Best podcasting gear

Best Podcast Equipment in 2021 (For Beginners & Pros)


As I have spent over $13k on different podcasting equipment and used it for a long time, I have clear favorite devices that will help anyone looking for the best podcast equipment at any price point.

Investment in the correct audio equipment is extremely important for podcasting.

Your audio setup needs to be correctly selected to ensure:

  • Best possible capabilities to capture great audio and minimize time spent on editing
  • Reach in enough features and solutions to make your audio sound best as possible
  • Fit your recording environment and don’t capture noises
  • Just enough capabilities to ensure great podcasts and don’t be filled with features you won’t ever use. You shouldn’t have to overpay for unnecessary functions
  • Be good enough to last for years so you can focus on your podcast and not on upgrading your equipment
  • Durability and solid construction in case of physical hardware

I will give you clear winners in each category alongside some good alternatives, in case you find particular equipment not available or if you are just looking for more options to choose from.


What is the best microphone for podcasting?

Best Podcast Equipment – Microphones for Home Recording or Small Studios

In general Shure SM7B is the best dynamic microphone for podcasting. It delivers high-quality distinct sound that is recognized worldwide. It is used by professional studios and multiple amateur creators for its iconic sound, high-quality build, isolation, internal suspension, and ease of use.

The quality of your captured audio, clarity of voice, accurate capturing of audio frequencies all depend on your choice of microphone. If you start off with a correct microphone you are greatly improving your chances of recording great audio and reducing the time required for editing.

Choosing a good quality microphone is essential to sound professional and build your brand as a creator of high-quality sounding podcasts. You need to have a mic that is best suited for recording voice and which will best suit your recording environment.

Shure SM7B (check current price)

No 1. recommendation – dynamic microphone, extremely good quality for podcasting

Shure SM7B is the best microphone for podcasting. You will sound amazing when using this gold standard mic. It is also a one-time investment. Its impressive quality means you won’t need to upgrade in order to catch up to industry audio quality standards, as you will be using one of the best available microphones. I love my SM7B mic.

recommended gear - shure mv7

Shure MV7 (check current price)

No 2.recommendation – USB microphone, easy to use, and flexible

Shure MV7 is the best USB mic for podcasting. It can use an XLR connection if you need more flexibility (e.g., mixer connection). It sounds rich and wonderful. The built-in headphone output allows for direct sound monitoring while recording. Multiple controls on the mic body (mute, gain) allow for flexibility and use for collaboration.

This is our full list of recommendations, which is in-depth covered in our full guide on choosing a correct podcasting mic Microphone for Podcasting – Buyers Guide

If you are looking for alternatives:

recommended gear - rode procaster

Rode Procaster (check current price)

Rode Procaster is a solid-sounding, dynamic XLR mic that many podcasters favor. It is easy to handle and makes you sound really nice. I think it’s even better sounding than the well-regarded high-end Heil PR-40. For a large segment of podcasting enthusiasts, I would recommend the Rode Procaster as my favorite mid-tier podcasting mic.

recommended gear - rode podmic

Rode PodMic (check current price)

As XLR mics are in general better than USB mics, so the Rode PodMic will be better than the same price or pricier USB mics. It is a great entry-level XLR mic, producing quality audio optimized for podcast recording. It has an internal pop filter to help with most sound issues and an internal shock mounting to reduce vibrations simplifying your setup.

recommended gear - at 2020usb plus

Audio Technica 2020 USB+ (check current price)

Audio Technica 2020 USB+ is a well-rounded mid-tier USB podcasting mic. It comes with a small tripod for a quick start (not my favorite part of it). It sounds well and provides good quality. Remember to put a pop filter on it and record in a rather quiet place. It also has accessible controls directly on the body and a mic jack for direct audio monitoring.

Samson Q2U (check current price)

Samson Q2U is an excellent option if you are on a budget or you needed a larger setup for 4 or 6 people. Having both XLR and USB connections, it is extremely versatile, allowing you quickly change your setup depending on the type of audio content you are recording. This mic sounds really well and can easily compete with pricier USB mics.


