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Holiday Gift Ideas for Podcasters. The Best Gear for Podcasting.

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Podcast gear is an essential part of putting together a great podcast. Here are a few of our favorites that happen to be great Holiday Gift Ideas for Podcasters. We want to make sure you are aware of some of the best gear for podcasting. Please click the links below. We are including microphones, mixers, recorders, headphones, and the like that can be found on Amazon for Holiday Gift Ideas for Podcasters. Happy Shopping.

Podcast Microphones

One of the most asked questions is, “What mic should I get for my podcast?” The answer is – “The one that works.” You really don’t need to overthink this. If it records your voice, and sounds pretty good, use it. Here are three options we found that make sense.

Podcast Mixers

But how do you MANAGE that audio and get it into your computer so you can add your music and all that jazz? Well, a mixer of course. If you’re using a USB mic, this may not be necessary, but it’s definitely a level up type situation when you’re looking to upgrade your set up.

  • Rode RODECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio (basically the mac daddy of podcast gear right now)
  • GoXLR Mini – Mixer & USB Audio Interface for Streamers, Gamers & Podcasters (just in case your podcaster is also a gamer)

Related: Four Podcast Essentials Beginners Overlook

Podcast Recorders For on The Go!

Some podcasts need to come out of the bedroom and into the real world. It’s fun recording on the go, but you need to have the gear to back it up. Nothing is worse than getting home and realizing your audio sucks.

  • Sony ICD-PX370 Mono Digital Voice Recorder with Built-in USB Voice Recorder
  • Tascam DR-10L Digital Audio Recorder and Lavalier Mic Bundle (TASCAM is an audio industry standard really)

Podcast Headphones

As long as you can hear the audio you’re recording, don’t get fancy here. Yes, someday, you’ll want your loved one rocking solid gold headphones because they did so well, but today… let’s get them started with something that works.

Podcast Studio Acoustics

Finding holiday gifts for podcasters can be hard, and we could write a whole book on acoustics, but really, your goal here is to get your loved one something useful, and something they can feel good about. Keep it simple here.

Equipment & Room Setup Advice for your Loved One

Set up your studio workspace in a place in which you are comfortable, provided that space provides an acoustic environment suitable for recording audio.  This means a quiet space. By quiet, we mean two primary things: environment and acoustics. 

First, you need to be in an environment that is free from as much outside noise as possible. 

Things such as a low drone from an air conditioning unit can be controlled by a mic processor (Check out the links above for Holiday Gift Ideas for Podcasters. Best gear for podcasting.) or in post-production, so what we’re really talking about here are outside distractions.  Things such as loud televisions or music nearby, noisy neighbors, doorbells, ringing phones, loud appliances such as a washer/dryer can’t always be fixed or edited. Avoid situations where people that aren’t aware or mindful of what you are doing can wander about.  Let the kids know what you are up to and ask them not to play loudly nearby. Put a sign on the front door asking visitors not to ring or knock. Manage this the best that you can.

Second, your environment must be acoustically suitable to record audio. 

Areas that offer little in the way of sound absorption should either be avoided or rectified.  The enemy of recording audio is a reflection. Bathrooms typically have an echo because tile and ceramic surfaces reflect audio.  Kitchens can be problematic. If you have ever walked around an empty room in a home, at work, or in public, you’ve likely noticed an echo.  That’s because, within the 4 walls of the empty room, there’s nothing there to absorb audio. This means the sound is reflecting off of the walls ceiling and floor as loudly as it did before it reached the wall, which means the sound is bouncing around. 

There’s no shortage of professional-grade acoustic treatments available to the public, but you may not even need them. Things such as blankets, curtains, cloth furniture, carpets, pillows, and cushions can all absorb sound.  Try an experiment in your space by adding, subtracting and moving objects around your space and record the results. Dial-in your room and maintain that configuration when you record. Check out the links above for Holiday Gift Ideas for Podcasters. Best gear for podcasting.

Related: Give your loved one the gift of Podcave!

Once you have chosen and tested out your space, it’s time for setting up your equipment. 

Depending on what you have bought, you’ll need to plug your microphone into your preamp or mixer using the appropriate cable.  Then, connect your preamp or mixer to your computer. Adjust gain and volume down before plugging in your headphones, and then bring those levels up such that you hear audio well and your levels are not clipping.  Once levels are dialed in and tested, your next step depends on how you are recording the audio. Are you using Adobe Audition? ProTools? Audacity? Hard Drive-based audio recorder? 

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