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What equipment do you need to start a podcast?

Want to start your own podcast but don’t know what you need?  Well, let me help you.

First up, if you haven’t already, make sure you download my free “How To Start A Podcast” Guide where I explain what each piece of equipment does.  If you’re already across that you’ll find links below to my top recommendations for podcasting equipment, tools and software to help you create a kick-arse podcast, even if you’re recording from home.  Everything on the list I’ve either used personally and or they’ve been recommended to me by a podcaster I trust.

Please note some of the links below are affiliate links, which means if you choose to make a purchase through the link, I will earn a small commission. This comes at no additional cost to you and hasn’t impacted my decision to include these items on this list.  Please feel free to use the links as a guide to find each item, read reviews and then purchase wherever you’d prefer.

My podcast kit

Before we get into my top recommendations, if you’re curious, this is my personal podcast kit.  It’s super versatile and you can use it to capture high-quality audio whether you’re in your recording in your home studio, online or on location.

Podcast Microphones

If you want to record high-quality audio it’s essential you have a good quality microphone but you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get one.  Below are my top podcast microphone recommendations whether you’re recording directly onto your computer (this requires a USB mic), collecting audio in the field on your phone (ideally you want to use a better mic than the built-in mic) or recording into a portable audio recorder or mixer (this requires an XLR mic).

USB Microphones

Microphones that plug directly into your computer if you want to record your podcast straight into audio editing software…

Audio Technica ATR 2100x

RODE Podcaster

Accessories for RODE Podcaster

Boom Arm

Shock Mount

What’s the difference between USB & XLR microphones?

Read

iPhone Microphones

Microphones you can plug into your iPhone for times when you need to record on the go…

RODE iXY

iRig Mic

iRig Pre HD (this will connect your XLR mic to your phone)

Lightning to USB adapter (this will connect your existing USB mic to your iPhone)

What are the best podcast microphones?

Read

A microphone for your portable recording device

If you want to record using a Zoom or other portable recording device you’ll need an XLR microphone…

Shure PGA58

Portable microphone stand

Desktop microphone stand

Pop filter

How to record high-quality audio at home

Read

Headphones

A must-have for every podcaster’s kit, it’s important to have enough headphones for everyone who’s on the show….

Basic headphones 

Basic headphones (noise cancelling)

Slightly more profesh headphones

Why you need to wear headphones on your podcast

Read

Recording hardware

A reliable device if you don’t want to record directly into your computer (although you can also use it to record onto your computer if you want to)…

Zoom H6

How to record a podcast

Read

Recording software

Programs you can record directly into and also use to edit your podcast…

Audacity

Adobe Audition

Pro Tools

Do you need to edit your podcast?

Read

Software for recording multiple USB microphones

This isn’t as easy as you’d hope, unfortunately, so these programs will help you if you’re recording two USB mics on a PC…

Voicemeeter – records both voices on one track

ASIO4ALL – if you want to record voices on multiple tracks (this is more advanced and not necessary)

If you’re on a Mac you just need to search for ‘Audio Midi Set Up’ in your Utilities folder in Applications.

How to record with multiple USB mics

Read

Websites to help you record people in multiple locations

These websites and programs can help you record a show that makes it sound like you’re in the same room with your co-host even if you’re miles apart…

Skype

eCamm Call Recorder for Skype (Mac)

Pamela for Skype (PC)

Zencastr

Ringr

Squadcast

How to record a podcast with people in different locations

Read

Mixers

An option if you want a bit more flexibility with inputs when recording your podcast…

Soundcraft Analog Mixer 

RODECaster Pro

Do you need a mixer for your podcast?

Read

Program to tag your MP3

The boring admin stuff…

ID3 Tag Editor

Why you need to tag your podcast MP3s

Read

Podcast media host

Where to house all your MP3’s…

Libsyn

Blubrry

Omny

Whooshkaa

ACast

Do you need a podcast host?

Read

Links to submit your podcast to the major directories

The places where your audience will find you…

Apple Podcasts

Google Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Podcast Addict

Castbox

Pocketcasts

TuneIn

How to submit your podcast to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify

Read

How to pretty up your podcast player on your show notes page

If design matters to you here are my recommendations, two free (if you host your podcast with them) one paid…

Whooshkaa

Omny

FuseBox (previously called Smart Podcast Player)

How to choose the right podcast player

Read

Finding a designer

Where to find someone to look after designing your podcast artwork…

Fiverr

Upwork

99designs

DIY design

If you’re looking to save money but still want to create something great…

Canva

How to design a great podcast logo

Read

Royalty-free music

If you’re looking for music for your intro/outro or stings and don’t want to get sued…

Premium Beat

Shutterstock Music

Marmoset Music

Audio Network

Jamendo

Audio Jungle

Music Bakery

Audio Blocks

Epidemic Sound

Getty

Should you use music in your podcast?

Read

Transcription services

Cheap ways to get a transcript of your podcast episode…

Rev

Trint

Descript

Should you transcribe your podcast episode?

Read

Tools to help you share your show

Because sharing is caring…

Hootsuite

CoSchedule

Meet Edgar

Click to tweet

Wavve

Headliner

How do you grow your podcast audience?

Read

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