One of the most exciting, but also stressful parts about having a podcast is purchasing equipment. The quality of your equipment can make the difference between having a high quality show that people tune into week after week or a show that’s radio silent. Hence; we’ve compiled a list of 3 tools to get your podcast started.
Lets also note that you don’t have to spend a bunch of money for your podcast to be great. If you have a reliable computer, internet connection, and a smartphone you’re already off to a great start. Done is better than perfect.
Microphone: If you’re going to invest money in anything, make sure it’s your microphone. Your microphone is the gateway to how you connect with your audience.
We recommend the Samson Q2U because its a quality analog-to-digital converter that has excellent sound and a headphone output with level control for monitoring with no audible delay.
This is our go to microphone for clients as its a Dynamic microphone; which means it picks up less of the background noise in your space. Its also really affordable at less than $70.
Next up is a Boom Arm, Shock Mount and a double screen Pop Filter. Yes you could have your microphone sit on your desk with the stand that comes with it; however, a boom arm helps minimize the impact of shock-related noise, while the shock mount stops vibration to your microphone and your pop filter helps minimize plosives.
Your sound is only as good as the environment in which it was recorded. With this in mind you want to make sure you minimize any unwanted sounds. This is bundle is $20 and provides you with the stability you need to secure your mic.
The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen is a USB audio interface. Audio interfaces expands and improve the sonic capabilities of a computer. Having an external audio interface helps you get better sound quality. We love the Focusrite because its easy to setup and great for recording with guest and for $160, you really get a bang for your buck.
For less than $300 you can have podcast equipment that provides studio sound quality right from your home. If you’re ready to start your podcast and would like to speak with someone from our team to see how we can assist you please schedule a free discovery call today.