Do you have a story that you want to get out there? Do you believe you have an interesting topic to talk about and that your voice can make a difference? Well, you should consider doing a podcast. The good news is that you do not have to understand the complexity of technology for you to start. As long as you have the right equipment for setting up your studio, you are on the right path. Some of the equipment you will need include:
If you want your voice to be heard in a crisp way, you should have a microphone to ensure that your sound is not distorted. The microphone you will get will depend on whether you will be alone in your studio, or if you will have other interviewees with you. If you will have several people on your studio, you should invest in an XLR microphone.
This is a basic thing to have if you are setting up a podcasting video. It is from your computer that you will be able to edit the information you have recorded and also post it for distribution. You can also download software on your computer if you want to modify your sound.
To get good sounding vocals, you should have a pop filter that tames the “Ps” and “Ts” sounds you make when talking. It absorbs forceful blasts and emphases people tend to put on those letters when talking.
The market is full of varieties of headphones to choose from. However, you should know that not all headphones are created equal. If you want to do a podcast on a regular basis, you will need comfortable headphones with good cushioning to avoid damaging your ears.
As the name suggests, this equipment is meant to arrest any ‘sound shock’ you may produce during recording. When you smack your hand on the table or when typing on your computer, you produce some vibration that can easily be captured and amplified if you do not have a shock mount. The shock mount arrests the sounds and prevent them from reaching the microphone.
This is important as it lets you sit in a comfortable position and not worry about your microphone moving while you are recording. If you are on a tight budget, you can get yourself a tabletop mic.
An audio interface converts audio signals from the mic into a digital sound that can be sent to the computer. If you do not have a USB mic, you can use the interface to maintain the integrity of your sound.
Acoustic panels on the wall and ceiling kill echoes and shield your room from external noise. Soundproofing gives you better audio and prevents sound from bouncing about.