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Best Tools You Need To Start Podcasting On A Budget
– Business Freedom Podcast Episode 1
Welcome Smart-Es, to the first episode of the Business Freedom Podcast!
This is a show where we, Stella Hui and Cam H. Lynch, help you to achieve business freedom, financial abundance and a lifestyle that is free from the grind. We cover everything from mindset, money-making and personal finance, to business apps, tutorials and social media. If you’re a modern entrepreneur or a keen wantrepreneur looking to leave your 9-5, this podcast is for you.
On this episode of The Business Freedom Podcast, we chat about getting started with your own podcast. More importantly we talk about the best tools you need to start podcasting on a budget.
We all see pictures of the top podcasters and their amazing set ups. But if you’re just starting out, you don’t need such elaborate and costly podcasting rigs to sound great from the get-go. You’ll learn exactly how on today’s episode.
On this episode you’ll learn:
– How to know if you have the right ideas, mindset and preparation for your podcast journey with our EASY 5-PART CHECKLIST.
– The VERY bare minimum equipment you need to start podcasting on a budget – even if that budget is non-existent!
– How different microphones sound (we test 5 different low cost mics live on the show), their features and their benefits.
– Which kind of mic you should choose depending on your podcast.
These points and many, many more will enable you to start your podcast with a great sound and a low start up cost!
Who said podcasting had to be hard or expensive? 😉
As promised, here are the links, people and resources mentioned in the show:
In the episode, we recommend a number of different “bare minimum” items you need to start your own podcast.
Every podcast is different with different needs, so make sure you pick the tools that suit your needs best.
Apple Macbook Air (Best for creative entrepreneurs and content creators. Tons of useful apps and programs.)
Microsoft Surface Pro (Top of the line and costs a bit more, but will last longer and has higher functioning power.)
Audacity (It’s free and all you need to create a sweet sounding podcast!)
Microphones Tested (You’ll find this in the episode starting at 19:00mins)
Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbud Headphones with Mic/Controller – Lower quality but fits a small budget.
Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone for iPhone and Smartphones – The microphone of choice for YouTubers worldwide. Not groundbreaking quality, but a great little mic for the price.
Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone – Versatile, portable and attachable to your laptop. One extra benefit about this mic I forgot to mention in the podcast is that it has a 3.5mm headphone jack built into the microphone itself, so you can quickly and easily do sound checks or just check the levels on the fly. If you’re on a super tight budget, this mic would be my main pick.
IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD 2 high-definition handheld digital microphone for iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC – Great sound quality with adjustable gain and solid construction. Great for solo podcasters looking to step up their game and have a more portable setup.
Rode NT1A Anniversary Vocal Condenser Microphone Package – For the price point and quality, this is one of the best for professional freelancers in voiceovers, voice recording, TTV services and so on. Considerable jump in price, but totally worth it for the studio-quality sounds.
Other Microphones Mentioned
Rode NT-USB USB Condenser Microphone – Have not tried yet, but read nothing but good reviews.
Blue Snowball USB Microphone – Tried this mic shortly after my old Behringer C1-U experiment was a failure. For the price, the Blue Snowball is a solid unit. Great for it’s time but you can probably find more updated budget versions.
Blue Yeti USB Microphone – Great standalone mic and a step-up from the Snowball. A bit of a bulky unit, not great for mobile podcasting.
Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone – Have not tried yet, but a friend of mine used this for years on his (good quality and clear) podcast as his main mic and comes highly recommended.
Other Accessories Mentioned
Mixers Mentioned (For XLR Mics)
Behringer Xenyx 1202FX USB – Not necessary for a beginner podcaster, but great for multiple hosts and sound FX in real time. Note that The Behringer Xenyx has a USB-less brother and they should not be confused! You want the one with USB!
Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools OR Behringer Xenyx Q502USB – These two XLR USB mixers are MUCH more suitable for the early podcaster. Compact and simple. Makes your XLR set up somewhat more portable. Complements any analog XLR mic.
– ICYMI: Click to download our Super Easy 5-Part Checklist for Beginner Podcasters!
– 7 Reasons Why You Should Start Your Own Podcast
– How to remove the Popping Sound/Plosives from your Audio Recording – COMING SOON!
– How to submit your podcast to iTunes – COMING SOON!
– Advanced Podcast Tools Series – COMING SOON!
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Until next time,