Podcasting & Home Studio Gear
Pressing “GO LIVE” or “RECORD” for a podcast episode
or video is hard enough.
If you’re looking for easy, intuitive recording equipment for your home studio that does the heavy “tech” lifting and leaves you free to strut your stuff and share your expertise…
You’ve come to the right place, my friend!
From cameras to lighting to teleprompters and more, I’ve put together my best home studio recording equipment suggestions in this easy-to-read guide for every business stage and budget.
I made sure to sort them by important-to-have’s and nice-to-have’s so you know what to add to your inventory now and what to save for later.
Podcast Recording Equipment
Whether you’re currently a podcaster and would find it helpful to hear about my podcasting process, or you’re thinking about starting a podcast soon and want to hear all the ins-and-outs of set up, I’ve linked you up to all the podcasting equipment and software I use below. Feel free to start simple and get fancy later.
I also recorded a special episode for you:
Podcasting 101: From Creation to Promotion. Listen now.
Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Mic
I use a Heil Mic PR-40 Microphone on a stand for all of my audio recordings. Producing the widest frequency range available in a dynamic microphone, the PR-40 outperforms most condenser microphones, and can withstand huge amounts of SPL (Sound Pressure Level). At the same time, it maintains the 25 year Heil Sound tradition of superbly natural voice articulation.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface
I use Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, as my audio mixer. It's simple and easy to use. My Heil Mic plugs right into it, and the Scarlett's USB plugs right into my computer. Scarlett 2i2 is the best selling USB audio interface in the world, and for good reason. It focuses on just three things: achieving the best sound, the fastest speed and the easiest experience.
I use a MacBook Pro - the majority of my equipment and software are either directly inside my Mac, or can plug right into it.
Zencastr is a very simple, web-based audio recording platform. Their tag is, "studio quality without a home studio," and, friend, do they mean it! There's no software to install...you simply sign up, open a web browser, and start recording! It's very simple to use for you AND your guests. Plus, there are lots of fun features to share, but one of my favorites is their Cloud Drive Integration -- and that's just a fancy way of saying that the audio files can be automatically uploaded to your dropbox.
If you go to my show notes for any of my podcast episodes, across the top of the page, at the very top, you will see an audio player - that’s Smart Podcast Player aka Fusebox! You can listen to the audio of my podcast directly on my blog and trust that the Fusebox Podcast Player will be the simple, powerful, and versatile podcasting tool you and your audience will need.
Soundproofing Fabric Acoustic Panels
I have wood floors in my studio which notoriously bounce sound around. To combat the echo, I have some of these awesome ATS Acoustic panels on the wall. These panels provide the simple yet important function of absorbing sound. You can think of them like acoustic black holes - sound goes in and doesn't come back out.
Libsyn is the podcast network system I use to host and publish my podcast. I also use it to collect all of my analytics. Liberated Syndication (libsyn) pioneered the system to host and publish podcasts in 2004. And since then, has grown to the largest leading podcast network with over 7.2 billion downloads in 2017. Libsyn hosts over 50,000 shows with 92 million monthly audience members.
Learn How To Start a Podcast
Introducing Your Complete A to Z Podcasting Roadmap! I’ve partnered with my friend, Jenna Kutcher, to share her course, The Podcast Lab! I know if you take what you learn from her and put it into action, you’ll tap into the power of podcasting for growing your email list, reaching more of your ideal clients, increasing your sales, diversifying your revenue, creating incredible relationships, and so much more. She shares her proven, 5-step stress-busting system and process to plan, create, launch, promote, scale, and monetize your podcast in just 30 Days.
Many of these links are affiliate links, which means I may get a commission if you purchase. However, none of the fees of these resources have been increased to compensate me. In fact, many of the creators of these tools have given me special discounts that I get to extend to you!
Now That You Have The “Tech Stuff” Handled, Here’s A Word Of Advice
Before You GO LIVE And Take Over The World
- Start simple and get fancy later. The content you have to share is a THOUSAND times more important than any bells and whistles. Which leads me to #2…
- Done is better than perfect. Remember, you are your own toughest critic. That podcast episode or bonus video *probably* doesn’t need a re-record. Give yourself a little grace and press Publish.
- The world needs (and wants!) to hear what you have to say. You experience, knowledge, stories, and voice deserve to be heard. You have an audience that deserves to hear from you. And in the words of the great philosopher, Dr. Seuss, “There is no one alive that is you-er than you.” And that is your super power, my friend.
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Home Studio Equipment For All Businesses (And Budgets)
From cameras to lighting to teleprompters and more, I’ve put together my best video recording equipment suggestions for every business stage and budget… then sorted them by important-to-have’s and nice-to-have’s so you know what to splurge on now and what to save for later.