Updated November 8, 2018
Podcasting takes time, energy and lots of planning, but picking out the gear and software can be surprisingly quick and easy. To start podcasting, you need only a computer with an Internet connection and sound card, a microphone, audio editing software, a hosting account and a way to generate an RSS feed (a self-hosted WordPress blog is the easiest way to do this).
You can also podcast from a tablet or smartphone, but I’ll save that info for another post.
Each podcaster has his or her own preferences. This is my personal list of recommendations. (Note: some are affiliate links.)
Essential for podcasting
Podcast hosting provider
Portable digital recorder
Zoom H4N Handy Portable Digital Recorder (You can use the Audio-Technica ATR2100 microphone with this recorder. You will need to get an XLR cable.)
Plugin for publishing a podcast on WordPress (affiliate link)
Simple Podcast Press
Pop filter (any filter you can easily attach to your microphone or mic stand or anchor in front of it)
For example: Nady MPF-6 6-Inch Clamp On Microphone Pop Filter
In a pinch you can use earbuds, but it’s better to get a decent set of headphones. Try them on to make sure they’re comfortable. I own the Sennheiser HD215 Headphone.
If you get serious about podcasting, you will eventually get a mixer, a backup recorder, extra microphones and cables, etc.
If you are a podcaster, please feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments!
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