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u/Gojurn · 1 pointr/podcasting

Others have already asked some pretty useful questions, but if you're looking for more specifics here's what I know.

Recording & Editing Software

While I can't speak to resources for non-Apple tools. If you have a Mac you can start out with simply a good microphone and the GarageBand application.

Microphones and Pop Filters

If you're looking for a mic recommendation I've had a lot of success with the Yeti USB microphone. It's pretty versatile and the sound quality has been quite good. A cheaper reliable option is the Snowball. You can find mics for less than that but I can't vouch for the quality. No extra set up is really needed, just plug it in and record. Some people recommend a pop filter, they're pretty cheap and I've had a good experience with the Dragonpad ones. If you need an example of sound quality PM me, I'm happy to link you an episode I created using the Yeti mic.

Uploading and Hosting

Once you've recorded and edited your Podcast you'll need somewhere to host it so others can listen to what you've created. I usually upload the file to SoundCloud and then share the link or embed the player in my blog and website. There are a lot of other podcast-specific hosting sites out there but I've found SoundCloud to be free and easy.

Helpful Guide

When I first started out I came across a great blog article by Mike Cernovich that I followed to create my first episodes. You can read it here if you're interested (it's specific to using GarageBand though).

I hope this helps, a D&D podcast sounds great. Can't wait to hear what you create.

u/Mr_Stonebender · 2 pointsr/podcasting

That X/Y mic is great for recording in stereo, but that would make for a weird listening experience I think. If it was all you had, then you'd make it work, maybe combine the L/R tracks into one Mono track so as to avoid being distracting, but since you're not intending to try that, I'll shut up about it.

You've got the right idea wanting ISO tracks of each speaker. Makes editing MUCH more effective. It's also SOP these days for stuff like this. (In the old days of analog recording up through even a few years ago, you wouldn't have the data-writing speeds or bandwidth to record 5 high-quality digital audio tracks to the same hard disk at the same time, so you'd have a dedicated mix engineer whose main job would be to constantly 'ride the faders' on the five people speaking so that the output was clean, clear, and easy to listen to. MAYBE you'd edit, but if you did, you did it with a razorblade and scotch tape. Post-processing was minimal compared to what a lot of folks do today as well. Especially for radio.)

ANYWAY. Forgive the wordsalad.

WAIT! More wordsalad: I should offer up a bit of a correction to my last message, too, because I was using cardioid/omni reasoning that would apply more to standard mics, not lavs. So I changed my mind. Go with omni :-). Reason: Because of how microphones get built, and how lavs are used, the 'dead zone' on the cardioid version would just...point at the floor. So. Not much in the way of rejection in any case. Plus, the more directional the mic, the more careful the speaker has to be not to move their head while they're talking, which is harder to remember than it sounds. With that in mind...

Movo LV4-C: Get these, I think. Maybe just buy one, test it to make sure it's not utter crap, and then buy the rest. There's a favorable comparison to MXL in the comments, and they have some of the best budget-mics I've used. They're never going to replace a lectrosonic or sennheiser or electrovoice or shure or or or...but they'll get you there if you don't have $2000 to spend on mics alone. And by the looks of it, the LV4-C mic may well be a copy of the MXL mic referenced, if not the exact same hardware with different branding. So, even better. Not a pro mic by many measures, but it'll do the job and be an improvement over nothing.

As for the rest:

Shure CVL: The adapter you'd need to run these costs a minimum of 20 bucks apiece. Doesn't justify the cost, plus: adapter. More stuff to forget, more stuff to break.

Behringer XM1800: These are probably ::choke:: fine? But You'd need stands and cables and also they probably don't sound any better than your laptop mic. So...they could work, and 80 bucks for six mics is just a ridiculous price. Couldn't hurt to try, I suppose. Still, with the lavs, as long as you affix them correctly, you'll have the least amount of stuff to worry about while you're recording.

Goliton Cardioid Lav: NO. No. Please just...not these ::Cries::. These would be WORSE than just screaming really loud and hoping your neighbors can hear and enjoy your show.


If you do get the lavs, check out this pic of a 'Broadcast Loop' for an example of a good way to minimize cable noise and strain on the cable. (Although with a cheaper mic, I'd use a bigger loop than you see in the pic to avoid breaking the cable. You're not doing this on video are you?)

And for that 5th mic, the inline preamp /u/matgoebel doesn't actually supply phantom power, so it wouldn't work for your setup. Keeping it cheap, something like this might do the trick, but it's one more piece of kit.

So here's a question(s) to consider, in no particular order of importance:

  • Will all five of you be recording all the time, every single session?

  • Why did you decide on lavalier mics to begin with?

  • Is finding a phantom power workaround really worth your time?

    If it is, then it is. But if it's not, you could always go the dynamic mic route, which means you wouldn't need phantom power on ANY channel, hell—even handheld would be fine if you don't want to mess with stands, just be careful to have some slack in the cable coming off the mic—don't let the mic support the weight of the cable. Those Behringer mics are worth a shot, although after listening around I think if you go that route you might want to check out these Behringer 8500s instead. They're a little meatier sounding, not quite as harsh, which I think you'd end up preferring in the long run. (Until you can afford THE VOICE OF GOD)

    EDIT: fixed my own stupid markup mistake.
u/BangsNaughtyBits · 1 pointr/podcasting

The ATRs are fine, but there is an identical clone version of the ATR2100 and AT2005 that usually sells on Amazon for $40. Amazon seems out of stock and the other resellers are more expensive right now. The Knox and the ATR2100 have limited lifetime warranties, all the cables, and a cheesy little desk stand. It looks like these came from the same factory. Out of Amazon stock but normally found for $40 at

A Behringer HA400 headphone amp will split a headphone jack for up to four headphones and everyone gets a volume control. ~$25 at Amazon or B&H Photo.

