Choosing the best podcast equipment can be challenging when you are just starting out. There are lots of podcasting gear available on the market that doesn’t mean you need all.
For a single-host podcast show, you only need a computer and a usb microphone. But if you want to run multiple host podcast shows, then you will need to use an xlr microphone and a usb audio interface or mixer to hook up all xlr connector microphones.
In this article, we listed down all the podcast equipment you want to run a podcast show in 2022.
Here is my top picks for the best podcast equipment to get for every podcaster in 2022.
- Audio Interface
- Pop Filter / Windscreen
- Headphone Amplifier
- Mic Stands
- Shock Mount
- Microphone Cables
- Editing Software (DAW)
- Podcast Hosting
- Website Hosting
I’ll start with my favorite podcast equipment as of July 2022:
A desktop computer or a laptop is the first podcast equipment you want to record and edit podcast episodes. Apple MacBook 14 inches is the best laptop you can buy in 2022.
You want to record voices using a microphone. There are only two types of microphones you can get:
- USB microphones
- XLR microphones
A USB microphone is what you want to start a podcast and record podcast episodes because they are the easiest to use just by plugging your USB cable into the computer.
For hosting a multiple-host podcast show, you want to avoid USB connector microphones and want to use an xlr microphone. To connect an xlr connection mic to the computer, you will need a usb audio interface or audio mixer.
Based on the recording environment, you want to use either a dynamic or condenser-type microphone in the podcasting studio. Most dynamic mics are less sensitive to background noise, on the other hand, condenser microphones are more likely to pick up background sounds. Here are my quick recommendations:
- Recommended USB mic: ATR 2100x-USB or Blue YETI
- Recommended XLR mic: Heil PR-40 or SHURE SM7B
Audio Interface works like a bridge between the microphone and computer. It processes the microphone’s analog signal into a digital signal to use in the computer. The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (3rd Gen) is the best USB audio interface to use when running a multiple-host podcast show.
The Audio Mixer is an excellent alternative to the podcast usb audio interface. It gives you more control over levels, inputs, outputs, and more. If you want run a multiple-host podcast show, then an audio mixer is crucial podcasting equipment for the studio.I recommend getting the Mackie ProFX8V2 model in 2022.
A Pop Filter / Windscreen reduces the plosive sounds coming into the microphone. The Stedman Corporation Proscreen XL is the pop filter model you want to minimize or prevent plosives.
When recording podcast episodes, you want to monitor the sounds so that you can make sure everything is working fine. I recommend getting the Audio-Technica ATH-M30x studio headphones to monitor the recordings in 2022.
You want to use a good quality microphone boom arm to position the microphone on the desk to improve the sound quality. The Rode PSA1 is the #1 podcasting microphone boom arm in 2022. You can hold almost any microphone on this podcast equipment.
A good quality microphone shock mount will prevent or minimize unwanted sounds coming into the microphone. The Rycote InVision is the best Universal Shock Mount in 20222.
When using a xlr connector microphone to record podcasts, you don’t want to xlr cable to leak audio. Even though you will get an xlr cable included in the box of the microphone but it is always a better idea to get an external microphone xlr cable from a renowned brand. The Rapco Horizon is what i recommend and its a mid-range xlr cable.
For editing your podcast, you want to use GarageBand or logic pro x in case you are a macOS user. For windows users, you want to use audacity podcast editing software. If you don’t want to get into complex podcast editing software, ALITU might be a great option.
You want to use a podcast hosting platform to host your audio files. They help you to upload audio files, create a unique rss feed for the show and submit it to all podcast directories to make podcast distribution simple.
It’s a common misconception that iTunes host your podcast; actually, they don’t. They just read the rss feed and allows people to play the files hosted on the podcast hosting platform.
For podcast hosting, I recommend starting a podcast with Buzzsprout as they are the most easy-to-use podcasting platform in 2022. You can start with their free plan that lets you host podcast audio files free for 90 days.
When choosing the best podcast equipment, you need to decide whether you want to run a single-host podcast show or a multiple-host podcast show. Here are my final recommendations for teh best podcast equipment in 2022.
1 Person Podcast Equipment:
- A laptop-Apple Macbook 14
- A USB microphone -ATR2100X
2,3, or 4 Person Podcast Equipment:
- A laptop-Apple Macbook 14
- An XLR microphone -SHURE SM7B (For each host)
- USB audio interface: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (3rd Gen)
- Audio Mixer: Mackie ProFX8V2