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Welcome to the Podcasting Made Easy
GEAR GUIDE

by Shawn Smith

Shawn Smith,   The Mobile Pro

Shawn Smith, The Mobile Pro


Click on the links below to go directly to each SetUp, then click the links below each SetUp Photo, to order your gear from Amazon.

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The Mobile Pro Podcast Mic SetUps

Click Here for SetUp 1a - Featuring the Zoom iQ7 - For Quick One-On-One Interviews

Click Here for SetUp 1b - Featuring the Zoom iQ7 - For Round-Table Discussions

Click Here for SetUp 2  - Featuring the Rode SmartLav+ - For One-On-One Video Interviews

Click Here for SetUp 3a- Featuring the ATR2100 - For Solo and One-On-One Interviews - Budget

Click Here for SetUp 3b- Featuring the ATR2100 - For One-On-One Sit-Down Interviews - Budget

Click Here for SetUp 4 - Featuring the Shure SM58 - For One-On-One Sit-Down Interviews - Pro

Click Here for SetUp 5 - Featuring the Shure SM7B - For One-On-One Sit-Down Interviews - Studio

Click Here for Bonus SetUp 1 - Android Option - Featuring the ATR2100 - For One-On-One Sit-Down Interviews - Budget


SetUp 1a - Featuring the Zoom iQ7

For Quick One-On-One Interviews, Round-Table Discussions, Vlogging
 

SetUp 1a is Best For:

  • Quick, moderately-noisy hallway, Reporter-style interviews of Keynote Speakers, Niche Leaders, and Colleagues at conferences

  • Round-table discussions and group interviews (moderately quiet space)

  • Podcasting on-the-road when you are traveling SUPER-light (fits in your pocket or purse; you can even record in your hotel rm or car!)

  • Vlogging on-the-road (The Zoom iQ7 works with most video apps and sounds awesome!)

  • No headphone monitoring necessary

SetUp 1a Gear - ($158 Total - pictured;  $119 w/o bags or charger)

A - 1 - Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Sac - X-Small - $7; 1 - Medium Pack-It Sac - $11
B - Zoom iQ7 Condenser Microphone - $99 (The Zoom iQ5 as pictured is discontinued. However, the iQ7 has the same features and audio quality as the iQ5, and operates very similarly)
C -  Apple iOS device running iOS7 to record with (iPod Touch 5 pictured - $231)
D - iStabilizer Flex Smartphone Flexible Leg Tripod - $20
E -  Jackery Mini Premium Phone Charger 3200mAh - $20 (full battery re-charge for iPhone 5)

 

iOS Pro Podcast Apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

BossJock Jr - Free - Similar to BossJock Studio with fewer bells and whistles
BossJock Studio - $10 - #1 for Podcast Recording - (Currently Unavailable, for now I recommend using BossJock Jr.)
MultiTrack DAW - $10 - #1 for Basic Podcast Editing


SetUp 1b - Featuring the Zoom iQ7

For Sit-Down Interviews or Round-Table Discussions


SetUp 1b is Best For:

  • Sit-down interviews of Keynote Speakers, Niche Leaders, and Colleagues at Conferences and Events

  • Live headphone monitoring

  • Round-table discussions - Plug up to 5 ear buds or headphones (Warning: Only KRK has volume control)

  • Podcasting on-the-road (Record in your hotel room, airport, or even car!)

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SetUp 1b Gear - ($597 Total pictured; $297 w/o Bose headphones)

A - 1 - Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Sac - X-Small - $7; 1 - Small - $8; 1 - Medium Pack-It Sac - $11
B - Zoom iQ7 Condenser Microphone - $99 (The Zoom iQ5 as pictured is discontinued. However, the iQ7 has the same features and audio quality as the iQ5, and operates very similarly)
C -  Apple iOS device running iOS7 to record with (iPod Touch 5 pictured - $231)
D -  Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphone Splitter - $12
E -  Stellar Labs In Line Headphone Volume Control - $8
F -  Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones - $269
G -  KRK KNS8400 Studio Headphones w/Volume control - $158; OR Less Expensive KNS6400 Studio Headphones w/o Volume Con- $85
H - iStabilizer Flex Smartphone Flexible Leg Tripod - $20
 I - Jackery Mini Premium Phone Charger 3200mAh - $20 (full battery re-charge for iPhone 5)

iOS Pro Podcast Apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

BossJock Jr - Free - Similar to BossJock Studio with fewer bells and whistles
BossJock Studio - $10 - #1 for Podcast Recording - (Currently Unavailable, for now I recommend using BossJock Jr.)
MultiTrack DAW - $10 - #1 for Basic Podcast Editing


