Want to start your own podcast? Here are some resources we recommend (and reasons why). Most of these are affiliate links, so any purchase you make through them gives us a little income to keep new episode of GEEK THIS coming.
- 2000’s Audio ADM101 – This is the first real microphone we purchased. It was a cheap, quick buy and has held up since we bought it in 2013. It’s XLR-only, so you’ll have to use a mixer or XLR-to-USB adapter.
- Audio-Technica ATR2100 – Although we don’t use an ATR2100 for the podcast (yet), it’s highly recommended due to it’s ability to connect to a mixer via XLR or directly into your computer via USB. Versatility!
- Alesis MultiMix 4 USB – Depending on your show’s format, you don’t need a lot of channels on your mixer. The MultiMix 4 has – obviously – four channels and more than compensates for our current needs.
- XLR Microphone Cable – If you’re using an XLR microphone, you’ll definitely need at least one of these to plug into your mixer. Grab more depending on your needs and as a back up, just in case your cat chews one up. (That’s definitely never happened to us…)
- XLR-to-USB Cable – Maybe you have an XLR microphone, but no mixer. An XLR-to-USB cable might get you out of that jam. We do caution you a little, because they aren’t always recognized by your computer.
- 1/8″-to-1/4″ Headphone Adapter – Monitoring will ensure that you’re getting the desired end product, even before you start recording. Getting one of these let’s you use your favorite pair of headphones with your mixer.
- Earamble Studio Pop Filter – Reduce the amount of plosives (“p” and “b” popping sounds) you’ll inevitably have when recording. And they make your mic look cool. There are also microphone-specific pop filters you can also purchase.
- NEEWER Scissor Arm Stand – Having an adjustable mic stand makes storage easier. This is the stand we use. It clamps right onto your desk and you can move it where you need it when you need it.
- IK Multimedia iRig Pre – This connects to your smart device (Android or iOS) through the headphone jack and has a female XLR connection you can plug your mic into. We’ve recorded several episodes of the podcast with this, combined with BossJock Studio (see the “Software” section).
- Audacity – An extremely popular audio-editing software for podcast newbies because it’s free.
- Adobe Audition – Most professionals use Audition for their podcast needs. You can subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud for $60/month or get Audition as an a la carte option for $20/month. This is what we currently use for editing and recording.
- BossJock Studio – When you’re at a convention or need to do some podcasting on the road, you can’t carry all of your gear with you. Our solution is BossJock. You can do the majority of what you need to right in the app. We use it with the IK iRig Pre.
- Blubrry – What’s great about Blubrry is they’re an all-in-one stop for podcasting. They host your audio (or video) files and they even have a website service called PowerPress Sites (see more info below). Starting at $12/month (stats included). Get a free month with our promo code GEEKTHIS.
- 1&1 Internet – This is the company we started with in 2012 and haven’t moved since.
- BlueHost – A popular choice for podcasters. We recommend it because Dave has used them on some of his other projects.
- Blubrry PowerPress Sites – Like we said, Blubrry is an all-in-one stop for starting and maintaining a podcast. Their PowerPress sites are managed WordPress websites, so you never have to update anything and PowerPress is automatically installed, ready to be set up and used with your Blubrry account. Plans start at $12/mo and include professional stats. Get a free month with promo code GEEKTHIS.
- WordPress.org – The top choice for a majority of podcast creators. It’s easy to use, there are a ton of themes to work with. It also works well with Blubrry‘s PowerPress plugin, which we consider an essential item for getting your show published. You’ll need a little bit of knowledge regarding how to set things up, but you can get in touch with us and we’d be glad to help you out.
Plugins allow WordPress to do some cool things without having to learn a bunch of code.
- PowerPress – This is the creme de la creme when it comes to podcasting plugins. It takes the guesswork out of setting up and managing your RSS feed. If you use their hosting service, you can even use their cool player, too! (And it’s free!)
- Pretty Links – Instead of giving your listener a URL longer than their arm, use this plugin to shorten it, using your own domain name. That’s how we can get “geekthispodcast.com/secrets” instead of “geekthispodcast.com/supersecretpagenoonewilleverlookatbecausetheurlislong”.
- Wordfence – You want to protect your site from hackers and other evildoers, right? This plugin scans your site for attack attempts, sets up a firewall, and even lets you see who is trying to access it.
- As Heard On – For the times when you want to show off the other podcasts you’ve been on or have worked with. Super simple and pretty self-explanatory.
- Shortcodes – Use the same format in your show notes? This plugin makes it simple to reuse. Type it once, save it, and the next time you make a new post. You can just select that shortcode from a dropdown list and it’ll pop it in automatically.
We’ll be adding more resources here as we keep the show growing. If you have one you’d like to recommend, hit Dave up on Twitter!