Hey lovelies! Jasmin here with a quick run down of the equipment and software the EBPR team uses to produce our weekly podcast. We are frequently asked about our mics, how & where we record, and what software we use to edit the EBPR podcast. So many people are surprised to know that we record our podcast on USB mics and free software, proving once and for all that you don’t need expensive equipment to have a podcast. Below is a quick list of what we’re using.
MicrophonesSamson Q2U Handheld Dynamic USB Microphone Recording and Podcasting Pack
This nifty, affordable microphone has been an audio lifesaver, ensuring quality podcast audio, from the comforts of my bedroom. I’ve been using it since upgrading from the cute little Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone. The Q2U includes the microphone (duh!), a desktop stand, mic clip, USB Cable, and XLR cable.
Headphones/EarbudsEarbuds, MusicJoy In Ear Earbuds with Mic / Remote 3.5mm Jack Earphones High Stereo Wired Earbuds for Running&Exercising, Compatible with iPhones and Android Cell Phones
Super. Basic. Headphones/Earbuds. It’s really all you’ll need for recording. I use whatever earbuds I can get my hands on, and these are the ones I’m currently using.
However…Altec Lansing MZX667-BLK Hands-Free Bluetooth Waterproof Headphones Evolution2 33FT Range 12 Hour Battery- Black
I enjoy the comfort of over-the-ear headphones while editing the podcast, in addition to the added benefit of being wireless. Move over Beats! These are the best, most comfortable headphones I’ve ever worn. Long battery life, waterproof (long live Seattle rain), excellent sound quality, and they don’t smush down my hair as much as others.
Dez lives in the Greater Los Angeles area, while I live in Seattle. Since neither one of us has a private plane… or dedicated studio space, we rely on the internet to help bring us together and record high quality audio. That’s where Zencastr comes in. Zencastr is a web-based platform that records the audio of up to 3 people and saves it to the cloud. The audio is recorded to individual tracks, in MP3 format (WAV is available for paid plans), and does not require the use of Skype or Google Hangouts.
Once the podcast is recorded (and I’ve put on my comfy headphones), the only thing left to do is edit the podcast. I currently edit using Audacity, a free open source digital audio editor. It’s pretty easy to use and there are a number of YouTube tutorials to walk you through the basics. Audacity is available on Windows, macOS/OS X, Linux and other operating systems.
As you can see, the majority of the tools we use are free or less than $100, which aligns with my personal motto:
You don’t need to break the bank to break into the industry!
Fellow podcasters, what equipment are you using to podcast? Up and coming podcasters, has this list inspired you to get started on your podcast sooner rather than later? Let us know know in the comments below.