Podcast Equipment Guide
Trying to start a podcast but don’t know what to buy? Knowing what to buy to start a podcast can feel daunting. That’s why we asked FRQNCY Media’s mega talented production team to give their hot take on the best podcasting equipment for podcasters at every level of experience. Here’s a round-up of equipment – at every price point – that will help you record a pristine-sounding podcast.
Where to Buy Podcast Equipment
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Consider growing your investment in these accessories as your podcast grows. Having these won’t make-or-break the quality of your show, but can certainly improve your recording experience considerably. When it comes to equipment bags or cases, good organization and storage will keep your productions running smoothly and extend the life of your precious gear. Just be wary of overpaying.
Digital recorders are vitally important because they are how you get the sounds from the world around you and into the ears of your audience.
Microphones are, of course, another crucial element of quality podcast recording. Just know that it’s not necessary to overextend yourself with a $1,000 mic (although we do include that option below, in case that’s what you’re looking for).
Mic Stands & Boom Arms
Boom arms attach to the top of a mic stand so the microphone can move horizontally. They’re pretty straightforward, so the “any will do, but you get what you pay for” idea applies here as well. Tip: Look for one that can clip onto a desk or table.
Lav mics clip onto clothes, which means they’re great for interviews where the host and/or guest needs to be hands-free. They can be somewhat tricky so the rule of thumb is don’t go cheap, or you’ll risk the dreaded “walkie-talkie” sound. The good news is that quality body mics are hard to mess up, so they’re worth the cost.
Pop Filters & Windshields
A windscreen protects your recording from unwanted background noise and plosives. Microphone companies make the correct size for their mics, so you’ll generally want to find one that’s compatible with your particular mic. Pop filters are intended for inside a recording studio. A double pop filter means double the protection, and is a trick of the trade.
These are memory cards that transfer files from a recorder onto your computer. There are many options, so explore a bit before choosing what’s best for you.
These are the cables that transfer sound from your microphone into your recording device. The general consensus? You get what you pay for – a $2 cable is probably too cheap, but you also don’t want to overpay. Look for cables made with quality materials and shielding, which blocks out interference and gets you the cleanest signal.