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 that I’ve fallen in love with, that is still an affordable option for beginners!

One of the most important tools you’ll need is a reliable microphone. 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!

The second part of your toolkit is a foam windscreen for your microphone to ensure your sound is crisp and clean.  On-Stage Foam Microphone Windscreen is a highly recommended option.

You’ll need a durable cable to connect your mic and laptop. If you decide to go with the microphone mentioned above, the cable recommendation below is the right option for your laptop (you’ll want to select your cable type based on your computer’s usb type).

There are two options to consider, a USB or USB-C!

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 stand. 

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

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.

If you’re just starting out and aren’t sure that podcasting is in your long-term plans, I have some good news for you, along with an unpopular opinion in the industry. Test out your podcasting with a simpler set up of a pair of headphones with a mic in a crowded room to reduce echo! You can even test out which room works best in your space by recording similar audio in each room!

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.