Podcast gear for beginners
For beginners, we recommend that you pick up a USB microphone, a pop filter, headphones. You'll also need a computer (Windows or Mac).
Starter podcast kit – $75
Microphone - $60
Samson Q2U – dynamic USB microphone. Amazon | Walmart
Pop filter – $10-$15
Neewer – windscreen for your microphone. Amazon | Walmart
Podcast gear for professionals
More advanced users may want to buy an XLR microphone, audio interface, mixer, and a microphone stand.
Professional podcast kit – $1,100
Microphone - $400
Shure SM7B – XLR cardioid dynamic microphone. Amazon | B&H
Mic activator – $150
Cloudlifter – boost the output of your microphone. Amazon | B&H
Audio interface – $160
PreSonus Studio – plug your mic into your PC. Amazon | B&H
Microphone boom arm – $100
Blue Compass – mount your mic to your desk. Amazon | B&H
How to publish your podcast audio
Once you've created your audio, it's time to upload it to a hosting provider and generate your podcast feed. Every podcast needs:
A webserver to host MP3 files,
A way to create new episodes, and add show notes,
A way to publish new episodes, and update the podcast's RSS feed,
And a way to generate a valid RSS feed.
This is where a podcast hosting company comes in.