My Personal Microphone | Shure SM7b
Want to use the same microphone as the highest paid podcaster Joe Rogan? It’s easy, just drop a simple $399 for the Shure SM7B dynamic microphone like I did. Seriously no regrets on this purchase. This microphone was expensive, but totally worth it. It is extremely high quality, well made, sounds amazing, and looks sexy as hell. Just remember this microphone needs to be run with a preamp, which I learned the hard way.
Host #1 microphone | Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
The AT2035 Cardioid Conderser was the first microphone that I upgraded to after switching from USB to XLR connectors. XLR microphones require a mixing station or an audio interface, but the sound is much clearer than the USB mics. I love this microphone. It is a vertical facing microphone which means you talk into the face of the mic instead of the side like the Shure. It’s small and lightweight as well. Audio-Technica is a Japanese company and a lot of people claim that their mics make the voice sound a bit too bright, but I don’t see it. I think it makes the voice sound wonderful.
The mixer I use | SoundCraft Notepad 12FX
The reason I went with the SoundCraft Notepad 12FX is because it was the most affordable analog mix available capable of recording up to four XLR microphones at once. The recordings come in through a MONO signal, which is great for podcasting, and can record in STEREO as well, which is great for Audible book narrations. At $149, this mixer is a steal especially for the high quality standards you get when purchasing any Soundcraft products. I am very pleased with how well this equipment is working for me and highly recommend it.
Our starting microphones | Microphone Yeti Pro
I remember getting yelled at by my wife when I upgraded from the Yeti Snowballs to the Yeti Pros, but it was totally worth it in the long run. These powerhouse microphones feature four different settings, or polar patterns, which work extremely well no matter what you are recording. USB microphones hook right into the USB ports in most computers and require no additional driver downloads or anything. They just seem to work, and very well. If you are just starting out, I could not recommend the Yeti Pro enough, you won’t be disappointed!
My Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) | Logic Pro X
You’ll notice that I use Logic Pro X in my training videos which I really love. Logic Pro is simply the upgraded version of Garage Band, which is free and works just as well. However, if you want some of the advanced features that you can’t get with Garage Band you can upgrade to Logic Pro X for a mere $200.