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.

This podcast launched on July 19, 2016. You can find it at I also invite you to join my mailing list.

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 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 Mac.

The end result looks really good and 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 Mac computer screen and be out of the way – without taking up a lot of space on the desk. The Behringer Xenyx 1002FX is smaller than I thought and fits on the corner of my desk in space that wasn’t well utilized.

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 7/29/15: I found a cheaper bundle on Amazon of these products (I wish I had found it earlier as it seems like over $100 in savings):

The bundle includes the first 4 things on this list:
Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone


Heil Sound PL-2T Overhead Broadcast Boom
Heil Sound PRSM-B Shockmount (Black)
Note: a different mic cord is in the bundle.
Additional items you’ll need that are not in the bundle:

Heil Sound Windscreen for PR30 & PR40 Microphones $20.00
BEHRINGER XENYX 1002FX (saw it listed for $70 a couple of days after I purchased it)
Hosa CMP153 Y Cable 1/8 Inch TRS to Dual 1/4 Inch TS Cable – 3 Foot $5.95
Sennheiser HD 202 II Professional Headphones (Black) (priced dropped to $26.99 after I purchased it) $34.95

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

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