I wanted to put together a podcast studio for recording crystal clear in-person interviews. Something portable, easy to set up, and that best filters out background noise. I looked around to find what other top broadcasters were using and this is what I end up buying.
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Traditional podcast studios feature a microphone, a boom arm and a shock mount to hold the microphone. A pop filter to banish the hissing and lisping sounds when pronouncing. And headphones to monitor recording.
Instead of getting all that, I got two of these headsets. An all-in-one solution for recording and monitoring high-quality podcast interviews.
You'll need an audio interface to use 3-pin XRL professional microphones like the one in the headset above. I chose this one because it's small, it has two XLR inputs, and it works with a laptop "or iPad".
I did consider using a Zoom H4N portable audio recorder to cut having to use a laptop when recording. But the Zoom adds static noise to the audio recording and it is noticeable even after basic editing for noise reduction.
The audio interface above only has one headphone input. So you'll need this splitter adapter to plug two headphones.
A free audio editing software available for Mac and PC. Many professional podcasters use this software because is free and easy to use. It took me less than an hour to figure out how to use it.