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The Best Computer-Based Podcast Equipment for Small Businesses: A Beginner's Guide

Podcasting has become an incredibly popular medium for businesses to reach their target audience and share valuable content. Whether you're a small business owner, an entrepreneur, or a content creator, having the right podcasting equipment can greatly enhance the quality of your audio and make your podcast stand out. We'll share the best computer-based podcast equipment for video based podcast recording and our recommended products.


Microphones: Clear and high-quality audio is essential for a successful podcast. If you're going to buy any equipment, at least buy a solid microphone. It's more about style and your budget.

USB microphones: These are plug-and-play microphones that connect directly to your computer via USB. They are convenient and require minimal setup. Here are two highly recommended options.




Headphones: Wearing a good pair of headphones or ear pods during podcasting ensures that you can hear yourself and your guests clearly, helping you monitor audio quality.

Closed-back headphones: These provide excellent noise isolation, preventing any sound leakage during recording.





Lighting: While lighting may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of podcasting equipment, it plays a crucial role in creating professional-looking videos. We believe in recording all podcasts on video to provide you with valuable video based social media content. Good lighting can significantly improve the visual quality of your podcast, making it more engaging for your viewers. Some popular options include:


Ring lights: These are affordable and easy-to-use lights that provide even and flattering lighting. They come in various sizes and can be attached to your computer or smartphone.


Try this one available on Amazon for $7.99





Other Essential Tools: To round out your podcasting setup, and go the extra step you can consider these tools. They are not necessary, rather options to add to your setup.


Acoustic treatment: To minimize echo and improve sound quality, consider adding foam panels or diffusers to your recording space. This helps create a more controlled and professional environment.


Try these easy to install boards available in dozens of colors on Amazon for $27.99


Investing in the right computer-based podcasting equipment is crucial for small businesses looking to create high-quality audio content. By considering lighting, microphones, headphones, and other essential tools, you can elevate the production value of your podcasts and captivate your audience. Remember, it's important to choose equipment that suits your specific needs and budget. Any combination of the equipment will enhance your podcast and bring it to the professional and affordable level of your business.


If Rachel Kopczyk was not an on camera host, she would be an on camera host. She always knew she wanted to work in television. At 8 years old Rachel went to summer camp, for reporters! 

 

Rachel Kopczyk is a media professional with 15 years experience. She works with everyone from celebrities, CEOs of fortune 500 companies, small business owners, and government professionals.

 

When it comes to hosting, Rachel is a “host of everything” and works on-camera with the shooting sports industry, medical field, security management, global business travel and more to create engaging and entertaining video content. Rachel interviews hundreds of people every year. One day it's Mark Cuban and the next it's NHL great Sidney Crosby. 

 

Rachel loves hockey so much that she started a podcast in 2020 with her friend Breezy called, "House of Hockey." Every week they discuss NHL headlines, in-game experiences and interviews with NHL players and leaders.

 

That's not the only podcast she produces, she has several clients who entrust her to edit and distribute podcasts. Rachel shares that knowledge on the blog where you can learn benefits and tips of having a podcast

With a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Loyola University New Orleans, Rachel began her career as a news producer & entertainment reporter at Fox News Baton Rouge then on to Fox 35 Orlando. She went on to become the health correspondent for the syndicated show, The Daily Buzz  that lead her to executive produce and co-host the syndicated show on Oxygen, Life Love Shopping

In her spare time you can find Rachel country line dancing, watching hockey, and learning how to watercolor paint.  

 

How do you pronounce her last name? Think Cop-Check.

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