Often, I am asked what I use to create my podcast. Below is a list of the basics I use. You can get much better equipment, but you actually don't need it. Focus on creating quality content and the rest will take care of itself.
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I use the 2016 model. I have found Macs to be nimble and adaptable. They work quickly and make the creative process enjoyable. The machine turns on in less than 10 seconds. If it is sleep mode, it wakes almost immediately. When I edit the hardware under the hood makes processing a snap. This is the only machine for me.
Also, I use Skype or FaceTime to record my interviews which you can’t do on a PC.
This is the microphone that I currently use. It’s a step up from the ATR (below) and at $129, the quality is so much better with not much more of an investment.
It is also much more versatile. It can record straight away (like a podcast), but you can switch modes so that you can interview someone and the mic will pick up in two different directions.
I’ve used this for over a year. Simple and records well. Comes with a stand.
What else could a podcaster want?
When you are talking into a mic “Ps” can make a popping sounds that your listeners will not enjoy in their ear-balls. This is the pop filter I use with my ATR 2100 mentioned above.
I’ve used these headphones before and enjoyed the deep sound you get while recording. Honestly, you can use your smartphone’s earbuds, but these make you look a little more official and work very well.
Do not play your audio through your computer’s speakers, unless you want to sound like a total amateur and have your mic pick up that background noise!
When I am on-the-go at conferences I pop in my Shure MV88 into my iPhone 7 and hit record. It’s really that easy. And it sounds amazing. This might be the best investment I’ve made under $200 this year.
For mobile podcasting I use the Shure MV88 (above) and my iPhone to record. The best thing is I can carry it all in my pocket. Just a year ago, I lugged my MacBook and ATR 2100 mics (x 2) around to do guest interviews at conferences.
The iPhone obviously allows me to live cast video as well, connect on social media, update my website, and send off emails … all at my fingertips.
Audacity is free and open source. When I was editing my own podcast this is what I used. Now I pay for editing so I can focus solely on content creation.
If you are not interviewing guests, this is all you need to record.
Talk to people over the internet for free. If you are going to do an interview syle show or host guests in any sort of way, this is the easiest way to connect and start the podcast conversation.
eCamm is a simple tool to record your virtual conversations. Either open up Skype or FT on your Mac and hit record. It’s really that easy. From ther you get a recording of the audio or video which you turn into a podcast. You can also use this on a PC.
I use ConvertKit to send email broadcasts to my tribe of listeners. I can tag subscribers, send sequences, send to unopens …
ConvertKit is great. I’ve used them for almost two years and don’t plan on leaving. I prefer it to MailChimp and Aweber. ConvertKit is easier to use and doesn’t double charge for email subscribers!
Since launching the podcast I have hosted it on Libsyn. You upload the podcast mp3 and add the show notes here. The RSS feed you get from Libsyn distributes your show to iTunes, Stitcher, Google, etc.
I use this tool for scheduling all my social media posts. You can connect Twitter and Facebook.
Post Planner allows me to schedule far into the future, but more importantly “recycle” content. This is a podcast-hack because it allows me to write a post once and use it many times in the future. I love evergreen strategy!