You’re ready to launch your dream podcast and turn it into a reality, right? First you’ll need some equipment! There are so many options out there when it comes to podcasting equipment and tools, but today I’m sharing my exact recording setup (plus a few additional items) that I’ve fallen in love with, that is still an affordable option for beginners!

There are so many different ways that you can record for podcasts, including working with recorders. The particular tools I’m sharing below (along with the cords I mention) are meant for recording on your computer or laptop.

Select Your Microphone

The budget friendly, beginner option.

The Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Dynamic Microphone is a great, affordable choice. It’s a higher quality microphone than most entry level mics, but still within the beginner price range! This is the exact microphone I use for my own podcast!

The mid-range, podcaster option.

If you’re looking to invest in a mid-range microphone, the Shure MV7X was made for podcasters. 

Shure SM7B Dynamic Vocal Microphone

The investment, professional option.

One of the best podcasting microphones on the market is the Shure SM7B Dynamic Vocal mic!

Select Your Cord

With any of the above microphones, you’ll want to make sure you have the appropriate cord. If you’re planning to record your podcast through your computer, you’ll want to purchase either an XLR to USB or USB-C cable.

If your computer has USB ports, this it the cord type that you’ll want to purchase.

If your computer has USB ports, this it the cord type that you’ll want to purchase.

Select Your Microphone Stand

A microphone stand is an important part of creating great, professional sound.

If you’re looking to up-level your recording experience for yourself and you have a dedicated area that you record your episodes, I highly recommend investing in an arm rather than a desk stand. 

This gives me the room in front of me to move around my computer and script as needed while recording.

Sometimes your desk or recording area doesn’t allow for a desk stand or arm. I personally love my floor stand for recording as it’s easy to move or fold away when I’m not using it.

Select Your Accessories

If you purchase the Shure SM58-LC microphone, you need a foam windscreen.

I’ve stuck to a pretty simple headphone setup that has worked for me—Apple corded headphones.

If you’re looking for a higher quality headphone set to help you ensure that your sound is coming through smoothly, I’ve heard wonderful things about this Audio Technica Headset.

Looking for more guidance on what you need to launch your podcast? Gaffin Creative has created Podcast Launch Kit with you in mind! It can be hard to create a great show from scratch, but this DIY course is here to help.