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How to start a podcast


Podcasts are a new emergence in the radio or audio world. The number of podcasts are on the rise with approximately 700,000 shows. More shows are launched on a month to month basis. The interesting part is the podcast space is still at its infancy, especially when comparing to Youtube for instance.

In this post, I want to discuss the main things needed to set up and launch a Podcast. The aim is to target newcomers and people who do not have a large budget to get the latest and greatest hardware/software.


Microphones🎤


Microphones are obviously an important factor in Podcasting and in my opinion are mandatory for professional-sounding Podcasts. There are tons of alternatives out there, and really if you had no budget any earphones with a mic would work. Just note the sound quality would suffer but that is entirely up to you and the amount of budget available to you. For a professional sounding mic I cannot recommend anything better then the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB. The Sound quality of this mic is amazingly good for the price point. Right now the price on Amazon.com is $56.73 USD which is a great price for the quality you get. I have been using this mic without any issues and guests actually comment on how clear my voice actually is with this mic.

What are the benefits of the Audio-Technica:

  • Dynamic microphone with USB digital output and XLR analog output
  • Smooth, extended frequency response ideally suited for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, voiceover, and on-stage use
  • USB output connects to your computer for digital recording
  • XLR output connects with your sound system conventional microphone input for use in live performance
  • Built-in headphone jack allows you to directly monitor your microphone output without audible delay
  • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear


Headphones🎧


My preference for good quality headphones rely on a few important features. Comfort, sound, noise cancelation, and connectivity options. I am personally using the TASCAM TH-02 Headphones and I am really enjoying them so far. I am a little biased here as this is the only podcasting headphones I have ever used. I did use other over the ear type headphones but strictly for music, therefore, it would not be a fair comparison. Oh, I did I mention the price point...$16.63 USD

What are the benefits of the Tascam:

  • Foldable Design for Easy Compact Transport
  • Tightly-Stitched, Padded Headband and Ear Pads for Stylish Comfort
  • Closed-Back Dynamic Design with Clean Sound, Rich Bass Response and Crisp Highs
  • Snap-on 1/8” (3.5mm) to 1/4” (6.3mm) Adapter
  • Plugs right into the Audio-Technica


Microphone Shock Mount


I have been using the Knox Microphone Shock Mount that is compatible with the Audio-Technica mic. The purpose of the Microphone Shock Mount is to absorb any type of vibration that the microphone would otherwise pick up. My only issue with it is although it does fit the microphone the on/off switch of the microphone is hard to access. That is because between the shock mount and the boom arm it takes up most of the microphone handle. Otherwise, I think it handles vibration well without any issue.Price point is budget friendly which is $19.99 USD

What are the benefits of the Knox Microphone Shock Mount:

  • Foldable Design for Easy Compact Transport
  • Tightly-Stitched, Padded Headband and Ear Pads for Stylish Comfort
  • Closed-Back Dynamic Design with Clean Sound, Rich Bass Response and Crisp Highs
  • Snap-on 1/8” (3.5mm) to 1/4” (6.3mm) Adapter
  • Plugs right into the Audio-Technica


Microphone Pop Filter


The Aokeo Professional Microphone Pop Filter is meant to remove the dredded "plosives" sound. To explain this a little futher, when speaking into the mic, any "P" sounds like pop for instance, creates an undesired 'poping' sound which is distracting and distorted. In order to remove that sound a pop filter or microphone cover is recommend. This filter does the job, but becuase of the clamp and bendable frame, I find the filter gets in the way most of the time. It is a little awkward to position. My next purchase would be the mic cover which is just less of a distraction to deal with and hopefully achievies the same result. Stay tuned for that review. The price point for this Pop Filter is $9.99 USD

What are the benefits of the Aokeo Professional Microphone Pop Filter:

  • Double Layered Screen Pop Filters: The first screen blocks air blasts as any pop filter normally would; The gap in between then disperses any remaining air pressure, so by the time it passes the second screen, the blast is easily contained to produce great quality recordings.
  • Compatible: Adjustable screw rotating clamp with scratch-proof gripper can secure variety tubular mounting booms or microphone stands. Eliminates anyone's extra elements that prevents them from recording/projecting their best vocals to the public or their audience.
  • Gooseneck: The steel metal gooseneck holder fully supports the filter's weight and keep it in place. You can adjust the angle and distance between the screen and the microphone to best fit your needs for yours lovely voice.
  • Banish the dreaded hissing and lisping sounds that come when pronouncing the letter "S" and blocks those ugly "plosives" that follows "B" and "P". It is a great item for singers, streamers and actors alike who want help achieving the best possible performance and help protect the spitting all over your personal microphone.
  • To Use: Swivel mount for easy installation, removal and location adjustment.


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