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Today we are going to get our gear on. All you gear heads are going to love this. We are going to talk about some of the best places to purchase gear, we are going to talk about mixers, and we are going to compare three microphones that are under $100

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Best Places To Shop For Podcast Gear

Isn't the quick answer, “Amazon, DUH”? Not always. Here are some places to check out.


When it comes to shopping for selection and price, it is hard to beat

The other advantage Amazon has is if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can get free two-day shipping

Same Day Music

If you were going to purchase an Electrovoice RE320 Microphone you might be tempted to go to Amazon where the price is $279. Did you know that Same Day Music has the Electrovoice RE320 microphone for $299 and they have non-new versions for $269 AND you don’t have to pay tax on your purchase unless you live in New Jersey.

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BSW ( ) is all about audio and broadcasting so they have some niche items that you may not find in some places. They also run specials and have bundles that you won’t find at some places. For example, if you wanted to go totally pro and buy an Elecrovoice RE20 Mic, 309A Shockmount, BSW Broadcast Microphone cable & REPop Filter Package it would be $479. If you bought the equivalent at Amazon.

B & H Photo

Their prices are typically about the same asothers (occasionally more expensive), but if you can’t find it in another place, chances are you find it at BNH. For example, they have a package for the RE2o that has a cloud lifter..The other thing you will find at BNH (and you will have this at BSW) is a knowledgeable staff. For example, one package with the RE20 comes with a cloud lifter which boosts your signal (which is a pretty good idea). They have another package that has the RE20 and the DBX 286 preamp (a totally pro setup)

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If you were using a microphone like the Heil Pro40, or a Sure SM7B, these need a lot of gain to work properly. One Solution is a piece of equipment called a “Fethead” so I went to the above-mentioned place.

BNH – Yes $89

Same Day Music – No

Amazon – No (suggested a cloud lifter)


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So like I said, it helps to know where to shop based on what you are looking for.

Do I Need a Mixer

What is an Audio Mixer?

If you and your co-host are in the same room, and you are playing music in your podcast the purpose of the mixer is to allow you to adjust (mix) the audio levels of you, your guest(s), and the music so the listener does not have to ride the volume knob and make constant adjustments.

Key Word Here is NEED

When I say NEED here, I mean “Can’t do it without it.” You can always find a use for a mixer, but I’ll explain when you NEED one, and when you WANT one (there is a big difference). Keep in mind that the simpler you keep it, the less headaches. The more you add, the more things that can go wrong.

When You Need a Mixer?

If you have multiple people in the same room. Everyone should have their own microphone, and that should go into a mixer.

If you are mixing in live music and sound effects.

When You DON’T NEED an Audio Mixer

If you are recording a solo podcast and you are going to add any music or sounds in later.

When You DON’T NEED a Mixer, but Probably Could Use One

If you are doing a show with a co-host or guests who are remote. You could record this with an ATr2100 microphone and a portable recorder (and use Skype as the mixer)

Best Podcast Microphones For Less Than $100

Today I test the following microphones:

Samson Q2U


Audio Technica AT 2005

Audio Technica ATR2100

Overview: For the most part, if you look at the specs of these microphones they should sound very close. They all are dynamic (pick up less room noise), and you can plug them into a mixer, or directly into the computer using USB.

Out of the three the AT2005 looks the best. In regards to which one sounds better, I rank them in the following order

  1. ATR2100 – TOP
  2. Samson Q2u – a little warmer
  3. AT 2005 – Still sounded good

Realize sound issubjective and some microphones sound good with one voice, and not so good with another. This is where a mixer can be handy (even if you're flying solo).

BOTTOM LINE:These are all fine choices, and you won't regret purchasing any of them. The big take away, is you don't need to spend $1600 to start a podcast.

Great content can save poor audio, but great gear will not save horrible content. Once you get your microphone, focus on your audience and the content.

