcast recording equipment can be a little daunting, especially if you are just beginning and have little to no experience recording a podcast. A lot of necessary thought goes into starting a podcast, choosing the right equipment, the necessary post production work, and not to mention what you have to do to gain an audience who will actually listen to what you have to say!
Our team has worked with many great podcasters over the past 4 years and it is our goal to be the go to resource for anyone looking to start a podcast or improve the quality of their current podcast. In this post we will offer some helpful advice on how to start a podcast and select the best audio recording equipment to help you record a quality podcast. We will look at three podcast equipment packages for beginners in 2018. Each scenario is different and the gear we recommend is tailored to fit the needs of each recording scenario.
Maybe you’re a smart cookie, an eloquent speaker, and in your noggin lies an overflowing spring of information and a story that you cannot WAIT to share with the world! Or maybe you dream of creating the next Serial or Up and Vanished and want to travel around recording your next podcast. This setup allows you to be flexible, portable, and capture high quality audio. Having the option to use the built in mic on your zoom h6 handheld recorder or a dynamic voiceover mic means you will pretty much be ready for any recording scenario in any environment. We do recommend using your RE320 mic for the majority of your recordings and only using the Zoom H6 MS mic when you absolutely have to or if you want to capture ambient sounds in the field.
If you never grew out of the “why?” stage as a kid, this podcast equipment package might be for you. Maybe you have always dreamed of being a reporter or launching the next top charts business podcast interviewing big name entrepreneurs. Or maybe it’s just that you want to conduct and record interviews from the comfort of your home. This setup is for the podcaster conducting an interview style podcast with remote guest. Zencastr.com or Squadcast.fm are both very easy to use and we have found they capture quality audio for your podcast while conducting a computer-to-computer interview. The microphone we recommend with this package is the legendary Audio-Technica ATR2100 (or AT 2005) using the USB hook ups. This is one of the most popular USB microphones for podcasting and we highly recommend it!
Podcast Microphone: Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB/XLR Microphone
Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M30x
Podcast Recording Software: Zencastr.com or Squadcast.fm (Requires updated version of Google Chrome browser)
Podcast Equipment Accessories:
You’ve made it. The dough is rolling. Sponsors are in a bidding war for prime ad spots on your podcast, and you’re trending on iTunes Top Charts day in and out. You have assistants and a full production team helping you produce your podcast (OK, let’s be honest, you wouldn’t be reading this post if this were true, but you get the picture). This podcast equipment package is primarily for the podcaster who does an in-studio podcast with more than one host or who conducts an in studio interview-style podcast. When we say ‘in studio’ we realize your studio may just be a spare bedroom in your parents basement or your walk in closet and that’s ok. If this is the case we do advise investing in some basic acoustical treatment or finding a room with natural sound absorbing materials.
Podcast Microphone: Electro-Voice RE-20
Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro
Podcast Recording Hardware: Universal Audio Apollo Twin DUO
Honorable mention: Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 – (2nd Gen)
Podcast Equipment Accessories
If you feel like none of the above podcast equipment packages fit your audio recording needs, feel free to reach out to our team at email@example.com and request a custom podcast equipment package. Keep in mind that most podcasters that we partner with have a wide variety or podcast equipment in order to be ready for different recording scenarios.
You may eventually need podcast equipment package #1 to be portable and podcast equipment package #2 to record remote interviews from time to time. The main thing is to ensure that you have all the equipment you need to record your podcast well. Selecting and buying your podcast equipment is just the first step to having a great sounding and successful podcast.
Once you have all your equipment purchased, you will need to learn how to properly use it. You can check out our blog for several videos and articles that will help you get started using your podcast equipment.
As President & Co-Founder of Resonate Recordings, Jacob leads the team & oversees all sales & marketing initiatives. Jacob can be found recording, producing, & mixing podcasts when he is not spending time with his family. Jacob & his family live in Louisville, KY.