Everybody always asks what they need to do to start podcasting. The first thing I recommend is reading the article on How to get started podcasting. Then, once you do that you can look at the equipment listed below and determine what to purchase.
Here's basically what you need for a 1-3 person podcasting setup, based on the equipment I use.
- Macbook pro with garageband - I use a mac because it's easy. I use Garageband because it's easy. There is a podcast setup button in there. Click that and it will give you the option to
- Sterling Audio ST151 Condenser Microphone - It's simple and good quality. I have been using this microphone for years for a variety of recording projects.
- Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - I bought this when I dropped my M-Audio Fastrack Pro on the ground and it broke. It doesn't really matter what interface you use, just be advised that you will need one with enough inputs for however many people that you will need. For example my friend says he wants 3 people to be on the podcast. This means you will need an interface with at least 3 channels. Since they typically step up in design. You will probably just need to buy a 4 channel interface.
- Proline Desktop Microphone stand - This is a basic microphone stand that anchors the mic with a weight. I prefer these stands over the tripod stands because it is more sturdy and it also allows me the flexibilty to use it for recording music. I find tripod stands restrictive
- Pop filter - This is that snake looking thing you see with a screen over it. This basically catches your spit when you become the Tazmanian Devil on the mike. For example when you say a word with a P in it like Poonanny. It stops the popping from occurring in the actual recording by restricting the airflow of the said word. Bottom line is you need one.
- Badass headphones - Everybody loves beats by Dre, but in my opinion Sennheiser makes the best headphones. There are two types that I have used in all of the years I have been recording and they are the Sennheiser HD280 pro and the HD380 Pro. I actually prefer the HD280 headphones over the HD380 headphones, but when I broke my other ones for whatever reason the only ones that Guitar Center had in stock were the HD380 Headphones, so I have been using those for about the last 7 years. It's up to you which headphones you choose. Just go try some out if you want to get that specific. There is no right set of headphones, but I always use Sennheiser because in my opinion, their product is great. They are the headphone people.
- Headphone adapter - Depending on how many people are on the podcast and what headphones you purchase, you may need a 1/4" to 1/8" headphone adapter that will allow you to plug your headphones into the interface. Usually, normal headphones have the small connection and the interface only accepts the big one.
- Headphone amplifier - If you're deaf like me or plan to have more than one person on the podcast, you might need an HA204 headphone amplifier. It basically enables every person on the podcast to be able to control their volume.
- Short 1/4 cable - You need this to connect the interface to the headphone amplifier. I think the cable is balanced, but I'm not sure. Ask the guy at the store or just google for a 1/4 inch stereo cable.
- Mogami microphone cable - High quality cables are a must in my opinion. They last forever and will never cause problems with the audio signal. For that reason I bought a 2 foot Mogami cable to connect my microphone to my interface. They cost about $40, but they last forever and I would be surprised if you had to use another cable ever again.
- High quality USB cable - Same as the microphone cable, I recommend getting a gold plated usb cable to connect your interface to your computer. They transfer data quicker and that will insure that you never have any problems with your interface once you start recording. A high quality cable probably costs about $40 as well. It's not a must, but if you start having problems with your recording like popping or any kind of clicking it may be a result of the cable being cheap. I'm not the expert at that, but I remember replacing my USB cable one time with a higher quality one removed a lot of noise from the recording.
If you plan to video podcast:
- DJI Osmo Plus Camera - The right side camera you see is a DJI Osmo Plus that shoots in 4k. I also have a stand for it. I set it up on a thermos so it has some elevation and allows me to zoom in close. I don't recommend this camera necessarily for podcasting, but it's a great all around gimbal camera that can be used for a lot of different stuff. Instead of buying another camera, I just decided to use it for podcasting. Any camera that shoots in 4k will do.
- Sony A6000 Mirrorless Camera - This is not a 4k camera but the quality is great and it can be used for still photography as well. I set it up to shoot in 24p.
- Iphone 7 or current smartphone - You will need this if you purchase a DJI osmo.
- Platinum - 308 LED Rechargeable LED Video Light - This allows for me to throw some light on myself which creates crisper video. I always recommend trying to use the best lighting possible. How you can do this is with one of these lights. It's rechargable and allows you to take it to different places if you are not close to a power outlet.
- High capacity memory cards - Depending on the quality of video you want to shoot, I recommend purchasing 200GB memory cards. This allows you to shoot tons of video and never worry about running out. You can step this down depending on your budget, but that's just my recommendation. Purchase a reputable brand like Sandisk or PNK with a high transfer rate. Transfer speed matters more than capacity, especially when filming in 4k or high quality.
- Imovie or other video editing software - You need these to edit and sync the video to your audiofile that you created in garageband.
In closing, this is my equipment list. I might write a little bit more about my creative process and how I get to my end product, but this will give you an idea of the type of equipment you will need to start podcasting.