You are planning to podcast. You don’t have any microphones or mixers, so you start looking at podcast packs. But are these really a good deal, or a waste of money. We take a look a couple packs and review their contents. I then put together a rig that is for the serious beginner podcaster.
- Behringer Xenyx 802 8-input mixer
- Behringer C1 Microphone
- Behringer FCA202 Firewire converter
- Behringer HPS3000 headphones
Behringer is an OK brand. For 200 dollars, this would be comparable to getting your child that student model trumpet for violin for band class. If you become serious in podcasting, you will want to move from this setup within weeks.
This also requires you to have a Firewire input on your computer. You can easily bypass the FCA202 and connect the Xynyx 802 to the input on your soundcard. However, some laptop and desktop default sound cards can produce a hum in your recordings. A better option would be a USB connection, simply because all computers have USB inputs. Price: $220
- Blue Yeti Microphone
- Nady MPF-6 Windscreen
- Coby Ear Buds
- Coby Headphones
This is a pretty decent USB podcast rig – at least the mic is. The Blue Microphones Yeti is a THX approved microphone. With an adjustable polar pattern, you can use it for one person recording, or get a group around the mic to talk. The Yeti is the best USB microphones out there. However, the rest of these items are not as high-quality. For example, you can get a special Blue windscreen that conforms around the Yeti. The Coby headphones do the job. Not sure why there is two pair, unless one is for the host and the other is for a guest. In that case, there should be some type of headphone amp, right? Price: $150
The How to Record Podcasts Suggested Rig
So I thought I would give you a podcast rig you can really use. It’s not going to be cheap, but it will contain professional podcasting equipment.
- Blue Bluebird Microphone $299
- Blue Microphones The Pop Filter $45
- Alesis MULTIMIX 8USB FX $290
- RODE PSA 1 Studio Microphone Boom Arm $99
- Blue Microphones The Shock mount $59