We know people get nervous when starting a podcast. They think they need to have a full blown recording studio or they need to pay a company to record and produce a quality podcast. On our most recent episode of the Sip, Create, Repeat podcast, we debunk that myth.
WHAT TO BUY:
For around $500, you can have a set up that will give you high-quality professional audio for your podcast. Here are our equipment picks:
A Quality Audio Recorder
Our team loves the Zoom H6 Recorder, which allows you to actually have four XLR microphone inputs to it, which allows for up to four different tracks or four different people talking. At only $329.99, it’s not an expensive investment when it comes to recording equipment.
A Decent Vocal Microphone
The Shure SM-58 microphone provides a very high audio quality for a reasonable cost. ($89) These are just like the basic microphone that you would see at a local music venue. If you have a bigger budget to buy something nicer, consider looking into phantom powered options as studio quality microphones need additional power.
Cable(s) to Connect The Recorder & Microphone(s)
The XLR microphone cables are a great option – buy one for each microphone you will use. ($7.99)
These items provide a setup that is very mobile, making it easy to load up into a small travel case and take with you anywhere – a great benefit especially if you are planning on interviewing guests on your episodes and plan to record with them in person.
OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES:
When it comes to putting your episodes into the world, consider it a “must” to publish on Apple podcasts, Google Play and Spotify. To easily do this, we use a free service called anchor.fm. Anchor is easy to use: just upload files, write a description for each, publish or schedule, and you’re good to go. The descriptions on Anchor are also searchable by Google and other search engines, so make sure to use SEO friendly terms.
Another great resource to use is Zoom. Yes, you can use it for meetings, but you can also use it to record podcasts. The audio quality will not be quite as high as some of those higher end recorders, but you will still end up with a good sounding recording you can be proud to publish. Zoom even has a setting that allows you to separate audio files for each participant, which gives you a little more flexibility when it comes to editing.
Found this information helpful? Tune in for future episodes of the Sip, Creative, Repeat podcast for more!