From our favorite pieces of audio gear to best tips to ensure a quality recording, here is our guide to help you get started.
The gear included in this list are some of our favorite pieces of equipment, used by us and our clients, so you can rest assured knowing that each piece produces quality results. In the list below, you’ll find everything from USB microphones to reverb dampeners.
***None of these items are sponsored, they’re simply items we love.***
The AKG Lyra is a great microphone that is straightforward and easy to use.
This Audio-Technica microphone is great for recording voices and won’t pick up unwanted sounds in the surrounding space.
Samson Technologies this microphone pack with podcasting specifically in mind. It includes a windscreen and only captures noise coming from the front of the microphone, rather than the sides.
The Shure SM58 is a great basic microphone that’s compatible with many attachments.
The Shure MV7X is a popular podcasting mic because it’s fantastic for cutting out background noise.
This Rode PodMic balances sound with ease, producing sharp and concise vocals.
The Rode Tripod Mini is perfect for setting up your mic on a table or desk and takes up minimal space. Additionally, another stand to consider is the Rode PSA1. It is larger so plan your tabletop accordingly.
This 10ft Pro Co Mic Cable is easy to use and highly durable.
We recommend this Focusrite Scarlett Solo Audio Interface for your audio monitoring needs. If you’re looking for something simpler, try the Apogee Duet 3, which is great for on-the-go recordings.
You can’t go wrong with a classic foam ball windscreen to reduce wind interference.
This metal screen is an advanced pop filter that works better than the typical fabric filter. In addition to its ease of use, it can be washed between recording sessions.
This Zoom H5 Portable Recorder is great for podcasters who travel for recordings. If you find yourself moving around a lot or wishing you had recording equipment on hand for that incredible conversation you’re having, this is for you.
Similarly to the H5, the Zoom H6 Portable Recorder is perfect for podcasters on-the-go. It mounts directly to a DSLR camera for capturing crisp audio and visuals.
The Tascam DR-05X is a popular option for its lower price and ability to clearly capture every detail.
We suggest to all of our clients to use some sort of reverb dampener. This could simply mean hanging up blankets on the walls and windows to dampen echo and unwanted outside sound. If you’re going for more of a designer feel, check out the links below for curated looks.
The TRUE NORTH Acoustic Panels can be set up in a cool, checkerboard design or however you’d like, given their customizability.
These panels are similar to TRUE NORTH but are slightly more expensive and slightly higher in quality.
Here’s another quality foam option for that alternating, checkerboard look.
This egg crate foam is sure to capture unwanted noise before it ever hits your mic.
These Primacoustic London Panels are minimalistic and modern and can be purchased in a variety of colors to match your studio’s aesthetic.
To hang up reverb dampeners, you’ll need some adhesive so they stick to the wall and don’t fall off mid-recording. We suggest using square double-sided foam adhesives or this heavy duty double-sided tape.
Having great audio equipment, such as those listed above, can only do so much for your show. In order to produce the best, highest quality sound, podcast hosts and guests need to follow these steps. Being in the industry for quite some time has taught us what it takes from the human side of things to boost audio quality.
If you are recording with a guest speaker, brief them on this list below ahead of time so they know what to do and what to avoid before recording. Here are some additional tips for preparing guests for a podcast interview.
-Always remember to enunciate
We hope this list helps you as you start your podcasting journey. Happy recording!
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