Here’s the equipment I’ve used for my podcast


Before we get started, I want to thank everyone for helping my The Autism Dad Podcast a success this year. Season 3 went incredibly well and my downloads have increased by 1,200%. That number keep growing every day and I’m blown away by that.

This isn’t meant to be a tutorial but rather a brief walk through of the equipment I’ve used to create my podcast from the first episode until now. It’s evolved over time and will likely evolve as I continue to grow. This is simply meant to provide you with a direction to go in should you be looking to start your own podcast.

Just for the record, at this point in time, I have zero affiliate deals with any of the companies linked below. This is just the equipment I’ve used and a link to their website.

Let’s get started.

People are frequently asking me about how I started the blog and more recently, how I started the podcast. I figured I’ve talked about the blog a million times already. For this post, I’m going to briefly walk through the evolution of equipment I’ve used to create my podcast.

I’m by no means a professional, I’m completely self-taught and constantly learning. Google and YouTube are both your friends when it comes to better understanding the technical side of all this.

I’m not going into a great deal of explanation but rather just show you the equipment I have chosen to use for myself.

First of all, you need a podcast host, which hosts you’re podcast and distributes it. I started with Anchor. Anchor is completely free and their app allows anyone to record a podcast using nothing but their smartphone. It’s a great place to start and they’re hugely popular. They also help you monetize your podcast right from the get go. That means you can immediately start making money. It’s not necessarily alot but it’s something.

I’ve since moved on and have been using Captivate as my podcast host. It’s not free and it’s main focus is hosting and distribution of your podcast. I really like it and can’t see myself switching anytime soon.

I went through a few evolutions in regards to the equipment I found myself using. I didn’t start off with expensive equipment because I didn’t want to make an investment if it wasn’t going to work out.

As I’ve grown, my equipment has evolved as well in order to improve the quality of the audio. You can totally do this with just your smartphone, a quiet room and the Anchor app. You don’t need these things.

A lot of people start podcasts and never go beyond a few episodes. However, if you find yourself really enjoying this and want to improve the audio quality or expand your recording options, I can share what I’ve done.

Samson: Go Mic Mobile

When I first decided I wanted to begin recording offline, editing and uploading my episodes, I found this little guy. It’s by Samson and it’s called Go Mic Mobile. It’s a wireless lav mic and it’s designed to be an external mic for your smartphone. It comes with a digital audio interface and it works really well for beginners. There aren’t as many apps that can use this for android devices but I used Audio Evolution and it worked quite well. Apple has a ton more app options.

This is best used when you have a quiet room and you are just recording your voice and not actually interviewing another person.

Zoom H6

When I began actually interviewing people, I needed a different solution and I settled on the Zoom H6. You can plug up to 6 XLR mics into this bad boy and record directly onto an SD card. You can also use it as an digital audio interface for your computer, iPad or tablet. You can also snap in one of the included capsules and use it as a personal recorder for different types of interviews.

This worked great for me because I was interviewing people over the phone and I could record my voice via the Shure SM58 and could plug my phone directly into the H6. It handled both side of the conversation and recorded to separate tracks. There’s a learning curve but it’s basically a portable podcast studio that runs on 4 AA batteries. It’s the go to for many people looking to grow.

Zoom is the go to brand for podcast recorders of all levels. They have tons of equipment from very basic to very high end.  There’s lots of room for growth.

Zoom LiveTrak L-8

When I reached a point where I had moved from phone interviews to doing interviews via Zoom (thank you COVID), I needed a bit more head room and control over the process and I moved to the Zoom LiveTrak L-8. It’s similar to the Zoom H6 but there are a great deal more manual controls and since I was trying to learn, it was a good place for me to start.

The Live Trak treated me well and roughly the first half of season 3 was recorded using it.

The problem I had with it eventually is that you can’t run it on external power and have it plugged into the computer at the same time. I don’t know what the thought process was behind this but it’s pretty limiting.

Like the H6, this is meant to be relatively portable and runs on 4 x AA batteries. It has one micro USB port that can either be used to plug in an external power supply or it can be used to connect the Live Trak to your computer so it can be used as an audio interface.

If it weren’t for this design, I would probably be using it today. However, as I gained a bit more experience, I was using it as audio interface and recording directly into Adobe Audition on my laptop. There were times where the batteries would die and that shut everything down. I got frustrated with it and needed a change.

