Don’t think that you have to spend thousands of dollars to launch your podcast! I give you some tips for podcasting decently with the cheapest equipment.
“New & Noteworthy”
I already blogged about it, but here’s a newer screenshot now showing The Audacity to Podcast™ as #5 in “New & Noteworthy” on iTunes’ front page of podcasts.
My expensive podcasting equipment
- Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone
- Behringer XENYX X1204USB mixer
- On Stage MS7510 Microphone Stand Pro-Pak with AS400 Mic 34500
- Zoom H4N Handy Portable Digital Recorder
- And more
I started with the cheapest podcasting equipment
A free Laptec mic that came with my computer and a passion to podcast was all I had to start. Sure, I also used Audacity and had a background in profession multimedia production. But it worked for starting out.
I also used Levelator and simple bass-boost in Audacity to sound better.
To make a pop filter, I got someone’s old pantyhose (very embarrassing to do when you’re a single guy) and wrapped it around a loop made out of a metal hanger. It worked decently.
Tips for sounding good on a cheap microphone
- Don’t talk too far away from the microphone. This catches more room noise and makes it harder to hear you.
- Don’t talk too close to the microphone. This will result in plosives and clipping audio.
- Use a pop filter like the homemade one described above.
- Never touch the microphone or anything else touching it while you’re recording!
Get an amazing voice for your podcast
I had a great time working with Ewen from BagelTechNews to record some stuff for the Ramen Noodle™. Follow Ewen on Twitter and contact him to do some great voice work, and let him know that I recommended him.
Tell me about your budget-podcasting setup
I’d love to know what workflows you have found that work with cheap equipment. Share those and any other ideas or questions by commenting below.
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