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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

Audio editing
Audacity or Adobe Audition (Mac and PC) or Garage Band (Mac only)

Microphone
Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone or
Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone – Silver Edition

Podcast hosting provider
Libsyn

Optional
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

Recording conversations
Zencastr  or Zoom (preferred over Skype calls)

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

Headphones
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!

And if you like this post, please feel free to share.

Related links

The Podcasting Tip Sheet
The Podcast Scripting Book
The Podcaster’s Checklist
Popular posts about podcasting
My podcasting manifesto: It’s NOT just about technology!

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Writer, speaker, podcaster, communications and social media consultant, workshop leader and part-time university instructor. As a consultant, I emphasize the importance of storytelling and relationship-building, and enjoy helping people understand how today’s technology, combined with tried-and-true tactics, can help them communicate better with employees, customers and prospects.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Donna, this is a great list of “stuff” that you need. How long would you say it ought to take for a computer-savvy person to learn how to edit audio, manage podcast hosting and so forth? Any tips on resources to jump-start this learning, or are the resources provided by the vendors enough in your opinion?

  2. Do you want to answer in weeks or months?
    Just kidding.

    There are some good books out there, such as Podcasting for Dummies. Cliff Ravenscraft offers a course. Dave Jackson at the School for Podcasting offers many free resources.
    I may be offering a podcasting workshop in Toronto early in the new year.

    You are a smart guy. You can do this for sure. That being said, most podcasters hate their first five or 10 episodes!

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