As someone who has been involved in podcasting for almost a decade and who podcasts as a full-time job now, I often get asked for recommendations for podcasting equipment for beginners. I wish I had a good quick answer for that, but I don’t. That’s because there is a lot to consider first.1 But before we get into the equipment, first dispose of any ideas that podcasting is like what you see on TV shows like God Friended Me. Just no.
What kind of podcast?
Is this going to be informal for a few friends? Are you going for a wide audience? Are you planning on commercializing it? Are you podcasting for your business or organization?
Where will you record it?
At your desk? In the car? On the go? Coffee shops? At a podium or lectern? In a lot of different places?
Who will you record it with?
Are you making a solo podcast? Are you doing a podcast with a co-host? A group of people? The same people or a changing panel?
How will you record it with them?
If you’re recording with other people, will they be joining you in your office? Via Skype or other remote service? In a car? Outside? On the road?
How much is your budget?
You can spend almost nothing up to thousands of dollars, although a decent setup that can last you through several advances in expertise can be had for a couple hundred dollars.
How long do you think you’ll be doing this?
Are you not sure if you want to make a commitment? Are you looking to experiment? Or do you plan on doing this years with a regularly scheduled show?