If you aren't streaming or using Skype, look at the Behringer UMV204HD ($80) or UMC404HD ($100). For the price, people seem to really like these interfaces.

A recorder like the Zoom H4n Pro ($200) is a great idea if it meets your needs.

If you use Skype, a mixer is a better idea. The Behringer Q802USB ($80) or Q1202USB ($100) are good starter mixers. The Soundcraft Notepad 12fx or 8fx are on B&H for $160 and $130. I have not seen a solid review yet but they sound really nice.


u/StargatePioneer · 2 pointsr/podcasting

You might find it better to go with a dynamic cardioid microphone such as the Knox Podcast Microphone. It will help better reduce room echo and ambient noise. Try to stay 4-6 inches away from the microphone.

Audible Audition is still a great program. You might want to try Reaper since it is just a one time purchase.

The headphones are great to start with. In fact, they are just great period. I wrote an article last year on studio monitoring headphones that might help you out a bit.

Good luck!

u/YaBoyNazeem · 2 pointsr/podcasting

It depends on your recording environment. If you are just starting out and are recording in a bedroom or office I recommend a cardiod dynamic. Cardiod refers to the pattern around the mic that it picks up. Cardiod mics are most sensitive right in front of them in contrast to omidirectional mics which are sensitive to sound from any direction. A dynamic mic isn't as sensitive as a condensor mic and doesn't pick up a lot of background noise.

If you are just starting out I recommend one of the following:

One Person w/ USB mic:

Audio Technica ATR2100 -- ($69)

Neewar Boom Arm -- ($14)

On Stage Foam Wind Screen -- ($3)

(Total - $86)


One Person - w/ XLR interface:

BEHRINGER UMC22 Interface -- ($60)

Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 -- ($20)

Audio-Technica ATH-M20, Can use any headphones -- ($50)

Knox Boom Arm -- ($50)

On Stage Foam Wind Screen -- ($3)

(Total - $189)

The first group is "as cheap as you can get" and still get decent quality. The second group is definitely a better setup.

Ethan cohost of the Shieldwall Podcast

EDIT: The second group is definitely a better setup in that it allows you to upgrade down the road with better gear. If you have the money an Audio Technica ATR2100 or AT2005 would sound a good bit better in the second list than the XM8500. But do these sound 4 times better considering them being 3-4x the price? Hard to say.

u/RobByers1 · 1 pointr/podcasting

Great idea! There are many good reasons to monitor your recordings live:

  • to ensure you are speaking with good mic technique/placement
  • to ensure levels and balances are correct
  • to hear plosives and sibilance
  • to ensure you're "on"
  • to check for background noise

    As for the cans (headphones)... I recommend you spend a little more cash if you can. BangsNaughtyBits has a good point - many headphones (and speakers too) are tuned for enjoyment of music, not so much as a tool for mixing or critical listening.

    While they do have their own "sound", the Sony MDR-7506 headphones are the standard in radio and broadcast work for some really good reasons. They'll run you around $80 and come with a bag and a 1/4" to 1/8" adapter. You'll find these headphones in most every radio reporter's kit and in most radio studios.

  • they are closed-back headphones, so they do a decent job of cutting out ambient noise. This is especially helpful in the field.
  • they fit pretty snugly... good for the same reason as above, but also really important as they won't bleed in to the microphone (causing feedback) if turned up loudly. Some models (like another popular model of AKG) are notorious for causing this problem.
  • vibrations and other noise doesn't travel up the headphone cable (this can be really annoying on some headphones)
  • you can hear problems like sibilance and plosives easily
  • the headphone pads are easily replaceable and will give out long before the electronics do.

    Good luck and let us know what you end up with.
u/octaviusromulus · 1 pointr/podcasting

It sounds like you spent a lot of money for your rig. That's fine, but I didn't.

For my podcast Born Yesterday, I spent a couple hundred bucks on a USB Yeti mic from Blue along with a cheap spit guard/pop filter I've duct taped onto it. The mic itself is very solid - the sound is good, it had settings to change where it pics up sound from (360, bi directional, etc), and it's super easy to use. The pop filter was the best thirty bucks I've ever spent, too.

So yeah, it's not a professional rig, and sure if I whack the table it's sitting on it's bad news, but if I'm careful then it sounds damn good - especially for what I paid for it.

u/zblaxberg · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Start by grabbing one of these puppies:

While it's not the top of the line, it's a great starter mic. You can record via USB straight into Audacity.

Then you want to figure out what the theme of your show is. Far too many people just say, "Oh I'm going to start a podcast" and then give up two episodes in or get disappointed when no one downloads it because it's a few dudes sitting in a basement talking about nothing. Having an overarching theme is crucial.

Try to be different. There's a podcast for every topic out there but frame it in a way that others aren't. I met these guys who started a show called "Good Morning You Drunks" and they were awesome. There's tons of great concepts out there just waiting to be grabbed up. Heck I wish I could find someone who could do like an Uber Car Confessional and interview people that he/she Ubers around.

The only other thing you'll really need is a podcast hosting service - this is where the files get stored so that iTunes can see them. I use Podbean. A lot of people use Libsyn or Spreaker or some others.

I got my start following John Lee Dumas' free podcasting course on

u/ObsessivePodcaster · 2 pointsr/podcasting

I just uploaded my first podcast, so I may be a good person to answer?

