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Choosing the Right Podcast Equipment

Many think that starting a podcast will be a great expenditure; but this doesn’t have to be the case. Beginning a podcast project requires nothing more than a microphone, headphones, editing software, and a publishing medium. There are also other things that can be on the pricier side that will make your life much easier and your sound top notch. Here is a list of tools you will want when starting a podcast.

Microphone

The only way people have to judge your podcast is by sound. Sound quality should be your number one priority and without a good microphone, that’s just not going to happen. Avoid that built-in mic in your computer; instead, try something along the lines of the Audio Technica ATR-2100-USB or Blue Microphones Yeti USB. If you want to spend more and get higher quality go with a dedicated XLR microphone like the Samson SACo1. If you decide to go with this option, don’t forget to grab an XLR cable!

Headphones

The headphones that you choose do not have to be top-of-the-line but they need to produce quality audio. Headphones such as the Audio Technica ATH-m30x are a great unit in which to invest. Steer clear of headphone/microphone combos as they can be lacking in overall quality.

Pop filter

When speaking into a microphone your ‘b’s and ‘p’s will sound harsh, like loud cracks. A pop filter reduces this by sitting in front of the mic and blocking some sharp sounds from coming through. Pop filters are inexpensive but they make a world of difference in your sound quality.

Boom Microphone

A suspension boom is not a required item when you are first starting out but can be helpful down the line. A suspension boom is for hanging a microphone before you, thereby freeing your hands. It also aids in sound quality because you can remain the same distance from the mic while speaking. These range in price, but it’s always better to go with a quality model.

Recording and Editing Software

Software is a major part of pre- and post-production. Adobe Audition is good for your post-production quality needs. If you have a Mac, GarageBand is a great tool and is already installed on your computer and ready to go!

A virtual assistant can greatly assist you in choosing quality gear, organizing your website, as well as with software and marketing. Consider hiring a VA to handle all your podcasting details, freeing you to focus on composing and recording great content. Happy podcasting!

photo credit: drestwn

Posted on March 8th, 2017 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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