If you're thinking about starting a podcast, you might be wondering what equipment you need. Here's a quick rundown of the equipment you'll need to start a podcast. You'll be surprised at how inexpensive it is to get started podcasting!
First, you'll need a microphone. There are lots of different types and models out there, so it's important to do your research and find one that's right for you. Look for reviews from other podcasters and see what they recommend. For a starter mic, we recommend the ATR2100, because it sounds GREAT and doesn't cost a lot. This is a microphone that is so good, you don't need to upgrade – unless you wanted to. Here's a link to the mic on Amazon, and it comes with headphones and a pop filter!
We also really like Heil and Shure microphones for podcasting. The Heil PR30 is a great mic and is specially designed to make you sound SMOOOOOOTH. And the Shure M7 is a great price point for a podcasting microphone and is totally color-customizable! We LOVE when things come in cool colors!
Next on the list, you'll also need some kind of audio interface. This is what allows you to connect your microphone to your computer. It will also “translate” your audio files into a digital file your computer can understand. There are lots of different options available here too, so take your time and find one that's compatible with your setup. We like the Focusrite Scarlett. With a great starting price point and small size, it's a great piece for beginning podcasters.
Next, you'll need software to record and edit your podcast episodes. There are many options available, both free and paid. Find one that's easy to use and has the features you need. On the free list, you have Apple's GarageBand, which comes with the Mac computers and is easy to set up and use for a podcast. It may be a small learning curve if you've never edited before, but that's consistent with anything you choose. Audacity is a free download that THOUSANDS of podcasters use and are very happy with.
Finally, you'll need a set of speakers and headphones. This way, you can listen to your podcast episodes and make sure they sound good before you release them. In this case, we strongly feel any headphones will do, and have been known to use different brands and price points – from a $10 transparent pair that hides in your hair to a $450 of pink Bose over-the-ear headphones that made us feel fancy. You can use what you like! (Prices in links may vary depending on the whim of Amazon.)
That's it! With these basic pieces of equipment, you'll be ready to start podcasting.