Podcasting Gear is a tricky subject. You don’t need a lot of tech to get started. You can use a cell phone and ear buds if that is all you have. The most important thing is to record. That being said, people have asked what podcast gear we use and why. Below we’ve listed what hosting provider we use for the podcast, our hosting provider for the website and the wordpress builder behind it. Below that are two websites that we use for fine tuning things. Then you’ll see all our gear, new and old.
Please remember, we recommend these items because we have experience with them. I (Kimberly) use all the builders, the equipment set-up and can only give you my opinion. This was after a lot of trial and error. Please take the time to look over the items and see which might work for you. It might be something different, and that’s okay.
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We’ve been hosting with Buzzsprout for several reasons. We love the ease of use with the dashboard, but also the flexibility with their plans. Between that and their newsletter, podcasting Q&A and YouTube Channel, it feels like they really want you to succeed. Try them out by clicking Buzzsprout.
While there are a ton of options out there, I prefer Siteground. I was with Godaddy for years. Then to BlueHost for less than one. I still have sites there. They’re both too slow. GoDaddy’s ala cart setup became too costly. Siteground gives me stability, Cloudflare, SSL – all included. My site seems faster and I have less downtime than I have ever had.
WordPress has a new Block editor built in. Many say it works. Personally, I dislike it. I’ve used Avada, Unyson, and others, but they never quite fit what I needed. Elementor Pro allows me to handle all my websites, make them unique with a drag-and-drop builder. I’ve created templates for quick page/post creation. The builder just makes things easier and creates a smoother workflow.
I use Adobe Audition, but I have an older version of it. I am not overly versed in tweaking sound – although I try my very best. As an author, I need to be writing, not fighting with Adobe Audition. Auphonic does all the hard work for me and levels out the entire podcast. I’ve used it for videos and so many other things. I will never go without this service.
If you want to include transcription on your website, Otter.ai makes it simple. Just upload your audio and then let the program work. While it isn’t 100% accurate, it does a lot of the work. You have to edit a bit, but it does save you a lot of time. While we do not transcribe our podcast, we use it for other work. It does offer a free account and paid tiers.
The Rode Procaster was not my first choice in microphones, but it will be my last. The richness of sound, the ease of use, and the overall quality is beyond what I expected. Since investing in these – from our dual USB microphone debacle – I have not looked back. While we use Auphonic for our sound balancing, even the edited mixdown sounds superb. I’ve used it on conference calls, and again – it is an outstanding mic.
I’ve been investigating recording my novels in audiobook format using my setup. That being said, they are rather heavy. They come with a carrying case, but I really don’t see us carrying them to conventions to record. We might get some podmics at that point. Overall, great sound and quality for a reasonable price.
The Rode Procaster takes a lot of power and the gain was always to the max on the mixer. After a ton of research I settled on the 2 mic port Cloudlifter to help. Since the purchase, we use it every single time we record. I’ve been able to lower the gain on both microphones and reduce background noises/hisses/etc. We continue to use it with the RodeCaster Pro even though it seems to handle the microphones perfectly fine. The dual ports also allow us to have less desk clutter when we set up to record. You can get a one port Cloudlifter, but if you ever record with another person and use these or other gain hungry microphones – might be easier to get the dual one for future use. Only downside – you will need an additional set of XLR cables to go from the Cloudlifter to the mixer.
Having used the Scarlet 2i2, this was a bit of a learning curve. That being said, I will NEVER go back. Having everything I need right at my fingers tips makes recording an episode much easier. You can easily record on the go with 4 people, one USB input, a cell phone AND all your sound pads – it’s perfect. Overall, I still record into a program and clean up the stereo track, but this has cut my time down considerably. If podcasting is what you love to do, this has been worth it for me.
Okay, these three items might seem obscure, but without them the sound would not be the same. We use the shock mounth and the boom arm to remove any microphone movement noise. Since it is always attached to the desk, it’s easier to access. The Pop Filter screen is a must. You can use several kinds, and we’ve tried. The Rode one worked the best for us.
The Scarlett 2i2 XLR 2 Port Mixer has been a workhorse for me. Sheila has a tendency to talk lower than I do, and it is difficult to edit sometimes. This device allowed me to raise her gain without having to play with too much tech that was over my head. It truly is a plug and play device, and if I needed any assistance, YouTube videos are in abundance. Overall, really great product and I am holding onto it for future use.
The Rode Podcaster is a great USB microphone. I purchased it in the hopes of running a two USB system for Forever Fangirls. Sadly, I learned the hard way – this isn’t the way to podcast. Either way, the sound of this microphone is so good it is still in the family. My father uses it for all his video calls over zoom and his podcast. It is perfect for a solo host show or where callers come in via video conferencing or phone call. Either way, it has rich sound and works very well.
The USB microphone that started it all for me. My nephew used it religiously during his gaming sessions and recommended I use it to get started. After much research, I did. It’s not the best quality sound for what I was looking for, as it felt like there was less depth in my voice. However, at the price point, it is not a terrible place to start.