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Microphones are probably the single most ubiquitous piece of gear found in any podcasting setup. Most common types of microphones for podcasting are: USB mics, condenser mics, or broadcasting (dynamic mics):
1.	USB mics are convenient as they can be connected directly to your computer without a need for additional hardware (an interface)
2.	Condenser mics (that aren’t USB) are popular and one of the most cost-effective options to capture studio-quality vocals
3.	Broadcast/dynamic mics are very popular for their “radio-like” sound. True broadcast mics can be expensive, but handheld dynamics can take their place and work well

    Mixer with USB or interface
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.

    Mic stands, shock mounts, and pop filters
Podcasters love broadcast (or “scissor”) boom stands. They 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 like shock mounts and pop filters. Both are rudimentary pieces of gear that ensure handling and popping noise is kept of your mic. Shock mounts ensure physical vibrations aren’t transferred from the environment to your mic, while pop filters are used to keep hard consonant sounds from your recording.

    Room and acoustic treatment
Mic isolation shields are ideal to keep your recordings quiet, while room treatment can be used to improve acoustics (reduce unwanted reverberation, etc). Room treatment or acoustic isolation isn’t necessary to start a podcast, but can help take the quality of your project to the next level.

Lastly, you’ll need wires to connect 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.

    A recorder (computer)

It may be obvious, but you’ll need something to record with (or rather, into) to start a podcast. Some podcasts are streamed live, in which case you may do without a recorder per se. In any event, most times instances of a live-streamed podcast involve 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, with popular basic options that are free like Apple’s 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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