April 5, 2021

Podcast Resources - Everything I Use

Due to high demand, I've provided a detailed list of my favorite editing software, microphones, and audio equipment I've tested. 

Here's the truth: Audio hacks, cheap microphone alternatives, they are wonderful (convenient even), but producing quality podcasts requires one ESSENTIAL ingredient: Quality. 

There is a myriad of microphones and interfaces I have not tested. I am certain that alternatives may be added to the list, but I am only adding software I personally use. Please enjoy...

  • FULL DISCLOSURE

    • If you purchase an item using one of my Amazon, Pod Decks, Riverside links, I do earn a small referral fee at no cost to you. I do encourage you to shop around for the cheapest price and hope you do not feel obligated to use my referral link.

PODCAST HOSTING

If you're looking for a reliable podcast network, Libsyn can distribute and update your podcast to Apple, Spotify, Google, Pandora in a way that's seamless and easy. Starting at $7, they are a wonderful company with amazing customer service. I can't recommend Libsyn enough!

RECORDING SOFTWARE 

Riverside.fm (affiliate link) provides you with amazing video and audio recording. I am impressed by their external noise-cancellation software. Even the recording feels like butter to my ears, it's quite pleasant. The recording process is too easy!

"Locally recorded, separate audio and video tracks included. Up to 8 persons per recording. The easiest way to record podcasts and video interviews in studio quality from anywhere. " -Riverside.fm

MAKE INTERVIEWS FUN

 Pod Decks are great for bringing fun and introspection to the conversation! Plus, are you running out of episode ideas? Pod Decks has you covered, too!

Thanks to the folks at PODDECKS, listeners can get 10% off their entire purchase with the code Helen

EDITING SOFTWARE

(...yes, I use all three.)

I like to remove countless hours of tedious editing from my process. So, I rely on this 3-step guide to save my sanity. From my experience, these software(s) allow me to produce quality podcast episodes from my laptop. It's unbelievable what technology can do nowadays: remove filler words, transcribe audio, noise reduction, etc. 

Step 1: RX 8 

Got hiss? Background Noise? Mouth clicks? Save HOURS of tedious editing and invest in RX 8. This software has saved me from numerous headaches and eye-rolls (for realsies). I swear by the company that produces this software, Izotope develops sound engineering technology that fixes dialogue in minutes!

"RX 8 is a complete toolkit for audio cleanup and restoration needs. Instantly polish guitar recordings, rebalance your mix and create stems, remove distracting hum with the redesigned De-hum, and surgically fix dialogue and music performances using the editor or plug-ins." - Izotope.Com

 

If you don't have a budget for RX 8 ($300) - You can purchase RX 8 Elements for $99 (HERE)

"Includes a standalone audio editor with spectral editing, as well as four essential, real-time noise reduction plug-ins to fix clipping, hums, clicks, and unwanted background noise. Repair Assistant analyzes your audio and provides solutions to quickly correct the most common issues." - Izotope.com

Step 2: Descript

"Descript is a collaborative audio/video editor that works like a doc. It includes transcription, a screen recorder, publishing, full multitrack editing, and some mind-bendingly useful AI tools." - Descript.com

Remove "um, like, yeah, hmm" filler words!

Edit your podcast like a word document. If you're considering upgrading to a video podcast in the near future, it lets you caption videos as well! 

NOT only that!! The software also lets you create EASY audiograms. Say goodbye to creating your own audiogram from scratch (what a relief!) 

Step 3: Hindenburg Journalist Pro 

World-class audio editing ends here, my friends.

Hindenburg Pro provides auto-leveling, EQ, compression, and noise reduction. I've used countless audio editing software, but nothing works easier for podcasting than Hindenburg.

No more fancy-schmancy-complicated knobs!

It can export as .wav, .mp3, AAC, etc...AND it's an easy learning curve for beginning podcasters. 

Hindenburg allows you to export to your podcast host with a click of a button! 

AUDIO EQUIPMENT

Headphones

Microphones

  • Shure MV7 (USB/XLR, My Personal Favorite)
    • You can use the MV7 by itself. All you need are quality headphones and a micro-USB cord and you're good to go. Not to mention, the USB function comes with the Shure Motiv-App, allowing you to adjust your voice Manually (presence boost, compression, high-pass filter) with a click of a button. Better yet, you can use the Auto-EQ function for ease of use ( there is a Bright, Dark, or Natural Mode). 
    • Great for traveling podcasters who just need to plug & play
    • Saves you time on post-production! 
  • Shure SM7B
    • An upper-tier podcast microphone.
    • Yes, it is expensive, but you will never need an upgrade. This thing is built like a beast. Keep in mind: this XLR mic does require a Cloudlifter, and Audio Interface to power it!

Audio Interface (if you need XLR function)

  • Focusrite 2i2
    • Want an easy, simple interface? The Scarlett 2i2 is the easiest, user-friendly interface to use! 
  • Zoom H6
    • Great for portable, on-the-go podcasters. No need to plug it into a computer, this software is battery-powered and just needs an SD Card  to record. 
    • Can be used to plug into a computer as an audio interface
  • Rodecaster Pro
    • High-class podcast production studio in one soundboard
      • Eight sound pads 
      • Record phone calls via Bluetooth or TRRS Cable
    • Battery-powered or plug-in to computer 
    • Save time post-processing - EQ, compression, etc. in soundboard 

VIDEO PODCAST 

Video podcasts (I'm working on it) is a great way to enhance your SEO by adding your podcast to YouTube. If you are a beginning podcaster, I recommend taking on what you can. For me, I decided to master audio first before jumping into the YouTube Space. 

Here is the camera I am using to record the podcast: