- 1 Our purchase recommendations for podcast sets in detail
- 2 Which accessories simplify podcast recordings?
- 3 Which microphone type to buy for the podcast?
- 4 Podcasting with Windows PC or Mac with Mac OS?
- 5 Which audio software is suitable for podcasting?
- 6 The Best Gear For Starting A Podcast
- 7 How to Start a Podcast – 2018 Tutorial: Equipment & Software
Help and Hints: Podcast microphones, headphones, speakers for podcasts in the test
Bundles, complete sets and individual equipment: Everything about accessories for your own podcast at a glance
Capturing podcasts with professional audio quality means having to choose between lots of software, many microphones, headphones and audio interfaces when purchasing the equipment. But which podcast audio setup, which podcast audio interface and which software is best for me? With our comparison test we want to make you spoiled for choice a little easier. So it means for you: unpacking, building, starting.
To create a professional podcast, you need one or the other technical tools. That’s why you usually need to test and compare many devices in the field. Sure, you could also order a bunch of podcast bundles or check all combinations of individual devices yourself. But to make it a little easier, we’re always updating our podcast bundles test marathon for you.
If you would like to get a more accurate picture of which podcast set suits you best, just have a look at the tests below. There is one or the other tool to discover that will help you create your podcasts easily, quickly and in the best possible quality. Have lots of fun with it!
Our purchase recommendations for podcast sets in detail
Many newcomers swear by the introduction of super-affordable bundles such as the t.bone SC 440 USB Podcast Bundle 2 . If you just want to see if you really enjoy making your own podcasts, you can find here for less than 70 euros a complete package of USB microphone, table tripod, elastic microphone holder, USB cable and recording software ,
The combination of microphone, audio interface, mini mixer and tripod is perfect for anyone who frequently conducts interviews and voice overs. The plug-and-play set delivers typical broadcast sound, a dual-mono feature for recording, and last but not least, its design is rock-solid due to the metal finish. All necessary cables are included.
The t.bone SC 440 USB: The main component of the podcasting bundle, which should be described as a reasonably priced minimum purchase.
A specialist among the podcast bundles is the Miktek ProCast SST Studio Station . The combination of microphone, audio interface, mini mixer and tripod is perfect for anyone who frequently conducts interviews and voice overs. The plug-and-play set delivers typical broadcast sound, a dual-mono feature for recording, and last but not least, its design is rock-solid due to the metal finish. All necessary cables are included.
The Miktek ProCast SST Studio Station is perfect for interviews.
If you already own an audio interface and headphones or monitor speakers and want to take the next step in sound, the Aston Microphones Origin Recording Bundle A or the Aston Microphones Spirit Recording Bundle B will provide excellent podcasting tools. Not only that, the two included large-diaphragm condenser microphones Aston Origin and Spirit have completed excellently in our check. On top of that, the bundles also contain the Aston Halo reflection filter and the Aston SwiftShield microphone spider with pop filter.
It should also be noted briefly: It makes perfect sense to take a little more money in hand and to put together a bundle tailor made. For example, if you need an audio interface to the Aston set: We have a detailed sales advisor for entry-level interfaces that really do not make anyone poor!
Which accessories simplify podcast recordings?
Your recording microphone can best be aligned with a microphone stand. Some bundles have a large tripod on board, others a compact tabletop tripod . Of course, you decide which one is suitable for you based on the space available to you or your habits of sitting (sitting / sitting). If you use a condenser microphone, you should make sure that the microphone is well decoupled from the ground, so it does not record footfall sound or table sounds. The most suitable for this is an elastic suspension, also called “microphone spider”. A reflection screen can help you record too much unwanted room reverberation. If you want to know more about microphone accessories, click on ours purchase consultants microphone accessories .
You should consider a Poppfilter. It prevents the air flow of plosives such as “p” and “b” from causing unpleasant, extreme deflections of the microphone diaphragm.
Which microphone type to buy for the podcast?
The Gretchen question for podcasters is safe: USB microphone or not? If you want to know more, just have a look here: Why USB microphones are worse than classic XLR microphones.
Microphone alternatives: If it still should be a USB microphone, we have a purchase advisor USB microphones – and here’s a specific tip for you. With the Rode NT-USB you get a professional microphone sound with language-optimized frequency image in the house. Thanks to controllable hardware monitoring, it is clear and easy to use. The USB microphone gives you the beloved sound of the Rode NT1-A with all its extras like preamp, A / D converter, headphone amplifier and direct monitoring function for very little money. With this microphone you do not need an additional audio interface.
Our USB Recommendation Rode NT-SUB brings you the popular sound of the Rode NT1-A with several extras.
The Shure SM7B is a classic among broadcast microphones. It has lost none of its charm and quality until today. Judging from the fact that this microphone so many voice forgives their sonic disadvantages and so outrageously insensitive to mechanical external influences reacts like no other broadcast microphone, … yes, in comparison, its price / performance ratio is absolutely fantastic. The all-rounder microphone Shure SM7B always comes with swivel mount with tripod holder. Podcast friends should absolutely try it, but need an audio interface and microphone preamp.
The Shure SM7B is a broadcast classic among microphones – and a great all-rounder at the same time
Monitor Speakers or Studio Headphones: Indispensable for Podcasting!
Of course, to be able to assess the sound of your recordings and the quality of the edits, you also have to be able to hear the whole thing. These are either monitor speakers or headphones necessary. Especially for the recording, it is recommended to use headphones. For example, you can play music and speak lyrics without it being hypnotized – so the music is recorded again using the microphone intended for the voice. Because that reduces the speech intelligibility and can lead to all sorts of sound problems. It also plays a role, whether it is open or closed headphones. The latter are particularly well suited for podcast recordings as they release little or no portions of the intercepted sound beyond their earpieces. Potential crossovers will therefore remain minimal. In addition, wearing comfort, workmanship and, of course, sound quality come into their own. The question Which headphones are right for me? By the way, we have dedicated our own article.
Ordinary headphones do not have to be expensive – here as an example headphones from Superlux.
Podcasting with Windows PC or Mac with Mac OS?
In terms of compatibility, it’s worth taking a closer look. While for podcasters who use older Windows operating systems (before Windows 8) some bundles are out of the question, Mac users sometimes have to do without the provided recording software. Therefore, you should always pay attention to the compatibility of software and drivers of the audio interface when purchasing. For the latter, you have the least problems using generic drivers that the OS automatically installs.
Which audio software is suitable for podcasting?
Audio software, also known as “DAW”, records your microphone performance, allowing you to cut, mix and export your podcasts in the format you want. Because once you have the audio data sent to the computer, you can arrange it with a DAW (also: audio program or software studio) and prepare for publication as a podcast episode.
Editing will make your material “crisper” and keep the listener entertained. Even if the editing takes an hour or so, the time is well spent. Because clever editing and an appealing mix avoids that audible cuts, noise, volume jumps or other inadequacies draw the listener’s attention to the production quality of your podcast. After all, your audience should be able to focus on the content of your podcast episodes undisturbed and with pleasure.
The recording software therefore serves as a recording environment and gives you the opportunity to bring your recordings to fruition. Of course there are many differences as well. Depending on how you work and what your goal is, you can ask yourself the following questions when choosing your podcast recording software: Can I edit a sufficient number of tracks with the program? Are effects plug-ins included? Is it possible to export and publish podcast episodes?
A popular recording software among podcasters, for example, Cubase 9 LE Steinberg. Here you actually get a small software studio at hand. A free editor program that leads a little more cumbersome to the goal is Audacity.