What is the best pop filter for podcasting?

Best Podcast Equipment – pop filters to diffuse intensive sounds

A good filter is one of the simplest add ons to your recording kit which will greatly improve your audio quality by shielding your microphone from plosive consonants (popping effect is caused by voiceless, consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/, or voiced, like /b/, /d/, and /g/) and from sibilance (often caused by the sounds /s/, /z/, and /f/).

The strength of those effects on your audio quality depends on your pronunciation, loudness, proximity to the microphone, and mic sensitivity – removing the in DAW can be really difficult and time-consuming.

Pop-filter, wind-filter or foam-filter – those names are often used interchangeably and eliminate plosive consonants and sibilance from being recorded in the first place. Some mics like mentioned Shure SM7B (check current price) or Rode NT1-A (check current price) will already come equipped with a filter. For podcasting, your requirements are really basic and buy the cheapest filter you can. Use simply the filter which came with your mic. If you don’t have a filter consider some of those very simple and effective recommendations.


Double layer pop filterTriple-layer wind filterFoam filter

Double layer pop filterTriple layer wind filterFoam filter
universal sizeuniversal sizealways buy for a specific mic
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What is the best mic isolation for podcasting?

Best Podcast Equipment – isolation filter block mic from recording noises

If you don’t have a well-soundproofed recording room, and there are a lot of hard surfaces surrounding your microphone a lot of sound waves will get reflected back to your microphone. If the mic captures them you will end up with a lot of reverberations.

An Isolation Filter is a very effective way to reduce reverberations and improve the audio quality of your podcast. It isolates the back and sides (depending on the size of the filter) from recording unwanted, reflected sounds. The bigger shield protects the wider surface of the 360-degree sphere around your mic from which noises are coming. The best isolation filters cover large surfaces when unfolded and can get heavy so a very robust mic stand should be used to hold the entire setup.

Your actual requirement for an isolation filter will depend on how good is the acoustics in your recording room. If it is good and the back of your mic is not facing a hard, flat surface or you can use some thick mattress or heavy drape, there is a chance you might not need to invest in an isolation shield. If you do need one below are some simple recommendations.


Mobile isolationSmall sizeLarge size

Mobile isolationSmall shieldLarge shield
Dimensions when unfolded13.3″ x 13″ x 12.2″
34 cm x 33 cm x 31 cm
12.6″ x 11.8″ x 4.7″
32 cm x 30 cm x 12 cm
23.5″ x 15.4″ x 11.0″
60 cm x 39 x 28 cm
Weight1.99 lbs (0.9 kg)3.5 lbs (1.6 kg)11.4 lbs (5.2 kg)
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What is the best stand for a podcasting mic?

Best Podcast Equipment – best stands help to isolate vibrations

For professional recording, you need to have a stand. By fixing the position of your mic and filters you get more consistent and even-sounding audio quality. Most of the USB microphones (including those recommended by us) already come equipped with a stand. If you are going for a more professional condenser or dynamic microphone those won’t come with a stand.

Overall we recommend Pyle Heavy Duty PMKS56 due to its extremely stable base, the long boom, and weight good enough to hold more heavy isolation shields. Also, the reach of the boom will allow you more options when it comes to positioning the mic. Heavy stands are great since they are less likely to fall down and damage your mic.

If you decide to go with a desktop stand then the best option to choose would be the Rode PSA1 due to its highly adjustable and reliable construction. Desktop stands however usually are not stable enough to hold an isolation shield.

If you are going with a heavier mic, like Shure SM7B (check current price). which weighs 1.23kg, you need something more capable – the perfect desk swivel will be in this case Gator Frameworks 3000 series (check current price).

If you want to learn more about mic stands, learn this detailed guide on podcasting mic stands. Before making a purchasing decision, you can also check this guide to help you decide if you should be recording standing or sitting.