I decided to go with the Audio-technica ATR2100 since it had the option to be a USB mic and an XLR mic. Hoping it will give me flexibility in the future if I decide to get a mixer or something. It also includes a headphone jack in the microphone so I can hear myself. I got a mic stand an a pop filter, too, since they weren't very expensive. It ended up being around $100 for the equipment, which I used credit card points for.

For recording software I went with Audacity. It's free and pretty simple to use. I can see how it might be limiting or unapproachable, but if you know the basics of sound editing you should be good.

For hosting I went with the free trial of podiant. I liked that they offered unlimited bandwidth and help with posting to Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, etc. It was very easy to upload the podcast and add the needed information. The hardest part was making a logo, which I did on my own in Photoshop but I might ask someone to make one for me later.

Trying to keep it simple for now and see how it goes.

u/beley · 1 pointr/podcasting

I'd buy my current setup...

Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 Audio Interface ($150)

(2) MXL 770 Cardoid Condenser Microphones - Amazing quality microphone for the price. ($144 for 2)

(2) XLR Cables ($20 for 2)

(2) Microphone stands. I use this Gator for my main mic stand and a cheap scissor arm stand for my second. ($100ish for 2)

(2-pack) Microphone pop filters. I like these replicas of the Popgard, but also have one real PopGard that I paid $40 for. Either is much better than those pop filters on a long extension arm that gets in the way. ($10 for 2)

Zoom H4n Pro or H5 portable recorder. I have a Zoom H4 Pro (and a regular H4) but either would work well for recording a podcast on the road or on location somewhere without a computer. ($200-275)

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Studio Monitor Headphones ($150)

Software - GarageBand or Audacity or other free DAW. Or, if you already have a Creative Cloud subscription like I do, Adobe Audition.

All of that is way less than $1k, and give you the ability to do a two-person interview podcast in the studio or on location. With the extra $100 or so, buy some sound proofing materials for your studio.

This is exactly what my setup looks like right now.

u/mooninitespwnj00 · 2 pointsr/podcasting

It would... work. But not well. Remember that you're working with a pure-audio medium, so sounding good is almost as important as having good content. If you have to use this setup, here are a few issues you'll run into-

  • Ambient sound- imnidirectional mode will pick up a little of everything. Literally. Echo? Done. Noise from outside? Yup. Literally everything but what your listeners are there for? Possibly.

  • Lack of depth- to get that rich vocal range, you gotta be at the right distance from the right mic. You will have neither with this rig.

  • So much editing- considering that you're likely going to be using Audacity (nothing wrong with that at all), you'll have so much editing to do, and with no idea of what the mic is picking up (see below) to prepare you. Audacity is not the best for really mixing down audio, so you'll be putting a lot of responsibility on a program that isn't the best choice for it

  • No zero-latency monitoring- this is actually huge. You'll either be plugged into the computer while your brain tries to be in the present while also listening on a lag (ugh) or you'll be flying blind (double ugh) since you can't just throw on some cans and monitor in real time. This doesn't seem important, but it super is. Being able to hear what the mic hears with no lag is a game changer.

    Here's what I'd recommend instead:

    Behringer XM1800s 3-pack - the products most often purchased together will run you about $55 (less than a Blue Snowball), and includes a 5-pack of windscreens, and 1 10-foot XLR cable. Personally I would replace that with 2 of the 6-foot versions- I use that exact cable with an AT2020 and for the price it's excellent. By shopping for a good deal you can spend less- buying used or on sale or even from a fellow podcaster who has moved up to more serious gear can help you out there.

    To get those sweet vocal tones from the mic to the computer, you'll need an interface. I use an Audio Technica AT2020 run through a Scarlet Solo, but it's just me, and their 2-mic version is excessive for what it brings to the table. Consider the Behringer Xenyx Q802USB interface. The mixer.controls will help you dial in your audio, reducing editing time/effort and reliance on Audacity.

    Now, I'm well aware that that is basically double the budget that you have in mind. I don't enjoy giving you that news, but- and this is important- spending ~$130 isn't that big a deal over the long term, and if you wind up taking this more seriously it will give you a massive advantage right out of the gate, and will make the process of recording so much easier, leaving you more time and energy to focus on content and enjoying the process. Because, let's be honest, that's what you start a podcast for; enjoyment. With the mics I recommended, a mic stand isn't crucial right out of the gate, but even if you really just want stands, getting a cheap boom or scissor is totally doable for $30 or less.
u/prairiepenguin2 · 1 pointr/podcasting

Auducity can be wonky but works well. Are y'all in the same room or remote?

Obviously a good mic is important. Can't go wrong with the snowball or yeti. I personally use this

Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid... (non affiliate link) and love it compared to the blue mics. When you can getting a sound board is really nice and really helps with your quality

u/kickedtripod · 1 pointr/podcasting

Gaming headsets RARELY have a good sound signature so broadcast headphones are the next step. The AT BPHS-1, as stated elsewhere, is a solid entry, but it's $200 - which can be expensive and for that money you can get a pretty great usb mic like the AT2020, or even less expensive the AT2100.
If it must be a headset and you don't want to get a broadcasting headset (for price or other reasons), Sennheiser makes pretty decent headsets with decent microphones.


But you can get this microphone and this boom stand for less than half the price and, in my experience, a far superior sound.

u/adultspodcast · 2 pointsr/podcasting

I use a Behringer x1222usb mixer and three ATR2100-USB Microphones. I got the ATR2100s because I wanted the flexibility to be able to plug them directly into my Mac. I then have two Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 Microphones as backups for when we have additional guests.

