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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 don’t have a computer with a c-port, you can also grab a USB Port here.

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

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!