DIY : Everything you need to start your own Podcast – Tim Mendez – Medium

A guide on how to get started making your own podcast and what equipment to buy

There are only a few things you really need to start a podcast, but plenty to get in order to upgrade quality. TL;DR at the bottom.

Necessities

The Blue Yeti mic. It’s the best mic out there for the price hands-down. It is also plugged in via USB so you don’t need a bunch of extra audio equipment in order to actually record. It’s simple — plug in and go.

There are multiple recording options to fit your needs:

Cardioid for podcasts, Bidirectional for interviews

Audacity recording software. It’s absolutely free and made by volunteers so they don’t even harvest your information. The UI looks a little old, but the software is amazing — very easy to start out, have multiple audio channels, and if you need to do editing and mixing also has very deep abilities.

Bump the Quality

A pop filter. This helps reduce popping sounds caused by the mechanical impact of fast-moving air on the microphone during recording. They’re pretty cheap and can be found for under $10:

A foam cover. These help with S’s as well as filtering out background noise. Also cheap and can be found for under $10:

Bump the Quality Even More

Audio Technica ATH-M20x headphones. The Blue Yeti microphone lets you plug your headphones directly into it, so with quality headphones you can hear yourself speaking with no delay, helping you calibrate your own voice in real time. It takes some getting used to, but it will definitely help with sound quality. These run from $40–50; they won’t break the bank.

A foam sound isolation shield. These help focus your voice directly into the microphone and pretty much negate outside noise.

TL;DR

There are 3 tiers of podcasting you can get into. Buy these things based on what tier you want.

TIER 1 ~$120

Mic + Audacity

TIER 2 ~$133

Mic + Audacity + Pop Filter + Foam Cover

TIER 3 ~$248

Mic + Audacity + Pop Filter + Foam Cover + Isolation Shield + Headphones

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