Recommended: Blue Yeti ($119.00) – The Blue Yeti is a great USB microphone that I highly recommend. I am currently using this microphone for all my podcast recordings and I have found the sound to be very clear.
This microphone has multiple settings for solo podcasting, interviews or joint podcasting, conference room recording or even stereo recording.
ATR 2100 ($59.95) – This was the first USB microphone I bought and I highly recommend it. Tim Ferris (author of the 4 hour work week) uses this microphone for his podcast and it sounds great.
A good low budget microphone delivering a high quality sound. When I ordered mine it also came with a little microphone stand that went on my desk. I had to hunch over to reach the microphone so buying a large stand would probably be a good idea.
Pop Filter ($6.61) – No matter what microphone you get (USB or phone) I recommend you get a pop filter. They are super cheap (less than $7) and remove the harsh P tones from your recording. Well worth the investment and I wish I invested in a pop filter earlier.
Recommended: Rode Smartlav ($79.00) – Choosing the best portable microphone for your phone was difficult. While I rate the iRig Mic for quality of sound I had to go with the recommendation of the Rode Smartlav.
Gives good quality sound for such a small microphone and has the added bonus of being great for video (which I do a lot of). Clip it to yourself and get great sounding video without a lot of effort. A microphone extension chord is much needed.
iRig Mic ($59.99) – A close 2nd to the Rode Smartlav the iRig Mic is going to be one of the best quality microphones that will plug directly into your phone.
Good quality sound and easy to use.
If you weren’t doing any video and really didn’t want to podcast using a USB mic for whatever reason then this is going to be your best option.
A good set of headphones makes creating a great sounding podcast much easier. Check out my list of the best headphones for podcasting.
Recommended: Audio-Technica ATH-M70x – Audio-Technica undoubtedly make some of the best sounding headphones on the market and the ATH-M70x are the cream of the crop for podcasting headphones.
It is a thinner, drier sounding headphone with a flat balance that will likely get you as closer to hearing your own voice exactly as it sounds than almost anything else out there.
There are also extremely comfortable to wear for long periods of time with large cups that go over your ears rather than press on them.
Podcast Editing Software
Recommended: Screenflow ($99 or Free Trial Version) – Recommending Screenflow as the #1 podcast editor seems strange on the surface. I have used Audacity and Garageband and find Screenflow leagues ahead in terms of simplicity and ease of use.
It is fun to use, really simple, quick and visually appealing. What it lacks in sound editing options can easily be fixed by exporting the audio file into Audacity to clean up and put back into Screenflow.
For anyone who isn’t an audio engineer genius…Screenflow is the way to go.
Audacity (Free) – While Audacity packs a monster punch in terms of how powerful it is…I have found it slow and cumbersom to use compared to Screenflow.
While I recommend Audacity for it’s sound adjustment capabilities (I use Audacity to adjust sound after editing my podcast in Screenflow) I do NOT recommend it as your sole podcast editor. Unless you like poking around software that looks and acts like it was built in 1990. #sorryaudacity
iPhone Podcast Recording Apps
Voice Recorder HD ($2.49) – I stumbled upon this app and I am glad that I did. It is a simple recording tool which takes little to no time to learn how to use.
It smartly cancels out a lot of external noise which I absolutely love and it integrates with dropbox so when you are out and about podcasting you can upload your files to access on your computer at a later date.
I highly recommend this app if you are going to be podcasting on your iPhone
Recommended: SoundCloud – SoundCloud has only recently entered the podcast space offering their podcast hosting in their podcast beta program.
Their podcast hosting is in it’s early phases and is difficult to use. It is nearly impossible to find the direct file links (to put in your own RSS feed).
But SoundCloud has one thing that no other podcast host has…access to a large audience. If you want to get the most listeners to your podcast then choosing not to be on SoundCloud is like choosing not to put your videos on YouTube.
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