Just three months ago, I wrote my podcasting gear guide to let potential podcasters know about my setup and the equipment I recommend. That guide represents the gold standard in podcasting that existed when I was starting out in 2014.
To recap, I recommended using a digital audio recorder like the Zoom H4n or the TASCAM DR-40 to record yourself and your guest onto two separate tracks, with the guest connecting through Skype and being plugged into the second track via a 1/4″ to 1/8″ adapter cable.
Here are the things a podcaster must have in a recording setup:
- Reliability. Your recording should not sporadically stop working 40 minutes in to your interview with a Nobel laureate.
- Multi-track recording. Each speaker must be recorded onto his own separate track to make it possible to edit them each separately.
- Clear audio, free of unnecessary noise.