Resources – Our Editor’s Top Picks for Podcasters

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This page will be kept up to date and worked on over time. It contains Will’s top pics for gear, software and services which he’s found to work particularly well for podcasters.

Where possible, a budget, mid-range and premium version of each product has been recommended to make it accessible for everyone.



Premium – Shure SM7B

Mid-range – Rode NT1

Budget – Shure SM58

All three mics are use XLR as opposed to USB because of the flexibility they provide over USB options.

Both the Shure models are dynamic mics whereas the Rode is a condenser. The Shure’s would be more forgiving in an untreated room but in a room where sound treatment is in place to handle any echo, the Rode is a great value option especially in kit format found at various retailers (search for Rode NT1KIT). The SM58 is a great budget alternative to the Shure SM7B.

Audio Interfaces

Single XLR input – Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd Gen)

Two XLR inputs – Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (3rd Gen)

Four XLR inputs – Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (3rd Gen)

All made by Focusrite, all within the Scarlett range. We have no association with Focusrite, we’re just happy to recommend their products because they just work and do the job needed for podcasters. OK if you’re using a dynamic mic that requires a lot of gain, the preamps will need cranking up which may introduce a little noise but if you’ve made the decision to invest in a good dynamic mic, you’ll have probably looked at separate preamps anyway and if not, any noise can be easily dealt with in post.


Budget – Audio-Technica ATH-M20x

Mid-range – Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

Premium – Shure SRH1540

All these options are closed back and great choices at different price points. You can spend thousands on professional level studio monitoring headphones but for podcasting, you shouldn’t need more than any of these. The Sennheiser’s are a real workhorse and a really nice balance between price and quality.

Digital field recorders

Budget backup recorder – Zoom H1n

Recorder with 2 XLR inputs – Tascam DR-60Dii

Recorders with 4 XLR inputs – Tascam DR-70D or Zoom H6 Black


Mac laptop – MacBook Pro

Windows laptop – Dell XPS 15

Laptops recommended simply for the versatility, particularly when you regularly record your podcast on location. Both recommendations are premium laptops but are a joy to use in comparison to budget options and are a good investment. I produce my podcast using my early 2015 MacBook Pro and it’s still going strong.

Podcast hosting

Option 1 – Libsyn

Option 2 – Buzzsprout

Option 3 – Captivate

Choosing a good podcast hosting provider from the start will save you headaches later on. All three of these providers are solid choices. Libsyn’s support is particularly good.


DAW, free – Audacity

DAW, paid – Adobe Audition

Tagging and algorithmic audio improvement – Auphonic

Email marketing, simple – Aweber

Email marketing, advanced – ActiveCampaign

Paid audio improvement plugins – iZotope RX Elements

Web hosting – Bluehost for general hosting or if you’re using WordPress WPEngine

Premium WordPress theme – GeneratePress Pro

WordPress page builder – Elementor

There’s a fair selection of different tools here for various use cases but all ones that you’ll probably need at some point on your podcasting journey.