If I were doing it all over again I would have saved some money on the mics and bought 4 of the Xm8500s and just 1 ATR2100 (to plug directly into my computer when I needed to).

The x1222 mixer works fine, though I'm beginning to wish I had gotten a mixer that can record multiple audio tracks so that I could do some more fine tuning to individual audio levels in post (until then, I recommend a great program, called Levelator, farther below that can help with this).

You'll need decent cables for each mic, which will cost more than you expect--from what I've seen looking for cables with Neutrik connectors is usually good practice. There's also the matter of decent mic stands and pop filters as well.

You'll also probably want head phones for each podcaster so that they can hear themselves whenever they drift off mic. Amazon basics headphones are probably good enough for anyone not controlling the mixer. Then you'll also need a headphone amp (which splits the headphone signal and lets each person control their own headphone volume), for example. And you'll need several (at least one per set of headphones plus a couple spare) 6.35mm (1/4 inch) Male to 3.5mm (1/8 inch) Female headphone jack adapters.

If you want to do Skype interviews, you'll need a mixer with an AUX send port. You'll also need an iMic audio device, you can find out more about that and the other audio cables you'll need [here] (

Regarding software. I'd personally recommend Audacity over Garage Band, I just feel like I have more control over the sound with Audacity. Once you clean your audio up a bit (remove background noise, compress, run a limiter, etc) you should consider running it through the program Levelator which does great things to equalize voice levels.

I'm new at this as well, having only recorded 8 times, but if you want some more tips from someone else who is just starting out--just let me know.

u/Mikzeroni · 2 pointsr/podcasting

My recommendation go to is always the ATR-2100. For ~$70 each you can't go wrong. If that's too expensive you can grab the Samson Q2u which I've been using now for years and love.

You definitely want a dynamic mic if you'll be recording with 3 hosts and you can even pick up a little scissor stand for $12.

So, 3 Q2u = $180 + 3 arms ($36) = $216 which isn't bad for a whole podcast setup as long as you have an audio recorder of some kind. Best of luck and let me know if you have questions!

u/Triumph_4_Eva · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Our set up with the audio interface and XLR mics has been so much easier to work with. We use the Tascam MiniStudio. It's a good little machine that works well for just the two of us. Also lets you plug your phone/tablet in to record music, but not as a separate track. Ultimately, will probably upgrade to something like this, this, or this. That Monoprice mixer however may not be great for recording more than 2 people on separate tracks. But the Behringer and other Monoprice audio interface look good.

We use the Samson Q2U microphones. I really like them, and think they have great sound quality. If you want to hear the difference between our USB episodes and our XLR mics, check our podcast out: Episodes 1 and 2 were recorded with a Blue Snowball and Yeti Nano, and the rest of our episodes are with the Samson Q2Us.

u/TheSunnyDeeeeeee · 0 pointsr/podcasting

I'm a big fan of the Neewer clamp stand. I've been using it for about a year now on my podcast and it's been great. Really inexpensive, but pretty dang sturdy. Just best to have a shockmount, or be careful not to bump your desk a whole lot to avoid noise in the mic (though that's fairly true of all desktop mic stands)

u/Christopholies · 2 pointsr/podcasting

That's a great setup. I love the tube idea! I'm using my RE20 for an in-studio setup with a DBX 286s, but I'm curious how it would compare with a tube setup like that.

Btw, this little guy is great for splitting headphones.

u/Haynews · 1 pointr/podcasting

I’m a syndicated talk radio producer by day, and podcaster every other time. I’ve been using AT2020 mics in podcasting for years now and have loved these little workhorses. Cost effective and great sound. They are condensers, so you have to take in to consideration what others have mentioned. That being said, love the sound i get from them.


u/zazathebassist · 1 pointr/podcasting

Are you guys planning on recording in person?

If you can scrape together just a bit more money, I'd really recommend something like the Blue Yeti. Mainly because you can set it to bi-directional mode, so you and your friend can sit on either side of the mic and get clear audio without having too much interference.

I honestly would not recommend that pack you found. The mic is fine, but you can find that same mic by itself for less than $20. USB to XLR cables are notoriously bad. And the Neewer NW-800(or whatever brand this mic is, they're all made in the same factory) is a cardioid condenser mic, which means it'll pick up audio really well and clearly right in front of it, but anything to the sides or back will be very quiet and not full.

Also, just so you're aware, Windows REALLY doesn't like more than one USB mic connected at the same time, so if you guys want to move to having two separate mics you will eventually have to get an interface. You can get something like a Behringer UMC202 and two microphones(something like Pyle PD58) if you have the budget for that, and then upgrade your mics down the line.

Behringer Audio Interface:

Pyle Mics:

u/spankymustard · 3 pointsr/podcasting

Here's my recommendation for a podcast starter kit:

u/Podigy · 1 pointr/podcasting

I recorded for a while with a 2 XLR mics going into a two input interface and 2 ATR2100s by aggregating devices on my hackintosh (or using ASIO4ALL when on windows). After a while I upgraded my interface to one with more inputs, but I was able to keep using the ATR2100s through their XLR connections.

It takes a little bit of set up, but there are some helpful tutorials for both ASIO4ALL and aggregating devices that can help make your podcasting rig much more flexible!

Hope this helps!

u/CharlesWiltgen · 4 pointsr/podcasting

Some recommendations:

  • A self-contained portable recorder like the Zoom H5 or H6. It'll avoid all the "PC support" tech support nightmares you'd otherwise have to deal with. Patrons could even be responsible for bringing/using their own memory cards.

