How to Record a Studio Podcast
A studio podcast is different from a home recording. You can record with a low-end recording studio, but a higher-end studio will give you better audio. Investing in professional gear is a good idea, but you don’t have to break the bank. You can start small and upgrade as you progress. Alternatively, you can buy inexpensive soundproofing equipment.
While most podcasters will require a good microphone, you don’t necessarily need an expensive one. If you’re starting out as a hobby, an affordable microphone shield might be enough. Or you can try out a product like the Kaotica Eyeball, a funny microphone. This is an affordable way to test the sound quality of your podcast, and it’s very portable.
Studio Americana has a podcast studio equipped with industry-standard audio equipment. Its audio gear is powered by Rode Procaster Microphones. The studio is capable of recording up to four people at once. And if you need to incorporate videos or group discussions, it can record up to four cameras using Blackmagic Equipment. The equipment is extremely easy to use and requires little to no set-up. A two-hour minimum rental fee applies.
An audio interface connects your computer to your recording equipment. A good audio interface will feature XLR inputs, so you can use XLR microphones. A USB audio interface is another good option. Another option is a podcast-specific audio interface, like the Zoom PodTrak P4 (a dual USB audio interface). The Zoom PodTrak P4 allows you to record up to four local participants and one remote guest. Mixers are a useful accessory, as they send multiple audio inputs and allow you to manipulate the audio.