Thinking about launching or upgrading your mortgage podcast? The three things that you will need at an absolute minimum are microphones, headphones and recording software. Though all of those items are or can be attached to your phone we’ve put together our top podcasting set up recommendations for mortgage pros that are in the beginning stages, intermediate stages and expert stages of their podcasting careers.
You can check out our full article on how to start a mortgage podcast in 2020 here.
If You Are Just Getting Your Mortgage Podcast Started
If you are just getting started with your mortgage podcast and are worried it’s going to be really expensive to get going, the good news is you really don’t have to spend any money at all. You have everything you need to get your first episode recorded, right in your pocket. Simply use your smartphone.
Smartphones have great recording capabilities and even better because it’s always on your person, you can actually record a podcast any time inspiration strikes. You can pull it out, click record and go.
If your new mortgage podcast includes plans to include a guest host, or interview guests, you will need to consider purchasing a microphone. There are tons of great desktop USB microphones on the market that you can plug right into your laptop to record. What you will do is place the microphone on a table between you and your guest. Podcasting microphones these days are good enough that they will be able to pick up audio from both of you and it will actually sound pretty good when you replay it.
Beginner Podcasting Equipment
The Yeti is the perfect introductory microphone for podcasters. First off, it is considered by many to be the standard podcasting microphone. Secondly, it’s very versatile. It has four different sound settings, making it perfect for a solo podcaster, or putting in between a podcasting duo. It also has a headphone jack for monitoring and works with a large variety of computer operating systems.
Mortgage Podcast Recording Software
If you’ve decided you don’t want to record your podcasts strictly on your cell phone, or you’d like the opportunity to go into your audio and edit it before you publish your podcast, the two most basic (and least expensive) options are Audacity and GarageBand.
Audacity is the best software to use if you are just starting. You can get it for free and it will provide you with all of the basic tools that you will need to put your podcast together. What you’ll do is record your podcast on to the software and make the edits inside the software itself before exporting the finished product. It is also great because it works on both Windows and Mac operating systems.
If you have a Mac, you probably already have GarageBand preloaded onto it. If not, you can purchase it for around $15. It is on the same level as audacity but users say it is a little easier to use if you are just looking for the basics.
Intermediate – Create A Dedicated Podcast Studio Space
As you start to create more and more episodes for your mortgage podcast, if you are getting comfortable having guests on your show and running it as more of an interview format show, recording with your cell phone or putting a microphone in between you and your guest is probably going to seem like it no longer fits the bill. When you’ve reached this point, it may be time to consider setting up a dedicated space in your office for podcasting.
Setting up a dedicated space for your podcast affords you a few advantages. First of all, you can put your studio in a quiet area of your office, allowing it to be more conducive for interviewing guests on your episodes. Secondly, you can set up additional equipment that you’ll need, such as multiple microphones, and extra headphone jacks.
As an added bonus, the peace and quiet of your podcasting space will also provide you with a great place to focus on the editing work that needs to be done before you put your podcast online. Having a dedicated space without the interruptions of client calls, escrow issues or anything else that comes up in the course of day to day business will allow you to efficiently edit your podcast, create any necessary cover art/social media graphics and remain focused all the way through your episode launch process.
Our Favorite Add-Ons For An Intermediate Dedicated Podcast Studio
When you have multiple people sitting around a table in your studio, you’ll need to have multiple microphones. A mixer will be your best way to mix the mics into a single recording. A mixer simplifies the process. Just plug in multiple Yetti microphones, for instance, turn up their volume, and you’re ready!
The Behringer Xenyx 802 is the current bestselling mixer on Amazon because of its functions and affordable price. It’s a fully analog mixer that can adjust all sound levels using the analog dials. It has a 3- band equalizer which is ideal for music and has a fader FX for each channel to connect external devices. It provides you with all of the basics that you need in a mixer.
Hipcast has a similar interface to Audacity, with two major differences: it is cloud-based, rather than a software download, and it has the means to publish directly to your podcast hosting site of choice, helping you streamline the podcast launch process and becoming more efficient.
Advanced – Creating A Professional Podcast Studio
As your mortgage podcast grows, there is a time you will reach where you simply cannot do everything by yourself. Your business will be picking up because of the extra exposure you are getting online. You’ll be busy hunting for new guests and planning upcoming episodes. And finally, the equipment you are adding to your podcast studio may one day become a little more complicated to run than you want to tackle yourself.
This is a problem all podcasters face at one time or another. As you bring people in to help you record and manage your podcasts, you’ll also want to consider upgrading a few of your studio tools to professional industry-standard tools.
Our Favorite Add-Ons For a Professional Podcast Studio
The Rode Podcaster is small and powerful. This USB microphone boasts a tight cardioid pattern to eliminate external noise and broadcast sound quality and has a lot of bells and whistles like direct headphone output with sound control on the body and an internal capsule for shock mounting. It’s said to be the best you can get for under $200, and is also much smaller than the Yeti, which is a plus, especially if you ever decide to leave your dedicated space and do a podcast remotely.
You can easily attach multiple microphones around a table in your studio, giving you ample room to have multiple guests on your podcast at the same time.
One thing to remember is the more mics you have and the more people you have talking, the more overworked your headphones are going to become. When this happens, it makes it impossible for you to accurately ensure the sound quality of what you are recording is up to the professional standard you require. This is where a headphone amplifier comes in.
This headphone amplifier is very pricey, but it creates a beautiful sound from the line level up and distributes it to more than one source. With this, headphone quality almost doesn’t matter! It does, however, occasionally require some external gear to operate, so make sure you research whether it is compatible with your computer before purchasing.
If you are going to hire a professional technician to run your soundboard, you need professional equipment. The Mackie PROFX12 mixer is perfect for advanced podcasters and experienced audio mixers. It offers more precision and options to customize audio levels exactly how you want them. It is mainly used for musical mixing but has anything you could ever need to use for an audio podcast with a full range of adjustments for tone, gain, pan, and everything else.
Remember- Just Becuase There Is Tons Of Podcasting Equipment, You Don’t Have To Buy It All
It’s important for us to reiterate that while there is a whole lot of variety when it comes to podcasting equipment, you should start at a level you feel comfortable. Over time you can swap out parts of your podcasting package, make upgrades and add more equipment. At the end of the day, sound is subjective. If your podcasting package is generating the sound that you want, there is really no reason to be concerned about upgrading equipment. Now get out there and start recording podcasts!