Making a decision on podcasting equipment will be one of the most important decisions that you make. Be sure that you make the right decision as the success of your podcast may depend on it. Start To Finish Podcasting will provide you with sound and informative information about podcasting equipment so that you have a full understanding of podcasting equipment. This will assist you in choosing the right equipment for your podcast needs. Please keep this in mind, a great podcast is not based solely on the equipment that you use. It plays a role however a great podcast is made with informative content and the value that you offer. It is always important ask yourself when choosing a podcast topic and creating a podcast episode, who and how will this episode help others. This is what makes great content. Now, on to podcasting equipment.
Logitech ClearChat Comfort/USB Headset H390 – $29.00
This microphone is a noise canceling microphone that minimizes background noise. It also has the ability to adjust so that you can remove it away from your mouth when not needed. This is a quick plug and play USB headset with easy access to volume and mute controls which makes it great for beginning podcasters on a strict low end budget.
Audio Technica ATR2100 USB/XLR Dynamic Microphone $49.00 – $79.00
What a microphone this is!!!!!! This microphone is used by beginning and seasoned podcasters. The ATR2100 USB/XLR microphone is designed to be used with your computer or your mixer. It offers two outputs, USB output for digital recording, and an XLR output that connects with a sound system’s conventional microphone input for use in live performance. The microphone plugs right into your computer’s USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software. The microphone is ideal for live performance, podcasting, home studio recording and field recording.
Heil Sound PR40 Multipurpose Dynamic Microphone $299.00- $327.00
This is one of the industry standard microphones in podcasting. The Heil PR40 dynamic microphone has the look of a condenser microphone without being a condenser microphone.
It is a full-range dynamic microphone designed with the ability to reproduce frequencies as low as 28Hz, ideal for live sound, recording, and broadcast applications. The Heil PR40 is ideal for professional podcasting.
Blue Yeti $129.00
Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone – $399.00
Electro Voice RE20 Dynamic Carioid Broadcast Microphone $399.00 – $449.00
Mackie 802VLZ4, 8-channel Ultra Compact Mixer – $199.00
The Mackie 802VLZ4 is a compact 8-channel mixer with high quality with rock-solid construction that put Mackie on the map for podcasters Each input channel has a 3-band EQ for shaping your sound. The 802VLZ4 boasts impressively high headroom, low noise floor, and 12-segment LED meter for great podcast monitoring and recording
Behringer Xenyx 1204 – $149.00 – $179.00
This compact Behringer X1204USB mixing provides dual engine FX processor, with 16 editable, studio-grade presets. This mixer is officially used by Start To Finish Podcasting. We use this mixer to record our podcast. This is a great mixer for podcasters with more than one co-host or guest.
Mackie 1402VLZ4, 14-channel Compact Mixer – $399.00
Beyond sounding great, the Mackie 1402VLZ4 mixer is one piece of gear you can truly rely on. It continues the VLZ Series’ trend for rock-solid construction, while taking your sound quality to a new level. You’ve got an amazingly wide dynamic range, incredible 60dB gain range on the Onyx microphone preamplifiers, and ultra-low-noise performance. The 1402VLZ4 also boasts better-than-ever RF rejection for prime performance in broadcast situations. The Mackie 1402VLZ4 is one of Mackie’s best mixers for podcasting.
Other High End Mixers
DIGITAL RECORDING DEVICES
Zoom H4n Pro Digital Recorder
The H4n Pro Digital Recorder is superior in every way. It has advanced X/Y microphones, incredibly natural-sounding preamps, and a super-low noise floor. It features the same high performance, low-noise microphone preamps as the Zoom H5 and recorders, with recording and playback at resolutions up to 24-bit/96 kHz. Podcasters who are on the go and record on the moble level will highly benefit the Zoom H4 Pro as it is compact and provides in-studio mixer recording quality
Roaland R-05 Studio Wave/MP3 Recorder
Roland makes excellent products and the R-05 is one of them. Two great features of this recorder that podcasters favor is its small compact size and the record/pause feature which allows you to pause a recording instead of completely stopping and starting a new one. Note: The Roland R-05 does not have an XLR microphone input.
TASCAM DR-100mkll 2 Channel Portable Digital Recorder
The rugged TASCAM DR-100mkII offers high-end recording features to podcasters have high expectations from their portable recorder. It features four built-in microphones, two cardioid and two omnidirectional, for great sounding recordings. A pair of XLR microphone inputs with phantom power welcomes pro-grade condenser microphones, and line in and out connectors are also provided.
Garage Band – FREE (for Mac)
Audacity – FREE (for Mac and Windows)
Hinderburg Journalist – $95.00 (for Mac and Windows)
Hinderburg Journalist Pro – $375.00 (for Mac and Windows)
Logic Pro X – $199.00 (for Mac)
Adobe Audition – $19.99/month (for Mac and Windows)
Reaper – $60 – $225.00
High End Professional
Abelton Live – ($99.00 Intro) ($499.00 Standard) ($749.00 Suite) (for Mac and Windows)
Pro Tools – $24.92/month
Reason – $399.00 (for Mac and Windows)
Headphones Sony MDR-7506 Large Diaphram Foldable Headphones $79.99 – $130.00
The MDR-7506 great for monitoring your recording due to its low impedance and closed ear design. They do and outstanding job of cutting down background noise while providing plenty of volume which help you keep your audio monitoring high quality.
Audio-Technica ATH-M70x – ($230 Amazon/$419
Audio-Technica undoubtedly make some of the best sounding headphones on the market and the ATH-M70x are the cream of the crop for podcasting headphones.It is a thinner, drier sounding headphone with a flat balance that will likely get you closer to hearing your own voice exactly as it sounds than almost anything else out there.
OTHER NEEDED EQUIPMENT
Tripod – $7.99 – $25.00 (price range)
Pop Filter – $15.00 (average price)
Shock Mount $7.99 – $79.99 (price range)
Boom Arm $15.00 – $120.00 (price range)
XLR Cables (these cable may include some or all depending on your setup.
⅛” to ¼” audio cable
RCA to 3.5mm audio cable
XLR mic cables
¼” speaker cable
¼” Y cable
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