Over the years, from my work as founding partner of award winning podcast production agency Relationary Marketing, and various other gigs since graduating from Belmont University in 2013, I’ve been able to learn, grow and flex my skills in creative new media, specifically in podcasting. I’m sharing my top suggestions below for mobile podcasters who want a premium, high quality sound.
Having conducted over 7,000 lifetime podcast interviews and worked with over 100 clients since 2014, I’m constantly expanding my knowledge within the industry and searching for best practices, especially for podcasting on the road as well as in a studio. Below is a lineup of my suggested equipment.
Note: You’ll need to have a computer (preferably a Mac) that has a USB-C for the cable. Also, all of my gear recommendation are on my resources page, but I’ve curated my top picks below for my preferred setup.
MixPre6, from Sound Devices – This is a fabulous audio recorder that plugs into your computer. The internal preamps are among the best. In fact, this is often used on movie sets because of the quality audio dialogue it captures.
Shure’s SM7B Microphone – I have so much love for this legendary microphone. It’s the Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone, and with the proper preamp (like the above MixPre6) you’re going to sound buttery smooth.
Desk Mic stand – On the road and need something to fit easily in your luggage? This is an option!
Premium XLR Cable – Mogami is the #1 cable I use, it’s designed to block out pesky electrical interference that you sometimes get with a cheap XLR cable. They’re durable, gold tipped for best conduction, and I just love them.
Sennheiser Headphones – I’ve tried several brands and models, but I love these comfortable, over the ear headphones. Also, the gold adapter can take it from 3.5mm to 1/8″ (which plugs into most consumer electronics, like computers etc.)
SD Card – SanDisk is one of the world’s best. Might as well buy 2 or 3, these don’t cost much
Pro tip, if you’re podcasting from a hotel room, or some other place on the road where you have limited control over your environment, consider using the pillows from the bed and/or blankets to create a sound friendly spot. Here’s a recent ‘on the road’ podcast recording I supported.
See something not on the list? Contact me with a suggestion, or let me know if you have any questions. Photos by Bennett Win for Relationary Marketing.