This is the first of two blogs looking at how, as an independent content creator, you can start your own podcast. In Part 1, we will take a look at how, and where, to get started with podcast setup. In part 2 we will look how to produce a podcast.

So let’s get started breaking the podcast mic setup down step-by-step followed by an overview of the basic equipment needed for your podcast setup. 

Podcasting for social media content makers

If you are thinking about the equipment needed to start a podcast, there’s a good chance you already have an idea of what you would like to talk about, and who you would like to talk to on your podcast. Thinking about the kind of format you will pick is really helpful before you get started with choosing podcast equipment. As content creators, we know how important it is to be consistent with your content creation, so having an idea of show titles and loosely planned interview or discussion outlines can be really useful. And best of all, it doesn’t cost anything to get started with this, as all you will need is an excel document and your imagination! You can start with some simple headings like Show Title, Questions I Would Like to Ask and Production Date. One really valuable thing to bear in mind with your podcast is that, if you are an independent content creator, you will more than likely be the on-air talent, producer and promoter, all rolled into one. So having a plan to get you started and keep you on track will help you stay motivated throughout the process. 

Home recording studio – do you really need one?

Well, a sound recording setup can really be as simple or as complex as you would like it to be. Essentially, when recording voice overs and audio, the objective is to achieve the cleanest sound output by reducing hiss, sibilance (that irritating drag on the “s” in speech), clicks and pops. But it’s also important to think about environmental noise before you get started too. You can begin by optimising the room you are going to record in by ensuring that all windows are shut, PC or laptop hum is well away from your microphone and air conditioning is off. It’s surprising what your microphone will pick up – even when using your computer’s built-in mic! What type of room are you going to be working in? High ceilings and relatively empty rooms with concrete walls are notorious for producing a really distracting echo. This really helpful article from izotope.com is packed with information about room acoustics. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at some microphones which will help you get started quickly, at relatively low cost. 

Podcast equipment for beginners

If your budget is slim to begin with, try this low-cost, plug and play option from Eivotor which includes a two layer pop filter: *

A boom stand still help you fasten your microphone and keep it raised to your mouth level while you’re speaking:

If desk space is tight but you’re looking for something in the sub – £75 category, this Samson Meteor mic is a great quality plug and play option. It performs well rested at desk height, with a nice clean audio output. 

We really hope you enjoyed this article – don’t forget in Part 2, we will be looking at how to produce a podcast. In the meantime, you can check out the Consciously Creative podcast, our own regular podcast where we cover the lives, laughs and loves of creatives in all fields – aimed at helping content creatives like you to move their businesses forward.

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