From just getting started to the best of the best, these are my podcast equipment recommendations. Every product listed here has been personally tested by myself, so there is no blind recommendations here. I’ve also included which equipment i’m currently using for what podcast.
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Blue Yeti USB Microphone
If you’re going to be doing most of your podcasts solo or over Skype, this is my favorite mic by far. The quality is great, it has many directional options, and it’s USB so you don’t need an interface or board. A favorite in the podcast equipment world.
GLS Audio ES-58 Dynamic Microphone
There’s no denying that the Shure 58 is the most popular microphone in the world. If you’ve been to a concert, presentation, or almost anything… they most likely are using the Shure 58. It’s dynamic, versatile, and perfect for in person podcasting. So why am I listing GLS Audio instead? Because it’s way cheaper and I actually think its better! Plus they will last you a long time.
Shure SM7B Dynamic Microphone
This microphone in my opinion is the king and not just for podcasting. One fun fact is that this mic was used to record Michael Jackson’s vocals in Thriller! Besides MJ’s appreciation for this mic, you can also find it in Joe Rogan’s arsenal. It’s also the current mic i’m using for the Total Human Optimization Podcast and the Aubrey Marcus Podcast. It is a pricey mic, but you can’t get any better. Just make sure you have a good interface for it as it purposely is low on the gain.
Mixing Boards and Interfaces
If you’re not going USB, mixing boards or audio interfaces are required podcast equipment.
A couple of months ago I made the switch from a mixing board to an audio interface. They are exactly like a mixing board, except it works directly with your audio recording software. It connects via USB and also allows you to individually record tracks, giving you more editing power. Focusrite makes the best in the business right now and they have options that go from one input to eight and more. This is what I currently use for all my podcasts.
This is what I first started with since most of my podcasts were in person. It has a great gain for microphones and allows you to monitor and control volumes on the fly. It also connects via USB to all recording programs. Since your mixing is being done on a platform outside of the computer, you will only get what it spits out via USB. This means no separate tracks. Still a great option and something i’d still recommend. It plays nicer with Skype too because of the lack of separate USB channels.
If you ever plan on saying a word with the letter “p” in it, you should invest in a pop filter. Pops are nagging rushes of air into the microphone that cause big audio spikes. These filters will help suppress them and save you a lot of editing headaches.
While it is not entirely necessary to have a swing arm, you do need some sort of table top stand for any dynamic microphone outside of the Blue Yeti. I like the swing arms because it eliminates people moving around the desk stand which causes oh so many terrible sounds.
Recording and Editing Software
This is probably the most popular entry level recording software on the market. Mainly because it works great and it’s free. We all love free. For recording you can’t do much better and the editing isn’t that bad either.
When you’re ready to record by track, Adobe Audition is the way to go. And when you’re ready to do some real editing with some really useful and easy to apply plugins, Audition will be the best option. It’s what I currently use for all my podcasts. You can buy Audition outright or you can try it out with a subscription through Amazon for under $20. It’s worth it.