What’s The Best Podcast Equipment to Start Podcasting in 2019?

By  Sam Peiffer

In this episode you‘re going to discover:

  • Why simple equipment always beats the best podcast equipment
  • What kind of equipment do you need for a podcast?
  • What do I need for a 2 person podcast?
  • How much does podcast equipment cost?
  • What is the best budget podcast equipment?

Here is the whole list of gear I talked about!

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Welcome to the show. Today I want to talk about the best podcast equipment to start podcasting this year. If this is the first episode on the show you're listening to, please go on Apple Podcasts, subscribe to the show and leave a five star rating with a great review if you get value out of this show and of this episode of course.

So what I like to do when I'm podcasting is putting convenience before quality. Because when I am not creating things, because I can deliver great quality of like, production quality, then I wouldn't create anything, right?

So when I first started my first podcast, my second, my third, I just focused on creating good quality content instead of focusing just on the best equipment.

But if you get to a certain point and you want to level up your production quality to get more listens over a longer period of time, because let's face it, people hear good quality podcasts for longer term than just you recording with your smartphone.

But you don't have to worry about recording episodes with your smartphone. I know, it's kind of competing with each other, right?

So what you need to do is first, if you're starting out, just use your smartphone for the first couple of episodes, maybe like 30 to 60 episodes, publish once a day and use your smartphone for that. Because you create more good content, find your voice along the way and you see that maybe podcasting is something for you or it's not something for you, right?

So that's why it's always better to have simple equipment than the best, right? So right now you're hearing the microphone that Michael Jackson used for his Thriller album, right? So it's the Shure SM7B and this microphone is amazing, but you have to have equipment around it, right?

So it's not as convenient as just pulling out your smartphone out of your pocket and start recording with an app like Anchor or something, what I used to host my podcast in.

So what kind of equipment do you need for your podcast? That's the next question. Right? And so what I like to use is my smartphone when I'm on the go or something or I have an idea and I want to share it with you.

Then I just pull out Anchor, the app on my smartphone, and I put the smartphone directly on my ears and then just start talking like I am talking with a friend on the phone.

So that's it for the mobile side. And then if I'm at home in my office, I have a nicely treated room where I make all my YouTube videos and everything. I have this great microphone, it's the Shure SM7B and you're hearing it right now.

It sounds good, right? Basically Michael Jackson recorded a whole album with this microphone and a lot of other artists are using it for vocals and you hear it across the charts all the time. It's a great microphone.

Not too expensive for a microphone, right, because you can get in the thousands of dollars with microphones. It's a good medium-low priced microphone. Then I have a boom arm where I can reposition the microphone across the table.

So if I'm not using it, I just pull it away. And if I'm using it, I just pull it to my face and then I just talk, right?

That's it for the microphone side, I just have cables to connect it to my audio interface and I just switch from the typical audio interface by the brand Steinberg, which is a German brand, very good quality but I can't record on the go with it.

So I replace it with a Zoom H6, and it has four audio inputs where I can hook up four microphones or something and start recording right away. But my Shure SM7B is low output volume, so if I just connect any interface or something I need very good preamps.

That's where my booster comes in, it's called Fethead or something. I link it in the show notes if you want to ... I link a kit account where I place all of those equipment that I'm talking about right now for you so you can get it on Amazon and stuff and just see for yourself it's in your budget or if you use your phone or something.

I link everything in there, right? So it's just one link, you click on it and then the whole kit jumps out of it.

This boosts the output volume of my microphone so it actually sounds a lot louder and beefier and I could record it right away in a good volume.

I don't process this audio actually, so you're just hearing my raw voice without any effects on it. Nothing, no compression, no EQ, no limiting, nothing. So this is what you get when you go for the SM7B and the Zoom H6 and everything.

When you go back to my podcast episodes that I did two weeks ago or something, just listen to the first ones I did here on the show and hear for yourself, it's with smartphone and it's okay. If you want to level up, let's say, your smart phone recording and you have an iPhone, I can highly recommend using the Shure MV88.

I’ll link you the correct one in the show notes, but it's a plug in microphone. You just hook it up to your lightning connector on your iPhone and then you just record it like using a stage microphone or something.

But you have to keep in mind that when you buy microphones that they need to be dynamic, right? It should be dynamic microphones and that's a type of microphone that doesn't pick up so much room noise.

