A great podcast setup has many different requirements. You need a microphone, a way to record your microphone, headphones, cables, and other accessories.

We’ve created this page with everything that we recommend for your podcast. You’ll find 3 options in each category. Everything you see is known to be “best in class” and “industry standard” and has a reputation for lasting a long time and providing maximum value for your podcast.

Simply put, you cannot go wrong with any of the equipment in our 2021 Podcasting Buyer’s Guide!

Podcast Buyers Guide

Best Podcasting Dynamic Microphone

Dynamic microphones are known be the best for podcasting and broadcasting. Generally speaking, a dynamic microphone will do a better job of capturing your voice with more warmth and less background noise compared to a condenser microphone.

Below are our three recommendations for dynamic microphones for your podcast.

Shure MV7X

Shure MV7 Dynamic Microphone
  • Legendary Shure Sound
  • Built-In Pop Filter
  • Minimizes Room Pickup

Shure SM7B

Shure SM7B Dynamic Microphone
  • Warm Tone
  • Shielded From Electromagnetic Hum
  • Comfortable Ergonomics

Electro-Voice RE20

Electro-Voice RE20 Dynamic Microphone
  • Broadcast Quality
  • Warmth & Clarity
  • Reduced Proximity Effect
  • Industry Standard

Best Podcasting Condenser Microphone

If you’re in a purpose built studio, a condenser microphone will do a better job of capturing more detail from your voice while podcasting. The downside to using a condenser microphone is that it will also capture more fan noise, background noise, paper shuffling, and other distracting noise compared to a dynamic microphone.

NEAT Worker Bee

NEAT Worker Bee
  • Unique Look
  • High Quality
  • Great Value

Audio Technica AT2035

Audio Technica AT2035
  • Studio Grade
  • Smooth & Detailed
  • Compact Design

Rode NT1

Rode NT1 Condenser Microphone
  • Ultra Low Self Noise
  • Internal Shockmounting
  • Detailed & Accurate

Best Podcast Audio Recorder (Interface & Mixer)

You will need a way to connect your microphone to a recording device.

If you have a single microphone, the Elgato Wave XLR is an incredible device for connecting your microphone to your computer so you can record using software (GarageBand, Audio Recorder, etc.).

The Zoom Podtrack and RodeCaster Pro are purpose-built podcast recording platforms that will allow you to:

  • Multi-Track Record (Record each input to it’s own track so you can re-mix later, if necessary)
  • Mix-Minus (You can bring in a remote caller)
  • Record to SD Card
  • Record using software on your computer (GarageBand, Audio Recorder, etc.)
  • Provide headphone output for each guest
  • Save pre recorded songs/sound effects and trigger them using the pads/buttons

Elgato Wave XLR

Elgato Wave XLR
  • Single Microphone Input
  • Elegant Design
  • Easy To Use
  • 75 dB XLR Preamp!

Zoom PodTrak P8

Zoom PodTrak P8 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder
  • 6 Microphone Inputs
  • 9 Sound Pads
  • 8 Faders
  • Multitrack Recording
  • SD Card or Computer

RodeCaster Pro

Rodecaster Pro Audio Mixer
  • 4 Microphone Inputs
  • 8 Sound Pads
  • 8 Faders
  • Multitrack Recording
  • SD Card or Computer

Best Podcasting USB Microphone

If you only need one microphone and don’t want to worry about connecting your microphone to an interface/mixer/recorder, then a USB microphone is the perfect solution for your podcast. Below are three great options to choose from.

Blue Yeti

Blue Yeti USB Microphone
  • Flexible Pickup Patterns
  • Time Tested Design
  • Great Value

Shure MV7

Shure MV7 USB Microphone
  • Solid Construction
  • USB and XLR
  • Built-In Pop Filter

Elgato Wave 3

Elgato Wave 3
  • Several Mounting Options
  • Simple Interface
  • Advanced Software Mixing

Best Podcasting Mic Boom Arm

A boom arm is helpful for isolating your microphone from desk noise and it makes it easier to get your microphone where it will be most comfortable for recording. Below are three great options for podcast boom arms.

