Professional Home Studio Podcast Set-up

I’m excited to announce that I’m launching a podcast called “On the Schmooze.” I interview talented people about their thoughts on leadership, career challenges, work/life balance and building a professional network. I’m highlighting people who have been successful so we may incorporate some of their philosophies into our lives and our work. Some of these stories will also be featured in a book I’m working on about effective and inclusive networking. UPDATE: I published this book! “Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences” includes stories from my podcast guests.

This podcast launched on July 19, 2016. You can find it at www.OntheSchmooze.com.

As I was setting up my home studio, I struggled to find a comprehensive equipment list for a professional sounding podcast. So, because I believe in the philosophy of abundance I’m sharing what I decided to purchase after many hours/days of research.

Inspiration for this podcast set-up came from Pat Flynn’s How to Start a Podcast Podcasting Tutorial. I highly recommend watching his videos and listening to his podcast, Smart Passive Income. I also benefited from listening to the Showrunner podcast (a podcast for podcasters). Join their mailing list and they’ll send you The 4 Essential Elements of a Remarkable Podcast and information about their podcasting course which I signed up for and found very helpful.

Ok, so back to equipment… I first considered purchasing the Blue Snowball Microphone. It plugs right into a USB on my computer and the total cost of set-up would have been under $100.

After listening to various video comparisons, I decided to go with the Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone. I knew the sound would be much more professional, although the set-up would be more expensive and technical. I couldn’t find a simple list of items to purchase so it took some time to get all the pieces. I have watched many Youtube videos to figure out how it all connects to each other and to my iMac.

The end result looks and sounds really professional and I get compliments by my guests and from other podcast hosts all of the time. Since my studio is in my living room, it’s nice that I don’t have to worry about soundproofing the room to get a great quality sound. I also like how the boom mic stand can swing back behind my large iMac computer screen and be out of the way – without taking up a lot of space on the desk. Without further delay, below are all the links to guide you towards the same or similar purchases to set up your own professional sounding home podcasting studio. Full disclosure: The links below are affiliate links. You don’t pay anything extra, but I get a small percentage of your purchase from Amazon for pointing you towards their site. Prices are included as a reference point and were what I paid on 7/23/15. Update: I switched to a new Behringer in June 2017 when I realized my old set-up wouldn’t work with my new iMac (no audio in port). Good news for you – the new piece of equipment is a lot cheaper and less technical. 

Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone

$327.00


Heil Sound PL-2T Overhead Broadcast Boom
$120.00
Heil Sound PRSM-B Shockmount (Black)
$105.00
$11.95
Heil Sound Windscreen for PR30 & PR40 Microphones 

There are other options, but you definitely need a windscreen or pop filter.

$20.00
BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UM2 The Heil microphone is not a USB mic so you’ll need a way to connect it to your computer.

Behringer U-Phoria UM2

$29.99
 Sennheiser HD 202 II Professional Headphones (Black)

You don’t need to get these specific headphones, but you do want something better than your iPhone headphones. Over ear headphones pick up background noise that you otherwise might miss.

$34.95

While I didn’t have to worry about soundproofing my living room, I did want to have a cleaner and less visually cluttered background. So in September 2017 I ordered a simple room divider and plan to use this when recording podcast interviews and virtual summit interviews.

One final note – remember to always check your audio connections – I’ve made the mistake of not doing this when I switched from using Skype to using Zoom. Several of my interviews “looked good” but the sound quality was poor because I was recording using my iMac’s internal microphone. Learn this lesson from me and always double check.

What tips do you have for new podcasters? Post them as a comment below.

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