Podcasting Tips

3 pieces of gear for starting your podcast

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Do you want to start a podcast, but have no idea what equipment to buy?

Here are 3 tips on how to start on the right foot with a low budget:

1. Get a condenser mic

There are lots of mics out there, and there is a huge difference between a condenser and a dynamic mic, but if you’re just starting out, a condenser mic is an efficient solution in terms of both sound quality and easy use with computers. These are two of the most recommended models for beginners by pro podcasters, but there are still thousands of possibilities to evaluate:

2. Put on your headphones

You don’t need to produce the best sound quality during the initial stage, so when picking out your first headphones, keep in mind that you can always keep costs at a minimum. Podcasting at this point can stay cheap, and the Audio-Technica ATH-M20x will work for now.

3. Grab a pop filter 

This small and economical piece of gear can really make a difference in your sound. A pop filter is a screen that blocks or filters the popping sounds made when you say letters like ‘p’ into a mic. Nady MPF-6 is pretty popular, and it seems to deliver on its promise.

And that’s it!

Start up your own podcast and let us know if you find this post useful!

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11 Comments
  • Claude Betts Aug 19,2016 at 4:04 am

    If I had it to do over again I would go with a dynamic mic just because there is a lot of noise around me.

  • Tonia Jul 7,2015 at 7:19 am

    Evelyn, let us know how the mic works and how was your first podcasting experience 🙂

    • Evelyn Jul 9,2015 at 9:18 am

      Will do Tonia 🙂 I’ve already published a few podcasts using a cheap Logitech headset and the quality was actually pretty impressive. But I decided to upgrade (taking baby steps) and work my way into a professional set up. I already have a mixer and a mic, but I needed a few more pieces of equipment (for the mix minus set up). Everything is suppose to ship from Amazon by Saturday Then I’ll be troubleshooting (hope it goes well). If everything works out, I’ll be podcasting live next week and taking live callers. I’ll let you all know how it goes. Thanks!

  • Evelyn Jul 7,2015 at 4:15 am

    I’m new to podcasting and I just purchased an ATR1500. Hopefully the quality is sufficient.

    • Zen Runner Jul 7,2015 at 6:15 am

      the ATR1500 is a solid mic if you have a mixer. The advantage of the ATR2100 is that you can go directly into your PC via the USB port or a mixer. With the ATR1500 you only have the option to plug into a mixer or digital audio interface to convert the signal into something your PC can record. Hope that makes sense. Great price tho.

      • Evelyn Jul 9,2015 at 9:13 am

        Yep, that makes sense. Thanks for the feedback!

  • wisdomfromdads Jul 3,2015 at 6:24 pm

    I second the Dynamic Mic, The ATR2100 (~$60) is a fantastic budget mic that can be used just with USB, and has an XLR connection for attaching to a Mixer. It has great sound and good rear rejection that many of the condenser mic’s struggle with (especially if you have kids or other noise in background) (Host Wisdom from Dads and Producer of Biz Chix podcast for 180+ episodes).

  • Tonia Jun 24,2015 at 3:04 pm

    Great to hear this! I’ll be glad to contact you for some activities we have in store. Could you shoot to me an email with your contact details? Thanks a lot!

  • Tonia Jun 24,2015 at 10:10 am

    Hi Zen thanks for your comment! I know that there are different approaches on what type of microphone is the best option and i’m glad that you have contributed with your experience. How long have you been involved in podcasting? We might follow this conversation by email: tonia.maffeo@spreaker.com
    Thanks!

    • Zen Runner Jun 24,2015 at 2:29 pm

      I’ve been podcasting since 2004 – and can share with you that we’ve been waiting for something like Spreaker for a long time. Let’s hope more content creators find and use it! Thanks for building the community and I look forward to seeing it grow.

  • Zen Runner Jun 23,2015 at 4:53 pm

    I’d recommend going with a Dynamic mic over a Condenser. Less power required and better noise baffling. You can’t go wrong with the Audio-Technica 2100 USB mic. http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/wired_mics/b8dd84773f83092c/

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