Ever plan on recording more than one person (yourself) on a podcast? If yes, you need to listen to this episode.
I want to list these things in order of importance:
- Yourself – the sound.
- The Microphone that connects to the Audio Interface that connects to the DAW that connects to the computer, that records your sound.
- There are all-in-one Audio Interface/DAW’s out there, such as the PreSonus StudioLive mixer line. But I’m going to share with you, what I believe is the best way to get your content (that means yourself, and whoever else you’d like to record) into an audio that can be shared with the world.
- Studio One Prime. It’s really the same core software as the $400 version that you can purchase for amazing audio production capabilities. But you will not need all that for podcasting. With the Prime edition of Studio One, you can record up to two microphones simultaneously, for free! It gives you the power of Studio One, which is amazing software. If your show grows to needing more than 2 tracks being recorded simultaneously, it’s worth you to pay a little bit of money to jump to the Artist or Professional Edition. Again, it’s completely free for Studio Prime and I’m including a link to a page that will describe the differences between the versions.
TLDR (Too Long Didn’t Read) – What Do I Buy?
- Focusrite Scarlett, with 2 XLR inputs, right around the $150 mark. Yes, even if you’re the only host for your podcast, get something with 2 or more inputs – plan ahead.
- Just a simple USB cable that you connect to your computer will give your computer professional-sounding digital audio capabilities. It’ll work with Mac or PC, even Linux – sort of.
- Microphone, such as MXL Brand (if you’re looking to save money – they sound fairly professional for under 100 dollars – In fact , for this episode to kind of make a point, I’m talking into a regular, $70 MXL right now
Of course you could buy a Shure SM7B for around $400, and that’s the mic that I usually use on this show but, inexpensive mics can sound good enough to most peoples’ ears. For the SM7B in a home studio, you really should use a Cloud Lifter, which is a device that allows you give the mic some boost (I’m putting this in simple terms for the purpose of this episode, so maybe it’s a not the best starter recommendation).
makes a great XLR Mic for $120, called the AT2020
Another mic that’s good for the money is the Audio-Technica ATR2100 (USB/XLR). You can pick up this microphone, along with headphones and a pop filter for under $100.
- Headphones – A great pair for just under $50 would be the Audio-Technica ATH-M20x.
- This one is often overlooked – a headphone mixer! There is an off-brand that, in my opinion, makes knock-offs of Behringer’s headphone mixer, but it honestly works great! I will include a link to that as well.
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