June 7, 2022
Podcast Shopping List
One of my students in TPS asked:
Do you have a recommended equipment and software list for recording podcasts?
Indeed I do!
- Recording Software—For recording with guests, I use Zoom with “original sound” turned on and record the conversation locally as separate tracks. For recording with Rochelle on TBOA, I use Riverside which is better quality than Zoom. For guests I still like Zoom better because they are always familiar with it.
- Microphone—I use an MXL USB 006. People always tell me it sounds great, it plugs straight into my Mac with no converter necessary, and is a steal at around a hundred bucks.
- Editing Software—I use Audacity. It’s free, open source, cross platform, and has a bunch of killer plugins that make the editing process quick and easy. There’s definitely a learning curve, but that’s true of most audio editing software.
- Hosting Software—I use Transistor and I LOVE it. Simple, reliable, stellar customer support.
Here’s the thing...
There are probably at least a hundred alternatives to each of these recommendations.
You could spend a year researching mics alone.
Don’t do that.
I have been podcasting non-stop since 2012 and experimented with all sorts of configurations.
IMHO, my current setup is the perfect balance of quality and simplicity, even for a newbie.
If you’re looking to start your first podcast, stop researching, buy this stuff, and start sharing your voice.
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