Almost half-a-year has passed now and things are still not-so-good for few countries due to COVID-19 pandemic. While most of the countries are trying to restructure their work economy, we introverts are staying inside our house and wondering about new ways to make some money. Some are doing video games streaming, cooking streaming, networking, taking online classes, etc.. Some of you might be thinking about starting a podcast series, which is a good idea. If we look at this genre, many YouTubers, celebs, digital marketers, networkers, etc., have started their podcast channels to expand their reach.
Now, podcasting is not something that only a few selective persons can do. Everyone can do it if they have the right equipment, better approach, and appropriate knowledge. So today, in this article, we are going to talk about the podcast set-up equipment, which is under your budget, easy-to-use, and value-for-money.
What is a Podcast?
A podcast is a digital audio file on the internet that you can download into your computer or mobile device, generally available in the form of series, new updates of which can be downloaded by subscribers automatically. It is the best way for an individual, or group of individuals to get their message out there, expand their fan base, and build a community with similar interests.
Getting Started with a Podcast
When you are new to the podcast line, it could be confusing to choose the right set-up. You will see a lot of recommendations about what you need to start your audio series. And sometimes, it creates a misconception among people that it’s very costly to start a podcast. Well, I’m going to recommend you a very basic, value for money, and a not so pricey podcast setup that you can purchase online. So let’s take a look at the equipment you need to start your audio channel:
The first thing that you need is a microphone. There are a lot of $1000 microphones on the internet, which are awesome, but, not everyone can afford them. Audio-Technica ATR2100, on the other hand, can cost you between $80-$100. It is easy to use and gets connected to your laptop or computer directly. If you are starting as a solo podcaster, then it’s a very good choice. It gives you about 90% of the studio-level recording and comes with a stand. You can buy a $3 foam cover along with it. It will take out a lot of noise that affect audio quality. You can directly plug this microphone into your computer or laptop.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
Now, if you want to work together with a friend or a partner, then you need the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB audio interface. You can connect up to 2 mics with this audio interface through XLR cables. The audio interface connects with your computer and takes the audio from both microphones and transfer it to your computer. It will cost you around $340 approximately.
Zoom H6 Audio Recorder
If you want to work with 3 or 4 people, then Zoom H6 is a highly recommended audio recorder for you. It’s a field recorder so it doesn’t need to be plugged into power. You can connect up to 4 microphones through XLR cables and you are ready to record your podcast. It will cost you around $370 approximately.
RODE PSA1 Boom Arm
You might be wondering why you need a Boom Arm. Well, there might come a situation when you have to adjust your microphone to different angles, which is not possible in a table-stand mic. In the case of a table-stand mic, you have to hunch-over to record your audio, which will not give you the best mic technique. Whereas in case of Boom Arm, you can adjust it, move it upside-down, forward-backward, etc.. You don’t have to jeopardize your sitting posture. It can cost you around $125 approximately.
MY-420 Shock Mount
A shock mount is a bunch of rubber bands that provide vibration-free microphone support. MY-420 shock mount is symmetrically designed, which includes angle adjustment with locking knob, and a suspension cord with the expandable woven jacket. It will make sure that your audio shall not contain any spikes. It can cost you around $54 approximately.
A Headphone Set
A headphone set will enable you to analyze your audio quality while you are recording simultaneously. You can use a set of earbuds or Apple headphones if you have them around the house. If you don’t have any, you can use the M20x. You can plug it into the back of the microphone and can monitor your voice while recording. It will allow you to adjust your mic angle and voice. It can cost you around $50 approximately.
“If you are going to record with 2 or more people, then you have to plug your headphones into the audio interface.”
It is very common to get concerned about audio equipment, like, whether or not you have the perfect setup. If you need to have a good recording, you must have an authentic voice when speaking with the audience. So if you want to start with the podcasting, then make sure to enjoy it to the fullest.
So this is all from my side. These were the equipment’s that I found reliable and under budget for a podcast setup. If you have any other recommendations, then please mention them in the comment section. I would love to read your viewpoints.