SetUp 2 - Featuring the Rode SmartLav+

For One-On-One Video Interviews

SetUp 2 is Best For:

  • QUIET Environments ONLY

  • VIDEO interviews of Keynote Speakers, Niche Leaders, and Colleagues at Conferences and Events

  • CAN be used for audio-only recordings, but Set-Ups #3-#5 are higher-quality solutions that can be used in noisy spaces

  • Working with all iOS video and audio apps

SetUp 2 Gear:  ($549 as pictured;  $250 w/o headphones)

A - Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Sac - Medium - $11
B - 2 Rode SmartLav+ Lavalier Microphone for iPhone and Smartphones - $79/ea (only “+” model!)
C - 1 Rode SC6 Breakout Box for Smartphones - $20
D - Apple iOS device running iOS7 to record with (iPod Touch 5 pictured - $231)
E -  Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphone Splitter - $12
F -  Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones - $269
G -  Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic  - $30
H -  iStabilizer Flex Smartphone Flexible Leg Tripod - $20

*Not pictured, but recommended for Standing Interviews: 2 StarTech TRRS 6ft extension cable - $7/each (An extension for each mic to connect between the Rode SmartLav+ and the Rode SC6.  The stock Smartlav+ cable is only 4.5 ft - a little short for interviews in the standing position)

 

iOS Pro Podcast and Video Apps

Video Recording:
Camera - Free, already installed on iPhone/iPod Touch,
Pro Camera - $4 
FilMic Pro - $10 - #1 for High-rez Video

Audio Recording

VoiceMemo - Free, already installed on iPhone/iPod Touch
BossJock Jr - Free - Similar to BossJock Studio with fewer bells and whistles
BossJock Studio - $10 - #1 for Podcast Recording - (Currently Unavailable, for now I recommend using BossJock Jr.)
MultiTrack DAW - $10 - #1 for Basic Podcast Editing


SetUp 3a - Featuring the ATR2100

For Solo or One-On-One Standing Interviews - Budget Option
 

SetUp 3a is Best For:

  • Standing “Man-on-the-street” style interviews (but both hands will be occupied)

  • Pro-quality, streamlined solo podcast set-up

  • Noisy or Quiet Environments

  • Helps if your guest has practice with a mic (need to stay less than 3” from center of mic)

  • Low-cost option for pro-quality sound. For a backpack or very large purse.

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SetUp 3a - ($125 as pictured, $95 w/o Apple EarPods)

A - 1 - Medium Pack-It Sac  - $11
B - Apple iOS device running iOS7 to record with (iPod Touch 5 pictured - $231)
C - Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter - $30
D -  Audio-Technica ATR2100 USB/XLR Microphone - $74
E -  On Stage Foam Ball Mic Windscreen - $2
F - USB Mic Cable (included w/ATR2100)
G -  Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic - $30 (Must plug into bottom of ATR mic NOT into iPhone)
H - Mic Clip and Mic Stand (included w/ATR2100)*

***Mic stands and clips included with ATR2100 are plastic, not super tough, and do not reach mouth for comfortable close-mic, table-top speaking. For upgrading mic stands & clips, see SetUp 4 below.

iOS Pro Podcast Apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

BossJock Jr - Free - Similar to BossJock Studio with fewer bells and whistles
BossJock Studio - $10 - #1 for Podcast Recording - (Currently Unavailable, for now I recommend using BossJock Jr.)
MultiTrack DAW - $10 - #1 for Basic Podcast Editing


SetUp 3b - Featuring the ATR2100

For One-On-One Sit-Down Interviews - Budget


SetUp 3b is Best For:

  • Sit-down 1-on-1 interviews of Keynote Speakers, Niche Leaders, and Colleagues at Conferences and Events

  • Noisy or Quiet Seated Environments

  • Helps if your guest has practice with a mic (need to stay less than 3” from center of mic)

  • Low-cost option for pro-quality sound. For a backpack or very large purse.

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SetUp 3b Gear - ($471 as pictured, $251 - w/o headphones)

A - Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Sac - Medium - $11;  1 - Large - $11
B - Apple iOS device running iOS7 to record with (iPod Touch 5 pictured - $231)
C - Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter - $30
D - Tripp Lite USB Cable with Ferrite Chokes 3 foot -$5, 6 foot version - $8
E - ART USB Dual Pre - $79  (note:  NOT ART USB Dual TUBE Pre)
F -  2 - Mic Cables (included w/ATR2100)
G - 2 - Audio-Technica ATR2100 USB/XLR Microphone - $74
H - 2 - On Stage Foam Ball Mic Windscreen - $2/each
 I  - 2 - Mic Clip and Mic Stand (included w/ATR2100)
J - 1 - Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphone Splitter - $12
K - 2 - KRK KNS8400 Studio Headphones w/Volume control - $158; OR Less Expensive KNS6400 Studio Headphones w/o Volume Con- $84

