With tons of microphones, mixers, and software available, the choice for podcasters is huge! So huge that a lot of creators can’t see the forest for the trees. One of the most popular questions about podcasting is: what microphone do you use? That’s why in this blog series ‘The podcast equipment from…’ we want to answer the questions every podcaster has. What equipment do their heroes use?
This first episode we’re kicking of with Chris Horwedel. Host of The Underdog Podcast and CEO of Underdog Podcasts. A podcast company with over 40 shows, from Tech to True Crime and from TV & Film to Sports.
Where do you record your own podcast The Underdog?
– I do the show in a dedicated, soundproofed home office
What microphone do you use for your podcast?
– I’m currently using an Electro-Voice RE20 broadcast mic. I have the Shure SM7B as well, but ultimately went back to the RE20 because I think it gives a richer, more accurate sound.
Which mixer do you have?
– I use a Behringer Xenyx Q802USB mixer. It’s a great combination of function, price, and ease of use. Mixers can be daunting, but the Q802 is basically plug-and-play.
Favorite pair of headphones?
– I use Bose QuietComfort 35 II wireless headphones. I do think there’s value in wired headphones for podcasting, but I like to move around so wireless is best for me.
What editing software do you use?
– Audacity. I tell all the podcasters on my network not to overcomplicate the recording/editing process. Audacity has every tool necessary to create a great podcast with a fairly easy learning curve.
When you want to start a podcast, what is the most important piece of equipment you MUST have?
– So maybe this is a bit of a non-answer, but the most important thing you have to have is the knowledge of how to best use whatever mic/mixer/program you’re using. You can use a lower-end mic like a Blue Snowball and as long as you understand how to use it, you’ll end up with a better mix than you would with an RE20 or an SM7B that you don’t really understand how to use. It doesn’t matter if you can spend $100 on your set-up or $1,000, the most important thing is making sure you’ve done your homework and that you’re using your equipment correctly. Really take the time to understand mic position in relation to your mouth / what every knob on your mixer does / what every filter and effect in your editing program does and it’ll pay off for you in a big, big way.
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About The Underdog Podcast
With their unique and insightful perspective, Chris Horwedel and Anshu Khanna of Underdog Sports talk about the biggest sports stories of the week.