Previously, we have talked about key components in building your own podcasting setup, and we will be continuing that in this third installment of the series. In the past two articles we discussed what DAW’s would be perfect for you as well as what to look for in one; after that, we saw what stands would be best for your microphones, as well as what microphones will work for you in part 2. In this article, the focus will be on interfaces as well as some simple isolation treatment for your mics. If you haven’t read part 1 and part 2, here are the links to start with:
Before reading this article you should read:
- How to Build a Podcasting Setup: Part 1- DAWs and Stands
- How to Build a Podcasting Setup: Part 2- Microphones
When it comes to podcasting and interfaces, you do not need a fancy setup. The Blue Yeti microphone, mentioned in the previous article, actually bypasses the need for an interface by having a straight USB connection. While it does not give the best sound, it would work well for a podcast. But the importance of an interface is to help you set gain levels as well as providing an isolated output for your headphones if you want to listen to a track or anything live in the recordings.
There are a multitude of interfaces out there to choose from. I limited it down to two specifications. I made a selection of interfaces with 1, 2 and 4 inputs. Most podcasts will have a max of 2 but you might have a guest come on and want to be prepared for that.
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Best Podcasting Interfaces
Price (before shipping)- $99.00
This interface is a portable option for the person wanting to do their podcasts solo. It has all of the options you could need whether you are using a dynamic or condenser microphone with its built in phantom power (+48V) option. For the beginner or show host on the go, you cannot go wrong with the Shure X2U.
Price (before shipping)- $159.99
The Scarlett will be in every list I make of great interfaces because of the simplicity and overall greatness of this interface. It is easy to use and in my opinion, one of the sleekest looking 2 channel interfaces. It has 2 input channels for an easy interviewing or conversational type of podcast. The only downfall might be that it only has one headphone output so both people would not be able to listen without some sort of splitter.
Price (before shipping)- $599.00
The Rodecaster would be a great option for people looking to do a next level production podcast with more than one person at a time. It has built in midi programmable pads for soundeffects to make your show more immersive. It also comes with a bluetooth connection, a USB in, as well as 2 TRS connections for any analog inputs you could want. One other great aspect about this is that you can choose to record straight to a DAW or directly into an SD card which is inserted into the back of the board.
Price (before shipping)- $399.95
This board is another great options for 4 channels of recording. It is also a callback to an analog board which some of you might already have experience with. The board also comes with a DAW made by Presonus as well. Along with this interface comes a stereo channel that takes bluetooth and RCA inputs. On the channel strips themselves, is a 3 band eq to help you shape the sound of the microphones from the start to help streamline the editing process later.
Best Isolation Options for Podcasting
When it comes time to record and you have everything setup, you do not want to have to keep stopping if someone walks through the room or if a car drives by outside. You want to be able to isolate the microphone to be focused on only what it is supposed to pick up. Listed below are 3 options to really help you heighten the quality of your recordings for your podcasts and interviews.
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Price (before shipping)- $52.99
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For isolating your recordings, the best way (without treating your entire room) is to basically just put it in a bubble. With the Alctron PF8 comes a built in pop filter that can be removed if need be. There is only one direction that the mic can pick up from to make sure you only track what you want to.
Price (before shipping)- $64.99
This shield is a great option for anyone wanting a tabletop setup but with the versatility to go onto a stand. With folding sides, you can take this anywhere and block out reflections as well as much room noise with this shield. It also has a built in stand for your microphone to help you get the best placement for you.
Price (before shipping)- $36.00
I have heard of quite a few podcasters who use this isolation material as well as some gaming livestreamers. It is one of the best ways to make an isolation booth that does not take up your entire room while still dampening the sound around you immensely. Since it is small you will have to use a smaller stand such as the On-Stage DS7200B which was mentioned in Part 1 of this series as one of the best tabletop stands.
Remember that like any other industry, podcasting evolves and requires innovative thinkers. With articles such as this, I try to do the tedious work for you so as to best help you get yourself up and running as quick as possible. I hope you find all of the information I have given in this short series helpful to the construction of your rig as well as show. My goal was to help you put together the equipment to best fill your needs so that you can start influencing people’s lives for the better with your podcast, whether it be through drama, advice, storytelling, or just creating a distracting environment for those who need it.