Y’all may be wondering why I put podcast gear under my “Optimization” page. The reason is simple: crafting your thoughts for an audience, whether it be through the written or spoken word, helps clarify your thoughts to yourself, and refines your opinions so that you, in the immortal words of Sun Tzu, “know yourself” better.
All you gotta do is plug this thing into your USB port, hook up the mics, fire up your recording program, and you’re good to go. Portable, light, and plug-n-play simple. Runs for about $150, and also comes with a jack to hook up to headphones, so you can monitor sound in real time. If you want to do more than two people, you can use a cable splitter to add a mic. Get it here: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Preamp, 2nd generation
Industry standard, or so I’ve read. Runs for about a hundo. Exactly how I like my shiz: simple, durable, and reliable. Get it here: Shure SM58-LC Cardiod Dynamic Microphone
Lastly, you’ll need some cables to hook up your mics to your preamp. (Add in some snort-laughs while your five-year old self comes alive at the prospect of mating the “male” and “female” ends). Once again, these things have the same benefits as the mics. They’re simple, durable, and reliable. Get them here for about $20 apiece: Canare XLR cables