Professional podcast equipment reccomendations

Samsung Q2U

Samson Q2U

The Samson Q2U is the best value for anyone getting started in podcasting. It’s a fantastic, dynamic mic meaning it will cut out more room noise than a condenser mic. At $80, you don’t need to break the bank to get quality audio. It’s USB and XLR so it’s easy to use and very versatile.

Recommended Accessories

Boom Arm/Pop Filter/Shock Mount – A pop-filter is a must have. It’s a super simple contraption that makes a world of difference. The pop-filter on this boom arm has a low profile so it doesn’t impede your vision. Combine that with a shock mount, boom arm, and a phone holder makes this an amazing tool.

Shure MV7Shure MV7

The Shure MV7 is an amazing microphone and the one I use. It’s an upgrade over the Samson Q2U and gets you closer to that lovely warm broadcast sound you get with higher-end microphones without the price tag of one.

Like the Q2U, it’s USB and XLR. So you still get the convenience of a plug-and-play mic with the ability to use it with mixers and interfaces. It’s also designed so that you don’t need a pop-filter or shock mount, though I’d recommend replacing the windscreen. The only thing the MV7 needs out of the box is a boom arm.

Recommended Accessories

InnoGear Microphone Arm Stand – Of course, you’ll need a way to hold that mic and the InnoGear Microphone Arm Stand can do just that. This durable boom arm comes highly-rated and is strong enough to handle the job.

RK345 Windscreen – The standanrd windscreen that comes with the MV7 isn’t great. When I replaced it with the RK345, it all but eliminated plosives.

Shure SM7B - best microphones for podcasting

Shure SM7B

The Shure SM7B has become one of the most recognizable mics in podcasting. Almost any big name you see doing podcasts is using this mic, and for good reason. The design of the SM7B makes it so you don’t need a shock mount or pop-filter. It’s a great mic for indie podcasters.

Note: If you’re going to spend this much money, it would be worth it to visit a local music shop and try out different mics to find the one that works best with your unique voice.

Recommended Accessories

InnoGear Microphone Arm Stand – Of course, you’ll need a way to hold that mic and the InnoGear Microphone Arm Stand can do just that. This durable boom arm comes highly-rated and is strong enough to handle the job.

Cloudlifter CL-1 – You’ll need this in order to give the Shure SM7B the boost it needsNote: If you can avoid this expense by using the MOTU M2 audio interface.

For Shows with One Person in the Room

Focusrite Scarlett SoloFocusrite Scarlett Solo

You can upgrade this setup by using a Focusrite Scarlett Solo. It’s an audio interface that will connect to your computer. It will give you a better signal than just a USB cord.

Note: If using the Shure SM7B, use the MOTU M2.

For Shows with Two People in The Room

Focusrite Scarlett Solo

MOTU M2 2×2 USB-C Audio Interface

If you research the Shure SM7B, you probably noticed that you’ll need something like a Cloudlifter or Fethead to “boost” the mic. The MOTU M2 can take care of that. Instead of buying a Cloudlifter and  an audio interface, just get the MOTU M2 that can do it all.

scarlett focusrite 2i2Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

Another great option to connect 2 microphones to your computer. Focusrite is a leader in the audio industry and the Scarlett is on of the best pieces of hardware you can get.

For Shows with 3+ People in the Room

Focusrite Scarlett 18i8

Focusrite Scarlett 18i8

If you need the extra inputs, the Scarlett 18i8 is a great option. There no need for a big, complicated mixer. Just plug in your XLR microphones and go. Easily record on separate tracks to make editing easier.

Rode RODECaster Pro Podcast Production StudioRode RODECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio

If you’re looking to get more out of your podcast with sound-effects and easily integrating multiple inputs, it doesn’t get much better than the RØDECaster Pro. With 4 XLR inputs, phone input, sound effect options and more, it’s never been easier to get a mobile, all-in-one solution.

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Simplecast is my top recommendation for media hosting. At $15/month or $162/year for unlimited storage and bandwidth. You have to do crazy math trying to figure out what plan to get. Combine that with an easy to use interface and beautiful media player, it’s everything you’ll need.

Note: This is an affiliate link but I’d recommend Simplecast either way.

Captivate logoCaptivate

Captivate is the new kid on the block and really turning some heads. Starting at $19 or $204/year, Captivate offers everything you need and rolls out new features weekly. It has a beautiful interface, easy-to-read analytics, and much more.

Note: This is an affiliate link but I’d recommend Captivate either way.

Please note: These are just my preferred choices but that doesn’t mean they only the only choices. There are a lot of great options these days. If you have chosen one and want to know if it’s a good choice, feel free to send me a message.


Reaper logoReaper

Reaper is my software of choice. It’s extremely affordable with a one-time fee of $60. It’s non-destructive so you can always undo any edits you make. Once you get past the learning curve, it will greatly improve your workflow.

I am working on a course if you want to learn Reaper. Get updates at

Audacity logoAudacity

You need to edit your podcast and there’s no better starting point than Audacity. Completely free, simple to use, and has a lot of resources to help you learn.

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