Did you know that, as of May 2020, there are over 1 million podcasts live on the internet?
Sure, that number is high. But it shouldn’t deter you from starting your own podcast and getting your voice and your opinions out there!
So, how exactly do you go about starting a podcast, anyway? What are the main pieces of podcast equipment that you need in order to get one off the ground? And are there any tips and tricks that you need to know before going live with your podcast?
We’ve got the answers to those questions, as well as a few you might not know you have yet. After reading, you’ll be more than ready to get your podcast journey started.
- A Computer
We’ll be honest. There are a few things on this list that you can get away with not having. A computer, however, is not one of them.
With that being said, you don’t need a super-powerful PC to get the job done. A midrange desktop or laptop should be more than powerful enough to help you bring your podcast to life.
A pro tip? If you don’t have a computer in mind already, consider picking up a decent laptop. That way, you can travel with your podcast setup and record anywhere in the world with relative ease.
- A DAW
Once you have your computer picked out, the next step is to download a digital audio workstation (DAW) that you can use to record with.
Depending on your budget, there are a few different options that are available to you.
If you don’t want to spend any money, a program like Audacity is all you need to start recording. And for Mac users, GarageBand, which should already be on your computer, works great, too.
If you want to spend some money and record on the DAWs that the pros use, both Pro Tools and Logic Pro can be used on either Mac or PC. With this in mind, for podcasting, they’re a bit overpowered, as they’re designed with music production in mind.
- A Microphone
When everyone thinks of podcasting gear, they usually think microphones first.
And like DAWs, there are a ton of microphone choices on the market that are available to you, all of which have various benefits and disadvantages.
A USB microphone plugs directly into the USB slot on your computer. They’re usually cheaper, but from a quality standpoint, they aren’t the best option available.
With that being said, USB microphones are plug-and-record, which is a huge plus. That means the setup process is super easy, making them great for beginners.
So if you’re not the best with technology, any of the USB microphones from Blue Audio are worth checking out.
XLR microphones offer better quality but are a bit more complicated to set up. You’ll need an audio interface and XLR cables to get your mic hooked up to your computer, which, of course, means there are more things you need to buy.
Whatever mic you end up picking up, be sure to grab a pop filter and a mic stand, so you can clearly and comfortably record. They’re not too expensive and more than worth the costs.
You’re going to want a few pieces of equipment that you can use to hear your podcast before letting it out into the wild for the world to enjoy.
And while your laptop or PC may have built-in speakers, the quality isn’t what you need to make sure your podcast sounds professional.
So, invest in a decent pair of studio monitors, if you can. And if studio monitors are out of the budget, a pair of Audio Technica headphones are more than worth investing in so you can get clean, clear, and accurate audio mixes.
- Podcast Hosting
Like a website, your podcast needs hosting in order to live and thrive on the internet.
This does cost money, but hosting is pretty affordable and shouldn’t be much more than your monthly Netflix fee.
With this in mind, regardless of what hosting provider you choose, you want to make sure you pick a service that offers ads.
Ads are how to make money from podcasts, which of course, is something you’ll be interested in once the downloads start rolling in.
- Wall Treatment
If you want to take your podcasting quality to the next level, consider picking up some wall treatment panels from an online store like Amazon.
Wall treatment panels are those large pieces of foam you see on walls inside of recording studios. They absorb sound and reduce background noise, allowing your microphone to only pick up your voice.
Sure, these aren’t required. But a few around your podcasting area can be quite helpful, especially if you’re recording in a noisy home or apartment. They’re also easy to make yourself, too, making them that much more of a no-brainer.
A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Podcast Equipment
Well, there you have it: a beginner’s guide to purchasing podcast equipment!
So, as long as you keep these ideas in mind, you should be able to get everything you need to start podcasting, all while staying in your budget.
Remember, you absolutely need to have a computer, a microphone, a DAW, and hosting. Headphones, speakers, and wall treatment are also recommended, as they can improve the quality of your podcasts greatly.
Once you have your equipment set up, take a few practice ones with it before going live. Not only will this help you get comfortable using the equipment, but it’ll help you find your voice, too.
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