We’re obsessed with equipment in the world of audio, so it’s only natural that you’d want to know what kind of gear we’ll be using to bring your audio ambitions to life.
Here’s a complete list of the REAL Podcasting equipment locker.
1 Neumann TLM 102 (with shock mount)
Made by arguably the most reputable microphone manufacturer on Earth, the TLM 102 is the crown jewel of the RP mic locker. Incredibly sensitive, it picks up every detail in the human voice, while applying a gentle boost to frequencies above 3000 kh. The 102 renders a recording that is bigger and bolder than the original voice, while still smooth and pleasing to the ears. Usually reserved for single person voiceovers, it can appear on podcasts under the right circumstances.
2 RODE Procasters
These guys are the workhorses of REAL Podcasting. Made by RODE Microphones in Australia, the Procaster is designed to record and broadcast the human voice. They are designed to reject background noise, have internal pop filters to reduce plosives, and they are build as durably as any microphone around. The Procaster’s classic broadcast tone is heard on most of RP productions. It’s part of the reason our creators keep coming back.
2 Audio-Technica ATR 2100s
The first microphone to record a REAL Podcasting production. The ATR 2100 is arguably the most highly recommended entry level microphone for podcasting, as their dual functionality as XLR and USB microphones makes for a smooth transition from direct input to a XLR to USB interface. While mostly replaced by the Procasters, we still use them occasionally when more than two mics are required. They’re also very useful to have in case we can’t access an outlet to power our audio interface.
1 Blue Snowball
Ah yes, the budget YouTube classic itself. Like so many aspiring podcasters, Riley sat down with Aaron Lieberman and recorded the first episode of The Ocho on two of these little guys. Essentially retired from active use, we keep the Snowball around to remind us where it all started. It is also available to be borrowed by vacationing creators who want to record remotely using something better than your built in webcam mic on Skype.
Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX
The MultiMix 8 USB 2.0 FX is a compact mixer with built-in effects and a high-resolution, multi-channel recording interface so we can mix, record, or do both at the same time. It supports up to four XLR microphone inputs, as well as external devices. It offers the flexibility of doing live EQ adjustments, which save everybody time in post production.
Audio Technica ATH M30X
The ATH MX30s are one of the most widely used headphone models in pro and home studios around the world. They’re tuned to handle highly detailed audio. They automatically enhance the mid ranged frequencies that carry the majority of the minute details in the human voice. This being the case, they are excellent for both live monitoring and picking out troublesome mid frequencies that can muddy up a recording.
Shure has long been among the top brands for live in-ear monitors, and we’re right on board at REAL Podcasting. Their low profile and comfortable foam inserts make them perfect for long periods of sustained use. We use them as subtle monitors for video clips and podcasts where the producer is on camera, but wants to appear engaged and part of the proceedings rather than hiding inside his headphones.