What Equipment Do You Need to Start Podcasting?

Wanting to start a podcast, but afraid you’ll need to drop a boat load of cash in equipment to make it sound professional?

Hogwash!

You can get a great sounding podcast with just a few hundred dollars in equipment. Below is the current set-up I use on the Art of Manliness Podcast.

Preamp: Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools

A preamp ensures your sound quality from your mic to your computer maintains fidelity and it allows you to separate your track from your guest’s track.

I’ve been using the Focusrite Scarlett preamp for a few years now and couldn’t be happier. It beats having a giant mixer on your table. And because it’s so small, the Focusrite makes on-location podcast interviews a breeze. It costs $110 on Amazon.

Microphones:  Shure SM58-LC

A lot of beginning podcasters obsesses about the mic they use for their podcast. They think they have to get the top of the line mic and spend hundreds of dollars in order to have a quality sounding podcast.

What if I told you just have to spend $90 for a mic and it will sound fantastic?

Check out the Shure SM58-LC. It’s only $90, provides excellent sound quality, and can take a beating. I recorded several shows with it while I was on vacation in Vermont for a month.  You wouldn’t have known that I wasn’t using my regular studio mic that I spent hundreds of dollars on. I highly recommend this mic for podcasters just starting out. It’s the best!

You’ll need the requisite cables to use this, of course. They’re cheap. Just $10.

ClearCast + Logic Pro X

While ClearCast provides recordings of both your track and your guest’s track, I still record the entire conversation on using Logic Pro X. One thing I’ve learned doing podcasts for several years: you can never have too many back-ups!

When I’m ready to edit my podcast, I t replace my guest’s track that I recorded on Logic Pro X with the guest track recorded on ClearCast to ensure my guest’s side of the conversation is as pristine as possible.

You can then edit your podcast using Logic Pro X.

Logic Pro X is only on Apple and costs $70. If you don’t want or need all the robust editing tools on Logic Pro X, you could use GarageBand as your back-up recorder.

For Windows or Linux, LMMS is a good option for a multi-track recorder. It’s open source and free.

There you go. My personal podcast set-up. It’s worked for me for several years. Maybe it will work for you.

Happy podcasting!

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