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Podcast Equipment Tips

Updated: Jul 1

Buying new equipment for your podcast can be an intimidating experience. Let me help you narrow down your choices.

Contents


Choosing a Microphone

Audio Interface

Don't forget your Mic Stand

Summary

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Podcast Recording Equipment

Choosing a Microphone


When it comes to microphones, there's a ton of options. To help narrow them down, I'd recommend buying from brands that have the experience. Brands like Shure, AKG, Sennheiser and Audio-Technica are great examples and they've all been manufacturing microphones for 50 years or more. Here are some of my favourites...


Audio-Technica ATR2100 - A popular entry-level microphone with USB and XLR connectivity.


Shure MV7 - My clients are getting amazing results with this microphone. Its USB and XLR connectivity make it a versatile and easy to use option for anyone new to external microphones.


Shure SM7B - A popular choice amongst professional podcasters, the Shure SM7B will not disappoint. Being XLR only, this will require the additional purchase of an audio interface. Make sure you read this article from Shure before you purchase the SM7B.

Audio Interface


If you've decided on an XLR only microphone, you'll need to pair it with an audio interface. I've been using the M-Track 2X2 for over 5 years now and it's never let me down. It offers everything you'll need to get started.


Another option is Focusrite's Scarlett 2i2. The Scarlett 2i2 can be used with your computer or an iPad Pro. You'll also be able to get recording right away with a licensed version of Ableton Live Lite.


When purchasing your audio interface, check what software is included. This can be the deciding factor when choosing something a little more expensive.

Don't forget your Mic Stand


Don’t make the mistake of spending money on a great microphone without getting a good stand for it. For the best results, your mic needs to be close to your mouth. Avoid microphones that are designed to sit on your desk.


König & Meyer have a wide range of high-quality mic stands to choose from.

Summary


  • Stick to brands with at least 50 years of experience in manufacturing microphones.

  • Purchasing an XLR only microphone requires the purchase of an audio interface.

  • When purchasing your audio interface, check what software is included. This can be the deciding factor when choosing something a little more expensive.

  • Don’t make the mistake of spending money on a great microphone without getting a good stand for it.

  • Avoid microphones that are designed to sit on your desk.

Need some recording tips?


Check out this video where I compare the differences in quality between a laptop mic, a webcam, an iPhone and an external microphone.




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