Podcasting Basics

Mark Blevis and Bob Goyetche kicked off Podcasters Across Borders with a podcasting basics session. I’m a beginner podcaster and the guys provided me with an overview of what I need to get started.

Bob GoyetcheBasic equipment

The MXL 990 microphone is a good starter mic. Cost: About $150.

Add a pop screen to suppress the popping of your ‘P’s. Cost: $25 to $50.

Add a mixer will enable you to tailor your sound. Tod Maffin uses a Behrenger Eurorack 1002. Cost: $150.

You can mix either directly into your PC or into a recorder. The Samson Zoom H4 portable recorder is a good choice. Cost: About $400.

If you record directly into a computer, Apples come with GarageBand built in. PC users can download the FREE open source Audacity audio editor and recorder. Cost: Free

Cleaning the sound

SoundSoap 2 will help to filter extraneous noise. Cost: $130


That’s up to me. Yikes!

  • I hope the session was helpful, Joe. I’m looking forward to hearing some great content from you!

  • Hey Joe,

    As a budget alternative to a pop screen, you can take a pair of pantyhose (preferably not used) and combine it with a little bit of do-it-yourself initiative and come up with something like this:


    Okay, I know the pantyhose is a bit of a weird suggestion, but it works just as well and is way less expensive.


  • Great little list, Joe, thank you for sharing with the rest of us. (And I love Steve’s suggestion for a better pop screen!)