This is a list of equipment that I personally recommend for a podcasting setup. The gear you end up buying will depend on your budget, preference, and needs. If you need personalised recommendations, feel free to get in touch.
With most audio equipment, large jumps in price often only equate to minute differences in the result. A good podcast can be produced with entry-level equipment so I’m not going to get carried away here and recommend really expensive gear.
Let’s start with microphones:
Low-cost dynamic stage microphone:
Sennheiser E850 – Cost: 97 AUD
Broadcast-style dynamic microphone:
Rode Procaster – Cost 249 AUD
Amazing broadcast-style dynamic microphone:
Shure SM7B – Cost 799 AUD
AudioTechnica AT2020 – Cost 150 AUD
USB mic (with XLR connection):
AudioTechnica ATR-2100 – Cost 150 AUD
I really like the Focusrite Scarlett Range:
2 Channel, Cost – 359 AUD
2 Channel, Cost – 150 AUD
Make sure you have enough mic inputs to record all podcast speakers. Both of the interfaces above have 2-input models and up.
ATH-M20X – Cost – 89 AUD
Sony MDRZX110 – Cost – 27 AUD
You will most likely need XLR cables, microphone stands, and a pop-filter (especially for condenser mics). With all of these items, you get what you pay for but there is no need to go over-board.
A decent stand will make for a more comfortable recording experience, such as the one below:
Icon MB03 Desk Mounted Stand – Cost – 89 AUD