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There are so many different types of podcast equipment to choose from. It can be daunting for a beginner–or even a seasoned podcaster who is ready to scale and buy equipment. In this blog post we will talk about 7 best podcast equipment tips for starting a podcast– or my favorites anyway. =)
Remember, you don’t have to buy everything all at once. You can buy the most important and expand from there. The choice is up to you.
We will also talk about an organizational program I suggest called, Trello, and a few essentials.
First, let’s talk organization!
Organization of Podcast Audio Files
If you do not currently have any systematic way to organize your podcast workflow, then this part is for you! I suggest Dropbox or Google Drive.
Dropbox VS Google Drive
Dropbox is a great way to organize podcast files. Such as the: audio content file itself, the intro, outro, and music. Basically any podcast audio file you have, would go in Dropbox. I suggest organizing your Dropbox folder into different folders with titles like:
- Music, Intro, Outro
- Episodes Need to be Edited
- Episodes ready for Review
- Finished Episodes
The “Episodes ready for Review” folder is especially essential if you have a podcast editor and you want to review the episode before it is scheduled to go live.
The other reason I like using Dropbox, is because it can easily be shared with everyone on the team.
If you aren’t a fan of Dropbox– or just don’t want another thing to manage– Google Drive is another great organizing system. I would just be cautious of the files being altered during transition, as I have seen it happen before.
Now that you have the organization of your podcast files figured out, let’s talk podcast episode workflow.
I am a MAJOR fan of Trello.
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If you have never used Trello, Tello is an electronic way to create categories and lists. You can add due dates, make checklists, attach documents or files, comment on cards, and add your team members. As a podcast manager, I only use Trello workflow with my clients. It has been very successful in keeping the entire team on the same page with where the podcast episode is in production.
Check out my [[free]] Podcast Trello Workflow board! I just ask that you please make a copy of the board so others can enjoy it too.
Podcast Equipment Necessities
Some of the obvious best podcast equipment tips, or really necessities, for starting a podcast are
- A computer
- A microphone
If you are interviewing, I suggest using Zoom to record. If you are in the same room, each person speaking should have their own recording microphone.
Any computer should be fine. When recording a podcast I suggest using Zoom, Voice memo, or Garageband. These can all be located on the computer.
4. Podcast Microphones
The microphone really depends on the user, so I have included a few different types for you to look through.
Here are some of the best podcast microphones on Amazon. Amazon has many great reviews on all of these microphones
6. Podcast Microphone Accessories
There are many different microphone accessories you can purchase to help your podcast audio sound high-quality and without having to do a lot of editing to it. Here are a few podcast microphone accessories:
7. Podcast Recording Sound Insulation
After you record and are now in the editing phase of your podcast, you will need to make sure you are making your audio sound as good as possible. Remember, when people listen to an audio they hear many more errors and mistakes than when watching and listening. So making sure you have great sounding audio is a MUST!
Although, there are a few tricks to help the audio sound great in post production, there are a few better techniques you can do in your current surroundings to help the audio sound great.
Record in a small room with low ceilings, carpet or rug, and close the doors and windows. The sound will travel out.
If you do not have a small enough room or low ceilings in your home, I suggest getting this sound insulation from Amazon or this sound box. Either of these will help trap the sound, so the quality of your recording is great.
Well, those are my suggestions for 7 best podcast equipment tips for starting a podcast.