In this episode, we're talking microphones.
I cover the best microphones for podcasting, and how to choose the right one for you. For the full info, listen to the episode below.
Or, you can always read our popular article on the subject:
Listen to This is Episode:
Series 2: A Guide to Podcasting Equipment
If you've been listening long, you'll know that Series 1 was my Beginner's Guide to Podcasting. 10 episodes took you from the very first steps right up to releasing your first couple of episodes to the public. If you're still looking to launch your first Podcast, you can go back and revisit it at any time through the link above.
This time around, for series 2, we're looking at your next steps in terms of equipment. In this series we'll be going through all of the kit you can use for podcasting, from one end of the audio chain to the other – microphone to editor. For each type I'll be covering Entry level and pro level, and talk about the lifecycle, ie. what you should start with and how/when you can upgrade.
Equipment is where a lot of us totally geek out, spending far too much money on shiny new bits, and I've been more than guilty of this in the past. I'm hoping that this series can help you choose and sensible starting point, and guide you through the upgrade process over the coming years.
I genuinely think that you should only upgrade your kit in line with your presenting and production skills. In the beginning you don't need a £300 microphone, you need to practice talking to your audience.
Then you need to practice your editing and audio production. Then you need to practice your storytelling and writing. THEN, you're ready for really good quality kit.
Don't Upgrade Everything at Once
In a similar vein, don't do it all at once. The most basic reason for that is that you'll spoil the fun of buying new shiny bits by blowing it all at once! The more practical reason is that you really want to make sure you're using every bit of kit you own in the best way possible.
For example, start with the microphone. Learn how to speak into it properly, cutting sibilants and plosives, and maintaining a good distance. Then, learn it's other quirks, such as background sensitivity and recording pattern.
Once you know you're using the mic in the best way possible, THEN you can buy yourself the next bit of kit. If you do it the other way around then you'll end up confusing bad results with one piece of kit with bad use of another. You need to know the first element is working perfectly before you can hone your skills with the next.
This Episode We're Talking Microphones
In the first episode of the series we're talking about the first element in the chain, your microphone. I've already written (and keep updating) my definitive post on the subject – Podcasting Microphones – so I wont add to it here. Check out that article for my latest thoughts, and it's a close representation of this podcast as I record it.
Tell Me, What Do You Think?
I'd love to hear your thoughts – answer one of these in the comments:
- What microphone do you use and why?
- How many mics have you been through?
- Why did you last decide to upgrade your mic?
Thanks for listening and see you on the next episode!