Basic Components of a Podcast – Hardware

Posted on January 31, 2008. Filed under: hardware, podcasting |

At its most basic level, creating a podcast requires specific hardware, software, and content.

At this point in my podcasting adventure, it’s important for me to become familiar with some options for all three.  The software required may include applications that I already use and the nature of the content has already been decided.  Identifying the hardware I need will be the newest area of exploration for me.  It may prove to be the biggest hurdle to clear because of the potential expense.

Hardware

The most obvious piece of hardware I will need is a microphone that I can use with my PC.  PodcastGearGuy.com is the first place I found to learn more about podcasting hardware.  It’s a well organized blog by Scott Bourne, the founder of Netradio

His blog is so well organized that it didn’t take long to find there is at least one microphone that he reviewed that fits my budget requirements.  The microphone is the AKG Acoustics PERCEPTION-100 , available from BSW for under $100. 

The trouble with this microphone for my purposes is that, although it fits the budget of an amateur, the description says nothing about it having a USB connector.  My amateur status becomes really apparent to me as I look more closely at the product descriptions at the BSW and AKG Acoustics web sites.  It would not make sense for an amateur with no experience to purchase a microphone, regardless of the price, without knowing what other component parts I will need to be able to use it. 

In fact, the PERCEPTION-100 is listed under the “Studio Microphones” category.  A great value for a professional like Scott Bourne to recommend, but clearly out of my league.   The BSW category of “USB Microphones” offers a selection of 14 microphones ranging in price from $49 and $229, as of January 2008.   I suspect that comtemplating the investment in a mixing board is well beyond my amateur status at this point.

The BSW web site offers many kinds of options and resources for podcasters, including “Podcast Packages” and a page explaining ways to get started.  For now, this web site is a good reference for some of the hardware research I need to do.  Other references could include the Podcasting Tools web site, some articles from PodcastingNews, and some of the entries in Michael W. Geoghegan’s Reel Reviews Radio blog. 

It looks like I will have plenty of fun reading to do for awhile!

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