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People think that podcasting is an expensive and complicated thing to undertake. The truth is that it doesn’t have to be with our Services. If you want to go it alone you can look at the products you may want to purchase from the below information.

Launching a podcast is straightforward, and you can get started with as little as a simple USB Headset, your current computer, recording and editing software (Unless you do a LIVE show), and a publishing platform to share your work.

Here are the tools, in both the gear and software, that we use or recommend. They are not the only options available to you so please feel free to research other options. 

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Audio is one area where you won’t want to cut corners, however, you do not need to spend a lot. Your audience will overlook a number of issues with your show, but poor audio isn’t one of them. You should avoid the mic that comes built into your computer and, instead, consider one of the following:

  1. Audio Technica ATR-2100-USB 
  2. Audio-Technica AT2020
  3. Rode NT-USB
  4. Shure SM7B

Pro Tip (Cold & Flu Season)

Rolls A-B Box Blue (MM11PRO). The MM11 Pro will pass phantom power, with no popping on the outputs when switched. Simply press the switch for muting (or talking) and release to hear the signal again (or to mute). The MM11 has a large actuator switch which may be used by hand, or on the floor with your foot.


Your headphones don’t have to be top of the line, but you will want a set that’s up to the task especially if you are editing. You’ll need to hear what both you and your guests are saying if you are using a skype or SquadCast, so choose some good, on-ear headphones, like:

  1. OneOdio Adapter-Free Closed Back Over-Ear
  2. Audio-Technica ATH-M30x

Web Cam

Avaya Huddle Web Camera HC020: Creates a face-to-face experience on a personal desktop or for up to 6 participants; Wireless HD video for professional conferencing; USB support; All-in-one design is reliable, easy to use; Works with existing technologies; Agnostic platform support.

Pop filter

When talking into a microphone, your p’s and b’s will sound amplified or cause what we call a plosive, a burst of air into the mic. To avoid this speak to the side of your mic, rather than directly into it, or get yourself a pop filter.

A boom arm

A suspension boom arm is used to hold the mic and is necessary if you want to up your game. A boom helps the sound quality, reducing mic drift, holding it steady for you as you speak into it.

InnoGear Microphone Arm

Shock mount

shock mount attaches to the end of your boom suspending your mic, so table bumps and vibrations from setting your water down are not translated into sound as much. Be sure to verify that your microphone will fit in the mount that you choose.

Audio Interface or Mixer

An audio interface offers the necessary connectors you need to add microphones for recording into your computer as well as speakers and headphones for listening to what is being recorded. If you are using microphones that are XLR or XLR only you or you want to add more than 1 microphone, say for a guest you will need an interface.

  1. Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface
  2. Rode RODECaster Pro Podcast
  3. Zoom LiveTrak L-8 Podcast Recorder

Interview software

If you’re going to be doing interviews on your show you’ll want to use third-party software to bring in the audio. We outline two options, one for live shows and the other for recordings.

  1. Streamyard Video so you can see non-verbal Q’s, Stream Live, and Record Audio, and or Video.
  2. Riverside Audio & Video recording, each connected computer generates a separate file.

Recording and editing software

You’ll need some software to edit your audio. You can start with a free program like Audacity, but we recommend the following:

  1. Hindenburg is what we use and is built for broadcasters.
  2. Adobe Audition is an outstanding tool that gives you a lot of options for post-production.
  3. Descript edit Transcript, Audio, and video with ease just by editing the text! I said it!

A podcast hosting account

There are a number of extremely affordable media hosts that you can use and we recommend Spreaker for a couple of reasons. Great hosting, easy to distribute your show to iTunes, Google, iHeart, and many more podcast players, and you can broadcast LIVE.

Licensed Music

Adding effects and music to your show is one of the easiest ways to increase production value. We use and recommend Soundstripe

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