  • Even cheap mics are surprisingly good. These 3-for-$39 Behrenger mics are a great deal.

  • Similarly, these $16 Monoprice headphones sound as good as $100+ consumer "style" brands like Beats.

  • Speaking of Monoprice, get all of your audio and computer cables from there.

    If you want to see more options, I'm building an open source guide here. It's very much under construction, but there are some good gear lists there.

    Post back as you have questions!
u/MinuteImpossible · 4 pointsr/podcasting

I give this out a lot. I use all of these, and they were recommended by another podcaster who uses them too.

Here is my short list. I personally have used these. I still use everything but the mic (I upgraded) Everything together is less than $125 USD. Good luck!


Mics (You get 3, so you can have others on (they will need their own mixer for this setup)

Mic Stand, pop filter

Sound paneling

These things and Audacity (which is free) will help you make a professional sound on a budget.

u/markdraws · 1 pointr/podcasting

I recommend the Blue Yeti microphone. It looks like a lot of podcasters get this one as their intro mike. I like mine a lot. Great sound and easy to use.

u/sunkast · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Personally I like the Audio Technica AT2005USB. It comes with a little stand and a USB cable. It works extremely well when on the go. It also has a jack for your headphones and you can even plug it into a mixer via XLR, making it a very versatile mic.

If you are looking for something a little less expensive, there is the Audio Technica ATR2100USB. The audio quality is almost as good as the AT2100, but doesn't have as nice of an on/off switch or windscreen inside.

If you need even cheaper than that Knox has an AT2005 knock off. It looks and sounds nearly identical.

All 3 are dynamic cardioid mics which are usually preferable when recording in a less than ideal environment since they should pick up less room noise. I wouldn't worry as much about audio quality differences between your home studio, and anything you use while on vacation. Most listeners understand you can't bring your home studio on the road.

Also full disclosure, the Amazon links are affiliate links for GFQ Network, the podcast network I work for.

u/PaperBoysPodcast · 5 pointsr/podcasting
  • Samson Q2U microphones. We used them in USB mode with no audio interface and I was very pleasantly surprised at the sound quality. The raw audio actually sounded better than the Shure SM58s through a Focusrite Saffire Pro which was our setup at the library.

  • Eastshining adjustable mic arm with shock mount

  • Aokeo pop filters

  • I made the "soundproofing" out of some egg crate foam someone was throwing out by taping it to a pizza box. This has the added bonus that it folds up nice and compact when we're not recording!

  • Recording directly into Reaper

    If anyone has questions or wants some advice on how to do this for low budget let me know! We did a lot of research and spent about $80 per person, and the sound quality rivals that of the legit sound studio we were recording in before. Also we used both USB mics on my computer and it was relatively easy to make work (on a Mac) so happy to offer advice on that front too.
u/lalcaraz · 3 pointsr/podcasting

Xm8500 from Behringer. I love it because has built in pop filter and it’s very quiet. Required a little bit more gain than other mics so better have a good preamp.

One time an editor told me my mic was “too quiet to sound believable that was recorded in a restaurant”. Recorded used at that time, Zoom H4N Pro.

Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 Dynamic Vocal Microphone, Cardioid

u/TheGrimGayDaddy · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Hummm this is my shopping list for the cheapest usable equipment I could find, the interface is for 8 people so don’t get that lol and the prices are for 4 people but this is about the best I can think of (they’re might be cheaper stands and getting a shorter xlr cable might be a good idea but this is kinda a baseline)

4 Microphones $80

4 Pop filters $40

4 XLR cables $40

5 Microphone stands $60

Audio interface $150 BEHRINGER Audio Interface, 4-Channel (UMC404HD): Gateway

Total: $370

u/Armor_of_Inferno · 2 pointsr/podcasting

We used to record on a Blue Snowball mic and then upped our game, and we did it without using a mixer based on some tips we got from this subreddit.

We have 4 people recording, and chose to use a Zoom H6. It can record up to six tracks (but the most we've used is 4). Our microphones are Samson Q2Us, which is the same as an Audio-Technica ATR-2100 mic. (We chose the Samson Q2Us instead because they came with headphones and cheap stands and cost less.)

We decided to get boom arms with shock mounts and pop filters in order to reduce noise. To be honest, the Zoom H6 alone, using the capsule mic, produces better sound than our Blue Snowball. I also like the H6 because I can take it on the road and record mobile interviews clearly, even in noisier environments.

Here's one of our latest podcasts recorded with this setup, and here's an old one with the Blue Snowball for comparison. (Jump around the episodes a bit and you'll see the difference.)

Good luck with whatever you choose!

u/The_Paul_Alves · 1 pointr/podcasting

I'd go with a mixer. You can get a decent behringer for $200 with 3-4 mic inputs (XLR) and get yourself 3-4 decent xlr mics and cables. That way you dont have to all be huddled around one microphone. You could set up a table and go at it. From that mixer, a cable or two going to a digital audio device like a steinberg C1 into your PC or Mac for recording. Most mixers also have a second output you could plug into a phone or something like a Zoom recorder so you have a backup recording in case the PC or Mac doesnt record for whatever reason.

