Does it seem as though Amazon Prime Day comes earlier and earlier every year? Maybe they’ve become like Bandcamp Fridays, which (apparently) happen when the wind is right. In any case, on October 10 and 11, you can take advantage of discounts on equipment for your favorite podcaster, whether they’re family, a friend, or yourself.
The early deals available right now aren’t bad; they definitely whet your appetite for the day itself. So, if you’re a fan of grabbing a bargain or two, let’s take a look at how to make the most of Amazon Prime Day for podcasters.
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Do I Need to Have an Amazon Prime Account to Get These Discounts?
Yes. In the US, for example, Amazon Prime costs $14.99 a month, or $139 per year (a savings of over $40, which is nothing to sneeze at). If you don’t have it, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial. Joining Amazon Prime gives you more than just discounts; it includes free shipping and a membership to Amazon’s streaming service.
Is Everything On Amazon a Prime Day Deal?
Not necessarily. Amazon would say that to get the best deals, keep watching the site. Prime members who use Alexa can elect to have her send you alerts when the price of a specific item drops. So, if you’ve had your eye on a particular piece of podcasting equipment, you may want to ask Alexa to shop for you.
Discounts can be temporary, too. If the price is right, don’t hit the snooze button.
To kick things off, Amazon has early deals in every department on the site. I’ve checked through and found a few of the best items in the early discounts for Prime Day for podcasters.
Early Prime Day Deals for Podcasters on Microphones
MAONO is one of the microphone brands we’ve tried over the years. The PD400X is a budget-friendly choice for people who want to try an XLR/USB combo microphone. The MAONO PD200X has similar features, though the discounted model, in white, looks extra-spiffy for video podcasters or streamers.
Early Prime Day Deals on Headphones
In the early Prime Day deals, the one set of cans that stands out for me is the Bose 700 headphones. They’re noise-canceling over-ear Bluetooth headphones, with a mic, so I can use them to make phone calls, dictate messages on my phone, or boss Siri around.
Headphones like these are crucial to my sanity. They’re a great pair of headphones for listening to podcasts. And, if you’re in the market for headphones for recording and editing, check the links in our list to find any discounts on Prime Big Deal Day.
Early Prime Day Deals on Recorders and Mixers
Do we love Zoom? Yes, we do. From the H1 to the Podtrak P4, we’ve tested this brand’s recorders and mixers and found that they make podcasting better for everyone. And, as Prime Day deals for podcasters go, this offer does not disappoint.
The Zoom LiveTrak L-20R Digital Mixer & Multitrack Recorder has a 22-channel SD card recorder, a 22-in and 4-out USB audio interface, and wireless iOS control. If your panel discussion or audio drama podcast has 22 participants, you can simultaneously record them with this beauty. And you can plug it right into your laptop. Not only does this piece of kit help you make multi-layered, exciting podcasts, but you’ll also look like a rock star.
Yes, all right, there’s software that does the same thing, but does that make you look like the podcaster equivalent of Nigel Hufnel from Spinal Tap?
Think of your reputation, darling.
Early Prime Day Deals on Studio Improvement
Often, the easiest way to improve your podcast audio is to record in a space that minimizes reverb. You can have the most complex gear and software imaginable, but if your recording space has reflective walls, it’ll sound like you’re down a stone well. A good way to make a silent home studio is acoustic treatment using foam wall tiles.
Be aware: foam tiles will do about as much to soundproof your recording space as a blanket would. Sound tiles don’t work that way. They provide sound treatment, diminishing how sound waves reverberate in your recording space. This pack of 18 acoustic foam tiles (available in so many colors!) might not block the sound of your neighbor’s leaf blower. But they can make your voice sound more distinct. This might be the Prime Day for podcasters deal that does the most work for the least amount of joules.
Prime Day for Podcasters: Save Money, Get your Kit Together.
If you’ve had your eye on a particular microphone or piece of podcasting equipment and have a Prime membership, it’s worth checking on Prime Big Deal Days on the 10th or 11th of October. You never know what other discounts might quickly pop up next.
This is a great time to buy a gift for that special podcaster in your life, especially considering it gets your delivery time way ahead of the busy holiday season. And, if you spot any other incredible deals for podcasters, be sure to give your fellow indie creators a heads-up in our IndiePod Community!