Podcasting Equipment List

I’ve composed an equipment list for podcasting. There are many like it, but this is mine.

These are only my recommendations. Most of the equipment I’m recommending here, I’ve personally used, and like. Whenever I mention length of cables, feel free to go with the length that will be the best for your studio. Obviously, you can mix and match most of this equipment with other recommendations you receive.

Some guides break it down into different levels of experience, but in my opinion, this is the setup that’ll make you sound great and last you a long time.

Hope it’s helpful.


Hardware

Mic

  • Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone - This is a really good mic. It’s a dynamic mic which means that the soundproofing you’ll have to do will be less.
  • BSW RE27POP - This is a pop filter which fits perfectly on the Heil PR-40. This is especially helpful for guests who don’t have good mic technique. It’ll reduce the plosives (what you hear when you normally say words with the letter P or B).

Mounting the Mic

Connecting the Mic

You’ll need one cable for each mic you plan to use. These are good.

Monitoring

You’ll want to be listening to yourself as you record the show. This equipment helps with that.

Mixer

You need a mixer to get all that sound into the computer for recording. I’ll list first the mixer I use, and then the mixer that I’ve heard very good things of. They both do the same exact thing.

Recording from Skype

When you record from Skype, you want to record from a separate machine to not hog up CPU on any given machine. I’ve decided to use old Mac Mini’s for this. You can usually find cheap ones on Ebay. You’ll need to hook it up to the mixer:


Software

You only have two choices here in my opinion. Either AVID ProTools or Logic Pro. Both have a bit of a learning curve, but having good software is imperative to a good sounding show. I use Logic Pro.

Conclusion

Well that’s it! All this equipment may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but I promise you, it’s not! If something isn’t completely clear or you have questions about setup, feel free to email me at smith@ttimsmith.com. You can also contact me via Twitter @smithtimmytim.