There are tons of places to find affordable podcast equipment. It just all depends on where you are looking and what you are looking for. Some companies have direct links to buy their products on their websites, while other have a “find a dealer” option. Both are good and reliable, especially when it comes from the source itself. There are some people out there who will try to scam those who don’t know as much though, and that is where it can get tricky. You have to know what you are looking for, the piece of equipment, and in what price range you are looking to spend. Finding the right equipment for the right price can be tricky, but as long as you do your research and look in all the right (and sometimes wrong) places, you will find exactly what you need. So let’s talk about where to find affordable podcast equipment.
What Are You Looking For?
As always, it is best to start with the simple question of ‘what are you looking for?’ A podcast microphone? A mixer, perhaps? That’s where you might start out at. It’s not a hard question and if you start your search with this, your answers will come quickly and it will often lead you in the right direction. It’s best to have a more targeted search, so that you know what you are looking for and you can make a guess as to how much you might end up spending.
Having any and all qualifications for your equipment in mind is great if you can do that for yourself. What kind of microphone are you looking for? A cardioid? A condenser? What is your podcast going to be about? Are you going to be recording it from home or will you be on the go? Are you going to be traveling a lot with your equipment? Where do you plan to travel? Do you want it to be compact or does the size not matter at all to you? Do you want it to be sturdy? How sensitive do you want your microphone to be? If you are just starting out, you might not have some of the answers to these questions, and that is okay! We are all here to help you and figure out just what you need.
What You Need
Thinking about what you need in equipment can be a daunting task. You may just think “I just want it to sound good!” But there is so much more to it than that! Everyone wants their stuff to sound good, but the deeper meaning to that is finding the right equipment to make it sound good. Everyone will need something different, so it is important to figure out just what you will be doing to find just what you will need. You don’t need to go overboard if you don’t have to. The point is to find exactly what you need for an affordable price.
What you are going to be doing with your equipment is a key point in finding what you need. If you are doing a podcast from home and will have a stable environment to record it in, you can buy some stationary podcast equipment and set it up in your space. If you are looking to upgrade your equipment and looking for some podcast mixers, check out this article below for some more information on that.
Everything that you will need is going to be based on what you will be doing with it. Finding the right podcast microphone is not the easiest adventure, but once you know of the qualifications that you would like it to have, what kind of things you will be using it for, your search will become easier. Then you can figure out just where to get your equipment, and where to get the best deals.
How and Where
Most of us nowadays are shopping online for our products. A simple Google search will give you too many adds and too many options for products that you are looking for. If you have a specific product in mind, you can most likely find it on the company website. Some even sell it themselves, while others look for outside dealers. That’s where you will see the ‘find a dealer’ option. So start on the company site–that will also give you the best information on a product that you are researching.
But then there are other dealers out there that will sell brand new, and even gently used products for a discounted rate. Places like Amazon and Sweetwater are great places to find good deals. Especially Sweeter, a site that specializes in getting deals for technology and music equipment. They have a big warehouse full of equipment and shipping doesn’t usually take too long either. Check out their site for deals even some specials that they run, and see what you can find.
Places like Ebay and other online forums can be tricky though. Be wary of online dealers and marketplaces, because some people will try to scam you for something that is not what you wanted or way too pricey for what you actually wanted to pay.
Finding the best place to get affordable podcast equipment might seem harder than it actually is–you just have to know where to look.
Keep on listening and keep creating,