Podcasting Equipment

These equipment packages are helpful for recording quality audio to be used for podcast programming. Academic Technologies is in the process of testing out various equipment packages, and will offer some packages for checkout. However, if you plan to produce podcasts on a regular basis, you MAY want to purchase your own equipment. A good online resource for purchasing is http://bswusa.com. Telephone them and tell them you are an educational purchaser to receiver a better price than is posted on their website.

Besides using the right type of equipment for your needs, you'll also need software for recoding to your computer, editing your audio file, software for video production, and file conversion software (helpful). You can find a list of suggested software for recording, editing, and producing your podcasts on the Podcasting Software page.

Here are some suggestions for equipment setup, depending upon the type of recording:

1. Simple Audio Recording (from $30 to $200)

(For the basic podcasting setup, all you need is a computer, microphone, headset (optional, but preferable), and an audio editing program, such as Audacity. Also, we have a room setup for professional recordings, with a good quality microphone and sound mixer, along with Audacity software for your use.)
  1. Existing personal computer with USB port (PC or Apple)
  2. Built in microphone, or inexpensive digital USB headset ($30 - $50)
  3. Audio editing program (free, multi-platform), such as Audacity
Other options: More expensive, but better quality audio recording: USB condenser microphone and closed-ear headphones. Recommended products are the Samson C03U microphone and Sony 7502 headphones. ($230). (Could also be used for interview/multiple speakers, with omnidirectional mode on microphone).

2. Portable Classroom/Field Recording Podcast Setup (from $132 to $750)

  • Zoom H-2 portable digital audio recorder (We will have these for checkout) ($132.00) 
  • Zoom H-4 portable digital audio recorder (2 XLR connections for external microphones, plus can act as external USB microphone on your computer( $271.00)
  • Marantz PMB 660 Package from BSW, which comes with the Marantz digital recorder and all the equipment you need to produce a high quality recording outside of your office ($750)

3. Classroom Audio Setup (Apreso or using portable recorders)

Certain classrooms in the ILC have Apreso software, which can record your voice and what is on your computer screen for conversion to a podcast file. These files CANNOT be edited, but are high-quality audio files. For more information on how to record using this equipment, contact Gary Rasmussen at Academic Technologies.

You can also easily use one of the Zoom H-2s or H-4s, placing the digital recorder on a table close to your voice and your audience. It's best to test this out and listen beforehand, but once you get the settings how you like it, you should be able to reproduce this in several classrooms. While you could set up more elaborate equipment, this would be a cost-effective and VERY EASY way to record your podcast. Of course, you would probably want to edit it afterward.

4. Video Setup (Free, use our equipment!)

Don't forget that podcasts can be converted from just about any mutlimedia file, videos included. So, you can use a digital video camera with a bult-in microphone and record a decent video. You can use various software applications, such as Window Movie Maker or iMovie to edit and save the video and then use a file converter program to turn those files into the video format used by iTunes: H.264 or commonly known as an mpg4 file. Academic Technologies has digital video cameras you can borrow.

These recommendations are provided as a general guide, and do not represent all possible or reasonable options. Similar equipment is available from a wide variety of manufactures and vendors. Generally, the suggested price ranges will be fairly consistent among different manufactures of similar equipment.