Below we will show you the equipment and tools we use for a podcast and how to capture mobile recordings.
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The number of subscribers and downloads of PodCasts continues to rise as more people find their devices allow them to absorb information while commuting, working out, or just making the best use of their available time. Including a PodCast or even capturing audio files for historical context is easy and fun.
The Equipment You Need to Setup Your Podcast And Record Interviews
The microphone I use most is the Rode Podcaster USB mic plugged into my main MacBook Pro. I use a shock mount that holds it in a swing arm to bring it in right close to where I am talking and keep our hands free. It’s the easiest to use, has great quality sound, the brand is very reliable and a fair bargain for both home and studio. Tip: You may want a single setup to get started, but consider getting a dual setup if you record interview style in your home or office.
Podcasting Gear List
Getting started doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. Save startup costs by purchasing a single kit, and know that you can upgrade and add-on items later if needed.
❏ Rode Podcaster USB Mic, shock mount, and swing arm as a kit
❏ Call Recorder Software for Mac with Skype
❏ Screenflow or Garageband by Apple
Optional Recording Accessories
❏ InnoGear Home Recording Pop Shield – give yourself the right gear to improve sound quality
❏ Portable WD 2TB Hard drive for recording
Basics for a Mobile Recording Setup:
If you are like us and travel frequently or plan to go to your interviews, you can use the Rode SmartLav iOS Mic. It plugs into your iPhone, iPad or Mac. The flexibility is very convenient and the smaller setup can also make it seem more natural for a nervous first timer.
Adding a windsock or windshield can improve the outdoor recording and capture. Getting the best raw material for your content in the best quality possible makes any editing much easier and saves time in the workflow.
Mobile Recording Equipment List
❏ Shure iPhone, iOS portable MV88 – small enough to have with you all the time.
❏ Rode SmartLav and Microphone for Mobile Phones
Capturing Sounds and Recordings
Sound quality is very important and can make the difference between an enjoyable experience and a distraction to your listeners. You want to sound clear and without interference from the environment for all parties. If you record with another person off-site, you can use Skype to record dual versions at your end. If the line’s popping or breaks up, you can edit separately and join the streams back together.
Auphonic Software For Editing
Auphonic is an audio app that is used by many of the home and professional podcasters. It will balance and level different speakers, it can remove background noise, and best of all, it’s free for basic use. You can record straight into your iPhone, into Auphonic with your Rode smartLav, and then upload it to your Dropbox or other storage device. It simplifies the workflow letting you concentrate on building great content.