Gator Frameworks GFW-MIC-0821Rode PSA1+Rode PSA1K&M Telescopic Boom 21090K&M 21021

Gator Frameworks GFW-MIC-0821Rode PSA1+Rode PSA1K&M Telescopic BoomK&M 21021
TypeDesk heavy baseDesk swivelDesk swivelTripodOverhead tripod
Height23″
(58 cm)
37″
(94 cm)
33″
(83.8 cm)
35.5” to 63.1”
(90 to 160 cm)
43.3″ to 79.5″
(110 to 202 cm)
Boom length16″
(40.7 cm)
37″
(94 cm)
32.5″
(82.6 cm)
30.25″
(76.8 cm)
41.92″
(106.5 cm)
Weight7 lbs
(3.2 kg)
3.35 lbs
(1.52 kg)
3.84 lbs
(1.74 kg)
7.2 lbs
(3.3 kg)
13.23 lbs
(5.9 kg)
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Do all podcasting mics need a shock mount?

Best Podcast Equipment – capture vibrations and improve sound quality

A shock mount is a form of suspension attached directly to your stand and holding the mic. Its role is to absorb the vibrations and prevent them from feeding into the mic and resulting in recording noises. Those vibrations usually are caused by moving the mic and even by vibrations coming through the floor.

Less sensitive mics can usually be operated without a shock mount. The good news is that good quality condenser mics are sold in bundles including the shock mount. If you don’t already have a shock mount consider one of those simple recommendations. We are not linking to any specific shock mount as their constructions are quite universal and you should buy one which has a size appropriate to the size of your mic.


What is the best inline preamp for podcasting mic?

Best Podcast Equipment – mic activators boost gain of low sensitivity mics

If you are using a microphone with a high sensitivity of around -50 dbV/Pa or higher you most likely won’t need a mic activator. Our recommended condenser mic, Rode NT1-A has a high sensitivity of -31.9 dbV/Pa while our overall top pick, a dynamic Shure SM7B has a very low sensitivity of -59 dbV/Pa. With Shure SM7B a mic activator is a highly recommended addition.

The benefit of mic activators (also known as mic in-line preamps) is that they provide clean gain. You can also boost the loudness of the mic by turning up the preamps in your audio interface but by doing so a lot of preamps get noisy and your podcast captures a lot of static.

Our favorite mic activator is Cloudlifter CL-1. Our second best choice is FetHead, which comes in 2 configurations – one is not passing phantom power so it’s safe for a dynamic mic, while other FetHead Phantom passes phantom power and is appropriate for condenser mics.


Cloudlifter CL-1FetHead PhantomFetHead

Cloudlifter CL1FetHead PhantomFetHead
Best suited fordynamic miccondenser micdynamic mic
Form factorstand-alone devicedirect mic plugindirect mic plugin
dB gain added+25 dB+18 dB+27 dB
Phantom power passingnoyesno
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What are the easiest-to-use home soundproofing materials for podcasting?

Best Podcast Equipment – soundproofing and acoustic treatment materials

To achieve superior audio quality, you can always boost the quality of your recording room. Two key techniques we use for it are soundproofing and acoustical treatment and we describe them in detail in our Silent home podcast studio – detailed and easy soundproofing guide.

  • Soundproofing – is for stopping and limiting external sounds from coming into your room and getting captured by a microphone. The effort here is focused to seal all the walls, windows and doors from sound leakage. Here is a list of recommended products to soundproof your home recording studio.

Green Glue CompoundGreen Glue SealantAdhesive FoamRed Devil WindowDoor TMS Automatic Door Bottom

Green Glue CompoundGreen Glue SealantAdhesive FoamRed Devil WindowTMS Automatic Door Bottom
rolesoundproofingsoundproofingsoundproofingsoundproofingsoundproofing
forbetween layers of wall, floor, or ceilingcracks in drywall componentssealing door and window frameswindow framesdoors
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  • Acoustical treatment – is to control and reduce disturbances and reverberations generate inside of the location you are recording in. Your main goal will be to increase absorption and limit reflection of sound waves Here are some of the great products we recommend to improve the acoustics of your recording room.

Bass traps for corners (wall-ceiling-wall)Bass traps for wall joints (wall-wall)Wall acoustic foam

Bass traps for cornersBass traps for wall jointsWall acoustic foam
roleacoustical treatmentacoustical treatmentacoustical treatment
forcubes to be put in room cornerswall-wall or wall-ceiling jointssquare walls panels
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What is the best audio interface for podcasting?

Best Podcast Equipment – audio interface to transfer analog audio to digital signal

Audio Interface is a physical device allowing you to connect your XLR podcasting mic, capture the sound, and translate the analog signal to digital before recording it to your computer. All condenser and dynamic mics require an audio interface, but USB mics already have a form of an interface built-in.

The audio interface also allows to connect headphones and monitor the recording, it provides phantom power for condenser mics, improves gain levels with built-in preamps, and acts as an external sound card greatly improving your audio quality.

For both beginners and experienced podcasters, we recommend 3rd generation of the Focusrite Scarlett family of devices. In our opinion, the Scarlett 2i2 offers the best value and capabilities. This device has good quality preamps, a professional audio codec, low latency, and offers an efficient headphone amplifier. It also has 2 mic XLR inputs allowing to conduct interviews comfortably. Its solid design and offered audio quality will be a good investment for years.

If you want to learn more about audio interfaces we recommend our article Audio Interface for Podcasting – Buyers Guide.


Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd Gen)Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (3rd Gen)Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (3rd Gen)

Podcast gear - Audio Interface - Focusrite Scarlett SoloPodcast gear - Audio Interface - Focusrite Scarlett 2i2Podcast gear - Audio Interface - Focusrite Scarlett 2i4
ConnectivityUSB Type-CUSB Type-CUSB Type-C
Mics XLR Combo124
Mic Preamps built-inYesYesYes
Ins / Outs2-22-218-8
MIDINoNoYes
OpticalNoNoYes
Max sample rate192kHz/24-bit192kHz/24-bit192kHz/24-bit
Phantom PowerYesYesYes
Direct MonitorYesYesYes
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Good products to consider if Focusrite is not for you:

  • 1 mic budget basic starter – PreSonus AudioBox iOne (check price)
  • 2 mics simple device for beginners – PreSonus Audiobox iTwo (check price)
  • Mid-level good quality interface – Audient iD14 (check price)
  • Pro-quality audio interface – Universal Audio Apollo Twin (check price)
  • High-end expensive interface – Antelope Audio Zen Tour (check price)

What are the best podcasting headphones?

Best Podcast Equipment – monitor headphones are necessary for every recording

Headphones are essential to better understand noise, set up gain levels correctly, and improve your overall skills as a podcast host. Good closed-back headphones will also block sound leakage during recording, remote interviews or playing audio clips during the recording. They are also essential during editing to capture all the imperfections and eliminate them from the final recording.

Our favorite headphones for podcasting are great, dynamic closed-back headphones Sennheiser HD280 Pro. Those circumaural (around the ear) headphones have a great frequency response, high sensitivity and low impedance allowing for a loud and clear sound when you work on your podcast. They are comfortable and very effective at preventing sound leakage and shielding ambient noise.

We wrote more about great headphones for podcasting in our detailed guide: Best Podcast Headphones – Buyers Guide.


