Zak Mensah on Monday 11 April 2011 Tweet this!
5by5 Studios is a series of podcast shows that cover everything web related and many of the shows are listened to by members of our team. Dan Benjamin, founder of 5by5 has just released his 2011 podcasting equipment guide.
We are always keen to see other peoples set-ups and as fans of the show this is particularly exciting. Seeing other people's set-ups and approaches to production is a great way to guage potential new workflows and identify kit that may suit your needs.
Dan Benjamins guide features excellent advice on choosing equipment, such as which microphones work best in noisy environments, and which microphone stand to choose, all based on experience rather than simply on cost and features, and he comfortably explains the compatibility of different bits of equipment.
Through the podcasts we have produced here at JISC Digital Media, I can't be as enthusiatc as him about the Rode Podcaster Microphone. I personally don't think it sounds that good compared to similarly priced condenser microphones, and not having an input gain control can be quite a hinderance as it needs to be placed so close to the mouth of the presenter, it can be rather off-putting. This just goes to show much personal taste can effect equipment preferences, especially with mircophones as they can suit the sound individual voices very differently.
Furthermore, some cheaper additions to the software platforms recommended would be benficial for users on a tight budget, as podcasting generally only requires basic features of a platform. I can't see mush of a need for purchasing Pro Tools or Apple's Logic Pro for podcasts as they really are overkill (unless you also want to be producing some music as well) and this is reflected in their prices. The brilliant Reaper (£30 for non-commercial license, Windows, Mac OS) and the free open source Arour (free, Linux, Mac OS), provide really good alternatives at a fraction of the cost.
Below are our related guides that we hope give you the information you need to make informed decisions about choosing the right set-up for you and don't forget that we have a free helpdesk that enables you to ask us any questions and we look forward to hearing from you.
JISC Digital Media related guides:
Creating an Audio Podcast, Setting up an Audio Workspace, Microphone Guide, USB Microphone Guide, Microphone Technique, Headphone Guide, Basic Audio Editing, An Introduction to Using Digital Audio Software, Free Online Audio Editors, Choosing an Audio Interface - Unit Specifications, Choosing an Audio Interface - Technical Considerations, Choosing an Audio Interface - Project Requirements, Recording Skype Calls,