So when I see people starting out with podcasts or voice over, or they just do their webinars for selling online courses or something and they just use the Yeti microphone, it sounds awful, man. The Yeti microphone is amazing.

But if you are in an untreated room where you have all this room noise and maybe an AC on, you hear mine right now? No, you don't because it's a direct microphone and ... dynamic microphone, sorry.

You don't hear any room noise, right? But when you go with a condenser microphone like the Yeti, no way, man.

This sounds not very pleasing. You have to treat your room then and everything and it's not very convenient.

Right now I am in my office, it's kind of treated, but it's not the best, and when I combine it with a dynamic microphone, like the Shure SM7B or something, it's amazing, right? It's not so much room noise, my voice is present and everything and sounds very good.

So next question is what do I need for a two person podcast? So I hosted a show with my friend, he is from Switzerland and when I was back then in Germany, we hosted this show together via a Zoom call and we just went online and we filmed everything, recorded those audio tracks separately and mixed them together and just throw them on Anchor.fm and just published our podcast episodes this way.

Let's say once you doing a podcast with a friend or interview a bunch of people, then you could just use Zoom.us. It's free and then you just record yourself, right?

Zoom automatically puts two separate tracks so you can mix them differently and adjust the volume. So if he's using a great microphone and you're using your Apple EarPods or something, it will sound great because you can lower his volume and EQ yours a little bit and everything and it will sound good.

I don’t recommend you to go and edit everything out because it makes you look unnatural, right? Or you sound unnatural because people want to hear you as a person, your character flaws and everything.

For example, I’m from Germany, I have a German accent and who cares, right? So just go for it and start recording. If you want to do an interview where somebody is inside your office or something or you meet somebody and you’re in the same room, just go for the Zoom H6 like I do, right?

So you have those four audio inputs, you can buy cheap dynamic microphones for $60 or something from … I don’t know the brand right now, but I link you one up in the show notes and it’s basically the ones you see on stages when bands are performing and everything. A good one is the Shure SM58, I think, SM58 is a good one.

It’s around $100 and just get two or so and two cables and just go for it and record with a friend or a guest on your podcast when you’re just in the same room and that’s all you need, right? Just press record and that’s it.

Your zoom H6 will split the tracks and then you just put it in something like Adobe Audition or Audacity on your Mac or PC, and then you just edit it and put it up on iTunes.

The next thing is how much does podcast equipment cost? I talked about what I use, but the pricing could vary from zero, just having your phone, to couple thousands of dollars.

What I recommend you is setting a budget of, let’s say I want my podcast equipment to cost maximum $500 or maximum a thousand, and then you pick the right products that fit your budget and that’s it. But for $500, you will get the best podcast equipment for the price?

So you don’t need to spend a thousand or $2,000 for your podcast equipment. So Shure SM7B is around between 300 and $400, the Zoom H6, around 200, and the fat hat I use for boosting the SM7B is around 30 to 80 in dollars or something.

The boom arm I use for the desk, so I can move the microphone around without removing it, so I have this fixed set up. Man, it could go from $20 to 200 and some people use just Amazon boom arms and they’re fine, but I use the one from Blue, that’s the creators of Blue Yeti. It’s the best one, right?

So I just use it. So my equipment is around five to $700 if you’re just wondering. And when I’m on the go, it’s free. It’s just my phone.

So what’s the best budget podcast equipment? I would say you go with a low price microphone that’s dynamic. Could be anything.

Just go on Amazon and type in dynamic microphone or go on my Kit account that I linked in the show notes. I put my recommendation in there. Or just go with your smartphone and the Shure MV88 and then you just plug it in and it’s maximum $150 or something. That’s it.

If you want to monetize your podcast, grow your audience, listen to the last episode I did on how much do podcasters make.

I’m going over some growing strategies to grow your podcast and if you want to create an online course and make money with that from your podcast, I highly encourage you to go in the show notes and look for the waiting list for my upcoming workshop that I’m preparing right now.

You can just join the waiting list there and you’ll get notified when we launch. So basically, you’ll learn how to create, launch, and sell digital products like online courses, coaching programs and everything. So that’s it for this episode.

Glad you were here and see you in next one.

About the author

I'm the author of the Ecom Black Book. My passion is to help you make money by building a successful online business. In my free time, I share my valuable insights on my podcast and on YouTube.

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