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Gear Closet

Your Source For Podcast Knowledge, Know How & Equipment

When it comes to equipment, there are literally hundreds of options available and it's hard to figure out what exactly you need and where to even start? I've done my best to distill the information down and give you options from basic set ups to more advanced equipment suggestions to fit your budget and project needs.

Your basic podcast setup would consist of a few key items:

  • A computer, PC or Mac: Where you will record your podcast to

  • A recording program: Paid or free, theres an option available for you out there

  • Microphone: USB based or XLR, both have advantages

  • Headphones: To be able to hear yourself and your guests

Microphones: USB Based

Make Your Voice Heard

USB based microphone options are a great way to get into the podcasting game on a budget but yield high quality. The microphones contain the digital converter to allow the mic to be plugged right into your PC or Mac, connect to an audio recording program and get your voice over put down in no time at all.

Blue Snowball Ice USB

Blue Yeti USB

sE Electronics sE2300 USB/XLR Mic

Microphones: XLR Based

Make Your Voice Heard In Analog

XLR based mics require an audio interface of mixer that contains the digital converter to get audio into your computer. Unlike the USB based models, these require additional equipment to operate. The benefit, however, is higher quality audio, better dynamic range and better noise reduction.

Shure SM58

Rode NT1-A

Shure SM7b

Audio Interfaces

The Bridge Between

The audio interface is the is the converter required to get your XLR based microphone into the computer. The interface, as the name suggests, takes your 

The Important, Often Forgotten, Goodies

Essential Accesories

These essential items are often overlooked int he process of buying equipment but are needed to hook up everything or, aid in making the process easier and better.

  • XLR (Microphone) Cable: Used to connect a microphone to the input of the Interface

  • Headphones: Used to hear the playback of what you record as hear yourself as you record

  • Microphone Stand: Desktop or Boom Arm, these stands will keep the mic in front of your mouth

  • Shockmount: Used to "decouple" the mic from the stand and reduce rumbles and unwanted vibrations transferred from the room to the mic

  • Pop Filter: Stops the puffs of air caused by plosives (P & B type sounds)

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