Rode: Rodecaster Pro

This takes me to my current setup. If you’ve listened to the later episodes of season 3, they were recorded with this setup. This is where I will be sitting for the foreseeable future and I’m quite happy with it.

I’m using the Rodecaster Pro by Rode, a Shure SM7B mic, a laptop or tablet (depending on needs) and my Bose QC35II’s as a monitoring. You can use any headphones, but the Bose are super comfortable and I had them on hand.

This is by far my favorite setup for a number of reasons. It’s incredibly easy to use and while you can plug in an external power supply for portable use, you can still plug it into the computer at the same time. It’s the little things that make a huge difference. Having a a dedicated USB C port as well as a dedicated power port is more important than you’d think.

I have had to replace it under warranty once due to defects but that’s just my luck and not common. It’s highly rated and works very well. It’s much easier to use and allows for XLR, trs, USB and Bluetooth connections. It’s well built and can record directly to a microsd card as a backup. I’m very happy with it and I feel the audio quality is far superior to my prior setup.

One of the major benefits is the built-in noise gate that filters majority of the background noise out. This makes it so much easier in post, especially with my kids are at home all the time.

I really enjoy recording with the Rodecaster Pro and while I will eventually need to upgrade my aging laptop, I can use my Tab S7+ to host the Zoom interviews and the Rodecaster Pro to record the audio. I’ll savey laptop for editing only and that will hopefully buy me some time before I have to buy a new one.

Zoom: F1 Field Recorder

This doesn’t really fall into a particular category but I wanted to share it anyway. The Zoom F1 is a field recorder and I used these when I was in Orlando and interviewing people while traveling.

This is actually very versatile and like the Zoom H6, it has optional capsules for various different situations. Mainly, you would use this with the included lav mic and record high quality audio on the go. If you’re interviewing someone in person, it’s ideal for each person to have their own mic set-up. I have a few of these and they work out really well. I haven’t had to use them much because I’ve been stuck at home and only interviewing people remotely.

Finally

I hope this answers some of your questions regarding the equipment I’ve used to build my podcast. Again, you don’t need expensive equipment to get started. As you gain experience, however, you may want to upgrade. I’m happy to answer any questions should you have any.

Starting a podcast can be a bit overwhelming but with the right equipment, you can simplify the process and improve the overall quality of your content.

Perhaps, if I have the energy, I will put together a post talking about the steps I took to actually create my podcast. That’s more in depth and frankly, I’m lucky to have finished this up. 😂

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    • Danica on January 4, 2021 at 12:59 pm
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    Are you kidding me? You spent that much money on podcast equipment and a gaming chair while your utilities are being shut off and your house is crumbling around you? This is EXACTLY why the courts need to oversee Gavin’s disability payments and is probably why you’ve never gone through with the guardianship because you know you’ll have to answer to someone. It’s the same reason you will NEVER let him move to residential placement because then you’d lose his income. You should be ashamed of yourself and I can only hope that Lizze sees this and gets involved.

      • on January 4, 2021 at 1:48 pm
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      I’m enjoying the new choice of name. Different name but same snarky, judgmental asshole. I don’t need to justify myself but for the record, the podcast pays for itself, just as the blog pays for itself. That means a portion of the income generated by the podcast goes back into the podcast in order to grow. Sometimes that means new or upgraded equipment. The more I grow, the more earning potential I have, the sooner I can make more drastic improvements to our lives. It’s a process and one that has been hampered by COVID but I’m not giving up and because of that, I’m making significant progress. Same thing goes for the blog. That means little to no out of pocket expenses. You also act like a cheap Amazon gaming chair is some kind or major thing. It’s not. Tons of people have gaming chairs, especially when working from home because they’re both affordable, practical and comfortable. Not sure why that’s such a huge deal to you.

      Sure I’ve had the electric turned off once in 2020 but that’s because I forgot to pay the bill. I paid it and it was turned right back on. It was literally off for maybe 10 minutes. If I’m forgetting any other times, forgive me because zindont even know what day it is. That was an oversight. Never claimed to be perfect. You can think whatever you want to but that doesn’t make it true.

      We’re starting out in a new year. Maybe you could evaluate what’s going so wrong in your life that you feel the need to try and bring me down? Maybe you could stop trolling me or at least have the courage to use your real name and information. You know who I am because I’m not a coward. Who are you and why do you enjoy being such an asshole?

