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Maximize Your Podcast Setup

By Tom Seest

Are You Using Podcast Equipment Correctly?

At PodcastBig, we help new podcasters develop strategies to create content, traffic, and revenue from podcasts based on our experiences and experimentation.

Equipment can make or break a podcast. Although initial equipment requirements may not be necessary, having suitable equipment will become increasingly essential as your audience and guest list expand.
An audio interface converts analog microphone input signals to digital data for playback and editing on a computer, providing easier editing when recording multiple voices or podcasters use multiple mics at the same time. Many podcasters utilize mixers to add additional effects or record multiple voices simultaneously.

Are You Using Podcast Equipment Correctly?

Are You Using Podcast Equipment Correctly?

Find the Perfect Microphone?

As a podcaster, your microphone is one of the primary tools necessary for recording audio for your show. As such, the quality of this piece of equipment will have a considerable effect on how your podcast sounds overall.
Therefore, when searching for the ideal microphone to meet your needs and sound great, simplicity should always be your goal. In addition, having knowledge about different kinds of mics and their features should aid your purchase decision.
Podcasting has quickly become a favorite pastime among individuals and companies alike. People enjoy using it to express their passion about an issue with others while businesses use podcasting as an effective means to reach new customers and promote their products. Furthermore, due to its rising popularity, podcasting has made quality equipment more readily accessible to anyone who wants to create their own show.
A successful podcast begins with a high-quality microphone. Microphones come in all price ranges, so selecting one suitable to both your budget and recording setup is crucial. If you plan to record solo in a quiet room, a USB microphone with built-in preamp may suffice; otherwise, for interviewing guests or multiple shows with multiple input and output channels it might be worthwhile investing in an audio interface microphone with more input/output channels.
Pickup pattern should also be an important consideration when selecting a microphone, with cardioid microphones typically favoured for podcasting due to their sensitivity towards sounds coming from the front while rejecting noise from its sides. Some podcasters also opt for bi-directional mics which capture sounds both frontally and radially.
Pop filters are also essential when recording podcasts, preventing annoying P and T consonants from overloading the microphone and degrading sound quality. Furthermore, having a microphone stand will enable you to keep it at an appropriate height when recording.
Your audio quality needs to be monitored accurately, so a headphone set will come in handy to monitor it and ensure everything’s lined up perfectly. A good pair of headphones should be comfortable while providing enough cable length to reach your computer, mixer or interface without tangling with or touching your microphone too closely.

Find the Perfect Microphone?

Find the Perfect Microphone?

Are You Using Your Mic Stand Correctly?

As part of recording podcasts, using a microphone stand helps ensure its security. There are various styles and sizes of microphone stands that suit different budgets; you may prefer boom arm stands over tripod or desk mount ones; for instance a boom arm allows your mic to come closer to your mouth which improves voice quality while reducing chances of bumping or banging it while recording – good stands can mean the difference between great podcasts and poor ones!
Boom arms provide greater mobility than stands, often moving in three-dimensional space for easy podcast recording sessions. You can move it around as needed without constantly needing to readjust your microphone position – one popular model being Rode PSA1. If you’re on a tight budget but looking for an inexpensive option with lots of features consider the Rode PSA1! It has quickly become one of the industry’s go-to products!
Your choice of mic can have an immense effect on the sound quality of your podcast. There are various kinds of microphones, such as omnidirectional and bidirectional models; an omnidirectional mic collects sound from all directions while bidirectional microphones only pick up sound coming from front and back for interviews.
Consider which connector type when choosing your microphone. Most podcasting microphones connect via USB, while some feature XLR connectors. Microphones with USB connections may be easier to set up; however, they may not work with all recording devices; therefore if using it with mixers or other audio equipment it would be wiser to choose an XLR connection model instead.
Desktop mic stands are great solutions for podcasters who tend to record in one spot repeatedly, such as those using an office desk for recording purposes. Most desktop stands feature clamps that secure them to their edge or tabletop; this makes it easy to use if your desk has limited surface area for the placement flexibility of a boom arm stand.

Are You Using Your Mic Stand Correctly?

Are You Using Your Mic Stand Correctly?

Are You Using the Right Headphones?

As part of the recording process, headphones will allow you to hear how your voice sounds to your audience. They will help ensure that audio levels are balanced without microphone plosives (popping of consonants) and that the volume is appropriate for each listener. Furthermore, using headphones makes editing much simpler; being able to listen live will save time and energy post-production, as well as alleviate frustration associated with editing out unwanted sounds or mistakes from being made while you record.
Your guests will also need headphones so they can hear how their voice sounds through the podcast’s microphone. A pair of headphones will allow your guest to gauge whether they are speaking too loudly, popping consonants, or being too far from the mic; this way they can adjust their delivery and save you from interrupting them to request they speak more or move closer.
Speaker bleed is one of the most prevalent problems during podcast recordings, when sound from one or more of your speakers leaks through into your podcast recording and ends up annoying listeners as well as giving it a cheap or amateur feel.
For optimal speaker bleed prevention during podcast recording sessions, everyone should wear headphones during recording. Not only will it enable your guests to easily monitor their own voices while monitoring, but headphones will prevent them from listening to the podcast through their speakers and double up as an extra recording source.
There are numerous cost-effective headphones available to those wishing to record podcasts, with options including headphones equipped with built-in mics for around $30 that plug directly into your computer mic input, or headset microphones which offer both headphones and microphone functions at once – ideal solutions for beginners on tight budgets.

Are You Using the Right Headphones?

Are You Using the Right Headphones?

Can Your Laptop Handle Professional Podcast Recording?

An essential component of podcast recording and editing is a computer, both desktop and laptop alike. At least one hard drive with high read/write speeds will be necessary; depending on how many episodes you intend to produce, multiple external hard drives may also be needed.
Your budget and desired level of fidelity for podcasting should determine the computer you use to record podcasts. A laptop offers easy portability while desktops typically provide more stable work environments and higher performance levels. Whatever type of computer you opt for, make sure that it has sufficient RAM for running Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), the software used for recording and editing podcasts; at minimum twelve gigabytes is recommended but more may be necessary in cases with heavy or complex DAW applications.
If you want a higher-quality recording experience than what can be provided by your computer’s built-in microphone, consider investing in a dedicated mic instead. There are USB and XLR mics with condenser or dynamic technology; an ideal way for newbie podcasters to record themselves directly is with USB mics while for multi-person recordings an XLR mic must connect via interface, mixer, or digital recorder if that is what is desired.
Headphones are another essential accessory when it comes to podcasting, providing you with the ability to hear yourself during recording and thus ensure sound levels are correct. There are various styles and price ranges of headphones available so that there is sure to be something perfect for you and your budget – some models even feature microphone input for more comprehensive setups!
Studio monitoring systems are also crucial in order to make sure that your audio sounds balanced and crisp – especially if your podcast includes multiple hosts or guests. Such systems typically include headphones, a monitor and an equalization EQ that lets you control levels for all inputs.
Mobile podcasting has grown increasingly popular, so investing in a portable digital audio recorder may also be wise. This device enables you to conduct out-of-studio interviews and capture content for a podcast without being tied down to one location. These devices typically come equipped with a headphone jack and built-in mic; some also include multi-host recordings via headphone splitters.

Can Your Laptop Handle Professional Podcast Recording?

Can Your Laptop Handle Professional Podcast Recording?

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