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When it comes to a podcast microphone, don’t use your on-board or internal mic from your laptop. If you’re serious about your podcast, you want a piece of equipment that will do a solid job without breaking the bank. You can find a really decent mic around the $200 range. Spending closer to $500 is just silly since your podcast will likely be compressed so it doesn’t take up a ton of space on your host’s site or your listener’s device. You can always enhance the sound of any mic with a few EQ adjustments in your recording software. I use this Audio-Technica AT2035. I won’t bore you with spec details. All you need to know is that it’s a solid mic with great range, good sensitivity and honestly, nice looks. Audio-Technica makes a couple of different microphones in the 2000 series. For me, the 2035 is the perfect fit for podcasting, musicians or any studio setting.
POP SCREEN or WIND SOCK
Yes, you need one of these. They both will do the job. I use both (on different mics). Either one will help prevent you from popping your p’s (see my video tutorial on proper mic placement).The pop screen will attach to almost any stand. The wind sock will help too. Just make sure it fits your mic (this one fits the AT2035 listed above).
Okay, The key word here is stand. Stand when you do your podcast. What? You don’t? Here’s why you should stand and not sit when you record your podcast. I’ve included 2 stands here. It depends on the microphone you have. Make sure your mic fits the stand you buy. You don’t need anything fancy here. Just something to get you off your ass.
AUDIO INTERFACE MIXER (AMP)
If you’re using an XLR (3-prong/pin) mic you need what some refer to as an amp, mixer or interface. That’s where the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 comes in. With this sexy little box you can have 2 mics or 2 instruments plugged into it. This unit then connects to your computer with a USB cable. If you want more than 2 channels you’re going to need more equipment. Any little mixer like this that connects to your computer using a USB will only give you 2 (left & right) channels. Most podcasters don’t need more than 2 inputs and this little box travels well too. The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 also works with skype/google with some cleaver wiring. Here’s how to do it. Thanks to Ray Otega’s youtube video.
There are plenty of choices for audio editing software. I use Adobe Audition (for Windows). It’s extremely versatile and has all the capabilities and tools you need to record, mix, and export your podcasts. Another program that can do the job is Audacity. It’s free and easy to learn.
No matter the software you use, take some time to learn it. Record a few fake podcasts. Play around. Spend some time with it – there are plenty of online tutorials to help you learn. But, once you find the one you like best, stick with it. You’ll continue to get better and better at it. Before you know it, you’ll be building templates, using shortcuts and mixing with the best of them. Don’t give up – you’ll get there.
STOCK MUSIC SERVICES
Have you spent hours, that turn into days trying to find FREE music for your podcast? Here’s the problem with free. Free is shit. BUCK UP. For less than $20 you can find a great piece of music that will fit your brand that you can use forever. I’ve been using Audio Jungle for years. I do a lot of video production that requires a butt-load of music. Trust me, there is more than a ton of music on audio jungle. Most tracks will cost you around $19 with the regular license fees. It’s totally worth it unless you want to use the exact piece of music that all the cheap podcasters are using for their theme song. Find your music here.
ID3 tags with MP3TAG
ID3 Tags are worth doing but you hate doing them, I know. So do I. This little program makes it easy and almost entirely automated. It’s called MP3TAG ad it’s FREE! Ever download an mp3 and there is NO information attached to it. ID3 tags carries your artwork and a whole lot more. That way if someone just downloads an episode from your website, all that gorgeous info pops up on their player. Here’s MP3TAG the program. And here’s a great tutorial I found from James Kennison on how to use it.
WIRELESS BLUETOOTH SPEAKER
If you’re tired of listening to podcasts on your cell phone or laptop or you want to really take in your own booming voice, try one of these. Place it anywhere or take it anywhere. I listen to podcasts or my music in the shower/bathroom, out on the deck, in the garage, etc. And we always take it with us when we go camping. This Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell has great battery life, is weatherproof, has good highs and lows plus enough volume to host your very own rave (do people still do that?) Whatever, it’s a great speaker and it took me a long time to find one I really liked.
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