Podcasting Equipment We Use

All the tools I recommend for recording audio for podcasts, voiceovers, Skype-ing and webinars. The tl;dr is... My go-to combo that I use right now is a Shure SM7B into a dbx 286s then into a Focusrite Scarlett 18i8. More on those below.

 

Microphones

 

Shure SM7B & Pop Filter

Shure's broadcast microphone comes with two pop filter covers, XLR output, and great sound. You need about 60db of gain to power this, but Michael Jackson used an SM7 on the Thriller album, so it must be pretty good, right? I use it too...

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Heil PR-40

With steel housing, an internal shock mount and great dynamic performance, the Heil PR - 40 is a great podcasting mic. Super bass is what you get with it. This was my first "high-end" podcasting mic. My editor Tim uses this one when we record.

(B&H or Amazon

 

Rode Procaster

Designed to capture the entire vocal range, the Procaster has an internal pop filter and with a shock mount, you have an all in one package. A solid choice for podcasting or voice over work.

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Audio-Technica ATR2100 USB

Use this mic with a USB output or an XLR cable and get a quality dynamic mic and sound great at an astoundingly low price. The included stand is a nice addition too. My co-host, Drew, on the irregular podcast Nerd Cred uses this mic.

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Blue Yeti

My first podcasting mic. The blue Yeti is a great mic at an entry level price. Even if you only use this as a backup source, you won't be disappointed. (Get the pop filter below too though.)

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Blue Yeti Pop Filter

Throw this on in front of your Blue Yeti to eliminate all those annoying pop sounds when talking.

(B&H or Amazon

 

Pre-Amps & Audio Interfaces

 

dbx 286s Pre-Amp

This is a 4 channel strip that includes a preamp, compressor and de-esser. The dbx 286s set up correctly will eliminate most of the ordinary post production work in audio editing.

Watch our review & setup video »

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Focusrite Solo USB Audio Interface

This audio interface features a preamp, 48v phantom power. This is great if you only need 1 XLR input.

Watch our review & setup video »

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Focusrite 2i2 USB Audio Interface

This audio interface features 2 preamps, phantom power, software plug-in suites, and 2 XLR/TRS inputs.

Read or watch our set-up & video review »

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Focusrite 18i8 USB Audio Interface

This audio interface has 4 XLR preamps, 2 headphone outputs, up to 24-Bit / 96 kHz recording, 18 inputs & 8 outputs. I use this when I'm podcasting or recording a voiceover.

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Mic Stands, Boom Arms, & Shock Mounts

 

Rode PSA1 Studio Arm

Having your mic on a studio arm is just plain functional. Attach it to your desk and swivel it in position for podcasting or Skype calls. Not using it? Close the arm and free up some work space. Rode's arm has a strong attaching mechanism.

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Heil PL-2T Boom Arm

Heil's arm has internal XLR routing, which I like more than the velcro on the Rode, but their C-Clamp desk attachment isn't as well built-in and needs to be replaced over time. Get the DT-1, FL-2, or WM-1 mounts instead.

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Heil Shock Mount

This rubber banded contraption makes bumping the microphone on accident okay. If you don't have one of these, recording close to the mic can be like walking on eggshells. No matter what microphone you have, incorporate a shock mount.

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Monitor Headphones & Speakers

 

Audio-Technica ATH-M30X Headphones

Comfort, classic looks, and best of all great performance. For around $70 you just can't beat them.

See our full review here.

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Headphones

My all-time favorite monitoring headphones. Great sounds, great looks, and great comfort. Larger drivers and better build quality than the 30X, the 50X is where it's at. The three cord options make these headphones usable in any environment. 

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Sony MDR-7506 Headphones

The industry standard. You'll find these in audio booths everywhere. Offering great sound and all-day comfort the MDR-7506s are many people's top choice.

See our full review here.

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Mackie MR5 Monitoring Speakers

Before clicking export and upload, it is helpful to review your edit through both headphones and speakers. These speakers offer great sound so you can hear all the subtleties you wouldn't with built-in ones and they also won't break the bank. See our review here.

(B&H or Amazon)

 

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Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you. I will earn a commission % if you decide to buy through these links, which helps support all the free content we put out. I either own or have used every piece of equipment I recommend on my site. Also, know that no company is paying me to promote their products either. - Caleb Wojcik