If you’re just starting out as a podcaster there are a couple of things you’ll want to keep in mind when purchasing audio equipment. One, you don’t need to spend a lot of money right away. Two, audio quality is very important. No one will listen, or more importantly subscribe to podcasts that have terrible audio quality.
If you’re just starting out and have never produced a podcast episode before, I recommend purchasing a $20-$30 headset at your local retail store, Target, Meijer, Walmart, Best Buy etc. These headsets produce decent audio without breaking the bank.
If you’re a more experienced podcaster and have invested a lot of hours and episodes for your show, I would recommend getting a dynamic microphone and an audio mixer. I strongly recommend the Mackie 802-VLZ3 audio mixer ($199). It provided you with 3 XLR microphone inputs as well as 2 inserts and 3 line inputs so that you can connect multiple computers or microphones to the mixer.
The microphone that I recently switched to is the Electro Voice PL24 ($49.99). This is a dynamic microphone that produces great audio quality and helps eliminate a lot of the background noise in your studio. I have this microphone mounted using a Heil Sound HB-1 ($69.99) and Nady SSM-3 Shock Mount ($14.99).
Handheld Digital Recorder
I have found that recording directly into my PC can sometime cause an odd hum. One way to get rid of this hum is to hook an external handheld digital audio recorder to your mixer’s main/aux out. I highly recommend the Tascam DR-05 Linear PCM Recorder. ($99)
There you have it. This is the audio equipment I’m currently using to produce my podcasts. If you have any questions about setups or would like some recommendations, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.