Podcasting For Beginners
Everything you need to kick-start your Podcast / Audio Streaming & Recording journey!
Essentials : Microphone, Headphones, Audio Interface / Mixer
Apart from the above equipment, you would also need to have the following basic things - A Computer, Internet connectivity and a simple Recording & Mixing Software.
Vault Ai22 2x2 USB Audio Interface
The Vault Ai22 USB Recording Interface offers you a fully bus-powered USB device that comes with high-quality pristine pre-amps in 24-bit audio quality. It features 2 XLR/TRS combo connector inputs on the front panel with +48V phantom power support for condenser microphones. 2 Hi-Z instrument inputs for guitars/instrument, 1 high-quality headphone output, with 2 individual volume controls, for Master and Headphones. 2 balanced TRS line outputs connect to your speakers from the rear panel.
Vault UCM-FX USB Condenser Podcast Microphone Kit with built in headphone out Volume /Gain control and Mute button
Vault UCM-FX USB Condenser Podcast Microphone Kit with inbuilt headphone out, mute, echo and volume controls - High Performance Studio Condenser USB Microphone With Tripod Stand for YouTube, Videos, Singing, Recording, Gaming, Podcasting, Speech, Conference Calls. It delivers studio quality sound for various applications like Podcasts, Voiceovers, VoIP/Conferences, Vocals, Recording, Gaming, etc. The inbuilt headphone-out has great convenience so you can directly monitor your voice quality in real time, without any latency, and you can adjust your volume level directly on the microphone’s (Headphone) volume control knob.
The most important piece of equipment for podcasting is a microphone. It has an impact on the sound quality and can help you save time in post-production.
Difference between USB and XLR Mics
USB microphones are specifically made to operate with computers directly. They are Plug & Play mics. It's the simplest approach to get started, and it'll suffice for the majority of solo podcasts.
High-end microphones are usually XLR Mics, which need to use an audio interface or mixer. This gives you much more control over your recording and sound. Some microphones come with both USB and XLR inputs, which makes them very versatile.
A good pair of Headphones lets you listen to the sound as it is being recorded so you can monitor it and make sure everything sounds good.
Audio Interfaces & Mixers
Microphone/ Instrument signals need to be converted into a format that your computer and software can understand. This is the core job of an Audio Interface / Mixer.
Audio from your PC is also sent through the interface to your headphones and studio monitors. A good Interface will dictate the quality of your overall podcast / recording.