Essential equipment to start your own podcast studio

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In 2019, 62 million Americans listened to podcasts weekly, a number that continues to grow. You too can capture some of these ears. But no matter how good your jokes are, audiences won’t subscribe if your audio is full of static or your voice sounds like you’re broadcasting from the depths of a cavernous warehouse. You don’t need to build a pro-grade studio to get smooth sound, just grasp these basics.

Blue Yeti USB Microphone Claire Benoist

Microphone

A button on the back of Blue’s Yeti Micro-USB adjusts the sensitivity of the device’s internal sensors to let you choose one of four recording patterns. Cardioid focuses on a single person, while bi-directional, stereo, and omni-directional adapt to people anywhere nearby. There are also many other choices when it comes to the best podcast microphone, so check them all out.

Neewer 6 Inch Studio Pop Filter
Neewer 6 inch studio pop filter Claire Benoist

Pop filter

The consonant looks like uh and uh can create bursts of air called plosives that really ring out in listeners’ ears. ­Neewer’s 6 inch studio pop filter—two layers of fabric inside plastic hoops—sits between your mouth and the mic, dispersing air while saving your sound.

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The Sony MDR-7506s headphones
Sony MDR-7506s headphones Claire Benoist

Listeners

Unlike most consumer headphones, which add bass to playback, Sony MDR-7506 accurately transmit everything you record. A removable quarter-inch adapter allows them to connect to both laptops and professional mixers, so you won’t need to buy a new set if you’re upgrading.

Monoprice Microphone Isolation Shield
Monoprice Microphone Isolation Shield Claire Benoist

soundproofing

Echoes can ruin a recording. the Monoprice Microphone Isolation Shield sits on your desk and surrounds your mic with textured foam that absorbs sound before it becomes unwanted reverb. When it’s time to pack it all up, the padding folds down to about 5.5 inches thick.

This story originally published in the Noise issue of Popular Science.

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