The Ultimate Podcasting Setup

podcasting setup

I was recently asked about how I would go about creating the ultimate podcasting setup—which equipment would I suggest and the difference between condenser & dynamic mics. Here are some of my recommendations…

Microphone

HEiL Sound is the “gold” standard in podcasting. Yes, that’s subjective as some folk prefer different mics, but if there had to be one microphone for podcasting, in my opinion the Heil PR 40 would be it!

You can currently buy it on its own for $315 (price is subject to change). However, you’ll need the shock mount (PRSM) and boom arm (PL2T), which can mount on a tabletop to use the mic. These can all be purchased separately, but Amazon currently has an all-in-one in deal at $499.

If you get this one you’ll be in great company, as some of the top podcasters who use the PR 40 include Leo Laporte, Cliff Ravenscraft, Pat Flynn and John Lee Dumas!

Techie reasons to get it: It’s dynamic (not condenser); unless you have a fully sound-treated room, a condenser is going to pick up more room echo and other sounds that a dynamic mic will not. For this reason, I would not go for a Yeti or Blue Mic (they’re condenser mics).

The Rode Procaster is condenser, which is good, but I haven’t used it myself and haven’t heard of many others who do. If you add the shock and boom, it comes to around $362, which is $137 less than HEiL.

A couple of other options, popular among podcasters, are:

  • Electro Voice RE-20 – $449
  • Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB – $59.95 (better as a backup/mobile, and not main mic)

I use the Audio-Technica AT-4033 for voice-over work. It’s a great mic, but I’d only recommend it if your recording space is super soundproofed. It will sound great but only if you have the right acoustic setup—if not, it’ll sound terrible!

Preamp/Processor

This equipment is optional but it will boost your voice considerably, cut out any background noise and make you sound awesome! There is one that I love: the dbx 286s (I also created a quick tutorial about it here).

Audio Interface

You’ll need this to plug your mic into the computer; the red Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is a great choice.

Headphones

You really can use any set that you like, but I love the audio quality from beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO headphones.

The Chain

Microphone > XLR cable > dbx 286s > TRS cable > Focusrite > USB > Computer

Conclusion

So those are my top recommendations! If you’d like to go ahead and get them, here’s your shopping list:

photo by: TimWilson

Social Media Manager Required – Music Radio Creative

social media

MRC is hiring! Here’s your chance to be part of an exciting and growing company in the professional audio industry…

Description

Our social media manager will look after every aspect of social media marketing for Music Radio Creative.

This role will include a focus on content strategy, developing brand awareness, generating inbound traffic and cultivating leads & sales. You’ll be a highly motivated individual with experience and a passion for designing and implementing content strategy, creating relevant content, blogging, podcasting, community participation and leadership.

Community management is also a very active part of this role. We have thriving groups and discussions on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other platforms.

This position will be a work-from-home role on a freelance basis (you therefore are responsible for paying your own taxes). Hours of work can be discussed in detail with each candidate individually.

About Music Radio Creative

Music Radio Creative offers fast and easy access to the very best talent (voice-overs, audio producers, singers, musicians) from around the world. Creating your own audio doesn’t have to be difficult and time-consuming. You can use the jingle maker on our website and order online! We work with 100+ talented audio creatives and serve customers online in 170+ countries. The core customer base for MRC includes radio stations, radio hosts, DJs, podcasters and business people looking for audio (commercials, voicemails etc.) for their company.

Requirements

Required Skills: These skills are required. Please read and ensure you have relevant experience before applying.

  • Knowledge and experience in the tenets of traditional marketing. A marketing degree is welcomed but not required with relevant work experience.
  • A documented and visible presence on social media. (Please provide links to brands and companies with specific examples of content you have directly created.)
  • Experience sourcing and managing content development and publishing.
  • An ability to jump from the creative side of marketing to analytics and demonstrate why an idea is analytically sound.
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of social media platforms, their respective participants (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), and how each platform can be deployed in different scenarios.
  • Excellent writing and language skills in the British English language. This is an absolute requirement.
  • A working knowledge of the blogging ecosystem relevant to new media and social media.
  • A team player with the confidence to take the lead and guide others when necessary (e.g. managing content development, creation and editing of content, and online reputation management).
  • Good technical understanding and able to pick up new tools quickly. We presently use Buffer, TweetDeck, Hootsuite and Basecamp; however, we’re open to using other tools—if you know of something that will do a better job, please let us know!
  • Functional knowledge and/or personal experience with WordPress.
  • Winning social customer service techniques. Possesses a great ability to identify potential negative or crisis situations and apply conflict resolution principles to mitigate issues.

Desired Skills: While these skills are desired, an in-depth knowledge is not required, as we will provide on-the-job training.

  • An understanding of podcasting and how it may be used as an effective marketing tool.
  • The ability to effectively communicate information and ideas in written, audio and video format.
  • A working knowledge of the principles of SEO, including keyword research. Highly knowledgeable in the principles of “search and social”.

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August 2015: Production of the Month

Which producer created the best audio for August 2015? Click below to listen and vote!

What is Production of the Month?

It’s a way of recognising and rewarding the talents of our fantastic Music Radio Creative audio production team. Consider and place your vote carefully as the winning producer will get a reward at the end of the month!