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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 afffordablle! 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!



Windscreens

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 that all the others combined. 

 


Software

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

Hosting

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!

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