We’re living in such a magical time when technology gets easier and easier as time goes on. That makes everything simpler — from programming your thermostat to starting a podcast. And that means you need relatively little equipment to begin a podcast. Of course, you can always get the top of the line of every-single-thing — and make good use of it. But you can also start out with just the basics.
Here’s the equipment you’ll need to start a podcast.
Sure, you have a microphone built into your computer, and yes, it’s possible to record a podcast with this microphone. But audio quality is key in the podcast world. Your listeners simply won’t be patient with you if your sound is tinny, full of background noise, or otherwise compromised. This is one area you don’t want to skimp on. Invest in a good microphone. (And luckily, there are several inexpensive options!) Your audience will thank you.
Good headphones are critical in the podcast recording process. They allow you to hear what’s being recorded so you can catch background noise as it’s happening and fix it, or adjust your position if you’re too muffled or distant. They’re also important in Skype interviews and in the editing process. You can go top of the line, but there are also several inexpensive, quality headphone options out there.
So much of the success of your podcast will depend on how well you edit it. You’ll need to get rid of background noise, eliminate dead space, add your intro, and so much more. To help with editing, you’ll need quality podcast editing software.
There are several options available, and whether you’re a newbie or a tech-savvy individual, there’s something for everyone.
Podcast Hosting Account
Get a podcast host so that you can simply upload your podcast and make it available to be heard. A good hosting company will make the tech easy on you, generate and update your podcast RSS feed for you, and create a website where your podcasts can live.
While not necessary, these extra pieces of equipment can make your podcast more professional sounding — as well as make the recording process easier on yourself.
Pop filter: A pop filter makes it so your Ps and Bs aren’t amplified when you speak into the microphone. You can also manage this problem by speaking into the side of the mic, but a pop filter reduces your worry and extra care on the issue.
Boom: A boom is nice to have because it will hold the mic for you. It helps with sound quality because it keeps the mic in one place the whole time. Plus, you won’t have to hold the microphone while you talk.
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