The Best Cheap Podcast Setup for 2019
Setting up a podcast has never been less expensive and easier than it is today. There are so many great choices for sound cards, microphones, and accessories that just weren’t around a number of years ago. In this guide, I will show you what I consider to be the best cheap podcast setup for 2019. To let you know I own and have tested and used all of these parts which I am recommending in this tutorial.
Sound Card / Audio Interface
Without question, the best audio interface for a solo podcaster with a budget in mind would be the Behringer U-PHORIA UMC22. This sound card will allow you to upgrade your microphone if you so choose to something better down the track. In today’s day and age, a lot of these small sound cards will do the job and brands don’t matter quite as much as they used to. I have had some really great experiences using the Behringer U-PHORIA UMC22 for both voice application and also recording instruments. If you two microphones for a podcast with two hosts then I can highly recommend the Steinberg UR22MKII or the Behringer UMC204HD. If you’re using an Apple Macintosh then all of these options I mention are 100% plug and play.
For Windows users, the Steinberg has better software drivers in my experience so maybe spend a little extra and upgrade if you require more than one microphone.
Choosing the correct microphone can be a bit of a rabbit hole thanks to all the choices. If you’re new to podcasting then I can highly recommend the BM800 microphone. The BM800 is a large diaphragm condenser microphone so it’s perfect for voice, vocals, and acoustic instruments. The BM800 overall is a nice sounding microphone and unlike a lot of others, it’s quite warm and natural sounding. How is the build quality? In the 12 months, I have owned it I haven’t experienced any issues.
If you require headphones then I can suggest a set of Audio-Technica ATH-MX20x headphones. I use these personally on all of my live streams and podcasts and they work great.
So what is left? All you need is a microphone cable and a decent boom arm microphone stand. The InnoGear microphone stand featured in the video above is fantastic and I now own two of them. They clamp down on your desk and you have full flexibility of the angle of the microphone. This makes for a much more comfortable experience using the microphone. For cables, you need a proper XLR microphone cable. You don’t need to spend a lot on cables (but you can). All you really need is a basic XLR cable and you’re in business.
A Plug and Play Alternative
A great alternative to the entire setup is a simple USB plug-and-play microphone called the Blue Yeti. Let me state that I don’t believe the Yeti to be a better alternative long term because if you want to swap microphones, you need to buy a new unit. Going for the sound card route means if you continue and want to upgrade your microphone, you can. This will save you having to throw out anything.
Better Microphones to Consider
If you want to use the entire setup mentioned in the podcast except for an inexpensive microphone then I can suggest these much better alternatives to microphones to consider.
- Rode Procaster – Better value than the SM7B and I like the sound of it more.
- Rode NT1 – One of my favorite vocal microphones.
- Rode M3 – A great all-rounder.
- Shure SM7B – This is expensive but an industry standard.