Podcast Equipment

For everyone interested in what equipment we are using to record and produce the Days Drama Podcast on a daily basis here it is!

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  1. Microphones
  2. Headphones
  3. Mixer
  4. USB Audio interface
  5. Compressor/Limiter/Gate
  6. Mic Amp
  7. Recorder
  8. Cables and other Accessories
  9. Software

Final thoughts

 

 


Compressor/Limiter/Gate

This is the device that really is the magic of our show!  It helps make quiet sounds louder, loud sounds softer and wont let in any sound unless its at a certain level.

BEHRINGER MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 (about $150)


Mic Amplifier

This device allows me to boost the level of our mic’s up so its nice and loud and records cleanly without us having to yell into the mic or get too much line noise from the Mixer or software post processing.

BEHRINGER ULTRAGAIN PRO MIC2200 (about $100)

 


Microphones

I use several mics depending on the situation, Most of our shows we used the now discontinued Digital Reference DR-VX1.  A good mic for the money, but I am upgrading both our mics soon to either the ATR 2100 (~$60 each) or i’ll bite the bullet and go with the Hiel PR40 (~$350 each)

Low cost Option:

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone (about $60)

 

Top of the line Option:
Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone (about $350)

 


Headphones

Vin and I both wear matching headphones, specifically the “Audio Technica ATH-M45WH Studio Headphones White Limited Edition” We found these on clearance at a local music store after black Friday.  We got them for $40 each, marked down from $130!  I recommend “closed” studio headphone when possible as you don’t want the sound leaking out and into the mic causing the squealing feedback.  That said I also use the following headphones before I got these and I still do if we have guests etc.

I also use these quite a bit and they cost a LOT less if you cant find a black friday sale etc like I did!
Sennheiser HD 202 II Professional Headphones (Black) (about $25)


Mixer

I currently use the Yamaha MG102c (discontinued), but the current version of it is:
Yamaha MG10XU 10-Input Stereo Mixer


USB Interface

To get the audio into the computer I use the following usb audio interface:
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2 In/2 Out USB Recording Audio Interface

 


Recorder

Normally I record directly to the hard drive through my USB Audio Interface into Audacity, but many times i’ll ALSO be recording to a handheld recorder like the Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder:

about $100

Another popular choice that a number of podcasters I personally know use is the Roland R-05 Studio WAVE/MP3 Recorder

about $200

 


Cables and Other Accessories

XLR/Mic Patch cables

For use between Mic amp and the Limiter/gate and again to the mixer. For 2 Mics I need 4 short cables and 2 long ones to go to the mics.

And we patch in our iPad to play sound effects and some of our audio feedback clips with this cable

 

I also have 2 of these Mic Boom Arms that hold our Mics while we podcast:
Neewer Broadcast Studio Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand with Shock Mount and XLR Male to Female Cable

About $25! But required a little DIY help to make them useful…


Software

I still use and love to record directly into Audacity – and its FREE! I also do all my audio editing etc in Audacity as well. I find it to be super fast and helps me get the podcast out quickly each day.

 


Final Thoughts

All the equipment listed on this page is what is working for us and what fit our needs and our budget at the time we were looking for it.  Some of these items we might not get again today if I were to do it all over again knowing what I know now and some items are even discontinued as you may have noticed.  When choosing a Mixer for example you will have a TON of options and there are so many great ones out there that i’m sure you will be able to find the perfect one for you if you want to spend the time looking at all of them.

If you are getting into podcasting and would like some help picking out the right equipment for your needs just let me know as i’m available to do podcast consulting as well! – Christian