Microphones & Accessories
A good mic can make LOADS of difference to your podcast quality…
So we want to point you to some of the better ones you can use, in a variety of price categories. Be sure you look them over carefully and ensure they fit your recording setup. Some are USB plug-in models, others are XLR plug-in models.
Don’t let the fact that these are in the budget category throw you off. These are AMAZING microphones for the price!
Samson Q2U (affiliate link)
This mic is a USB plug, so you can connect it directly to your computer with no problem.
It’s also a “dynamic” mic – which means it will reject a decent amount of noise in the room that isn’t your voice.
Audio Technica 2100 (affiliate link)
This is another USB plug-in style, dynamic mic. It’s very commonly used by podcasters and has great sound.
Rode Podcaster (affliate link)
This is the microphone our founder, Carey Green uses when he records his podcasts.
It’s a dynamic, USB plug-in microphone that has an INCREDIBLE sound!
The Rode Procaster (affiliate link)
This is the XLR plug-in version of the Podcaster above, so if you’re looking for a mic that can be used with a mixer, digital recorder, or something like that – this is a great choice!
Heil PR-40 (affiliate link)
This is the premier microphone for podcasting, with incredible sound, smooth tones, and powerful presence.
If you want the best, the Heil PR-40 is a great choice. It’s an XLR-style plug-in dynamic microphone.
Sure SM7B (affiliate link)
This mic is another of the “gold standard” mics for broadcasting. Many professional recording studios and radio studios use this mic. This is an XLR style, condenser microphone.
Many podcast guests don’t have a good external microphone of their own. So some of our clients have taken to one of two approaches to that problem…
1) Send them a microphone with a postage-paid return envelope!
We’ve seen clients do this successfully witht both the ATR 2100 listed above AND the Samson Q2U.
If you take this approach, be sure to send instructions for how to plug-in and use the microphone as well (for both Windows and iOS).
2) Send them a microphone as a gift!
Of course, you could gift any of the mics above, depending on your budget. But we’ve seen clients successfully do this AND improve their audio quality using the following microphone.
Ffine USB Lapel Microphone (affiliate link)
This tiny little USB microphone has sound quality that’s pretty good for what it is. It’s much better than earbuds and far superior to the build-in microphone on most laptops.
Desktop boom arm microphone stand (affliate link)
This type of stand enables you to get your microphone right where you need it, but keeps the stand out of the way so you don’t bump it or block the view of your computer, script, or other device. Most podcasters wish they’d gotten this earlier.
Attaches directly to your desktop with the included clamp!
NOTHING will get you better quality audio, in a variety of locations, than a good quality digital recorder or audio platform.
There are lots of great options out there these days, many of them designed specifically for podcasters!
These are our recommendations!
The Zoom Podtrack P4 (coming soon)
This recorder was made with the podcaster in mind. It can handle up to four microphone inputs PLUS a phone or computer line. It can provide 4 “cart” sound effects or tunes, and it is only slightly larger than a checkbook or wallet (you remember those, don’t you?). Watch for this one. It’s coming out soon!
The Zoom H6 Package (affiliate link)
As they name implies, this digital recorder will enable you to record up to SIX separate microphones or inputs. It’s a powerful little machine that produces great audio recordings.
The Rode RodeCaster (affiliate link)
This device is a combination mixing board, digital recorder, and recording studio all in one. It does some amazing stuff and can handle up to 4 microphones and a few more additional inputes (like phones, Skype, etc.)
Interview Audio Recording
Skype and Zoom don’t cut it.
Why? Because the audio quality you get is only slightly better than a phone call.
Go ahead, pay close attention to your next phone call and see if you’d be interested in listening to THAT for an hour-long interview?
The technology has come a long way and there are some great options out there that are not all that expensive.
The guys over at Squadcast have experience in the EXACT things that make it possible for them to create a platform that records pristine audio over a distance.
What experience is that? Zach, one of the co-founders was on the team that helped develop Google Chrome, so he knows a thing or two about integrating audio recording into web technology.
That’s why he and his co-founder Rock decided to build Squadcast (affiliate link).
These guys know their stuff — and have built an AMAZING recording platform that’s easy to use and has the podcaster in mind.
And video recording is soon to come!
