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The equipment we use to record our podcast, or, How to record a great sounding podcast for less than five hundred dollars!

Want to record a great sounding podcast but don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on microphones, boom arms, and expensive multi track recorders? 

Of course!

Don't fall for expensive affiliate links or influencers trying to sell you on their sponsors! 

Rode mics are great but you don't need them!

Podcast studios are unnecessary! 

You don't need to soundproof your house! 

This is a list of the podcast gear we've been using for years! And it is very affordable! If you want to upgrade after you start getting those sick download numbers go ahead! But why blow through your cash before your pod is making money?

The Recorder

We started with the big Zoom R16 then progressed to the H6n but Zoom has come up with a better, cheaper recorder perfect for podcasts and we love it! This comes in at just under 200 dollars.

The Microphones

These dynamic microphones from Shure are designed for speaking.They have a short area of pickup in front of them and really help reduce ambient room noise. Condenser mics pickup the entire room, but dynamic mics pick up just what is a couple feet in front of them. Pick up four of them for under 200 dollars - less than the price of one Rode mic!


Put these on your mics to cut down on some of that heavy breathing!


 The XLR Cables

No need to buy expensive microphone cables - if the solder points are done correctly by the factory they all sound the same. Here are some cheap ones (yes, we use these, too!). Buy at least four of these (but we have more because sometimes they break and it is nice to have spares).


The Stands

We've used all sorts of stands, boom arms, and fancy desk mount scissor arms but nothing beats the plain old desktop stand. And guests fidget with these stands less than all the others combined. 



Get Audacity. It's free and easy to use. Install the Lame codec so you can export mp3 and you are done! 


Try Anchor.fm because it is free, too! If you start making those killer true crime dollars then upgrade to something like Libsyn or Pinecast but until then keep it simple, silly!

Non-Christmas Christmas Movies

CJ and Sarah talk about their favorite Christmas movies, traditions, and drinks. Also, Die Hard.

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098 - twas the pod before the 'ween

CJ and Sarah prepare to celebrate Halloween 2020.

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097 - Chadwick Boseman and Hollywood Integrity

Discussing the loss of the Black Panther star and the question of integrity in Hollywood. Would he have been given the opportunity to play such a huge role if the public had known about his diagnosis, and should that matter?

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Elf on the Shelf in a Blender!

It's that time of year again when Santa's little spy invades your home and disrupts your privacy! Why?! Well if you are sick of that elf showing up everywhere - IHOP, really?! - then check out one of our favorite videos. Elf on the Shelf in a Blender!

That nosy little elf on the shelf finally gets what he deserves!

096 - The Year of Living Disappointedly

CJ and Craig spoil the year's best finales while they test out their live stream setup on YouTube. If you loved the finales to some of these great titles you won't want to listen to this episode. 

You have been warned.


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095 - Podcast Like Nobody's Listening

Attending Los Angeles Comic Con and character inspired clothing, crossplaying suggestions for Jack, Los Angeles Comic Con, hours and after parties, line management and attending panels, our most popular podcast subjects, nerdbait controversies and subjects, nerdbaiting, supporting cosplayers and content creators, Twitch and Twitch Prime care of Amazon, the mad orange man himself is one of our most popular subjects, not winning the presidency two consecutive terms in a row, Trump and Kanye versus the 13th ammendment, nicknaming the name-caller-in-chief, discussing Gitmo, Stan Lee's longevity, vip upgrades, Craig "Big Poppa" Chenoweth and his new streaming channel Into the Derbyverse, www.intothederbyverse.com, interesting things this week, puppert news, The Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry, The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell. Please like, subscribe, and comment below!

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094 - Breaks, Purges, Kitchens, and Cocktails

CJ and Jack are back from our summer break and discuss upcoming episodes. Subscribers please comment and vote for the name of the upcoming cooking show on the Desperate Mothers. Will it be Cook Stupid, CJ's Crazy Kitchen, or Chronic Kitchen? The taco juice video that started a blender cocktail binge. Upcoming nugget series of videos. We also wax whimsically about the poor timing of our video releases. Will Stan Lee be at LA Comic Con this year? Ant Man & Wasp Infinity War spoiler! Comment below!

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093 - Infinity Spoilers

Spoiling Marvel's Avengers Infinity War. Nerdgasms galore! X-Men's status in the MCU is discussed. How can the Marvel Cinematic Universe be put back together again? After the credit spoilers. The biggest opening weekend of all time. Bemoaning the lack of cosplayers at the local movie opening. Thanos the Eco-Terrorist. More mumbo jumbo. Subscribe to us today. Leave comments and ratings using your favorite podcast app.

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092 - Stealing Stan Lee's Blood

Is Stan Lee being abused by his handlers? Who is profiting off the living legend? Did someone steal Stan Lee's blood and use it to sign comic books? The Talent's Twitch channel is Ketchin_Games subscribe now! Jack berates CJ for doing RPGs wrong. No spoilers for Marvel’s Avengers Infinity War!

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091 - What Should Have Blend

CJ and Jack talk about the final cut of That Blender Guy porg video, key characteristics, editing down the footage to a final short video, CJ's car will turn 21 and be allowed to drink legally, convention loop reels, attention grabbers, Tomb Raider, future episode ideas, DC movie openings and disappointing dark and gray climactic battles, Superman's air sac, fist fights at terminal velocity, Black Panther movie, Wakandan Americans, magic mumbo jumbo defying the laws of physics, porg part deux, pop up video ideas and porg revisions.

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90 - Foibles, Faux Pas, and Porgs

The Mothers miss Emerald City Comic Con, and upcoming plans to attend the event. Cj Discusses the errors, foibles and faux pas of shooting That Blender Guy with a Star Wars porg. Purchasing safety gear purchased from Harbor Freight. The potential of using vertical video on youtube. They also consider publishing the outtakes and a blooper reel. The cost of advertising on the internet and the merits of attending comic conventions. Live streaming upcoming pods on YouTube. Wondercon tickets selling out. Attending San Diego International Comic-Con for the atmosphere. Subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and YouTube. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. #theDesperateMothers @thedesperatemothers @cjwatson

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