My Podcasting Equipment

I love to podcast! There’s something that has always excited me about recording an internet show that anyone in the world can subscribe to. I started playing with podcasting back in 2007. The first official podcast I co-hosted was WordPress Weekly back in January of 2008. After a few shows I was hooked, so I helped organize the SitePoint Podcast in 2008 and co-hosted the show for 3 years. In 2012, I started co-hosting a new podcast dedicated to WordPress called WP Late Night. All of these roads have lead to my current podcast, which is the DradCast podcast.

I’ve been asked about my podcasting setup for years, but never took the time to document it. So here it is, my official podcasting hardware setup:


I love this mic. I have actually owned this mic since around 2006 and it still works as good as it did when I first used it. The mic is actually easy to travel with as well and since it’s USB it works on every computer.

When you are ready to get serious about your mic setup you need to purchase a boom arm. This arm easily locks onto the side of my desk and allows me to swivel the mic in and out of range as needed.

If you decide to upgrade to a boom arm you will need a shockmount. The shockmount is used to attach your mic to your boom arm and also absorbs any movement if the mic is adjusted so your audio isn’t affected.

Another great tool for crystal clear audio is a pop filter. I don’t use this as often as I should, but the idea is the pop filter eliminates “popping” sounds you might hear in some audio broadcasts.

I use this pretty standard Logitech webcam for video. The video is HD quality and also has a built-in mic, which I obviously don’t use. Overall it’s a solid camera in a slim size which is great for travel.

At the end of the day you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to podcast. A simple mic is really all you need. If you are looking to get a bit more serious, I highly recommend the hardware above. Its worked well for me over the years and I have no plans to upgrade any time soon.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing your podcast equipment. Your work on the Dradcast, with Dre Armeda is remarkably good. At least I enjoy it..

    I’ve always felt that podcasting requires some public speaking skills; you know, the fear of making a mistake and having the world tune in and hear (or see) it.

    Is there a correct way to set up your recommended equipment? Some podcasters may be interested in your setup and podcast process.

    Thanks again.

    • I agree it does require some public speaking skills, but honestly not as much as people might think. If you are nervous I would highly recommend an audio only podcast, as that is much easier to do and less stressful since your face isn’t on camera.

      I plan do to a few more posts highlighting my software setup (how I play sound effects, record audio, etc). I’ll also post a picture of my full setup, just need to clean my desk first. 🙂

  2. Hi, Brad. Say, what kind of headphones do you use?

    • Actually just a really cheap pair of headphones I was given as a gift. I don’t worry too much about the quality of the headphones since I’m the only one the hears it.