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Podcasting Equipment

I've received a few emails asking what equipment, programs and utilities I use to create my podcasts.  Like many podcasters, I have a limited budget from which to buy equipment, so the key as you may have read is not to buy more equipment than you need.  This applies to both quantity and quality.  Remember, if you are recording a spoken word podcast, you only need to record in mono and there are several inexpensive digital recorders that will support all of your needs.  Here is a list of equipment, programs and utilities I use to create my podcasts.

Behringer C-1 (C Series) Microphone


Spider-style Shock Mount For Samson Microphone

This spider shock mount was designed for the USB Sampson microphone, but since it appears that the Sampson USB Microphone uses the same body as the Behringer C-1 microphone (as well as others on the market) this mount fits perfectly.  At the bottom of the C-1 pictured above, you can see a black circular piece (nut).  This is replaced in the shock mount by the silver colored nut.  Pictured below is the Samson microphone in the shock mount.  The C-1 fits the shock mount in the same manner. 

Ultragain MIC200 Tube Preamplifier with Modeling

Cakewalk UA-1G USB Audio Interface

Podcast Utilities

Audacity: Free Sound Editor and Recording Software

Audacity is a free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.  By use of the lame.dll, Audacity has the ability to export what you record as an MP3 file.  Don't forget to check out the Plug-ins and effects.

The Podcast Pickle is a great site to both find podcasts and list your own.  The categories are vast and diverse just as the shows are.

FeedBurner is the leading provider of media distribution and audience engagement services for blogs and RSS feeds. Our Web-based tools help bloggers, podcasters and commercial publishers promote, deliver and profit from their content on the Web. 

Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. They have built upon the "all rights reserved" concept of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary "some rights reserved" approach. Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization. All of their tools are free.