Or to do it on the cheap, just a portable Zoom recorder like THIS ONE can be setup on a tiny tripod somewhere in the room. I've used a Zoom H1 to record whole panels at comic conventions and the audio actually came out pretty damn good. John Barrowman from Arrow/Doctor Who actually touched my recorder making it priceless so I can't sell it sorry. :)

u/farski · 1 pointr/podcasting

Without much else to go on, this is as good a suggestion as any. It's plug and play (like any USB mic), comes with a desk stand, and is a dynamic mic, so it will be better suited for poor room conditions. If you provide more info about how the mic will be used, may be able to give a better suggestion. Also a budget would be good.

u/LalaCalamari · 2 pointsr/podcasting

This is pretty much the basic starter set that will really serve you well.

ATR2100 or Samson q2u for mics. Very similar mics that can just be plugged into your PC via USB. They both also have an XLR connection which future proof them if you buy other equipment. Both do a great job of rejecting background noise and they sound excellent.

Basic Foam cover for the mic.

Neewer scissor Mic stand (or some stand to get the mic closer to your face). The stand that comes with these mics isn't what you need.

u/JohannesVerne · 1 pointr/podcasting

There are a few good dynamics that aren't too expensive:

Behringer XM8500

Sure SM48

Sure PGA48

AudioTechnica Pro 41

Sennheiser E835

And of course there are plenty of others, but hopefully this list gets you started looking! I listed them cheapest to most expensive (the E835 is $100), but any of them will be good.

u/k-murder · 1 pointr/podcasting

The NW-700 is a decent mic for the money but you should probably use dynamic mics instead of a condenser mic. You’ll have a lot of issues with sound bleeding with 5 condenser mics in a room.

You could get 2 of these.
3x mic pack

That way you also don’t need phantom power.

Then you can pick up a better mixer with something like this.

Lastly, you can get 5 Neewer boom arm with XLR cables inside the arm for $18

That puts tour total at about $370 for the setup or about $75 each.

u/handleCUP · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Get some dynamic mics there's a 3 pack of behringers for 40$that sounds just fine. Your probably using an omnidirectional condenser. Your gonna want some dynamic mics and you'll be good to go. I used to have the same issue. You have to eat the mic but you will have zero bleeding. These are my favourite super cheapos


u/jjohnson1979 · 1 pointr/podcasting

I recommend this boom mic stand! Very easy to set up, plus the xlr cable is built into the arm. Love it!

u/ArrayoOne · 3 pointsr/podcasting

So basically you need a standard equipment. Check Podbean for podcast hosting service. It's a great tool for podcast hosting & episodes distribution. As for equipment, check out Blue Yeti Microphone, a best seller & highly recommended mic for your needs.

u/BeguilingOrbit · 3 pointsr/podcasting

You've picked a great day to ask. The Samson Q2U XLR/USB mic is 40% off on Amazon right now. Great starter mic that works on either a recorder that has XLR inputs or on a computer that has a USB input.

u/killobyt · 4 pointsr/podcasting

If you are recording everyone in the same room, you should definitely be looking and dynamic mics instead of condenser which are going to be much better at reducing ambient noise. I also have the MXL 770, and love it, but I only use that in my studio where it's just me. For "entry level" I would look at something like:

Shure SM58

Samson Q2u

Audio Technica ATR2100

u/matty_m · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Here is the headphone amp I use. I have a windscreen but I haven't used it since i always used it inside. I have not tried to use it to record three people talking at once but I knew someone who did it with an H1 with some success. It definitely had more of a live sound than in a studio.

u/ReliableSource · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Looks like I replied to the wrong person originally. Here are a couple of links:

Like /u/roobyroobyroooooo mentioned, stands/arms are very helpful (I recently did an "away" episode where everyone held the mics, and I had to spend so much time editing the handling noises out of the show), and I got extra foam covers for them to help with plosives.

But that aside, I'm pleased with the sound quality for $14 mics.

u/WolfDemon · 1 pointr/podcasting

The perfect mic doesn't exi--

Seriously that mic is much better than a Yeti, and it's dynamic so it's not gonna pick up those proverbial mouse farts.

u/transmutethepooch · 0 pointsr/podcasting

I have no problems with affiliate links. You should change yours to your affiliate link, and get a few bucks for being helpful and pointing out the price drop.

Edit: To add to the helpfulness, here's the mic and a few accessories to get a good setup without breaking the bank.

  • ATR2100-USB mic - $54.50
  • Boom arm - $13.99
  • Shock mount - $14.95
  • Windscreen - $2.95

    Total = $86.39 for a darn good setup. (All are affiliate links. I'd be happy to remove these if the conversation swings in that direction.)
u/yakk0 · 2 pointsr/podcasting

there isn't a mixer that takes USB mics, I'm pretty happy with the Behringer X1204USB I got last december. I'd also recommend the AT2005 USB mic. It has both USB and XLR and is usually around $60. It's a dynamic mic that works well and the mixer has the capacity to have 4 of them.

For an arm, I have a cheap Newwer Mic Boom that works well, but I don't think it'd hold up under a lot of stress. It's a good starter though and has a XLR cable built into it.

u/justkevinmanley · 0 pointsr/podcasting

What you need is a board

3 mics

Monoprice Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone - (600800)

3 mic arms

Neewer NW-35 Metal Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand with Built-in XLR Male to Female Cable, Shock Mount and Table Mounting Clamp (Black)

Some kind of pop filter too.

It’s a little more than what your budget was but this is all really cheap gear and you won’t need any sound proofing and your audio will be clean once you get settings all set up. I strongly recommend this as a starter build. I’ve been using a similar setup for years.

u/Drigr · 2 pointsr/podcasting

And for stand options, I like this neewer boom arm as a budget boom arm. I've been using it with a Knox for a few weeks and recently bought 4 more to go with all my Knox mics for my new set up. For a desk stand, I liked this Hamilton nu-era desktop stand. Both are pretty budget options for a budget mic.

u/SpursGuy90 · 1 pointr/podcasting

Hm, guess I could save $40 or so by going with the single channel Behringer as opposed to two channel, that way I save some $$ and take advantage of Q2Us XLR

u/dvdchris · 2 pointsr/podcasting

I personally have the CAD u37 which I find to be quite decent for $35. However, it is a condenser microphone and will pick up a lot of ambient noise if you aren't in a quiet environment.

