What Equipment Does The Best Tech Podcast Use?
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This is the physical equipment that allows me to create the Best Tech Podcast.
Audio-Technica AT2035 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone Bundle with Shock Mount, Pop Filter, and XLR Cable – $149
By far the most important piece of gear will be the microphone that is used to record your audio. This is generally the first thing the listener hears (outside of background music), and is the most important factor in determining sound quality.
I bought the Audio-Technica AT2035 bundle that came with a few things. This has been a good purchase that has served me well for Podcasts, Voice-Overs, Interviews, and Gaming Voice Chat. Very clear sound and also features a high-pass filter and loudness controls on the back.
My computer is completely overkill for what you would need to get started Podcasting, but I do other things with it that are more intensive, such as photo/video editing, and that requires a lot of CPU power.
PC Build Coming Soon…
Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 – $127.99
Driving the audio is the Scarlett 2i2. This is a tried and true audio interface that is solid. Absolute workhorse of an interface, that is almost the standard for entry level and intermediate YouTube or Podcasting.
It also provides phantom power to my microphones, which is always a plus. It features two inputs so I could use two mics with it. I don’t, but I could.
JBL LSR305 5″ Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor Kit (Pair) – $275
These honestly are the backbone of my desk setup. I’m always playing something through them and they sound great. GREAT VALUE for the sound you get from them. Nice and clean with heavy bass but it isn’t overpowering. The high end is also strong.
I wouldn’t recommend them for accurate audio work though since they do have a rich sound isn’t particularly balanced.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Monitor Headphones (Black) – $148
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.
I use the Audio Technica ATH 150x. They are nice and balanced, and are a decent pair of studio monitors. However, the earcups hurt my ears after long wearing sessions.
ROCCAT LUA Tri-Button Gaming Mouse, Black – $25.56
This mouse honestly isn’t special and isn’t anything to write home about. Blue LED accent with multiple dpi settings. It gets the job done and that is all I currently need. I do plan on upgrading eventually.
Logitech Keyboard K120 – $9.56
This is a very basic keyboard. So basic in fact that it is not wireless and doesn’t even feature media controls. However, it also gets the job done and that is all I currently need. I will be upgrading this eventually.
Microphone Pop Filter – $10
This is useful for eliminating plosions from your audio. A plosion is that popping sound that is made when saying letters like P, and B. Not necessary, but useful to have.
Microphone Boom Arm – $12.50
This was a really cheap boom arm for my microphone. There is a clamp style mount that allows it to fit onto a desk with practically any thickness. But it only moves in one direction, so there is no swivel control, and the arm itself isn’t that long. (This is important as my desk is huge). Not a bad purchase, good for getting started.
This is the non-physical, computer based equipment that allows me to create the Best Tech Podcast.
Recording and Editing
These are the programs my audio is recorded in, and edited thru.
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.
Adobe Audition – $20/month Creative Cloud Membership
- Comes with a suite of other useful products such as Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.
- Works on both Windows, and Mac
- Easy to learn, lots of support material online
Audacity – Free
- Is free
- Works on both Windows, and Mac
- Not as many features as Audition, and not as easy to use UI, but still functional and capable
- Lots of support material online
Guest Calling and Interviews (VOIP)
This is what actually allows me to connect with my guests to interview them.
Zencastr is interesting because it has its own VOIP network that it can host calls thru, and is completely free. You can pay for different packages that allow you increased perks, but you get up to 8 hours of record time per month for free.
You set up an account, create a show, then send the link out to your guest. They click the link, you two are connected, then you hit record and the call is on. It’s a very simple process and is actually what I use as a main recorder with Audition AND Audacity as back ups.
Chances are you have heard of Skype before. You place a call thru your computer, and someone else that has Skype installed will be able to chat with you. This option is very easy and very simple.
If one of your potential guests doesn’t have Skype, please ask them to make one, and send you their information. This is by far the easiest option for people based on brand familiarity alone.
Other software that I use that isn’t 100% necessary, but is nice to have.
Windows ID3 Tag Editor
I use this program to tag my audio files prior to uploading them to my media host. This is an important thing because once I do this, my audio file is able to stand alone on its own. So if any information like metadata is lost during the upload process, there is a backup coded directly into the audio file itself.
If you haven’t read my article about “What Is a Media Host, and Why Do I Need One” be sure to go read that ASAP. If you have, then you understand why this section is so important.
Libsyn is a tried and true, paid media host. They take all of your audio files, and allow them to be streamed all over the web. There are limits to how much you can upload in any given month depending on your plan.
I currently use the $20/month plan and that is about all the features my currently growing Podcast needs at the moment, but there are others depending on your needs.
Libsyn is the primary leader in this space for a reason. Check them out, if you have some available funds.
Soundcloud is a free service that allows people to host their audio files. An easy way to think about Soundcloud is like, the YouTube of audio. Regular people can make an account, host their audio (Podcast or not), and other regular people can find it on the web and listen to it.
Its a pretty simple process, and if you are looking for something free and easy to use, you won’t go wrong with Soundcloud.
The Soundcloud account for the Best Tech Podcast features all of the episode and all of the interviews, and serves as a backup media host. Also, some listeners prefer Soundcloud as their audio directory of choice, so they have that option of listening to the podcast there.
Now that you know what I use to create the Best Tech Podcast, maybe you’re interested on starting your own Podcasting journey. Luckily for you, I have created the ultimate beginner’s guide on the topic. 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.
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