One Final Note: So many podcasters recommend the Blue Yeti. Is it a bad microphone? NO. Is it a good choice? NO WAY!. Why? It is a condensor microphone and condensor microphones pick up a ton of room noise (I know I have not one, but TWO in a drawer). It's always interesting when I hear someone recommend the Blule Yeti, it is often with the phrase, “I use that one when I started out.” One other point, the Blue Yeti USB Microphone – Silver is $149. It would be great for gamers who don't want to wear a headset.

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Episode zero
Episode zero is a podcast episode that is often a simple introduction episode used as a placeholder as you need one live podcast in iTunes.

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Effects are things you can add to your audio such as reverb, echo, compression.

Equalization is a fancy word for adding bass, treble, etc that affects the tone of your audio.

Enunciation is talking in a way that everyone can clearly understand what you are saying. So instead of saying “I’m doin’ allrigh….” you would say I’m doing allright.”

Ecamm Call Recorder
Ecamm Call Recorder is software for the Mac platform that allows you to record skype conversations. Some people refer to the software with just the phrase “ecamm.”

Evernote is a free software that allows you to organize…. Well anything you want. You can have text,pdf, images, these all then sync to all of your devices. As you can share information with other people, this is a great tool for collaborating on show notes. You can learn how to use Evernote quickly in the Organizing Your Podast Course.

Email List
An email list is a software (typically a web based company such as MailChimp, Aweber, Convert Kit and many, many others) that enable you to put a form on your website. Your listeners can sign up to get updates via email. You then can go in and right one email that goes to all of your subscribers.

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What mics do most podcasters use? ›

  1. Shure MV7. The best USB option for those taking podcasting seriously. ...
  2. Blue Microphones Yeti USB. The best and easiest podcast mic option for any user. ...
  3. Rode Procaster. Specialist vocal mic that's built for work. ...
  4. Audio-Technica AT2035PK. ...
  5. Rode NT-USB. ...
  6. Sontronics Podcast Pro. ...
  7. Shure SM7B. ...
  8. IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD 2.
7 Jul 2022

What tech do you need to start a podcast? ›

Launching a podcast is relatively straightforward, and you won't need much to get started. In fact, you can start with just a microphone, headphones, recording and editing software and a publishing platform to share your work.

What mic is best for two person podcast? ›

In this case, we recommend the TONOR USB Microphone (Good), SUDOTACK PC Microphone (Better), or the Blue Yeti USB Mic (Best). Digital Audio Interface: Instead of purchasing two or more USB mics, you have the option to use a digital audio interface, for which you'll still need two mics (not USB).

What hardware do you need to make a podcast? ›

To begin with, we recommend you start with the following podcast equipment:
  1. Microphone(s)
  2. Headphone(s)
  3. Recording software or a digital audio workstation.
  4. An audio interface or mixer.
  5. A camera (if recording video)
10 Jul 2022

What mic does every podcaster use? ›

The Blue Microphones Yeti and Shure SM7B are ubiquitous among podcasters, but there are many more options available. We're sure one of the following mics will meet your needs.

What microphone does Joe Rogan use on his podcast? ›

Joe Rogan uses the Shure SM7B which is considered the gold standard among podcasters and video creators. Shure is an Australian brand that manufactures some of the highest quality microphones one can possibly buy.

What is the best platform to start a podcast on? ›

15 Best Podcast Hosting Sites & Platforms in 2022
  • Comparing Some of the Best Podcast Platforms.
  • #1) Buzzsprout.
  • #2) PodBean.
  • #3) Libsyn.
  • #4) SoundCloud.
  • #5) Anchor.
  • #6) Audioboom.
  • #7)
24 Sept 2022

What is the best degree to start a podcast? ›

After analyzing over 50 open podcasting positions, the degree is required in writing, marketing, and management roles. Writers are often required to have journalism or history degrees. Marketers are required to have a marketing/advertising degree. To be a producer, the most important is experience.

