The Best Podcast Recording Equipment of 2018

3 Essentials for The Best Podcast Recording Equipment Setup in 2018

08.17.17 | Recording Equipment | By: Jacob Bozarth

podcast recording equipmentOne of the most commonly asked questions we get is this: “What’s the best podcast recording equipment?” Perhaps you’ve found yourself asking this very same question expecting a complicated answer, but what might surprise you is that in our experience, the simplest recording setup happens to be the best option for podcasting. There are many competing and well-known voices out there saying that in order to start a high quality podcast you need to spend lots of money on complex and hard to use equipment, and we want to reassure you that this is simply not true. We have put together the essential podcasting equipment needed to have a high quality podcast recording setup that doesn’t require you to break the bank or to go back to school to get a Masters of BS in Recording.

Essential elements for the best podcast recording equipment setup of 2018:

  1. Podcast MicrophoneAccessories
  2. Handheld Recorder
  3. Headphones

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Podcast Recording Equipment Essential #1  – Microphone

The mic is arguably the most important element it comes to podcast recording equipment, and every podcaster will need a good microphone. But what kind of mic is the best for your recording setup? A dynamic microphone will suit most recording setups best while providing quality sounds. We recommend if you’re just getting starting a podcast to go with the more affordable option and reward yourself with an upgrade once you celebrate podcasting for a year.

There are many great podcasting microphones out there but these are 4 of our favorites and most highly recommended!

  • Audio-Technica ATR 2100 – $64 (Works as both USB or XLR microphone – a GREAT mic for the price and a very popular USB mic for podcasting)
  • Audio-Technica AT 2005 – $79 (Works as both USB or XLR microphone – our favorite USB podcasting mic)
  • ElectroVoice RE-320 – $297 (Broadcast standard mic and one of our favorites for podcasting)
  • ElectroVoice RE-20 – $449(If you want to spend a little more for a top of the line voiceover mic, this is it!)

In addition to getting a great microphone for podcasting, we recommend you always use the following accessories with your podcast mic to avoid common recording issues. You can read more on the purpose of each of these accessories here

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Podcast Recording Equipment Essential #2 : Handheld Recorder

This is our favorite all-in-one tool for podcasting. A handheld recorder replaces the need to use a computer with often complex recording software and greatly simplifies the recording process. These handheld recorders capture each microphone line you plug in onto separate tracks. Another thing we like about the Zoom H5 and H6 is that they are very easy to navigate and adjusting the gain is as simple as turning a knob.

  • Zoom H5  – $269 (2 mic preamps, built in mic and you can purchase an adapter that gives you an additional 2 inputs)
  • Zoom H6 – $349 (4 mic preamps, built in mic and you can purchase an adapter that gives you an additional 2 inputs for a total of 6 individual tracks. Who needs a crappy mixer with low quality preamps when this is an option! Most of the time all a mixer does is lower the quality of your recording and convolute your recording process.)

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Podcast Recording Equipment Essential #3 : Headphones

When recording a podcast someone should always wear headphones to monitor the recording and quickly identify any issues. Here are a few pairs of closed back headphones we like.

  • Audio-Technica ATH M20X – $49 (Great entry level, affordable, closed back headphones)
  • Sony MDR 7506  – $79 (Middle of the road, closed back headphones. Many reporters and podcaster use and recommend these.)
  • Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro – $169 (Comfortable and they sound great! These are our favorite closed back headphones at this price point.)

Below is a picture of what this podcast recording equipment setup would look like with one person recording a podcast. If you have multiple podcast hosts or guests, just add a microphone, mic cable, mic stand, and pop filter for each guest or co-host. If you are interested in learning more on recording tips, you can check out our post here. If you ever have any questions regarding equipment or anything podcast related feel free to contact us here. Oh and remember if you would like us to help edit, mix, or master your podcast, we offer to produce your first episode for free!

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podcastingBy: Jacob Bozarth

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.