The Gear We Use for Podcasting
Recently we decided to swap out the microphones we were using. This was a big deal for us. So big, in fact, that we did a bonus episode to celebrate! I guess sometimes you learn lessons the hard way, and if you listen to our early episodes you'll know what I mean.
So after weeks of frustration with the sound quality, we recognized that we had made a mistake when choosing our mics. And after doing some research, we realized that we had been using condenser microphones rather than dynamic microphones.
Those who know the difference are probably shaking their heads at us in a "bless their heart" kind of way. We accept that. But for those who don't know, the primary difference is that condenser microphones pick up everything in the room, whereas dynamic microphones only tend to pick up the sound right in front of them.
This is handy info for anyone wanting to start a podcast. So, we thought it would be nice to share exactly what gear we use in our setup. Hopefully this will help future podcasters as they setup their home (or mobile) studios.
So without any further ado, here's our rig:
Rick’s setup: Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone with a windscreen (easily the best value for quality and ease of use).
Rob’s setup: Shure SM7B.
We connect each of these mics via XLR cables to a Zoom H6 Handy Recorder and record onto an SD card.
From there we edit the audio in Audacity, and then put the episode together in Garageband.
If we need to record and we aren't in the same room, we’ll mix things up. Sometime we use Google Hangouts, other times we use Zoom (audio + video) or Zencastr (audio only). Zencastr is easier to use, but Zoom and Google Hangouts allow us to use video, which we prefer because it helps conversation flow more naturally.
So there it is! Hopefully this will prove to be helpful for those thinking about starting up a podcast.
Should we be using anything else? Do you have any recommendations? Let us know what you think