What's Your Podcast Stack?
the hardware and software that makes the magic happen
Last updated: November 15, 2022
Over in the Podcasting Twitter community (which I highly recommend you join, if you’re on Twitter), Si Jobling posted this:
It linked to his blog post, Podcast Kit 2022, where he shared the equipment that he uses to put his show(s) together. These are (taken from Si’s original blog post):
Organise with Cal.com – an open source equivalent to Calendly
Record with Zencastr (free solution for individual voices files) and Ableton (for mixing music)
Kit include Samson Q2 mic, AirPods and MacBook Pro – a trusted affordable mic with my reliable Apple suite
Produce with Descript – GarageBand has served me well but Descript provides a simpler, streamlined UX with the added benefit of automatic transcriptions (plus much more)
Artwork with Canva – web and iOS app for convenient (animated) graphics I can create on the move
Hosting with Pinecast – affordable hosting for as many podcasts you need with Hi-Fi addon for House Finesse audio
Publish with EasyWP – all the websites use WordPress which I now host with Namecheap’s affordable hosting solution
Promote with Buffer – all the socials (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) are broadcast from a single point which can be scheduled and spread out over time to improve engagement
As someone who loves podcasting tools and equipment, it was really cool to see what Si uses, especially since many were ones I’ve either used, or still do.
It seems lists like this (or podcast stacks, as they’re often known) are really popular, with podcasters frequently asking what each other use to get the sound or result that they do.
So, if you’re interested, here’s my current stack.
The Pod Chat Podcast Stack
To make things more “organized”, I’ve broken this down into sections: hardware and software. Note: some of these contain affiliate links, so I’ll make a little bit of beer money if you check any of them out.
Mic: Shure SM7B
Back-up mic: Elgato Wave DX
Headphones: Sony MDR-7506
Audio interface: MOTU M2
Boom arm: Elgato Wave Mic Arm Low Profile
Camera: Elgato FaceCam
MacBook Air 2020 running the M1 chip
Organizer: Calendly for booking guests
Record with: Boomcaster for remote recordings
Edit with: Hindenburg Pro
Audio optimization: Accusonus ERA Bundle 6 (no longer produced)
Promote: Optinly for lead generation
Promote: Reel for audiograms
Website: Captivate Sites
Reviews: My Podcast Reviews for keeping tabs on reviews of the show
So that’s my current set-up.
It’s been interesting (at least, for me!) to see how it’s changed over the years. For example, my first mic was a Snowball iCE, and I didn’t even edit when I first started, never mind actually thinking about optimizing the audio!
But that’s the fun of podcasting - we grow as we can, and learn as we can, and improve as we can.
And the best part? We never stop - it’s always a journey, with new tools, new tricks, and new opportunities to find.
How about you - what’s your current podcasting stack? I’d love to know!
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Multiple devices plugged into Rodecaster Pro
KORG Nanopad 2
Ableton Push 2 with Ableton live for soundboard and other effects
Farrago for bed tracks
Record live into Audition
Thinking about upgrading to the rodecaster pro 2. It’s the BEST kit I’ve ever bought in podcast land