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The Complete Podcast Equipment Guide You Need To Sound Like A Pro

Have you ever wondered how to sound like a pro as a podcast guest? The main challenge as a beginner is usually acquiring the right equipment. Not everyone is well versed in the technology field; hence knowing the right podcast equipment and electronics can be confusing. You shouldn’t get worked up over this because, in this guide, you will learn about all the podcast equipment you will need to sound like a pro!

The Podcast Equipment You Need To Sound Like A Pro

Computer 

A computer is a very obvious tool required for a podcast guest. To sound professional you don’t want to be being interviewed on your cell phone. Some interviews may be conducted via video and it will be difficult to accommodate if you’re on your phone.

An apple 13.3 inch MacBook air is a great computer for your starter podcast needs. However, if you are not new in the game and looking for an upgrade, you can check out reviews of the best computers.

Podcast Microphone

Getting the right podcast microphone is the key to a successful podcast experience. You cannot use just any microphone. It has to be tailored for the specific requirements of a podcast. A built-in microphone in the computer, camera, or phone cannot be used for a podcast. You require a USB microphone to record high-quality audio. 

For a beginner, a USB mic is perfect. It allows you to simply plug in your podcast microphone to the computer and begin to sound like a pro instantly.

We recommend the Blue Yeti, Blue Snowball, or Audio-Technica AT2020 microphones.

Pop Filter

It is also known as a windscreen. The windscreen is an essential piece of podcast equipment that helps you capture vocals. The vocals sound just great! Its main function is minimizing the event of plosives. For example, the P and T. 

It absorbs the intense air blasts just before the sound reaches the microphone. Blue, the pop filter would be a great choice. It works great with the blue yeti microphone we have recommended above. However, focus on finding the pop filter that works best with your ideal microphone choice.

Mic Stand

You need a sturdy mic stand to set up your podcast equipment. The mic stand will support the podcast microphone and pop filter. The mic stand also helps in the proper positioning of the microphone. Therefore, you do not have to lean or bend to speak into the microphone. There are a lot of mic stand options available, especially for those on a tight budget. Most affordable mic stands are tabletop.

A good example is K & M 23325. If your budget allows, you can get a bendable desktop boom arms. The Rode PSA1 is a great flexible choice. A flexible mic stand will allow you more free desk space. It becomes easier to work since you can easily position the microphone and push it away without turning knobs. 

Shock Mount

You require a strong shock mount among your podcast equipment. It comes in handy when you re-position your microphone, type the keyboard or slam hard on the table in the heat of the moment. A shock mount is also useful to absorb vibrations, which may be caused by movements. Vibrations during a podcast recording can translate to short, abrupt noises making speech inaudible or cut off. Microphones are highly sensitive to surface vibrations. A shock mount will ensure that vibrations don’t reach the microphone. 

The best way to have your podcast equipment is having the microphone and shock mount of the same brand. However, ensure they are compatible. Its suspension elasticity should be matching with the mass of the microphone. 

Headphones

Headphones act as audio monitors. That is why as a guest you should have them on while recording. You may find it strange hearing your voice if you are a beginner, but you get used to it with time. Having headphones on ensures you keep out overlapping noise. It will prevent you from having to do retakes. 

The headphones have to be of very high quality for them to be efficient. The higher the quality, the higher the price tag. Quality headphones should ensure the sound coming from them should not reach your microphone. Closed-back headphones are the best.

Finding the right podcast equipment may take some time, but once you do you are all set for a great podcast guest experience. Enjoy!

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Alexa Seleno
@alexaseleno