I often get asked questions from people who are wanting to get into podcasting, or people wanting to get into doing voice over from home, on what type of equipment I use. It’s been a long journey, and over the years I have acquired expensive taste and a desire to have the best products to make my job easier. Below you will find a list of equipment I currently use, and equipment I used in the past when I first started out. (Some links may be affiliate links.)
My Current Equipment:
- Audio Interface: Scarlet Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface
- Microphone: Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone, Cardioid
- Cables: Mogami Gold Studio 06 XLR to XLR Quad Conductor Patch Cable 6 feet
- Pop Filter: Dragonpad USA Pop filter Studio Microphone Mic Wind Screen Pop Filter
- Microphone Stand: RODE PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm
- Headphones: Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones, Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
- Software: Adobe Audition; Garage Band (Mac Only)
- Microphone: Blue Yeti USB Microphone
- Pop Filter: Blue The Pop Universal Pop Filter
- Windshield: Professional Foam Windscreen for Blue Yeti
- Shock Mount: Blue Radius II Microphone Shock Mount
- Microphone Stand: Tripod Boom Floor Microphone Stand
- Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-T200 Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones with 40mm Driver – Black
- Software: Audacity (Free)
You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on equipment, you can honestly record a podcast with some super basic equipment. But I will say this much, as a professional audio editor, those people using better equipment take require less editing time on the back end to make their podcast sound awesome. The whole point of a podcast is to be able to HEAR what the hosts/guests are talking about. If your audience isn’t able to hear you, then you may have to adjust the equipment or learn to master audio editing for yourself.
There are plenty of successful podcasts that are just using the Logitech ClearChat Comfort/USB Headset H390 to record their podcast. And honestly, its a super affordable method to do it. If you are able to eliminate a lot of your background noise while recording, your job gets that much easier.
Epic Tip: If you want to find out what your recording space sounds like, turn on your recorder and microphone and sit in complete silence without moving for 60 seconds. And then listen to the recorded file. This will give you an idea of the types of hums, hisses, electronic noises (PC’s are noisy), etc. This noise is called Room Tone. If you are having someone else edit your podcast (Like me ;)) if you record 10 seconds of room tone at the start of your podcast, editing just got that much easier. Because in the end, time is money.
If you are interested in my editing your podcast, check out my freelance service that starts out as low as $5 for 15 mins of audio!