The Knox is a good choice as you can use it now as USB and later as an XLR if you add a mixer. Since it is dynamic, it will do much better at not picking up unintentional sounds.

u/raveiskingcom · 1 pointr/podcasting

Yeah, I actually have the control room out go to the following headphone "microamp" (not sure if that is considered a mixer):

Since I usually only have 3 headphones plugged in, that means the 4th is free so hypothetically maybe I could have the 4th headphone signal go to your normal headphone jack in the smartphone (or camera, etc). Would that make sense?

u/greeddit · 2 pointsr/podcasting

If you choose to go the mobile route you might want to get one of these.

We used them for a couple of episodes of our podcast until upgrading to these.

If you want to see the difference compare the oldest and newest episode of our [EXPLICIT] podcast here:

EDIT: The second option clearly isn't for mobile use. It works with USB and XLR. The first option just plugs into your 3.5mm headphone port on your phone. Not trying to confuse anyone =)

u/pr_eliment · 3 pointsr/podcasting

Amazon has the Samson q2u that comes with headphones for $49 and then for software you can use Audacity which is free and very popular among podcasters

u/jfrenaye · 1 pointr/podcasting

It all depends on your budget. The Mixer will "futureproof" you for a bit. Thinking about adding music into the mix or playing a clip of something during the interview? A mixer will be the trick.

Go with a USB mixer. You will connect XLR mics to the mixer and then the mixer is USB to your laptop. The one I am coveting in my low budget is the Allen & Heath Zedi10. It will record multi-channel that will make editing a lot easier.

Another option is a portable recorder like the Zoom H4NPro (I have) and the Zoom H6 (I covet) and you can go directly into them, record on a SD card and then do editing on your computer.

As for multiple USB mics--it can be done, but you will hate it. Usually you will have to have the manufacturer change the ID of the device in order to have a computer recognize it. A decent mic is the ATR2100 USB at $80. It is a XLR and USB, so you can put it into the mixer or recorder directly, or if you are doing solo work, USB direct to the computer. There is a admirable knockoff by Knox that I have head good things about.

u/kh4nsolo · 1 pointr/podcasting

As a beginner for a microphone specifically I'd really suggest something like the Blue Yeti ---> (You can find it for sale if you keep an eye on it. Had gotten mine for almost 60% off during Cyber Monday).

Really simple, USB plugs in, automatically gets read Audacity or Adobe Audition, depending on your editing choice, and has some of the best sound quality for its price you can find.

u/peacemonger69 · 2 pointsr/podcasting

You should check out the Audio Technica AT2005USB.
It's about $60 on Amazon. USB and XLR. The guy over at highly recommends it. He and his co-hosts use them on a live, nationally syndicated radio show. The are some other great tips there also. He says to stay away from the blue yeti.

u/colev14 · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

I have this microphone and it works great. It's dynamic so it doesn't pick up as much background noise. It's USB and XLR so if your budget increases down the line you can get an audio interface, but for now you can use the USB. I've seen it get down to $45 before. If you're willing to wait you can set a deal alert on Slickdeals or stealengine

u/apawst8 · 3 pointsr/podcasting

Yes, a Zoom mic would be fine. But there are a ton of articles around about beginner podcast equipment:

If you already have a computer, you can do it way cheaper than $200. Just buy the ATR-2100 (recommended in both articles) and plug it into a USB port. Use free software such as Audacity to record and edit your voice.

u/GrooveTank · 2 pointsr/podcasting

So we use the Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD Audio Interface for our show that has 4 hosts, and I love it (I'm also the guy who edits the show and sets up our recording setup). It provides the power to all 4 mics, but it needs power. Also, we were about to buy a mixer and quickly learned that is not what we wanted. If you are wanting all your mics to have a separate audio track in your program than what you want is a USB audio interface, which is what the UNC404 is. I would highly recommend it.

u/nostradamefrus · 1 pointr/podcasting

TBD. We were honestly hoping to get a few episodes in the can before making any major investments, but that might be unavoidable. Here's what I'm looking at so far:

Mixer option 1

Mixer option 2


Audio out to laptop

XLR cables for phantom power

The mics each come with an XLR to 3.5mm cable which would be swapped out. I'm leaning more toward 4 mics and to have people share mics if we have additional guests. 4 is probably more realistic than 6.

u/xEternalEcho · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Recently switched from a snowball to an AT2100 and I’m very happy with the quality. It’s a dynamic mic and my recording area isn’t the most quiet in the world. It made a big difference from the snowball in my case because of that.

u/1point618 · 1 pointr/podcasting

Get a used h6. Should be around $300 w/ shipping.

Get the H6 adaptor capsule. $70 new.

Get 6 wired lav mics. $25 each * 6 = $150.

Total= $520 + tax


That all said, spending $100 on an omni-directional USB condenser mic is not the worst idea, even though everyone else hates it. Look, if you're only publishing this so a couple of people can listen to it, what's really the return on the $600 investment? Is having perfect audio really going to increase your listenership? Is this for archival purposes, or for public purposes?

u/iProbablyUpvoted · 1 pointr/podcasting

I started looking around a bit more at Automix and found the XR12. Could I pair that with a couple 3-packs of XM1800S along with appropriate cables and perhaps some desktop (conference table) stands?

