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    Microphones are probably the single most ubiquitous piece of gear found in any podcasting setup.

    USB Mics: These mics can be conveniently be connected directly to your computer without the need for additional hardware.

    Condenser Mics: Popular and one of the most cost-effective options to capture studio-quality vocals.

    Broadcast/Dynamic Mics: Very popular for their "Radio-like" sound. True broadcast mics can be expensive, but handheld dynamics can take their place and work well.

    You’ll need a way to hear yourself and the output of your recording. Monitoring the output of your DAW in real-time will ensure you know exactly what’s being recording.

    Headphones: The best as their output isn’t picked up by your microphone when recording.

    Studio Monitors: This can work if you ensure their output isn’t picked up by your mic. Relying on desktop monitors exclusively isn’t recommended – the ideal setup includes both monitors and headphones (one for real-time monitoring and the other for mixdown.

    If you aren’t using a USB mic, you’ll need some kind of interface to connect your input devices to your computer. Audio mixers with USB are a very common and cost-effective type of audio interface. They also provide flexible I/O (input/output) options that will allow you to do things like record multiple microphones simultaneously, have different monitor outputs, etc.

    Scissor/Boom Mic Stands: These are flexible both literally and figuratively, as well as cool-looking when on camera. Most podcast setups will include them, as well as other accessories. These are great for keeping mic handling noises.

    Shock Mounts: Ensure physical vibrations aren’t transferred from the environment to your mic.

    Pop Filters: Used to keep hard consonant sounds from your recording.

    Isolation Shields: Ideal for keeping your recordings quiet and controlled; particularly useful in rooms or out-of-studio locations that aren’t meant for recording.

    Acoustic Foam Panels: Sound bounces and most untreated rooms will produce unwanted acoustic effects. Acoustic treatment corrects “bad-sounding” rooms, improving the quality of your projects. Lining as little as 20% of the walls of your studio with acoustic foam can have a noticeable impact on sound quality.

    You’ll need to make sure you have all the right wires and connections for your gear. XLR cables are common and the standard way to connect a microphone to a mixer, recorder, or audio interface. Other types of cables can be found in a podcast setup, but those will depend on your specific pieces of gear and their connections. Make sure you know what the output of your mixer is if you’re going into some studio monitors.

    It may be obvious, but you’ll need something to record with (or rather, into) to start a podcast. Some podcasts are streamed live, which can be done without a recorder via phone or mobile device. In most cases, however, even a live-streamed podcast involves a computer of sorts, which is really also a recorder.

    To record a podcast, you’ll need some kind of a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) or basic audio recording program. There are countless options available for DAWs including free software like Garageband (included with most new Apple computers) or Audacity. Learning a DAW may take a bit of time for those not used to audio recording, but several free tutorials are available online to help.

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