Gator Frameworks 3000

Gator Frameworks 3000 Boom Arm
  • Tube Style Boom Arm
  • Integrated XLR Cable
  • Excellent Clamps
  • Easy To Adjust

Elgato Mic Arm LP

Elgato Mic Arm LP
  • Low Profile
  • Fits Under Monitor
  • Lots of Adjustability
  • All Black Design

Rode PSA1+ Boom Arm

Rode PSA1 Plus Boom Arm
  • Smooth, Silent Rotation
  • 37″ Horizontal Reach
  • 34″ Vertical Reach
  • Top Cable Management

Best Podcast Headphones & Studio Monitors

We use all three of these options on a regular basis. Depending on your preference for closed back or open back headphones, you will want either the DT770 or DT990 pro headphones.

If you like having your headphones LOUD while recording your podcast, we recommend the DT770 pro headphones. The closed back will prevent your microphone from hearing the sound in your headphones.

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro Headphones
  • Extremely Comfortable
  • Light Weight
  • Closed Back
  • Enhanced Low-End

Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro

Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250 Ohm Headphones
  • Extremely Comfortable
  • Light Weight
  • Open Back
  • Articulate & Accurate

Yamaha HS5 Monitor

Yamaha HS5 Studio Monitor
  • 2-Way Reference Speaker
  • TRS & XLR Inputs
  • Professional Grade

Best Studio Lighting

Having great lighting in your podcast studio will help your video look much more professional. These three options have a great reputation will provide you the light that you need for your studio.

Elgato Light String

Elgato Light String
  • 2M Long
  • Up to 2000 Lumens
  • WI-FI Controlled
  • 30 Watts

Elgato Key Light Air

Elgato Key Light Air
  • Up to 1400 Lumens
  • 2900-7000 Color Temp
  • 92% CRI
  • 25 Watts

Elgato Key Light

Elgato Key Light
  • Up to 2800 Lumens
  • 2900-7000 Color Temp
  • 92% CRI
  • 45 Watts

Best Audio Cables

Great cables are critical to making your life easy while recording. It can be very frustrating to troubleshoot buzzing, bad connections, and background noise. These cables are on the “high end” of available cables, but we believe that the extra cost is worth it due to longevity and reliability.

Canare XLR Cable

Canare XLR Cable
  • Braided Copper Shield
  • Very Flexible
  • Star Quad Design
  • Polyethylene Insulation
  • Neutrik Connectors
  • Color Options

Canare TRS Cable

Canare TRS Cable
  • Braided Copper Shield
  • Very Flexible
  • Star Quad Design
  • Polyethylene Insulation
  • Neutrik Connectors
  • Color Options

Hosa 1/8″ To Dual 1/4″

  • Connect Phone/Laptop To Audio Mixer
  • Connect Computer To Studio Monitors
  • Long Lasting

Home Studio Accessories

Here are some additional items to consider for your podcast studio. These are items that we use on a regular basis and we’ve included them for the sake of making this page complete.

Shure 3″ Extension Tube

Shure 3in Extension Tube
  • Improves Mic Mounting
  • Used With Boom Arm

Mackie HM-4 Amp

Mackie HM4 Headphone Splitter
  • Headphone Amp
  • Headphone Splitter
  • Affordable
  • Easy To Use

Gator Monitor Stand

Gator Frameworks Monitor Stand
  • For Studio Monitors
  • Rugged Design
  • Lots of Adjustability
Elgato Camlink 4k
  • Capture HDMI Video
  • Great For Streaming

Colored Gaff Tape

Fluorescent Gaff Tape
  • Use for labeling
  • Mark locations

3″ Black Gaff Tape

3 Inch Gaff Tape
  • Safely Tape Cable
  • Cover Logos
  • Make Things Black

Cloudlifter CL-1

Cloudlifter CL-1 Inline Preamp
  • Works with dynamic mic
  • Provides 25dB of gain
  • Requires phantom power

Radial PRO D2

Radial ProD2 Stereo DI Box
  • Stereo DI Box
  • Rugged Design

Radial PRO AV2

  • Lots of inputs
  • Rugged Design