Are you getting started with recording podcasts? Your audio quality should be your first priority to record a professional high-quality podcast. You don’t want your audience to drop out because your audio quality sucks. What equipment do you actually need to make a professional podcast? We have listed a number of essentials for you below.
- Microphone stand
- Smartphone, laptop or computer with editing software
- Camera light
First up you will need a microphone to record high-quality sound. You can use any type of microphone to record audio. However, to get the best audio quality, we recommend a studio microphone (also known as a USB microphone or podcast microphone). This type of microphone clearly records your speech, without recording a lot of background noise. If you would like to freely move around while recording a podcast, then a wireless microphone set might be a good choice for you.
If you have ever watched a podcast recording, you’ve probably seen a microphone stand or boom arm. These stands will help you place the microphone at the ideal height and will ensure that movements and vibrations of the microphone are limited.
With a microphone arm you will save space as you can attach the arm to the side of a table or desk and place it in any direction.
Before you start recording, you should check the volume and adjust the settings if needed. By connecting headphones or earphones, you can also easily check the audio while recording. You will be able to hear whether the microphone is placed correctly and if the volume is not too loud or too soft. During your recording, you should monitor your volume as well.
Smartphone, laptop or a computer with editing software
It might not immediately occur to you, but you can easily record a podcast with your smartphone. You can use the dictaphone app on your smartphone or use other apps developed for recording podcasts such as Anchor (website, iOS-app en Android-app) and Podbean Recorder (iOS en Android). For professional montages, we recommend Ferrite (iOS).
It is also possible to record a podcast via your laptop or computer. Connect your microphone to your laptop or computer. Free apps like Audacity (Windows and Mac) or Garageband (Mac) give you the option to first record the audio and edit it afterwards in the same app.
Extra tip: recording a podcast with your smartphone? Put your phone on airplane mode to prevent your recording getting stopped when receiving a phone call.
Film your podcast?
Are you planning to film the podcast? Then we recommend using a few accessories to create a professional look.
Mount your smartphone or camera onto a tripod to film your podcast. Tripods come in different shapes and sizes.
VIJIM LS03 Extra high extendable stand with table clamp€31.95Delivered tomorrow
MOJOGEAR Video KIT: Mini tripod + phone holder + microphone + lightDelivered tomorrow
Ulanzi BG-3 powerbank grip 10.000 mAh (with tripod)€54.95Delivered tomorrow
Ulanzi Ring-10 Top shot overhead ringlight with tripod€49.95
Ulanzi Smartphone vlog KIT EXTRA: mini tripod, phone holder, dual cold shoe mount, microphone & LED light€79.95
Home office set for tablet and iPad: metal tablet holder + adjustable tabletop tripod€38.95Delivered tomorrow
VIJIM LS08 Tripod with table clamp and arm (three-pieces)€41.95Delivered tomorrow
You will need good lighting to create a professional recording of your podcast. With a video LED light, you can set the color temperature and brightness to create the perfect lighting conditions. Do you want to add some color to your podcast setting, to highlight the background for example? Then you should look for a RGB light.
Ulanzi VL276 Premium RGB video light XL – with built-in power bank
Ulanzi R66 Multi Color RGB LED Video Light for Camera and Smartphone€36.95Delivered tomorrow
VIJIM VL120 RGB Multi Color LED Video Light€39.95Delivered tomorrow
MOJOGEAR W64 Multi Color Mini LED lamp for smartphone and camera€26.95Delivered tomorrow
VIJIM VL64 Ring lamp for camera – with built-in battery€24.95Delivered tomorrow
Ulanzi VL49 RGB Multi Color LED videolamp€32.95Delivered tomorrow
VIJIM VL66 rotatable LED light with adjustable colour temperatureDelivered tomorrow
Hopefully, after reading this blog, you’ve got a better idea of the accessories needed to record a podcast. Any other questions about creating a podcast? Reach out to us. We are happy to help you!