I am interested in starting a podcast but not sure about a setup. I have a macbook pro which I would like to use because of its portability, but I would rather record into to some sort of portable recorder, then download file into the lap top. I will need two microphones as there will almost always be 2 people in the podcast. My budget is around $500 but I can be flexible. Can you help?
- $500 budget (give or take)
- You want to sound good (none of that super cheap crap)
- Portable recording device
- 2 microphones
- Already have a laptop
Who am I?
My name is Aaron Dowd. I’ve been a professional podcast editor since 2012, I’ve helped dozens if not hundreds of people start a podcast (or improve their existing podcast), I’ve edited shows that have tens of thousands of listeners, including podcasts from the seanwes network, 5by5, Dribbble, and many others.
I’ve produced over 70 episodes of my own podcast about podcasting, The Podcast Dude, and I’ve been a guest or host on dozens/hundreds of other episodes. In short, I love podcasting and I want to help you make a better podcast.
Podcasting Gear I Recommend:
Note: you can find a lot of this gear used and save some money. I did.
- Panasonic Earbuds - $10
- Audio-Technica ATH-M20x - $30
- Headphone splitter - $8
- 6ft Headphone Extension Cable - $7
- Newer Boom Arm with Pop Filter - $22
- Neewer Foldable Desktop Microphone Tripod Stand with Shock Mount Mic Holder and Pop Filter - $8
- Stage Rocker Table Top Boom Mic Stand - $19
- Garageband - Free or cheap
- Audacity - Free
- Reaper - $60 after 60 day free trial
Logic Pro X - $200 but worth it once you learn it
Sign up for my email newsletter, I’ll be launching podcasting courses soon, including a master course on staritng a podcast, and courses for people who want to learn how to record and edit podcasts that sound great in Garageband or Logic Pro X.
P.S. I made this screencast with:
- Screenflow - $99
- Logitech C920 Webcam
- Shure Beta 87A - $250 (No adjustments to the raw audio except I added a little bit of volume and used a high-pass filter to remove the frequencies below 80hz. It’s a super good mic!)
- Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 USB Interface - $499 (Although I could have used the Zoom H6 instead)