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What do I need to start podcasting?

So, at the beginning of the year I started a podcast about staying fit and losing weight while on the road. Since I started, I have had a few people reach out to find out what I am using to record and post my podcast so I figured I would put together a list of the tools I use in hopes I can help others!

If you are interested in checking out the podcast, you can visit fitfortheroad.co

Workflow

My show is a single person show for the most part. Each week I sit in a quiet room and talk into the microphone for about 20 minutes and then ship the files off to my producer (Painless Audio). I am currently working on a remote setup to allow for guests and I will update this post when I get that figured out.

Audio Options

I think it is beneficial to know where I started and what I have moved to and why so this post will present the 2 different setups as well as my future setup that I am currently moving towards.

iPhone / iPad recording setup

When I first started recording my podcast I purchased the iXlr from Rode, a microphone and a stand and hit the red record button. This is by far the simplest method of recording your first episode. This method served me well for many episodes. The only reason that I changed recording tools was my needs changed. After the first 10 episodes, I realized I wanted to do a few interview shows which required me to have multiple audio sources. If you are a single person show then this is by far the easiest way to get started.

The iXlr simply allows you to plug in an XLR mic into your iPhone or iPad and provide the microphone with phantom power so it can pick up audio. It also gives you a headphone port so you can monitor yourself while you are podcasting.

iXlr – https://amzn.to/2UYiaaC

For my microphone, I choose the ATR-2100. I choose this microphone because of the ability to plug it directly into a computer via USB or XLR. This is great if you are looking for a microphone that will be used for Skype interviews in the future.

ATR-2100 – https://amzn.to/2UWdQZM

To make sure you get the best audio quality make sure you also pickup a windscreen. These little pieces of foam help reduce unwanted noise on your recording.

Windscreen – https://amzn.to/2GGpzmd

Total Cost around $180

2 Person Interview Setup

As I mentioned earlier, I eventually needed a solution for more than one person on the recording. That is when I invested in a second ATR-2100 and a recorder with 2 XLR inputs. The recorder I choose was the zoom H4n which allows you to plug your two XLR cables into the bottom of the recorder and monitor your levels on the screen.

H4n Recorder – https://amzn.to/2XNeLZn

For my microphone, I choose 2 ATR-2100’s. I choose this microphone because of the ability to plug it directly into a computer via USB or XLR. This is great if you are looking for a microphone that will be used for Skype interviews in the future.

ATR-2100 – https://amzn.to/2UWdQZM

To make sure you get the best audio quality make sure you also pickup a windscreen. These little pieces of foam help reduce unwanted noise on your recording.

Windscreen – https://amzn.to/2GGpzmd

Total Cost Under $300

Future System – Rodecaster Pro

In the future, I am moving to a new product on the market called the Rodecaster Pro. This piece of technology allows you to pair your phone and do remote interviews, add sound effects and save the entire show to a memory card. Podcasting has never been so easy. This product is really hard to find right now, but you can drool over at Rode’s website, https://www.rode.com/rodecasterpro

To anyone looking to start a podcast I hope this helps!

Thanks

TJ