How Many Mics do you need for a podcast? ›

To begin with, for a four-person podcast setup, you'll need four separate microphones and a set of headphones for each speaker. Headphones are essential, especially during drop-ins, because every participant needs to hear the same thing while recording. Make sure you have an audio interface with four XLR inputs.

What equipment and software do you need to start a podcast? ›

Podcasters require only a computer, microphone, headphones, and recording software to create audio content for listeners to enjoy. In fact, you probably already have some of the equipment needed to create a podcast. Reaching your audience, however, is a bit more difficult.

How much RAM do I need for podcasting? ›

A higher RAM means your laptop will be able to process multiple audio tracks, editing software, and more with no problem. Podcasters should look for at least 8GB of RAM. If you're a full-time podcaster, you might want to consider at least 16 GB.

What mic does Logan Paul use for podcast? ›

Logan Paul typically uses the Shure SM7B microphone for his podcasts.

How much does a good podcast mic cost? ›

Looking at all the available mics on the market, the best budget microphone for podcasting for under $80 is Samson Q2U. If you can spend $100, then you should pick Rode PodMic. The best mic under $150 is definitely AT 2020+. If your budget can handle up to $200, you should choose Samson Q9U.

Is a dynamic or condenser mic better for podcast? ›

Condenser mics have better response to high frequencies than dynamic mics. This gives condensers a crisp, detailed sound; however, it can be a problem for podcasters who record at home. When you use a condenser mic, you risk picking up too much of the shhh sound from air vents or extra noises from the lips and tongue.

What mic does Snoop Dogg use? ›

Snoop Dogg uses Telefunken M80 Wireless Mic Head.

What mic does Jimmy Fallon use? ›

AT4050/LE Microphone

Jimmy Fallon is one of the most known late night talk show hosts at the moment for the games he plays with his guests, as well as his formidable history in television and film, notably Saturday Night Live.

Do you need 2 microphones for a podcast? ›

With a 2 or more person podcast, you'll each need an XLR microphone – and studio headphones are highly recommended. Because you can't easily record more than 1 USB microphone into one computer, you'll need a USB audio interface or mixer with at least as many XLR microphone inputs as you have hosts.

What mic did Jimi Hendrix use? ›

Hendrix recorded all of his vocals for the album at the Record Plant, and as usual a Beyer M160 was the mic of choice while a three-sided screen provided him with the desired privacy.

What microphone does Miley Cyrus use? ›

Sennheiser SKM 5200-II

Sennheiser sponsered Miley Cyrus, uses Sennheiser's SKM 5200-II microphone, according to Sennheiser's artist page.

What mic does Kevin Gates use? ›

Artists such as Justin Bieber, Travis Scott, Adele, Carl Thomas, Don Toliver, Kevin Gates and many more have all used Studio 713's Sony microphone to lay down multi platinum vocals.

What is the number one podcast player? ›

Google Podcasts

Though Google Podcasts is available for iOS and Android, we'd argue it's probably the best podcast app for android. Features: Skip over silences and listen at faster playback speeds.

What is the number 1 podcasts? ›

#1 The Joe Rogan Experience

In 2009, Joe Rogan launched The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, which became one of the most popular podcasts in the world.

How do I get the best sound for my podcast? ›

10 Ways To Improve Podcast Sound Quality
  1. Choose The Recording Environment. ...
  2. Record In A Closet Or A Small Space. ...
  3. Switch To A Condenser Mic. ...
  4. Use A Windscreen Or Pop Filter. ...
  5. Set Up With A Mic Stand. ...
  6. Set Up The Mic At A Distance. ...
  7. Get Soundproofing Equipment. ...
  8. Practice Your Plosives And Sibilance.
14 Jun 2021

What is the most used platform for podcasts? ›

According to Luminate's Podcast 360 report, YouTube is now the most popular podcast platform in the world. In fact, out of all American podcast listeners (aged 13 and older), 78% use YouTube to listen to their podcasts.