Sennheiser HD280 PROSony MDR-7506Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80Focal Listen ProShure SRH-1540

Sennheiser HD280 ProSony MDR-7506Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80Focal Spirit ProfessionalShure SRH-1540
Summary recommendation#1 – an industry standard for working on podcastsLightweight and great for podcasting remotelyThe perfect combination of quality and luxuryHigh-end combines the quality of closed and open back headphonesHigh-end audiophile grade headphones
Gold-plated adapterYesYesYesYesYes
Carrying BagNoYesYesYesYes
Zippered Hard Travel CaseNoNoNoNoYes
Detachable CableNoNoNoYesYes
Additional Pair of Ear PadsNoNoNoNoYes
Impedance64 Ω63 Ω80 Ω32 Ω46 Ω
Frequencies range8Hz – 25kHz10Hz – 20kHz5Hz -35kHz5Hz -22kHz5Hz -25kHz
Sensitivity SPL/mW113 dB106 dB96 dB102 dB99 dB
Ambient noise red32 dBAnot specified18 dBAnot specifiednot specified
Weight10 oz
(285 g)
8.1 oz
(230 g)
9.5 oz
(270 g)
9 oz
(255 g)
10.1 oz
(286 g)
Cable StyleSingle-exit,not detachableSingle-exit,not detachableSingle-exit,not detachableSingle-exit,detachableDual-exit, detachable
Cable Length9.8 ft
(3 m)
9.8 ft
(3 m)
9.8 ft
(3 m)
13.1 ft
(4 m) &4.6 ft
(1.4 m)
6 ft
(1.8 m) – two cables
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What is the best mixer fod podcasting?

Best Podcast Equipment – mixers allow for the convenient recording of multiple sources

If your show is not a solo show you should use a mixer. It allows recording multiple audio inputs into different channels which later you will be able to conveniently edit. As each person will have a separate track you will have no problem to mute tracks of people who are not speaking to avoid all the unwanted noises.

A great mixer will also allow you to have guest audio or video calls and record them seamlessly. You can introduce a mix-minus setup which eliminates the situation when a caller hears their voice back in their headset.

Here are my top recommendations that are great for small and medium-size production. Xenyx 1204USB allows for up to 8 inputs so it really is a very capable device.

recommended gear - mixer behringer

Behringer Xenyx 1204USB (check current price)

Behringer Xenyx X1204USB is my favorite mixer because of its versatility. It is great for beginners and pros. It has 4 XLR mic inputs, 8 individual channels, fast USB, precise faders, and most importantly 2 auxiliary sends. AUX sends allow you to connect a guest caller (phone or laptop) without them hearing their voice back.

recommended gear - mixer rode rodecaster

Rode Rodecaster Pro (check current price)

Rodecaster Pro was designed for podcasts, and it shows. It has Bluetooth for phone calls and 8 soundpads for pre-recorded sounds and live production. It comes with 4 headphone jacks (you don’t need splitters!), 4 XLR mic inputs, faders, a microSD card slot, and a convenient and intuitive touch screen. It is so cool for podcasting!


What are the best recorders for podcasting?

Best Podcast Equipment – recorders for safe, quiet and remote recording

Not every podcaster needs a recorder but they are very powerful and add a lot of flexibility to your setup.

Here are the main reasons you will benefit from recorder:

  • you can conveniently record remote interviews,
  • it operates very quietly so may be a better option than recording to a loud computer,
  • you won’t need an audio interface,
  • you can record your audio outside of a studio.
recommended gear - recorder zoom h6

Zoom H6 (check current price)

Zoom H6 is a top-level recording device. It has phantom power for your pro mics, and comes with 2 top-quality interchangeable onboard mics. It can record 6 individual audio tracks. Best device for on-the-go recording. It also works great in a studio, recording from a mixer, or acting as a USB mic or interface for your laptop. It is super flexible.

recommended gear - recorder zoom podtrak p4

Zoom PodTrak P4 (check current price)

Zoom PodTrak P4 is a great mid-tier, podcast-dedicated recorder. It has 4 mic inputs (recorded to separate tracks), 4 headphone jacks, and 4 sound pads. I like its automatic mix-minus for call-in phone interviews or Zoom/Skype interviews. It can record on an SD card or work as an interface and record directly to your laptop, smartphone.

recommended gear - recorder zoom h4n pro

Zoom H4n Pro (check current price)

Zoom H4n Pro is great for beginners. Great for simple projects for home recording and mobile interviews. It comes with 1 headphone jack for audio monitoring, 2 pro mics, and 2 XLR inputs, for total 4 channels. It captures great sound, is easy to operate, and can work as an interface. One of the best deals for a portable recorder!


