I’ve helped a number of friends start their podcast. I continue to get questions about it from new folks, so I thought I’d create a page to explain what I’ve found works for me, but please note this might not be what works best for you.
My Equipment List
- Microphone: Audio Technica ATR2100 USB (I’ve also hear good reviews of the Samson Q2U but have not used it myself)
- Case for the ATR2100 microphone to travel: Hard CASE for ATR2100 By Caseling
- Microphone Cover: Anything like this should work
- Computer: MacBook Air
- Remote recording software: Zencastr (Have also used RINGR in the past)
- If guest need a headset, I’ve suggested simple noise cancelling headphones like this: Sennheisser PC8 The key is to make sure it is dead simple for them. Just plugs in and works.
- Microphones: Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Vocal Microphone (one for each person)
- XLR Cables for Microphones: LyxPro Quad Series 6 ft XLR (Might need longer ones for a panel discussion)
- Recording device: Zoom H6 Six-Track Portable Recorder. I opted for the premium version here because I plan to record panels and this will take up to 6 mic inputs with an adapter. You may not need this and can go with the H4 or similar style recorders.
- SD Card for recorder: SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB SDXC UHS-I Card
- Microphone stands for longer interviews: Hamilton Nu-Era Tabletop Mic Stand. These are light (easy to travel) and extend height which is unusual for desktop stands but really helpful for various situations.
Here are my other setups:
- Where you upload your files: Media hosting of MP3s and show notes / podcast cover art (3000 pixel x 3000 pixel artwork) and most important the RSS feed for podcast apps – Libsyn has been around a long time and I was using them until June 2019. The host that I’m now using due to lower costs to do advertising is Omny Studio.
- IF you are serious about advertising Omny has plans that are less expensive that Libsyn for advertising.
- If you edit yourself: I used a free program call Audacity plus the MP3 Codec you will need to install.
- Once you have a queue of episodes, it is time to list your podcast on Apple, Google Play, and Stitcher. Many other networks use Apple as there catalog source. There is a long tail of podcasts networks to submit to. Libsyn/OmnyStudio will help you get listed on Spotify and iHeart Radio as well.
These are the basics, if you want to go further…
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