Some people find shopping for a podcasters a little difficult. Do they need a new mic or mixer. What type do I get? Would they use a new set of cables, or what is a pop filter?  The following list is a collection of different equipment needs going from inexpensive, it is the thought that counts; to high dollar, I really love ya, gifts. The podcaster in your life can and will use any of the following you purchase for him.

Podcasters wishlist number one inexpensive item

Audio Technica ATR 2100 USB/XLR microphone

Mics

  • Audio-Technica ATR2100 - $39.99 Great beginner podcasters microphone it has a USB interface for those who do not have a mixer to connect and a XLR connector for those who have a sound system. So this is easily the most versatile mic out of the lineup. It Many podcasters use both the USB and the XLR to record while using it with a Skype call. This inexpensive mic also has great sound rejection or not as much background noise is noticeable when being used.
    • Dynamic microphone with USB and XLR analog output
    • USB to your computer for digital recording, and the XLR connects with your sound system conventional microphone input
    • Smooth, extended frequency response ideally suited for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, voiceover, and on-stage use
    • Built-in headphone jack allows you to directly monitor your microphone output without audible delay
    • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear
    • Built-In Headphone Jack With Volume Control
  • Electro Voice RE320 Dynamic Microphone - $276.99 Bring this great professional studio quality dynamic microphone home to really add the desired warmth and depth to your podcasters recording.
    • Designed for Broadcast booths, Concert venues, or podcast studio
    • Variable-D pattern control
    • proximity control minimizes positional and off-axis tonal shifts
    • Integrated hum-bucking coil and built in pop filter helps get the best sound you can
    • Neodymium magnet creates faster transient response and allows for a cleaner fuller sound
    • Unique Dual Personality switch creates two mics in one Extremely durable build, fit and finish
  • Heil Sound PR40 - $310.00 The Cadillac of the podcasters microphones. This is a great durable warm sounding microphone. This gem of a microphone helps bring the polishing touch to your sound.
    • Copper-wound dynamic with neodymium magnet structure
    • Body: Steel body with zinc die-cast bottom ring
    • Frequency response: 28Hz to 18kHz
    • Impedance: 600 ohms balanced
    • Output level: -53.9dB @ 1,000 Hz
  • Rode Podcaster USB Dynamic Microphone - $229.00 If you are needing a USB alternative to record with this microphone will help bring your sound to that desired level
    • Broadcast sound quality
    • 28mm dynamic capsule
    • 18-Bit Resolution, 8 – 48 kHz sampling
    • Windows and Mac compatible
    • Tight Cardioid pattern for superior off axis sound rejection

Stands

Mounts

MixerMackie 14 channel mixer Great for the podcaster who is wanting to expand their recording

  • Peavey PV 10 10-channel Compact Mixer $229.99 Great little mixer with XLR inputs along with 1/4″ TRS connections the slider controls help with the percission of getting the sound just right.
    • Built-in DSP effects processor
    • 6 RQ (reference-quality) low noise microphone inputs with insert points
    • Channels 7/8 and 9/10 w/ dual switchable stereo line inputs
    • 3-band EQ on all channels
    • LED clip, signal, mute indication
  • Mackie 1402VLZ4, 14-channel Compact Mixer$399.99 Recommended by many podcasting enthusiasts
    • 14-channel mixer featuring Mackie signature high-headroom/low-noise design
    • 6  Onyx mic preamps
    • RF rejection perfect for broadcasting
    • Phantom power for Condenser Mics
    • 14 line inputs with +4/-10 operation control
  • Allen & Heath ZED-14 14-Channel Mixer $399.00 Perfect mixer for the beginning Podcaster that is looking to add a mixer to their audio chain. Contains a USB for the chance to send the recording to a computer if you choose.
    • 14 inputs total, with 6 DuoPre mic inputs
    • 4 auxiliary sends, 2 stereo returns
    • 3-Band EQ with sweepable mids
    • 12-100MM faders for a professional feel
    • USB

Headphones

Digital Recorders

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  • Roland R-05 Studio WAVE/MP3 Recorder $188.00 – You will want to have the Roland Recorder Power Adapter$43.65  This is a must have if you have a podcaster in your life and they are recording into a computer. Hep them out and get them this  little personal digital recorder. The Built in condenser mics are incredible to record with but if you like you can also record in the mic input and ass an extra line input.
  • Zoom H4N Handy Portable Digital Recorder $215.00 Quite possibly the most versitile personal digital recorder you could use. With a wide pattern of recording you can use the built in mics or you can use any mic you like because the H4N has 2 XLR input jacks that provide phantom power.

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Adapters

Who doesn’t need adapters? We all need adapters. All are needed in one form fashion or another, Buy one of each or ones you have heard your podcaster talk about

XLR Female to Balanced 1/4 inch Male

1/4 TRS Female To XLR Male Adaptor

RCA To 1/4 Inch TS Adaptor

CMS105 1/8 inch TRS to 1/4 Inch TRS

MHE325 Female TRS 1/8-Inch to Male TRS 1/4-Inch

Windscreens

GLS Audio Mic Windscreens - $9.99 These are your typical foam ball mic cover it helps with the plosives and mild wind noise.

Rode Dead Kitten Windscreen - $24.99 Designed for the Rode SVM but will fit any mic that is shaped like it. but dont worry no cats were harmed in the making of these windscreens

Pop Filters

Studio Microphone Mic Wind Screen Pop Filter/ Swivel Mount / Mask Shied For Speaking Recording  - $7.59 to keep the noise of plosive and simblances at bay your podcaster needs to use a popfilter this will clamp on to just about any stand

Auphonix Pop Filter for Best Recording - $16.99 a double meshed pop filter for added filtering.

Cables

Like the adapters a podcaster can always use cables. normally they will just need either XLR  male to XLR Female or XLR female to 1/4 Male TRS

6 Foot XLR Male / Female Microphone cable$8.09 XLR male to Female

Pyle Pro PPMJL30 30′ Professional Microphone Cable 1/4″ Male to XLR Female

SAXLX-2 – 2′ Red XLR Male to XLR Female Patch Cable – Balanced – 2 Foot Patch Cord

3 Feet 3.5mm Stereo Male To Male Cable

SF Cable, 12 feet 3.5mm Stereo Male to Two RCA Male Splitter Cable

Live Wire 3.5mm TRS Dual XLR(M) Patch Cable 2 Meters

Pre-Amps

DBX 286s Microphone Pre-amp Processor - $187.89 many times you need just a little extra power and clean gain.

Fethead inline mic  preamp - €69.95 great inline preamp, that does a incredible job of increasing the gain of a mic without the noise.

Other

Macally Audio and Video Cable for iPod classic 4G, 5G, 5.5G (White) - $9.95 This cable is great for tying an audio device to a mixer.
PNY High Performance 32GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Card (P-SDH32G10H-GE) -$21.99 if you have a personal digital recorder then you want to have an SD card

 

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Adapters, thes little things are a life saver!

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