The most important thing when it comes to Podcasting is high-quality audio.
If you cannot produce high-quality audio you must have to invest in high-quality audio recording equipment.
The good thing about this is that to start a podcast you do not need any large recording equipment or any special rooms like at the radio studios.
- Most people can begin podcasting with what they have now!
- Essentials for Podcasters and Voice Professionals
- Computers are important for Voiceover Artists and Podcasters
- Podcasting with a phone
- Mixing board for Podcasters
- External microphones for Podcasters and Voice Artists
- Pop filters for Podcasters and Voiceover Artists
Most people can begin podcasting with what they have now!
I’m sure you can do it right now with the current equipment that you have.
Yes, you do not need that much.
But if your phone or computer produces poor audio, you can get some quality headphones and an external microphone to make it better.
Remember that audio is essential in the podcast.
Your listeners should listen to you very well.
If they cannot listen to you, it is easy for them not to finish listening to the episode.
Worse, they may choose that they do not even want to listen to you again, because of poor audio.
Like for Youtube videos, audio is very very important for Podcasts.
Essentials for Podcasters and Voice Professionals
Highly important tools to have needed by Voice Artists and Podcasters
- Computer hard drive space
- Effective processor
- Reliable RAM
- External Mic
- Pop Filter
- Audio Recording Software
- Audio Editing Software
Equally important (Optional) materials for Voice professionals
- Audio Converter Software
- Microphone Stand
- Mixing board
- Other studio stuff
Computers are important for Voiceover Artists and Podcasters
You do need a Desktop or a Laptop or a Notebook.
This is important for recording but more importantly editing.
Make sure that your computer’s fan does not make noise or you will have to find long data transfer cables for you to be far away from the noisy fan.
Your RAM must be at least 4 gigabytes. 3 gigabytes might work depending on if you have an advanced processor.
Free space of at least 30 gigabytes is usually enough for installing the recording and editing programs.
You must also have a processor that is reliable for your computer.
Podcasting with a phone
In the place of a computer, you may use a phone.
Nowadays there are phones that can allow you to connect your external microphone and record your audio.
Most modern iPhones produce high-quality audio recordings for Voiceover Artists and Podcasters.
If your phone can record high-quality audios you have the great advantage of recording anywhere you want.
You have to do further research if your phone can record high-quality audio or connect to a USB microphone.
Some phones do connect using a USB OTG cable whilst others cannot connect with the mic.
Mixing board for Podcasters
An optional option is a mixing board. However, having an external microphone is the greatest thing you can do for yourself.
External microphones for Podcasters and Voice Artists
Let me repeat once again, high-quality audio is very important for your podcast.
There are many types of microphones for recording your audio.
Such include USB microphones and XLR microphones.
USB microphones vs XLR microphones for Podcasts and Voiceovers
The XLR microphones are, usually used by most professionals, but they are more expensive and complex because they require more additional equipment like some cables, the mixing console, and many more.
USB microphones are simple and easy to use, unlike XLR microphones.
They are also cheaper and are good for a beginner
USB microphones for Voiceovers and Podcasts
Some recommendable portable mics you can use include all the Samson USB Mics, the Blue Snowball, the Blue Yeti, and the Rode Podcaster.
The Blue Yeti is a highly popular USB mic amongst podcasters and you might want to buy that one as your first microphone investment.
There are many microphones that allow you to create audio for your podcast and or voiceovers.
The best you can do is to go on Youtube and listen (and watch) to the comparisons of the various mics.
You also have the option of having 2 or more microphones for each speaker.
However, if you are on a tight budget you can have one mic that is omnidirectional.
An omnidirectional mic is a mic that can pick up sound from any side.
Pop filters for Podcasters and Voiceover Artists
In addition to the mic, you will need a Pop Filter as well as a Microphone Stand.
The truth with mics is that there are many options you can choose from depending on your budget.
Do the research on Youtube for the microphone which will sound best for you.
At most a built-in microphone is not the best.
The other options are buying a recorder, and an audio mixer, but they are not necessary if you are still a beginner at podcasting.
You may be in need of a thorough course on Podcasting and being an effective Voice Artist for you to be highly effective.