What Hardware Do I Need To Podcast: How To Choose The Right Gear
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If not, you probably got here via the links at the bottom of the “How To Podcast: The Beginner’s Guide to Podcasting” article. Or thru the link at the bottom of the “Who Is My Podcast’s Audience: How To Choose an Audience/Avatar” article.
Provided you have been following along with the guide, you are interested in Podcasting, have already chosen the topic you want to cover, and have identified both a target audience, and your ideal listener.
What Do I Do Next?
Now comes the easy part, getting equipment to podcast with. I say this is the easy part not because spending money is easy, because everyone’s situation is different and what is cheap to some, may be expensive for others.
I say this is the easy part because this is something concrete that you don’t really have to figure out for yourself. Unlike the articles that came previously, the hard work has for the most part been done for you.
This article is designed to get you up and running with the minimum amount of equipment needed to start and run your own Podcast. Will this be the best equipment money can buy? Not at all, but it will be enough to get you started, and carry you thru.
Expensive gear doesn’t make a bad podcast good, but it can help a good podcast be great.
Core Hardware Needed To Begin Podcasting
These are items that you need to have at a minimum to be able to start a Podcast of your very own. If you are missing any of the items in this section, you will not be able to have a Podcast, as hey are all critical to the process.
This should come as no surprise as you need to be able to record your voice. My advice is to get the best one you can afford, as when it comes to Podcasting, audio quality is king.
A decent pair of headphones/earphones are crucial as you will need to be able to hear yourself to make sure that your audio levels are correct. These are doubly necessary if you plan to do recorded interviews with people, so you can actually hear what your guest is saying.
You will need some sort of recording / editing software, period. You have to be able to take the ideas that are in your head, and make them available to others. A good audio recording software will also let you make edits to the resulting audio file, so that way you can clean up any issues that may have arisen during the recording process.
Optional Items For Podcasting
Speakers are not necessary if you have headphones. In fact, I would actually recommend a decent pair of headphones over a decent pair of speakers for podcasting.
This is because you wouldn’t be able to actually use your speakers while you are recording your Podcast. If you were to use the speakers (and have audio monitoring on while recording), your voice would come out of your speakers, slightly delayed from real time.
Meaning your microphone would pick up your voice not once, but twice! Once from your mouth, and another time from the speakers in the background. This can also cause weird feedback issues that can introduce unwanted noise into your recording.
An audio interface is an item that allows for multiple inputs/outputs of microphones and other audio options. They generally also have controls on them that operate sound levels, power options and more.
In larger productions these are a good thing to have as they have the necessary inputs and power delivery options for more sophisticated audio equipment. Most microphones rely on what is known as phantom power, which means that the microphone itself has no internal power source and relies on something external for power.
These things include boom arms or other mounting devices for your microphones and other equipment. This section also applies to things like pop filters, and windscreens for your microphone.
These things are nice to have in normal situations, but only really become a must buy if you are facing a situation where not having these lowers your overall audio quality.
If you are doing a video podcast, then you would need a webcam. The higher the quality the better, but don’t break the bank on this. The main focus of the Podcast should be the audio, then and only then should you focus on the video.
As with everything, buy the best you can afford, and do your research beforehand.
Now that you have your physical gear, (or at least a better idea on what you need to get started), the next thing you NEED TO KNOW is what software you’ll need. You can read that by clicking on the link below.
Additionally, you may be asking yourself, “What Equipment Does The Best Tech Podcast Use?” In this case, you can click on the other link below to find out exactly what I use to create the Best Tech Podcast.
What Software Do I Need To Podcast: How To Choose The Right Programs/Apps
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