Starting a podcast is exciting...but ordering equipment can get overwhelming, especially if you're new to the audio recording industry. To save you from sifting through hundreds of products and reviews, we've outlined the top, industry favorites for any current or aspiring podcaster.
This is the industry standard microphone for anything broadcast-related. If you walk into any radio station or professional podcasting studio, the Shure SM7B is what they use.
Although they record at a slightly lower volume, the result is incredibly clear and clean. You can always buy a piece of equipment called a cloudlifter to increase the volume of recorded audio.
It has a wind shield attached to reduce plosives and because it's a dynamic microphone, you won't have to worry about it picking up other noise in the room - it's designed to record what's directly in front of it.
With this microphone, you will need to purchase an interface.
Imagine all the pros of the Shure SM7B microphone at a cheaper price. The Rode Podmic is essentially the "little brother" of the SM7B.
Although it is a newer microphone, it exploded onto the scene due to its ability to accurately mimic the SM7B's performance. It's opened the gates for more audio hobbyists to achieve a professional sound on a budget.
Unlike the SM7B, it doesn't come with a wind shield so you may want to buy a pop filter. With this microphone, you will need to purchase an interface.
This is one of the better USB options available. The microphone itself costs about the same as a Rode Podmic but the Blue Yeti will allow you to skip buying an interface.
But the tradeoff for saving money is lower audio quality compared to the other two options listed above. It is also a condenser microphone that records more than what is directly in front of it - it will easily pick up background noise so you need to be sure you are in a quiet environment when recording.
There are multiple Yeti options but this one has an easy-to-use mute button. This is extra helpful when using condenser microphones to record with multiple people in the same space.
An XLR cable is the type of cable you will use for any microphone that isn't a USB microphone. The Shure SM7B and Rode Podmic will both require these cables but the Blue Yeti USB will not.
If you're on a budget, this Amazon Basics cable will meet your needs for non-USB microphones. When choosing the length, be sure to think about the environment where you'll be setting up to record - cables that are too long or too short can interfere with your workspace.
For a more durable cable and improved audio quality, you can't go wrong with Mogami Gold Studio cables. They come in a variety of lengths and are trusted by professionals in the industry.
If you're planning on recording at a desk or table, this is a trusted, sturdy option for a microphone stand at a reasonable price. Just set it up in front of you and get recording!
A microphone arm requires a little more set up and limits your options for recording location. Once you get this installed, it's pain to move so if mobility for your recording space is important to you, this might not be for you.
It does clear up your desk space and is more adjustable than a desktop stand.
If you buy one of the microphones recommended in this list, you won’t actually need a separate microphone clip. (They have them built-in!) However, if you are using a different mic, you may need a clip to attach the microphone to your stand.
If you do need one, the Shure A25D Break Resistant Microphone clip is sturdy, reliable, and fits most standard sized microphones.
While any Focusrite interface will serve your needs, the different varieties essentially allow you to have more or less microphones plugged in. Specifically, the Scarlett 2i2 only allows you plug in two microphones so if you need more than that, consider a different Focusrite model. Focusrite interfaces allow you to use a microphone with an XLR cable and connect to your laptop or computer. Any of the Scarlett interfaces will give you great clear audio while also giving you all the control you need.
This popular choice gives you the feel of a mixer or soundboard while still allowing you to connect directly to your computer or laptop. It also lets you plug in your phone easily and allows up to four headphones to be plugged in.
It is certainly more expensive than the Focusrite options but the option to connect Bluetooth devices and record directly to a microSD card can be a major bonus to podcasters on the go.
Any of these equipment choices will ensure that you have a great sounding podcast. If you need more individualized support, book a free consultation to discuss how we can help!