The first time I heard about podcasting was three years ago, and that was a day when I realized that I also want to do something like that. Once I finally found out how, I decided to create an in-home recording studio of a small scale for podcasts recording. Thanks to my friend, who is a webmaster and tech guru, I succeeded in putting all that I needed for recording together. All equipment was reasonably priced and user-friendly.

But my friend wasn't into technology, if you thought so. When we were young and studied at college, computers were taking up the size of a large room with climate control, and programming it was impossible without keypunch cards. When personal computers have appeared in our life we learned to open email and create Word documents. I didn't know nothing about audio podcasting recording software but eventually I learned how to record podcasts. And if I could make it, then you can too.


So what do you need to make a simple in-home studio for sound recording? Actually, there are not so many things required. I prefer using just 7 pieces of equipment:
1) laptop or a PC;
2) desk microphone stand;
3) studio quality microphone;
4) microphone mixer (for boosting the sound);
5) converter;
6) adapter cable (to connect converter to mixer);
7) pop screen.

I have an Audio-Technica Pro Series Vocal Microphone (model PRO 31 QTR). It is recommended to use a wide diaphragm condenser microphone for voice-overs, but in my case I use 53.1mm (2.09-inch) head diameter, and it gives me a great sound for CD recordings and audio podcasts software. My microphone was packed with a stand clamp and cable on arrival.
The microphone stand I chose comes from the company named On-Stange Stands, and this is a desk model. Pop-screen of metal from NADY is also used for podcasts, but there is a big variety of other models available for purchasing. Pop-screens are useful for cutting down the wind and explosive sounds that are being made when we pronounce certain letters.

Microphone mixer used in my studio is a Stereo 4-channel mixer with a 9-volt battery from Radio Shack.