When you’re starting your own podcast, there’s a few key, foundational tools needed to really reach your audience and expand your business. In this section, we’ll discuss the major gear needed to start producing your very own podcast starting with selecting the right microphone for your needs.
In this episode, I’ll be sharing the pros and cons of five microphone with different price points and varying audio quality to help you find the microphone that best suits your needs.
The first microphone can be found in your standard Apple headphones. If you don’t have a microphone and you don’t have a budget, this is the tool to get you started in producing content and getting your name out there. Remember that you can always upgrade later, but this can help move you in the right direction.
The second microphone is the relatively cheap and portable Roland R-05 digital recorder. This is the microphone that I use to record most of my podcasts. It can be used as a straight digital recorder or as a field recorder. If you’re looking to get the feel of the surrounding environment in a podcast, this device picks up background noise.
The third microphone is the Rode Smartlav Lavalier microphone, a hands-free option ideal for video recordings. In fact, this is the mic that I use in most of the videos in my Podcasting for Profits course. With the Rode Smart app, this microphone can plug in to your iPhone or your computer with no problem and its reasonably priced at around $70.
The fourth microphone is the ATR 2100, my recommended starting microphone for anyone looking to get into audio podcasting. At $60-$80, the ATR 2100 is a great value giving you a 7/10 on sound quality. This microphone has both USB and XLR plugs which allows you to grow into using a mixer as your podcasting needs change. This is another hands-free microphone giving you the freedom to look at notes while recording
The fifth microphone is the HeilPR40, the choice of many professional podcasters for optimized sound quality. This mic will run you about $650-$700, but if you’re looking for a nice, big, and bold sound then this is the one for you. This microphone has the added benefit of including a boom arm, shock mat, and a pap filter (all of which we’ll talk about in a later episode).
Consider your needs and resources to determine which microphone is right for you at this very moment, buy it, and start practicing. Even if you aren’t ready to start recording, you need to get comfortable with speaking into a microphone so you’ll be ready to rock and roll once you start your podcast.
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