The XR12 claims to be able to do "Revolutionary Dugan*-style Auto-Mixing automatically manages microphone gain sharing"

u/rpheneryiii · 2 pointsr/podcasting

I got these Neewer suspension arms to use for our podcast. You might need to get different ends to fit your microphone, but they're only around $13, so even if you had to spring for different attachments, it won't kill your budget.

u/StrobeLight3 · 1 pointr/podcasting

Thanks everyone for the feed back. After your suggestions I think I am going to use my Dell Inspiron to connect to the BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UMC404HD audio interface. From there connect 3
BEHRINGER ULTRAVOICE XM1800S by XLR cables. Connect BEHRINGER MICROAMP HA400 to the audio interface by TRS cable and use 1/4" to 3.5mm adaptor to connect headphones we already have. Pick up 3 inexpensive windscreens and stands. Did the pricing on amazon and it came to about $240 total, so not bad breaking it down to $80 a guy.

Amazon Links:

(Audio interface)


(Headphone amplifier)

Finally using Audacity to start. If I missed anything or something is wrong I definitely appreciate the feedback.

u/abowlofcereal · 1 pointr/podcasting

What you want is the Blue Yeti

Sounds great, especially if you put it on a real mic stand and not that little desk thing it comes with.

u/brentcopeland · 1 pointr/podcasting

absolutely love my behringer usb mixer which mixes in computer audio from skype/hangouts/zencastr/cursevoice/discord/anything just fine.
And if you have the same hosts each week, the mixing should stay the same, too. But I've stopped editing for the most part. Doing everything front end with a mixer, and other devices, saves SOOO much timer and effort. Finish the show, and upload. More time to focus on the next show, marketing, or interactions with your listeners.

u/CormacCamus · 2 pointsr/podcasting

I just got this to start my podcast with and so far, I love it. Really affordable, obviously, and the ability to plug headphones directly into the mic to monitor has been really nice.

u/JohnSextro · 7 pointsr/podcasting

The Audio-Technical ATR2100. Can be connected via USB or XLR. I use these on my multi-host rig and I’m very pleased with their quality.

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

u/onemanshownetwork · 3 pointsr/podcasting

If on a budget:

I like the Behringer q802usb for a mixer $65

2 ATR 2100 Mics $80 a piece

If you want to spend more on a mic that won't pick up as much noise:

Sennheiser E835 Dynamic Cardioid Vocal Microphone $100 a piece - but doesn't come with stand or pop filter...

Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Headphones to monitor sound or edit. $70

If you want your partner to have headphones, you will need a headphone amp $25 and chord $7

If you have any questions I have a Facebook Group for beginners: Podcasting Made Simple

u/PapaSteel · 1 pointr/podcasting

The Beringer 1000B - I HOPE this will work with the adapter.

u/IdmonAlpha · 1 pointr/podcasting

The Audio Technica ATR2100 is the most recommended beginner mic you'll find around here. It has a USB connection and an XLR connection, so your buddy can continue to use it if he decides to upgrade to an audio interface later on. (I just ordered one with the intention of using both at the same time for Skype reasons). He'll need something like this to connect the mic's USB cable to his phone.

I just did a quick Google and it does appear people are using their ATR2100s with iPhones and iPads. I suggest your buddy look at YouTube videos about it before committing.

u/scottbrio · 2 pointsr/podcasting

(5) Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 - $100

(1) Behringer Xenyx 1002B - $100

(6) XLR Cables - $35

(1) 1/4" to 3.5mm cable - $10

Total = $245 (before tax)

I'm guessing you've got a computer, so I included a cable to run from the headphone output of the mixer to the 'record-in' on your computer. Audacity/Garage Band/etc will record the podcast fine.

This is quite literally the lowest barrier to entry for a 5 person podcast if you buy new. You could probably find this stuff cheaper used but it may take more time finding everything than it's worth- at the very least you want to make sure your microphones match (sound-wise).

The alternative is 5 guys sitting around an audio recorder or an iPhone, but that doesn't sound good nor does it allow for proper conversation, so I don't really consider that a podcast.

u/nwep14 · 1 pointr/podcasting

Alright the separate tracks argument is certainly an interesting one, I'm not sure I would be able to say definitively if we'd need that kind of support or not, before actually getting into recording.

How would this Behringer box ( compare to the H6 you listed?

u/mraza08 · 1 pointr/podcasting

> Sennheiser MD46 Thanks, Can I find some stand for this like the blue yeti has
I want to start podcasting for the first time.

u/tBowBaggins · 1 pointr/podcasting

I started out with a Blue Yeti and had decent results. But as others have said, it will pick up a lot of room noise.

You could also consider using a gaming headset with a mic: [here] (

I’m in a podcast group and these come highly recommend for if you want to go with XLR mics: [here] (

u/ndork666 · 1 pointr/podcasting

My buddies and I use a Blue Yeti USB Microphone. It does the job and all of us can be heard pretty clearly when we gather around it. Eventually, we'll snag another but for now this is more than sufficient.*Version*=1&*entries*=0

u/Buzzsprout · 1 pointr/podcasting

Check out our page on how to make a podcast. We have reviews on different podcaster setups for every budget. Might want to take a look at the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone.

u/holyplankton · 1 pointr/podcasting

If I was to get these microphones would I need the XLR inputs for the phantom power, or would it be acceptable to simply use 1/4" jacks for recording purposes?