What are the best cables to boost podcast audio quality?

Best Podcast Equipment – XLR and USB cables for lossless transmission

Some of the mics (usually low to mid-budget) may come with a cable. But regardless if you already have a cable or not getting higher quality cable, premium cables improve the quality of the captured audio.

If you have a good quality mic and audio interface it makes sense to further improve your audio setup and improve the quality of recorded audio by upgrading your audio cables. We have covered a lot of aspects of upgrading cables in our article Best XLR and USB Cable Choices for Podcasting.

Great cables will have gold-plated connectors, low resistance, will be made out of high-quality materials (like oxygen-free copper), and have good shielding. The best ones will have implemented a star-quad design.

Our favorite cables for a podcasting recording setup are Mogami Gold Studio XLR cables. Choose the shortest cables possible to connect your devices to minimize interferences.


LyxPro QuadMogami SilverCanare L-4E6SMogami Gold Studio

LyxPro Quad XLR cableMogami Silver XLR cableCanare L-4E6S XLR cableMogami Gold Studio XLR cable
ConnectorGoldSilverGoldGold
AWG Resistance24232124
Number of conductors4244
ConductorOFCOFCOFCOFC
ShieldingBraidedServedBraidedServed
Star-quad designYesNoYesYes
Strands per conductor40n/a40n/a
Overall evaluationbudgetmid-rangemid-rangepremium recommended
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The last item on the audio setup upgrades list is the USB cable connecting the audio interface with your computer. Best value and noticeable audio quality improvement will be provided by AudioQuest Cinnamon cable. Audio quality will be improved due to the usage of gold-plated connectors, high quality of material used for conductor and type of used insulation.


AudioQuest PearlAudioQuest CinnamonAudioQuest Carbon

USB cable AudioQuest PearlUSB cable AudioQuest CinnamonUSB cable AudioQuest Carbon
ConnectorGoldGoldGold
Conductorlong-grain copperlong-grain copper with 1.25% silverlong-grain copper with 5% silver
InsulationHard-Cell Foam (HCF) insulationHard-Cell Foam (HCF) insulation; braidedHard-Cell Foam (HCF) insulation; braided
Overall evaluationmid-rangemid-range recommendedpremium
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What is the best podcast hosting provider?

Best Podcast Equipment – media host to store and deliver your episodes

There are over 100 companies offering podcast hosting services worldwide, so the decision and process regarding how to choose podcast hosting are not simple. 

Given many different functionalities, providers offer it might be challenging to compare and make a decision just by looking at their website and comparing pricing and a few purposefully highlighted features.

On top of that, there are free hosting accounts and even providers offering all unlimited offers, that lure beginners and additionally complicate comparison. Because, how can you easily compare a provider that has a free account and few paid options to a podcast hosting that gives everything for free.

Below is my recommendation to save you hours spent on the comparison.

Podcast media host buzzsprout

Buzzsprout (try buzzsprout)

People spend too much time switching podcast hosts to find the perfect one. Buzzsprout is the best solution to host your show. I most like them for their automated transcripts, a Creator’s Program to help with monetization and awesome customer service. They offer 90 days free trial, and on top, they throw in a $20 Amazon gift card!

Podcast Hosting Castos

Castos (try Castos)

Castos is rich in features supporting the growth of your show. Automated transcripts make your show easier to discover. A great WP plugin and integration with Headliner enhance your marketing capabilities. Castos is great for private podcasts and offers professional podcast production services. Check their 14-day free trial.

Podcast media host transistor

Transistor (try Transistor)

Transistor is the modern and flexible approach to podcast hosting. Highly powerful provider: they offer in-depth analytics in each plan and are the best choice if you need private podcasts. They are the most affordable option for hosting multiple podcasts. We love their customer service and approach to podcasting. A 14-day trial is free.


