Podcasting is a lot of fun. Whether you are a beginner or already experienced in the art of podcasting, the world is always in need of new content. Something that everyone questions is what equipment will be needed to start a podcast. Well, I am here to tell you that there are lots of options for equipment when you want to start a podcast. Like we have talked about before, there is no set requirement of what you have to have, but you have to start with something. You have to start somewhere, and we are going to discuss what equipment might be needed to start a podcast.
One of the first things to consider (like always) is what is your content going to be focused on? What is your podcast going to be about? This will highly influence all of your other decisions: what you will need, where you record, and what you need to do to accomplish everything that you want to for your podcast. Whatever your content is going to be is going to be the deciding factor on a lot of decisions you will have to make.
Are you doing a podcast about nature, and will be outside for a majority of your time? You’ll need equipment that can be outside, has its own recording and power source, and is portable. Are you hosting a roundtable discussion? You’ll need a multitude of microphones, probably a mixer, cables and enough space to house everything. If you need to get foley sound for anything, you will probably need a handheld microphone so that you can record sound and then edit it into your podcast later on.
Whatever your content might need, it will most likely determine how you go about recording your podcast, and the equipment that you will need for it.
A Work Station–Physical and Digital
Just like any other working space, you might want to have a special section dedicated to recording or editing your podcast. Whether it be at your own desk where you already get the majority of your other work done, or a space dedicated to just working on your podcast–having a space dedicated to getting work done (and nothing else) is good for your mentality and can help you get less distracted so that you can get more work done.
But just like having a physical space to do your work is important, if you are going to be doing audio work, you will need a Digital Audio Workstation, or DAW for short. There are many options available to you, like GarageBand, Logic, Pro Tools, and Ableton. GarageBand comes already installed on all Apple products, and is simple and easy to use. Other programs will require a fee or a license for you to use them, and while some are cheaper than others, they all basically do the same thing at their core. They all have specifications and different suites designed for their particular programs, but they are similar to each other with their basic functions, but differ in layout and style. It just depends on personal preference and which one you are used to, which one you want to use.
After you figure out just exactly what your podcast will be about, you’ll start to figure out what kind of equipment you will need. If you need a podcast microphone or a plethora of microphones, a podcast mixer, cables, a field recorder, you name it. Once you start making a plan of action, you can figure out the pieces of tech that you will need to start recording and editing your podcast.
There are lots of microphones out there that you can use. All of the most popular companies produce great pieces of equipment that are reliable and vary in prices depending on the type that you are looking for. You can check out a list of some of our favorites here:
A podcast mixer is not entirely necessary, but will give you more control over your recording and the live sound option of editing as you go. Mixers are great for controlling different volumes, editing frequencies and having overall control over your sound as a whole. To check out some more information on podcast mixers and how they can help your podcast, check out this article below.
Podcasting is a fun thing to do, whether you are making and editing everything by yourself or it’s a big team effort. Finding the right equipment for yourself and your podcast shouldn’t be too difficult either, once you know what you are looking for. It’s all about finding the right pieces of tech for you, that work for you and your podcast. You don’t need anything too fancy or that you don’t know how to use–find something that you are comfortable with and will get you the sound that you want. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or too fancy–use what you know how to use, be confident in what you create, and most importantly, have fun with it!
Keep on creating and keep listening,