      I’m not ashamed of myself because I know what I’m doing and what I’m not doing. Of course I would like to do better and that’s why I’m constantly working on it. As for Lizze, I’ll do you one better and point this post and your comment out to her. She’s free to speak her mind. I have zero control over what she thinks and says so she’s bound to give you an honest opinion.

      As for Gavin. The only reason he won’t move out is if it’s deemed not to be in his best interests for health and safety reasons. His SSI is irrelevant to that decision and has absolutely no influence over any decision Lizze and I make. I really hope we can find him a workable solution. Every parent wants to see their child gain independence and find happiness out in the world.

      Lizze and I are getting divorced but we relain a team.

      I really feel sorry for you. I feel sorry because you must be such a miserable person in real life and that makes me sad. We don’t have to agree in order to be friends but you do need to be civil and not be an asshole. You do nothing but comment with misinformation because you don’t have all the facts or you leave out important context. Your only purpose is to trigger conflict and a response from me. One of the differences between you and I is that as challenging as my life is, I love my life. It’s not easy and there are always things I need to work on but I love my life. I get to provide for my family while helping countless people across the globe. That’s a fact and nothing you say or do will change that..amd it kills you doesn’t it. Have a great day.

        • Danica on January 4, 2021 at 3:32 pm
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        Do you seriously not see your lies? You’ve had two things shut off since October, ffs. And forgetting to pay the bill doesn’t result in a shut off unless you’re already behind (perhaps due to spending the bill money on podcast equipment). Maybe if you start being honest with yourself and your followers people like me won’t have to keep you in check.

          • Rita on January 4, 2021 at 3:36 pm
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          OR spending it on new game systems.

            • on January 4, 2021 at 4:05 pm

            I knew I was opening myself up to your trolling when I wrote this post. I wrote it anyway because people want to start their own podcast, especially since lockdown and they want to know what I’ve used as I’ve grown my podcast. I knew you were going to reply and twist this into something negative. I did it anyway because it’s helpful to those looking to do this on their own. Your opinion doesn’t matter.

            It’s so funny to see you carrying on a conversation with yourself. You create multiple accounts to reply to your own comments because you’re all by yourself and you want to make it look like you have people who agree with you.

            With you being so perfect, we could all benefit from getting to know you better. You could help all of us improve our lives by imparting your little pearls of wisdom. Why do you hide your identity? People with nothing to hide, hide nothing. Why not be yourself and we can have a real conversation. We both know I can’t block you without inconveniencing all my other readers. I’m not going to make life harder for everyone else just because you are abusing the system.

            So here we are. You thinking you know more about me then I know about myself, which is a little creepy. Either way, I’m flattered by your fixation with me and I’m happy to entertain your comments because traffic is traffic and all traffic helps.

            Best wishes…

            • Rita on January 4, 2021 at 4:22 pm

            I am not Danica, I am my own person who happens to mostly agree with them to be honest. I just generally don’t say it

            • Rita on January 4, 2021 at 4:36 pm

            The only reason I said something this time is because you talk a lot about struggling financially. I struggle financially with my kids and being a single parent. I get that you want to grow your business, but it is hard to relate to you when you spend that kind of money on new gaming systems and all of that equipment and continue to talk about things getting shut off and such. Maybe I’m just bitter? But I just know I have to do home repairs and pay bills first before I can think of the extras.

            • on January 4, 2021 at 4:43 pm

            Color me skeptical

            • Rita on January 4, 2021 at 5:08 pm

            And you can be it makes no difference really. Other than you thinking there is only one person that disagrees with you.

            • Lizze Gorski on January 4, 2021 at 4:57 pm

            The house was falling apart when we moved in. The goal was to fix it up. We had no idea how extensive the damage was. We moved into the house not because we liked the neighborhood or the house was in good shape. We moved because at the time we were living in a townhouse (two story apartment with a basement – for anyone who uses a different term – this is in no way an attack on anyone). Gavin was having night terrors and waking up screaming at the top of his lungs multiple times a night. That was also the age when he began having the long, very loud fits. Neighbors were starting to complain and we needed to live some place we wouldn’t share walls etc with anyone.

            • on January 4, 2021 at 5:04 pm

            Rita, I’ll bite and assume that you’re being serious for a minute because others may benefit from my response.

