What podcast equipment should we buy to get our podcast started? This was the first question that Robertson and I asked ourselves when the idea of starting our own podcast arose. If you are asking yourself the same question, congratulations on making the leap, you came to the right place.
When we spontaneously decided to start a podcast, that same night we headed to our local guitar center. Knowing nothing about the equipment required, putting trust in the employees hands is one way of going about it. Unfortunately for us, we stumbled upon a few inconveniences along the way. Our goal is to help steer you away from making the same mistakes we made. To get straight to the point, below are links with a small description of the equipment we chose to buy which have all exceeded our expectation each in their own way. Please keep in mind, our mind set has and always will be quality over quantity.
Sennheiser e935 is a dynamic microphone with a nominal impedance of 350 ohms giving it a natural, clear sound. This microphone has been great to us, we highly recommend this to anyone looking to get their podcast started.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is one of my favorite pieces of podcast equipment that we invested in. Being a music lover, sound quality has always been very important to me. These headphones include 3 interchangeable cables giving flexibility in reach depending on how far you or your guests are sitting from the mixer/interface. The ATH-M50x also fold up for extra portability including a nice hard zip up case to keep them clean and safe from damage. Overall, they have great sound, good comfort and a clean look.
Steinberg UR44 USB Interface was purchased after coming to the conclusion that the first mixer that we purchased was not very user friendly. After not being able to get the headphones to work we decided to bring it back to guitar center. My initial goal was to have them tune the mixer getting the headphones to work. Luckily I stumbled upon an employee that introduced me to the Steinberg UR44 USB Interface. I’m not very hip with the technical terms but to explain it simply, an interface connects your computer to your microphone. They also have built-in microphone preamps helping with the quality of sound that the microphone can produce on its own. After getting the opportunity to use both mixer and interface, the interface works best for us. Being that we hope to have guests on the show, buying an interface with 4 Neutrik analog combo inputs was necessary. Overall we are ecstatic at the change in devices and could not be happier with this piece of equipment.
Sterling Audio 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier is a much needed device depending on the mixer or interface you decide to purchase. If you plan on having more than one person on your podcast this may be required. This piece of equipment allows up to four headphones to receive feedback at the same time. Majority of mixers/interfaces only come with one, maybe two audio jacks. This is one of our inconveniences that we stumbled upon. Hope this helps.
Mogami Gold Neglex Quad Microphone Cable for Studio Neutrik XLR is used by virtually every major recording facility in the world. The wide frequency response, high cancellation of hum/noise and a lifetime warranty is what sold us. So far, they have done their duty.
Proline PLWS1 Microphone Windscreen has been helpful with popping, hissing, and wind. A lot of times when pronouncing our P’s and S’s we tend to give extra emphasis. This windscreen helps catch the unwanted sounds that come from our speech as well as the natural sounds around us. We recommend using the microphone windscreen over the big pop filters that can get in your way. Plus, the windscreens are super cheap!
Proline MS112 Desk Boom Mic Stand works for us at the moment. Although we have the future goal of purchasing the RODE PSA1 Swivel Mount this proline mic stand will do justice for now. The base is very heavy and is counter balances perfectly. It also adjusts quickly and easily to accommodate with your sitting position. Overall, we give it a thumbs up for how cheap it is.
A Few Things we Wish we Had Known
Be aware that the interface shown above requires a CD-ROM when installing the drivers to your lap top. Being that I have the new Mac Book Pro, well as you know they removed the CD-ROM entirely. I unfortunately had to jam to best buy to purchase a portable USB CD-ROM in order to get the interface to link up with my lap top.
Be sure that the outlet you decide to plug your mixer or interface into is grounded. If the outlet is not grounded you may hear a hum in your feedback. It took us a while to figure this out, it was not fun.
Overall this equipment syncs up and interacts with one another fairly easy. It for the most part is self explanatory other than the few inconveniences mentioned. We hope that we were able to help the overall quality of your podcast starting out in turn being more successful from the jump. After all, that is the goal right, to get out of our 9 to 5’s in the pursuit of independence and happiness. To freedom,
Peace & Love,