This is part 5 in the series, Recording Professional Face to Face Podcast Interviews.

Read the rest of the series here:  One | Two | Three | Four | Five

We’ve talked about the different bits and pieces you need to get your podcast off the ground. Now here’s a handy shopping list for you!

For some of the items, I’ve taken the liberty of providing a comparison, trying to balance quality and price – please note, prices will obviously vary over time.

Budget Interview Setup

First off, we have the budget list – as well as affordable prices, you can plug these straight in and start recording immediately. The Zoom H1 acts as your digital recorder, and with your lavalier-style microphone you can conduct interviews effortlessly. A professional set-up that won’t break the bank.

Product Price Quantity Total Purchase Link
Zoom H1 £89.99 1 £89.99 Buy it now
Headphone Splitter £2.99 1 £2.99 Buy it Now
ATR-3350 Microphone £16.95 2 £33.90 Buy it now.

Total: £126.88

USB Mic Interview Setup

Maybe you prefer an indoor setting for your interviews? No problem – here’s a list of essentials to hook you up to your computer. When you’re recording via your desktop, the Zoom H2N is a great USB mic which plugs straight in via the USB port, and the Behringer headphones allow you to monitor your recording. The H2N also works really well with the two 3350s – a brilliant mobile set-up for when you’re out and about.

Product Price Quantity Total Purchase Link
Zoom H2n £114.00 1  £114.00 Buy it now
Zoom H2n accesory pack £25.00 1  £25.00 Buy it now
ATR-3350 Microphone £16.95 2  £33.90 Buy it now
Headphone Splitter £2.99 1 £2.99 Buy it Now
Behringer Headphones  £17.00  1  £17.00 Buy it now

Total: £192.89

High Quality Mid-Range Set-up

Now we’re looking at a high quality set-up that should still be affordable for most people who are really looking to get serious about their podcasting standards. When used right, this equipment will see you achieve great results.

Product Price Quantity Total Purchase Link
Zoom H5 £209.00 1 £209.00 Buy it now
ATR2100 Microphone* (USA)
Samson Q2U* (UK Equivalent)
£60.00 2 £120.00 Buy ATR2100

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Buy Samson Q2U

XLR Cable £9.00 2 £18.00 Buy it Now
Behringer Headphone Amplifier £25.00 1 £25.00 Buy it now
Microphone Clamp £1.80 1 £1.80 Buy it now
Mic Boom Arm £60.00 2 £120.00 Buy it Now
Behringer Headphones  £17.00  2  £34.00 Buy it now

Total: £527.80

That’s an outstanding list of tech that will give you superb results… but if money is no obstacle, you might consider the Golden Shopping List

Gold Standard Set-up

Simply put, this equipment is of the highest standard. It’s not cheap, but when you listen back to the results of your recording sessions, you’ll understand why. The H6 is the Zoom’s latest model with more inputs than before – perfect for recording large groups – and has increased onboard editing capabilities. The Shure SM58 is the classic microphone used in conference rooms and stadia around the world.

Product Price Quantity Total Purchase Link
Zoom H6 £293.74 1 £293.74 Buy it now
Shure SM58 £88.99 2 £187.98 Buy it now
XLR Cable £9.00 2 £18.00 Buy it Now
Behringer Headphone Amplifier £25.00 1 £25.00 Buy it now
Behringer Headphones  £17.00  2  £34.00 Buy it now
Microphone Clamp £1.80 1 £1.80 Buy it now
Mic Boom Arm £60.00 2 £120.00 Buy it Now

Total: £623.49

So, there you have it. What do you think? Has this inspired you to splash out on some new kit? Could we have included something else that we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments box below.

This was part 5, the final article in the series –  Recording Professional Face to Face Podcast Interviews One | Two | Three | Four | Five