It's fun to talk about the big equipment podcasters use: microphones, mixers, software, cameras, and so on. But having a supply of these small accessories will keep you sane when you try to podcast.
1. Miniature camera tripod
2. Desktop mic stand
You may not always be able to bring a large mic stand or overhead boom arm. Having a small, desktop stand is a great backup for podcasting away from your home studio.
Check out the selection from Amazon.com.
- XLR cables
- 1/4″ stereo or mono extension
- 1/4″ stereo or mono male-to-male
- 3.5 mm extension
- 3.5 mm male-to-male
- USB cables
- Charging cables
- CAT-6 network cables
Hands down, the best place to get cables is Monoprice. They are amazing quality at very low costs.
- 1/4″ to 3.5 mm stereo or mono
- Mono RCA to 1/4″
- 3.5 mm to 1/4″ stereo or mono
Monoprice is the best place to get audio and video adapters.
- Stereo 3.5 mm to stereo RCA splitter
- 3.5 mm iPod A/V to A/V RCA splitter
You guessed it, Monoprice is the best place for splitters, too.
6. Microphone windscreens
I really like my Shure A58WS-BLK Foam Windscreens. These work great on any ball-type microphone. The windscreen is great at preventing popping P's and T's (plosives) in the microphone, especially with the extra thickness at the end.
7. Rechargeable batteries
For devices that use batteries, I'm now a fan of Eneloop rechargeable batteries. These batteries hold their charge very well, don't lose much charge over time, and they will last through many charges (rated for 1,500 cycles). Even if you only get 1,000 cycles per battery, that's like paying a fourth of a penny per battery.
8. Extra earphones
Can-style headphones are the best for audio podcasting because they will block out surrounding noise, protect your microphone from sound leakage, and let you hear the details your audio really well.
But it's not always practical to bring your big headphones. Always have a decent pair of earbuds around. This can work fine in a hurry or on the road.
9. USB audio adapter
Whether you need to connect analog audio equipment directly to your computer, or you need an extra audio device (for advanced mix-minus setups), a USB audio adapter will always be handy.
You can get a decent adapter for under $10 and it's tiny and portable.
10. Twist ties and cable labels
“Save the twist ties, save the world!” Keep durable twist ties for packing and transporting any kind of cable. Always take extras with you because you'll lose some when you have to repack things.
I keep twist ties from the Christmas-torture toy packaging, equipment I buy, and more. Separate your ties into basic sizes: small (1–2 inches), medium (3–6 inches), and large (7 inches or larger).
Labeling your cables can be as cheap as a roll of masking tape. Note where things plug in and what they're connected to. For example, “Primary PC,” “iPad,” “Daniel's mic,” “H4n left.”
BONUS (but not cheap): gaffers tape
Gaffers tape isn't cheap, but it's much better to use that duct tape or electrical tape. Use gaffers tape to secure cable to the ground so they're not a tripping hazard.
What cheap accessories do you find are indispensable? Tell me in the comments below!
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