What is the best podcast editing software?

Best Podcast Equipment – DAW to record and edit your show

Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is the music software to record and later edit your podcast. There are a lot of DAWs on the market developed for music producers and creators not all of them are best suited for podcasters.

With all DAWs there will be a learning process where at the beginning each type of software will appear complex. Hindenburg Journalist is probably most friendly for podcasters while Adobe Audition overall has a familiar UI which many people know from other Adobe software.

If you decide to go with paid software make sure you fully test it during the free trial period. We have an in-depth article about those 4 DAWs, so if you want to review their pros and cons just visit Best Podcast Editing Software – detailed recommendations for detailed descriptions and highlighted features.

Podcast DAW Adobe Audition

Adobe Audition (try Adobe Audition)

Adobe Audition is the most powerful and versatile DAW. It shares the traits of the interface you may already know from apps like Photoshop. I love their world-class noise reduction features and best-in-class audio restoration properties. If you already use Adobe Creative Cloud, you have it for free. There is also a 7-day trial available.

Podcast DAW Logic Pro

Logic Pro (try Logic Pro)

Because it is only for macOS users, Logic Pro is the most efficient and optimized audio editing software for this platform on the market. Apple fans will love how smoothly it runs and how intuitive it is. Now, on the Apple Silicon, the optimization is even more apparent as it will carry even the most demanding projects on entry-level Macs.

Podcast DAW Hindenburg

Hindenburg Journalist (try Hindenburg Journalist)

Hindenburg Journalist was designed for radio and podcast productions, and it shows in its user-friendly interface. The Clipboard is another unique feature to manage your clips when crafting your story. Journalist allows you to easily record Skype/FaceTime calls and supports mixing XLR and USB mics. Check out their 30-day free trial.


In Conclusion

  • Microphone – as the most important piece of recording equipment buying a great mic should be your priority. Dynamic mics are generally better if you don’t have a professional studio and still want to achieve this warm, professional radio sound
  • Filter (pop-, wind-, foam-) – key upgrade to have which will protect your recording from plosive consonant and sibilance and save you hours if you would be removing them in the editor
  • Isolation Filter – protects the back of your mic from unavoidable reverberations
  • Stand – have a solid and heavy stand to hold your entire setup (mic and filters)
  • Shock Mount – highly sensitive mic should be put into the shock mount to additionally protect from mechanical vibration
  • Mic activator – lower sensitivity mics require mic activator to have a clean gain and not to overload the preamp
  • Rooms soundproofing and acoustic treatment – fixing acoustics of your room is a big project but effect in the form of lower noise floor and low reverb are worth it
  • Audio Interface – essential equipment for every XLR mic owner. You need to buy an interface with just enough functions for podcasting
  • Headphones – essential to comfortably spend hours recording and editing, shield from ambient noise and prevent sound leakage
  • XLR Cable and USB Cable – last tier of upgrades are premium audio cables to get maximum audio quality out of your audio setup
  • DAW – choose a digital audio workstation rich with professional features and design for podcasting
About the Author

Chris Land

I'm the owner and creator of ImprovePodcast.com, the site dedicated to providing actionable solutions for podcast creators. My goal is helping people to develop their podcasts into effective marketing and sales tools.


Comments 11

  1. What about the Zoom UAC-2? I’ve heard it’s a good audio interface complete with USB 3. Is it suitable for recording in any home studio for podcasting?
    How important is the fast USB 3 connection?

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  3. Thanks for the clarity and good explanation of what is the best gear. I will follow your recommendations regarding microphone, audio interface, and headphones for sure!

  4. Really a solid review! Thanks for your opinions on the best podcasting gear. Those recommendations are really helpful and informative!

  5. It was really informative. I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put this information together. This will help me with putting together my podcasting gear set up! Thanks!

  6. For long time I was looking for such a comprehensive podcasting equipment summary. I will share this and recommend it further. Good job.

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