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Rodecaster PRO

Yes, the Rodecaster Pro is a little pricey. But... it's SO worth it. The Rodecaster Pro is literally an entire podcasting studio all in one. 4 outputs, Bluetooth, USB-C, 8 sound clips, leveling and EQ and customization settings... this thing blows my mind every time I use it. I will be posting a review of this shortly!

Podcast Software

Buzzsprout

If you are starting a podcast, you need a host. There's a lot out there. So I went with the easiest to use and had the path of least resistance. I chose Buzzsprout and I'm very happy I did. You can host, promote, track, and automatically schedule out episodes in advance. 

Zoom Meetings

Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2qdrxF4

As my podcast grows - so does my guest list and reach. So more and more I'm having to host guests out of state, and out of the country. At first I looked into Skype for audio and video guest interviews, but I didn't like that I had to add extra software for recording and blah blah throttling, and it's just a mess.

So I went with Zoom, and I'm very happy I did. It's super easy to use for me and the guest AND it records the audio on two tracks separately. Which is ammmmazing for editing.

GarageBand

I may upgrade in the future to a different audio editing software, but for now - I'm keeping it simple and easy. The functionally has what I need and is not too difficult to learn.

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Upgraded Podcast Audio Gear

While I still LOVE the mic and audio interface mentioned above... I recent updated both of those items to better suite my needs. Luckily, the new podcast mics I use are actually LESS expensive. But the mixer? That's a different story... but well worth it!

RODE Podmic

f you are a hopeful podcaster, or even current podcaster (like myself) I would consider grabbing a RODE Podmic. I'm... really really impressed by this mic. And a great dynamic mic for only $99 bucks?? It's insane.

Watch my video review of the RODE Podmic below!

Podcast Audio Gear

Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

I have two Audio-Technica AT2035’s because I conduct interviews on my podcast. The microphones are well built condenser microphones. Now, because it is a condenser microphone, it does pick up more room noise. However, as you can hear on the Experience Design podcast… this is hardly if at ALL noticeable. And that is because, in my at home podcasting studio I use some sound proofing acoustic paneling to help.

UPDATE! I have since upgraded my mic--check it out.

Acoustic Panels Studio Foam Wedges

This particular pack is a 96 count. And let me tell you… I actually ordered even more after this pack. Because they’re 12x12 they go pretty quickly. And I wanted my at home podcasting studio to sound as “dead” as possible. This helps lessen the load of post production. For interviews away from my home studio, this is unavoidable obviously.

AmazonBasics XLR Male to Female Microphone Cable

Many videos swear by high dollar XRL cables. Which, if you have the budget, great go to town! But these XLR cables by Amazon Basics do the trick and have given me no issue at all - and have a great price point. 

I own six of these bad boys. Trust me, you can never, ever have enough.

BEHRINGER (UMC204HD)

I record directly into my computer, and in order to do so you need an audio interface. I use the Behringer UMC204HD. It's got 2 XLR inputs, which is mandatory if you plan on having guests on your show, or a co-host.  UPDATE! I have since upgraded my mic--check it out.

Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

Make no mistake - headphones can get really really expensive. But really you just need headphones that will get the job down and keep out as much noise around you as possible. These Audio-Technica ATH-M20x studio monitor headphones do just that, and are a great deal.

RODE PSA 1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm

I used to use the cheap-o boom arms. But the squeak, they're flimsy... and just not great. But these? I can't speak highly enough about this boom arm from RODE. The RODE PSA 1 boom arm is built well, works beautifully, and lets face it... really cool. I've found it also gives a wow factor for the guests. And the entire experience for the guest matters.

 

I have two. One for me and one for my podcast guest recorded in person.

AT2020 Foam Windscreen

Mic covers, pop covers, wind shields... whatever you want to call them. For podcasters and guests using these mics - it's a must have. The AT202 foam covers help plosives, room noise, and harsh S's.

A have four. One for each mic, and two back ups.

Syntech USB C to USB Adapter

Since you need to connect your audio interface to your computer, and especially if you are a Mac user and don't have a USB input - you need a converter. These Syntech USB C to USB are great and come with two.

My Podcasting Equipment

When I started the Experience Design podcast, I did a lot of research. Typical for a UX professional I suppose ;)  And most of the "how to start a podcast" videos and blogs said something along the lines of, "just start." Use your iPhone, use a cheap USB mic, do whatever it takes, just get it out. Now... while I understand the sentiment behind it, that mentality didn't sit well with me. I knew if I was going to do this thing, I wanted it to sound polished and high quality right out of the gate.

BUT! When I started my podcast I also didn't want to break the bank. So my research continued. Luckily I think I have a great list of podcast equipment for those looking for great sound on a budget.

I've gotten a lot of questions from listeners about what podcasting equipment I use, and I figure, hey why not just put it up here on the Experience Design official site?