Try it out here (affliate link)
RIVERSIDE (for Hi-Def Video recordings)
What Squadcast does for audio, Riverside (affiliate link) does for audio AND video. So if you’re a podcaster who is eager to record both side of the conversation on high quality video, this is the platform for you!
We’ve spent some time on the platform and can tell you, it’s easy to use, simple to understand, and is powerfully effective in capturing high quality audio and video.
Check out Riverside here (affliate link).
Podcast Guest Services
Guests, guests, guests. Do you need more qualified guests for your show?
Why doesn’t somebody come up with a way for qualified guests to make themselves available to podcasters in a database of some kind?
Or better yet, why doesn’t somebody create a way podcast hosts can go find qualified guests for free?
That somebody is the guy in the picture. His name is Andrew Alleman. He’s a PFT client who has felt the pain of guest acquisition himself. So he built a solution.
Andrew created Podcast Guests (affiliate), a website dedicated to bringing together podcasters and guest experts.
And the coolest thing about his service is that it’s mostly free for the basics. Sign up for his newsletter and get notifications each week of guests looking for shows to be on and shows looking for guests to be on them.
And if you sign up for one of the premium services you’ll get a lot more – including the opportunity to put yourself in the data base to be a guest on other shows. (see our founder’s profile here).
And use the code fast10 to get 10% off an annual subscription
Media Hosting Services
- A good media host is the HEART of your podcast distribution system.
When you have a media host that stinks… well, it stinks!
Why is a good MEDIA HOST so important? Because they provide you…
- Stats that are accurate and clear
- Integations with social and publishing platforms
- Embedable players to feature your episodes anywhere
- A good one keeps up with industry changes
LIBSYN (Liberated Syndication)
We always recommend Libsyn. It’s the industry leader and has proven to be a reliable platform where your content simply works as it should.
You can check out their podcasting plans here: https://www.libsyn.com/plans-pricing/ – and if you use our affiliate code “PFT” you can possibly get your first 1 1/2 months for free.
We also recommend the folks and platform over at Captivate.
It’s a truly beautiful platform that’s designed with you and your show’s growth in mind. They call themselves the world’s first “growth-oriented” podcast host.
And for good reason.
Captivate offers a free 14-day trial for you to go over and kick the tires. Why not tool over there and try it out now?
Listen to our recording of an interview with one of Captivate’s co-founders, Mark Asquith!
Audio Education Services
The best podcasting equipment won’t benefit you at all if you don’t develop the skills…
And we happen to know a guy…
His name is Chris Curran. He’s produced records (you remember those, right?) in New York City for big-name recording artists and has now turned the focus of his attention and skill to podcasting.
That’s a blessing to us. 🙂 You can hear Chris as the featured guest on this episode of Podcastification.
Chris runs The Podcast Engineering School (affiliate link) on a periodic basis to train anyone – from newbie to advanced – how to engineer like the pros. In fact, when you finish his course you will BE a pro audio engineer.
Click through the link to find out more – and enroll in the PES if you are at all interested in upping the game on your podcast production. You could even walk away from the course with everything you need to start a podcast production company of your own!
Web Development Services
WEB DESIGN is a huge thing…
We always recommend that podcasters create a website that can serve as the internet home of their podcast. It doesn’t have to be a site separate from a business or personal website, though it isn’t wrong to do that either.
The main thing is that you want a place you can point your listeners where EVERYTHING you offer and do is available. Don’t send them to Apple Podcasts and your Facebook page and your LinkedIn profile and… you get the point?
Send them to ONE place – your website.
CNY WEB DESIGNS
We’ve been working with Larry from CNY Web Designs for some time – both for our website maintenance and for helping a handful of clients build out their sites from scratch.
His prices are reasonable and he’s a great guy to work with. And he knows his WordPress. Click the image or link above to connect with Larry about YOUR website needs. And tell him we sent you. 🙂
We host our site with Wiser Sites (affiliate) and within the first few weeks our site load speed more than doubled and some of our trickiest display issues were a thing of the past.
Jason and the team at Wiser Sites are incredible. We can’t say enough about them.
Check them out here – and tell them Carey from Podcast Fast Track sent you.
One of my online friends, Harvey Ramer started his company – FLAREMARK – to help people in need of web and mobile apps get custom solutions to meet their needs.