Podcasts have become so popular that if you were to name a random topic right now, I am almost certain there is a podcast about it. No matter what your interests are, I am sure you love talking about it and have thought about making a podcast with your friends or even by yourself. Although anybody can create a podcast, not everyone can make a podcast sound top notch. You could have really great opinions on a subject, but if your audio is bad, it is hard to listen to. For those who are unsure of how the process of recording a podcast works, this is the basic podcast recording equipment that is essential to getting your podcast started. You’ll be ready to record on your laptop or desktop in no time.
The most important thing you’ll need from your podcast recording equipment is a high-quality microphone. Most desktops and laptops now have built-in microphones, but they do not provide the greatest sound quality. The microphone you buy depends on how serious you want your podcast to be. If your podcast will be used as content for your brand or business, you may want to invest in a high-quality mic. If it’s just you and your friends creating a podcast as a hobby or you want to create one for your personal portfolio, you can settle for an inexpensive mic. A few microphones to consider:
Blue Yeti USB Microphone ($109)
Pop Filter or Windscreen
A pop filter is a noise protector for the microphone. Pop filters can greatly reduce the “popping” sound from fast-moving air into the microphone, like taking a breath before speaking. It also reduces the sound effect made when pronouncing the letter “P”. Pop filters, used for indoor environments, are placed in front of the microphone. Windscreens have a similar effect, but instead, it is normally a foam piece placed over the microphone. Pop filters and windscreens can also protect the microphone from saliva and sweat. You don’t need both, but for indoor recording, the pop filter may be a better option.
Headphones are optional to wear while recording. However, in the post-production stage when you’re editing your podcast, headphones are a necessity. Having a good pair of headphones will allow you to hear those small noises you need to cut out that you won’t normally hear with only your built-in laptop/desktop speaker.
Yamaha HPH-MT7 Monitor Headphones ($169.99)
You’re obviously going to need audio editing software to record and edit your podcast. Audacity is a free audio editor that is easy to use for beginners. For Mac users, if you already have Garage Band downloaded, that is a viable option. Adobe Audition is one of the best audio editing software options for both Mac and PC, but it is $19.99 per month or you can buy the entire Adobe Creative Suite package for $49.99 per month ($19.99 per month for students).
Digital Audio Recorder
Digital recorders are good to have for people who are on the go and do not have to time to sit down and record a planned podcast. Sometimes you may want to record a quick thought or interview and don’t have all of your equipment available. It’s never a bad thing to have with you while you’re out somewhere.
Lyker Digital Voice Recorder ($28.99)
Audio Mixer (Optional)
It’s not something you absolutely need for your podcast recording equipment, but f you are serious about your podcast, you might want an audio mixer because it will make your life easier. You have the ability to produce your podcast on the spot by increasing or decreasing all audio levels and combine multiple microphones or other input sources if you have multiple guests or co-hosts.
BEHRINGER XENYX 502 ($39.99)
Now that you have all of your basic podcast recording equipment, you’re one step closer to recording that podcast you have always wanted to start!