2020 Podcast Gift Guide

Microphone

 

A good mic is the first step in producing a quality podcast, and starting out you don't need to break the bank. A good USB mic (one that plugs right into your computer) is all you need. Each of these are highly recommended, but I lean towards the ART-2100 most of the time.

ART-2100 

Alternative: Blue Yeti

Accessories
  • Pop Filter - This will prevent hard 'P' sounds, called plosives, from making it into your recording.
  • Shock Mount - This will prevent shakes from hitting your desk or other small vibrations from making it onto the record. It varies by mic.
  • Boom Arm: This will keep the mic out of your way.

Every Podcaster Needs

There are a few things every podcaster needs to get started. Podcast hosting for your audio files, a way to record, and while needs is perhaps a strong word, web hosting. Every podcast should have a dedicated website, and that website needs to live somewhere.

Audio Hosting Service

  • Castos - Great, affordable, easy to use, and integrates really well with WordPress. The only one I recommend. 

Web Hosting

Solid general hosting is important, if you're going to have your own website (esp. using WordPress) for your podcast I recommend two: 

mic-rocket

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Great Upgrades

XLR Mic

When ready to upgrade your mic, go with an XLR - these are studio quality mics that allow for more natural sounding records because they don't distort your voice. I love my Shure SM7B, which is a goto for podcasters looking to upgrade.

Shure SM7B

Alternatives: Rode Procaster | Rode PodMic

XLR Mic Accessories

With an XLR mic, you will also need a few specific accessories:

The Basics for any Pro Setup

Preamp/Interface

This has been the interface and mixer I've been using for the last 6 months. It has 4 XLR inputs, a USB input, connects to your phone, and even has bluetooth. The on-board audio processing is really where it's at! If you're serious about podcasting, I strongly recommend this.

Rodecaster Pro

The Universal Audio Arrow is a simple, single Thunderbolt / USB-C cable that packs a TON of power. It's my current preamp and it's fantastic and versatile.

Let me make it easy for you!

For Beginners:

Upgraded Setup:

My Setup

last updated: OCt. 2020 | Contains affiliate links