Podcast Tools for Online Interviews

Resource and Recommendation

Podcast Tools

You don’t have to break the bank to get great vocal recordings for your online podcast interviews. I reached out to fellow podcast hosts to assemble this list of hardware recommendations. Here we will cover microphones (both USB and XLR), headphones, accessories, and a quick video to optimize your Zoom recordings. 

Zoom

Zoom.us is increasingly becoming the go-to recording platform for remote podcast interviews. This brief video will show you how to optimize your Zoom settings for podcast recording.

Learn how to

  1. Record the interview to your computer.
  2. Record the raw audio track without compression.
 
There are several advantages to recording a copy of the podcast yourself. Not only will you have a backup copy if the host’s recording is compromised, but you will also have the original audio. These audio files will come in handy when you are ready to repurpose the podcast content.

USB Podcast Microphones

Plug & Play

Each of these microphones plug directly into your computer. They offer fantastic sound for podcast interviews at a great price. Little or no set-up is required.

AKG Lyra

$149

  • Looks cool on your desk
  • Ultra-HD Quality Audio
  • Zero latency monitoring
  • Sound check
  • Shop

Blue Yeti

$129

  • 12 colors to choose from
  • 16,000 5 star reviews on Amazon
  • Cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional & stereo
  • Sound check
  • Shop

Rode NT-USB

$199 

  • Looks cool on your desk
  • Tripod desk stand, ring mount, storage pouch and 6m (20’) USB cable
  • Cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional & stereo
  • Direct mix control between mic input and source output
  • Sound check
  • Shop

ModMic USB

$79

XLR Podcast Microphones

These microphones will give you a substantial lift in audio quality from the USB microphones. Please note that you will also need to purchase a mic cable, a mic stand, and a pre-amp that will convert your audio to digital. (See accessories listed below.)

AKG Pro Audio C214

$349

  • Large diaphragm condenser
  • Integrated suspension
  • 20dB attenuator and bass-cut filter
  • Sound check
  • Shop

Shure SM7B 

$399

  • The best podcast microphone that money can buy
  • Flat, wide-range frequency response for exceptionally clean and natural reproduction of speech
  • Bass rolloff and mid-range emphasis (presence boost) 
  • Sound check
  • Shop

Shure Beta58a

$159

  • Brightened midrange and bass roll off
  • Extremely durable and versatile
  • Frequency response tailored for vocals
  • Sound check
  • Shop

Headphones​

These are a couple of my favorite headphones for podcasting. Any good pair of over-ear, wired headphones will work just fine. Note, you may want to pick up a cord extension and 1/8″ to 1/4″ adapter depending on your tools and desk set up. 

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Closed-back Studio

$99

Sony MDR7506

$89

  • Rugged construction
  • 1/4 inch adapter included
  • Review
  • Shop

Sony MDRZX110

$15

  • Dude, they’re $15 bucks
  • 15,000 5 star ratings on Amazon
  • Sounds great for podcasting
  • Review
  • Shop

Accessories

Shopping list of podcast essentials.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

For XLR microphones

$199

  • Easy to use
  • Satisfying nobs
  • Record up to 24-bit/ 192kHz.
  • 2,000 5 star reviews on Amazon
  • Review
  • Shop

Allen & Heath ZEDi10

For XLR microphones. Overkill for online podcast interviews but it’s pretty fun if you have the space.

$279

  • USB outputs
  • Multipurpose mixer 
  • 4 mic/line inputs
  • Review
  • Shop

XLR mic cables

Desktop boom micstand

$39

Rode Pro Studio Boom Arm

$99

Headphone Extension Cable

$5

1/4 inch male to 1/8 inch female 

$9