            Who isn’t struggling as a result of COVID? I’m extremely limited in my employment options because of my situation. Rather than do nothing, I built a highly respected platform and use it to help educate and provide comfort to other parents going through similar challenges. It also grants me an opportunity to provide for my kids. You can think what you want but aside from talking about financially struggling in the past and a little bit lately due to COVID, we’re doing fine. You’re making a ton of assumptions that you shouldn’t be making and as a single parent, I would think you might be a little more sensitive to what others are going through. One of the reasons I’m not buying your story.

            Even if I had a new gaming system, why is that anyone’s business? We’ve been locked in our house for 95% of the last 300± days, and the kids need distractions and video games are a great escape. Raising kids with special needs is a financial struggle for almost anyone, regardless of income for a number of reasons.

            How does judging me help you or help anyone else? How does jumping on board with a known troll help to bring anything positive to the conversation?

            I’m going to be honest with you and say that I don’t buy your explanation. There’s a pattern to my internet stalkers behavior and this was no different. If I’m wrong, I’ve answered your questions. If I’m right, then everyone else can benefit from this because I know you have no intention of actually having a civil conversation. Either way, I’ve worked very hard to get where I am. I won’t apologize for doing better. Our lives are improving and I’m not going to hide that. Sharing this post in particular is helping other parents find a means of having their voices heard as well as maybe bringing in some extra money. My investments in the podcast and blog have paid off. Anyone can do this and I’m trying to help anyone who’s interested but go ahead and turn this into something negative. That doesn’t make you look like a troll at all.

          • Lizze Gorski on January 4, 2021 at 4:16 pm
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          While I appreciate your offer to “keep Rob in check”, I can’t control him just as he doesn’t control me. However, if *anyone* is going to keep him “in check” it’s going to be me, the mother of his children. Again, thanks for the offer.

      • Lizze Gorski on January 4, 2021 at 3:28 pm
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      I love your name. Sincerely, I do. I’ve never been one for common names. Now, you hoped I would see this and get involved. Well, here I am, so, let’s talk shall we.

      Is Rob perfect? No. Am I perfect? God, no. Are we perfect parents? Again, God, no. Now, I don’t know you or maybe I do. Honestly, I don’t care because you have no bearing in my life beyond irritating me. You are a name, email address and words on a screen. I don’t know if you have kids. I don’t know if you’ve been divorced. Those are both incredibly difficult to navigate. Rob and I navigated our way through our divorce without bringing the courts into our lives and most importantly, into our boys’ lives. Not many are able to do that and I’m really proud of us.

      Have Rob and I always agreed when it comes to finances? No. Show me a married/divorced couple that agrees 100% of the time. Seriously, I’d love to meet them because that’s the equivilent of finding a unicorn. What’s important is this, our boys are protected, fed, clothed, have a roof over their heads, financially supported (regardless of your opinion), safe, are getting an education and proper medical care. That’s all the law requires of parents. What’s truly important is that our boys are loved. We support their hobbies and interests. We are their parents in action and on their birth certificates. Do we screw up from time to time? God, yes. We are parenting in an already difficult situation with the boys’ diagnoses, the divorce and all that comes with that. Then you add Covid to the mix. We are doing the best we can with what we’re given to work with.

      This reply has already gotten longer than I planned, so here’s the end. What you read here is a snippet of Rob’s and the boy’s lives. That’s right, you don’t know everything that goes on in their lives. I know the important things regarding their lives. Believe me or don’t, I couldn’t care less. Again, you are words on a screen with zero effect on my life.

      PS Our boys read this blog and know what’s age appropriate. Your conjecture is not age appropriate. Please, either keep your opinion in an appropriate manner for our boys’ ages, or keep your opinions to yourself. Thank you. I’m really glad we got to have this little chat.

        • Danica on January 4, 2021 at 3:40 pm
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        Come on, Lizze, we all know why you left and I for one can’t come close to blaming you. But
        for you to act like rob is telling the truth all the time and not being the misogynistic narcissist that he is doesn’t help anyone, especially since he is 90% responsible for raising your sons, and you can’t seriously want them to grow up viewing women as possessions, can you?

          • Lizze Gorski on January 4, 2021 at 4:41 pm
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          Ok, I know why I left. I’m curious why you think I left. Rob and I are a team. When there are situations where we are both needed, we work together. While I do not see our boys as often as I would like; I actually do play a role in raising them. Our boys have been raised with manners and respect and do not view women as possessions. Should they ever dare to view or treat them as such, it will be handled.

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