Podcasting Equipment Setup: My Gear List

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

Low-cost condenser:

AudioTechnica AT2020 – Cost 150 AUD

USB mic (with XLR connection):

AudioTechnica ATR-2100 – Cost 150 AUD

Audio Interfaces:

I really like the Focusrite Scarlett Range:

2 Channel, Cost – 359 AUD

Or for an even lower-cost option, the Behringer U-Phoria:

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.

Closed-Back Headphones:

ATH-M20X – Cost – 89 AUD

Sony MDRZX110 – Cost – 27 AUD

 

 

Other Accessories:

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

 

Podcast Episode: Braydon Zirkler on Improving as a Music Producer

Braydon Zirkler is an accomplished music producer and production tutor based in Melbourne, with 10 years of experience in the music industry.

In this episode, we spoke about some of the pitfalls of producing music, including some of the common mistakes that newer producers make when trying to complete a song. Braydon offers remedies to these common problems by reminding us of some simple approaches that help us better understand how music works on a fundamental level.

We touch on the importance of listening and how analysing music that inspires us guides and informs our own production process. His words of wisdom are especially relevant to people such as me who have approached music from a laptop context, who find themselves needing to go back and fill in the blanks.

In the second half of the podcast, we talk about collaborating with other artists and adopting the role of a producer and what that might mean in different situations. We discuss some of the problems that might arise in working with others and some tactics to overcome tensions in the collaborative process.

Hope you enjoy the episode and learn something from it!

Get in touch with Braydon for tuition or production services via his website here.