Why having the podcast equipment can help increase your audience for your show
Good sound quality is one of the most important aspects of a successful podcast. Promoting your show with good sound is a clear indicator for fans that you have put time and effort into creating truly worthwhile content. With effective podcasting equipment, you can be on your way to making a great show!
To sound good you need good equipment!
The two major pieces you will need for your audio set-up are:
(I do want to qualify that the minimum you will need to start up is a microphone and computer, but I will briefly talk about sound mixers as this is helps get a better sound)
Two types of microphones that you can use for effective voice recording:
- USB Microphones
- XLR Microphones
USB Microphones make Sound Mixers unnecessary and are the cheaper option , but give you less external control of the sound. Traditionally, you’re looking at between $50 and $100 dollars for a decent Yeti Microphone or Blue Microphone. Also, if you are recording multiple people, this may not be the best option for you!
XLR Microphones need to be directly inserted into a sound-board and aren’t as plug and play as compared to USB Microphones. The benefit of XLR Microphones is you have more control and can cultivate better sound.
There are two pieces to setting up your computer, the actual hardware itself and software to be able to record.
Depending on how much effort you want to put into your Computer setup, you can definitely spend the most money here. If you already have a laptop available to you, that will work. You don’t need a crazy expensive computer, to run audition or Audacity.
I will do a full article of what software there is available, for now let’s talk about the options.
For free, you have Audacity. I have used Audacity extensively and it’s great: easy to use and extensive set of effects to increase audio quality. I recommend this for first time podcasters or audio engineers as it allows you to toy around with sound modulation for free. One downside is you can only record 2 channels at the same time.
Reaper is another great option, it has a free 30 day trial and allows multiple channels when recording. One the 30 day trial is over, Reaper is only a one time payment of $60, which is cheap in regards to recording software. With an easy interface and loads of effects to use, Reaper is definitely a good choice!
Adobe Audition is definitely the higher end software, but you get what you pay for. Audition runs about $20 dollars a month with Adobe Single App Pricing or $52 dollars a month with the All Apps plan. Definitely the more expensive option, but allows for things like Real Time Equalization and multi track recording.
Sound Mixers are a device that allow you to change the electric signal of the recording before it touches you computer/recording software. This allows for you to make minor adjustment to you recording, without having to do much work on the back end!
Behringer offers some of the more affordable options that directly USB into your computer. Check them out on their website!
What’s Best for me?
The answer is it depends. You don’t need to break the bank to have good sound, but depending on how many people you need to record and you recording space, you may need a special set-up.
The bottom line
Always purchase what your are comfortable with, no need to spend exorbitant amounts of money on Soundcraft Vi3000, 96 Input 36 Fader Digital Mixing Console to get the best sound!
What’s your set-up? Send a picture to me at @BillLazerman on either Facebook or Twitter.