Podcasting studio setup

I read back through the thread, and the info all still looks pretty current. Audio recording hardware has not changed much over the last few years.

The main difference between now and 2012 is that more manufacturers have rolled out decent prosumer quality USB mics for podcasting, which might be worth looking into if you only ever want to record one person at a time.

Podunk wrote:

I read back through the thread, and the info all still looks pretty current. Audio recording hardware has not changed much over the last few years.

The main difference between now and 2012 is that more manufacturers have rolled out decent prosumer quality USB mics for podcasting, which might be worth looking into if you only ever want to record one person at a time.

I've co-hosted a podcast for about four years now, and we picked up a Yeti USB microphone for when we record at conferences, and it's outstanding. I use it on PC, but I understand that it works quite well with Macs. Its omni setting works fairly well for multiple people, and it'll work really well with Skype.

Thanks very much for the suggestions! A coworker just recommended the yeti as well.

Here are the only things I can help you with based on some recent research into doing voice recordings:

The Blue Yeti microphone is the best bang for the buck mic for podcasting.
For software, you want Audacity. I haven't tried any of the professional solutions, but people who have have told me they have very little to recommend them over Audacity.
Get a pop filter. Cheap is fine. Or use an old nylon.
For good sound, perhaps more important than anything is your room. You'll have to deal with outside noise. Try to put the computers far away or use quiet laptops. Build a portable vocal booth (lots of varied kinds of instructions online if you search) and hang a shower curtain behind you if you want to get really obsessive (your voice will reflect off bare walls and make it sound like you're in a concert hall).

Thanks. Those are great suggestions too. The note about the room will be especially good because I could see her defaulting to a room with hardwood floors that might echo a bit.