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There’s a reason why nearly everyone and their mothers have started a podcast: it’s easy!
Podcasting has become one of the most popular pastimes for both hobbyists and business owners in recent years, largely because it’s relatively accessible. While you can launch a podcast with little other than a smartphone, launching a successful podcast requires a few tools of the trade.
As a podcast manager, I’ve dedicated my time to helping clients launch business podcasts, some of which have become household names. Whether you’re starting from scratch or simply need a boost, these are the 6 essential pieces of podcasting equipment you need to launch your show.
The most essential piece of podcasting equipment may be the most obvious: a microphone. That being said, not all microphones are created equal. If you’re serious about launching a podcast, a high-quality microphone should be considered an investment.
There are two types of microphones used in podcasting: dynamic and condenser. Dynamic microphones are durable and can handle high-volume levels, making them ideal for recording in noisy environments. Condenser microphones are far more sensitive but result in higher sound quality. Making them the best choice for recording in controlled studio environments.
Podcasting microphones come at all price points for all skill levels, such as:
● Audio-Technica ATR2100x-USB ($79)
● Blue Yeti USB ($129)
● Shure MV7 ($249)
An audio interface is a small device that converts analog signals—in this case, your voice—into digital signals that can be processed by your computer and edited. It’s an important podcasting tool for beginners, as audio interfaces can reduce outside noise and interference, improving sound quality.
A popular option and personal recommendation is the Focusrite Scarlett Solo ($119), which offers excellent sound improvement with a simple design and affordable price point.
Headphones are a crucial piece of podcasting equipment because they allow you to listen to your show at the highest levels of clarity. With so many podcast enjoyers listening in through headphones, it is imperative that you are able to hear your show at the same (or better) sound quality while editing.
High-quality headphones can cost a pretty penny, but the Audio-Technica ATH-M20x ($49) are an affordable option that still delivers optimal sound quality.
Pop filters are the reason why your favorite business podcasts sound so crisp. It’s a small screen that attaches in front or on top of your microphone, reducing popping sounds your voice naturally makes when speaking. This is most evident when pronouncing “p” and “b” words.
Pop filters are relatively inexpensive (like the On-Stage ASWS58-B Windscreen [$4]), making them an essential podcasting tool you can’t afford not to have.
Unless you can do an entire podcast episode in one take, audio editing software is an essential tool. Depending on the program, audio editing software allows you to cut takes together, add sound effects or music. Ultimately making your podcast sound professional.
There are many choices on the market, with many different features available at a range of price points. Programs like Audacity are completely free to download, while others like Riverside offer more specialized tools for a monthly subscription.
Though not a tangible piece of podcasting equipment, a suitable recording space is a crucial tool in your arsenal.
You don’t need a professional recording studio to launch a podcast. However, you should ensure that your recording space is quiet, with minimal echo and external noise. You can partially soundproof your space using blankets and rugs or place acoustic panels around your microphone to minimize noise.
If your recording space is located in a noisy area, like an apartment in a busy city or a home with children, you may need to install flat acoustic panels on your walls. You can also set a schedule to record during quieter times, like late at night or during the workday.