What platform do podcasters use? ›

Anchor is probably the most well-known free podcast platform. Their main focus is on mobile podcasting, but you can also use their web interface to edit and manage your episodes. They have a built-in ad platform, easy editing of your audio files, and are constantly updating with new features.

What is the most popular way to listen to podcasts? ›

The best podcast app doesn't come from Apple or Google
  • Pocket Casts. Best podcast app overall. View now.
  • Spotify. Best podcast app with music. View now.
  • Audible. Best podcast app with books. View now.
  • Google Podcasts. Best reliable podcast app. View now.
  • Apple Podcasts. Best podcast app for Apple users. View now.
22 Sept 2022

What is the average income of a podcast? ›

As of Oct 16, 2022, the average annual pay for a Podcast Host in the United States is $72,835 a year.

What is the average cost to start a podcast? ›

$55 – It's even possible to cut that to $0 if you already have, or can borrow, a microphone and headphones. The starting cost for a mid-range budget. $400 – Again there's leeway here to save money or upgrade to more expensive equipment. Starting cost for an “all-out” professional podcasting setup.

Is it worth starting a podcast in 2022? ›

Let's face it, success at most things requires planning and consistency. Right now, podcasting is an area where having the discipline to do those things can pay off in a big way. So, is it still worth starting a podcast in 2022? Definitely.

What mics does Billie Eilish use? ›

For recording her vocals, Billie Eilish uses the Neumann TLM 103. This microphone is known for its clear and detailed sound, making it the perfect choice for capturing Eilish's delicate voice.

What mic does Logan Paul use for podcast? ›

Logan Paul typically uses the Shure SM7B microphone for his podcasts.

What mic does Kylie use? ›

From an interview with Billboard titled Here's What Kylie Minogue Geeked Out on While Doing 'Disco' In Quarantine: Minogue started preliminary work on Disco using a Shure SM7B microphone she had around the house while waiting patiently for the arrival of a pricier o...

What mic does Ariana Grande use? ›

Sennheiser SKM 9000

Other uses such as Kendrick Lamar and Adele use this type of microphone.

What microphone does JLO use? ›

Shure KSM8 Dualdyne Wireless

"The KSM8 is a very full-throated mic,” he says.

What microphone does Lady Gaga use? ›

Shure BETA 54

Lady Gaga uses this microphone in almost all of her live performances - She used it in The Monsterball , The Born This way ball , artrave All of her tour, use it in almost every live performance.

What mic does Justin Bieber use on stage? ›

Gudwin uses the same three microphones he's always used with Bieber: the aforementioned Sony C-800G, Telefunken ELA M 251 and Neumann U 67, and the same vocal chain: Neve 1081 or 1073 preamp, CL 1B compressor and GML 8200 or 2032 EQ, right into Pro Tools.

What mic does Rick Ross use? ›

Shure SM58. Can see him rapping into it.

What microphone does Mr Beast use? ›

What mic does MrBeast use ? MrBeast uses an external Rode VideoMic GO camera microphone for most of his videos.

How much does a good podcast mic cost? ›

Looking at all the available mics on the market, the best budget microphone for podcasting for under $80 is Samson Q2U. If you can spend $100, then you should pick Rode PodMic. The best mic under $150 is definitely AT 2020+. If your budget can handle up to $200, you should choose Samson Q9U.

What mic does Snoop Dogg use? ›

Snoop Dogg uses Telefunken M80 Wireless Mic Head.

What microphone does Kanye West use? ›

Audio-Technica AT4050 Condenser Microphone.

What microphone does Shania Twain use? ›

Twain sings through custom-colored Sennheiser SKM 5300 wireless microphones, with wired mics coming from Shure, Sennheiser, Royer, and Earthworks.

What microphone does Katy Perry use? ›

Katy Perry uses the DPA 4088 exclusively as her headset vocal microphone.

What mic did Frank Sinatra use? ›

His vocal mic was the Shure SM53. His stage monitors were Shure VA301-S loudspeakers. Later in the 1970s, the SM58 became Sinatra's primary microphone for performances.


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