***Mic stands and clips included with ATR2100 are plastic, not super tough, and do not reach mouth for comfortable close-mic, table-top speaking. For upgrading mic stands & clips, see SetUp 4 below.

iOS Pro Podcast Apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

BossJock Jr - Free - Similar to BossJock Studio with fewer bells and whistles
BossJock Studio - $10 - #1 for Podcast Recording - (Currently Unavailable, for now I recommend using BossJock Jr.)
MultiTrack DAW - $10 - #1 for Basic Podcast Editing


SetUp 4 - Featuring the Shure SM58

For One-On-One Sit-Down Interviews - Pro-Quality

SetUp 4 is Best For:

  • Sit-down interviews of Keynote Speakers, Niche Leaders, and Colleagues at Conferences and Events

  • Noisy or Quiet Seated Environments

  • Super noisy conditions - can’t be beat

  • Rough travel - this gear is super tough

  • Mono, or 2 Channel Dual-Mono, or Stereo Recording

  • Best Option IF your guest has practice with a mic (need to stay less than 1” from center of this mic)

  • For a backpack or very large purse.

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SetUp 4 Gear - ($625 - as pictured;  $405 - w/o headphones)

A - 1 - Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Sac - Medium - $11;  1 - Large - $11
B - 2 - Shure SM58LC Microphone - $99/each
C - 2 - Mic Clip (included w/SM7B Mic)
D - 2 - On Stage Microphone Clip Quick Release - $11/each**
E - 2 - On Stage Tripod Desk Mic Stand - $17/each
F - 2 - Hosa 5' Microphone Cable - $9/each
G - 1 - Apple iOS device running iOS7 to record with (iPod Touch 5 pictured - $231)
H - 1 - Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter - $30
 I  - 1 - Tripp Lite USB Cable with Ferrite Chokes 3 foot -$5, 6 foot version - $8
J - 1 - ART USB Dual Pre - $79  (note:  NOT ART USB Dual TUBE Pre)
K - 1 - Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphone Splitter - $12
L - 2 - KRK KNS8400 Studio Headphones w/Volume control - $158; OR Less Expensive KNS6400 Studio Headphones w/o Volume Con- $84

**Extends mics on table stands high enough to reach mouth when seated at table. Highly recommend.

iOS Pro Podcast Apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

BossJock Jr - Free - Similar to BossJock Studio with fewer bells and whistles
BossJock Studio - $10 - #1 for Podcast Recording - (Currently Unavailable, for now I recommend using BossJock Jr.)
MultiTrack DAW - $10 - #1 for Basic Podcast Editing


SetUp 5 - Featuring the Shure SM7B

For One-On-One Sit-Down Interview - Studio Quality

SetUp 5 is Best For:

  • Sit-down interviews of Keynote Speakers, Niche Leaders, and Colleagues at Conferences and Events

  • Highest Studio-Quality Audio

  • Highest Visual Appearance of Professionalism

  • Noisy or Quiet Seated Environments

  • Rough travel - this gear is super tough

  • Mono, or 2 Channel Dual-Mono, or Stereo Recording

  • Best Option if your guest has NO practice with a mic (guest can wander around mic w/little audible change)

  • For a backpack or very large purse.

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SetUp 5 Gear - ($1,125 - pictured;  $1,374 w/Cloudlifter CL-2***)

A - 1 - Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Sac - Medium - $11;;  1 - Large - $11
B - 2-  Shure SM7B Microphone - $399/each
C - 2 - Mic Clip (included w/SM7B Mic)
D - 2 - On Stage Microphone Clip Quick Release - $11/each**
E - 2 - On Stage Tripod Desk Mic Stand - $17/each
F -  1 - Apple iOS device running iOS7 to record with (iPod Touch 5 pictured - $231)
G - 1 - Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter - $30
H - 1 - Tripp Lite USB Cable with Ferrite Chokes 3 foot -$5, 6 foot version - $8
 I  - 1 - ART USB Dual Pre - $79  (note:  NOT ART USB Dual TUBE Pre)
J  - 2 - Hosa 5' Microphone Cable - $9/each
K -  1 - Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphone Splitter - $12
L - 2 - KRK KNS8400 Studio Headphones w/Volume control - $158; OR Less Expensive KNS6400 Studio Headphones w/o Volume Con- $84

**Extends mics on table stands high enough to reach mouth when seated at table. Highly recommend.

***For best gain & sound, add a Cloudlifter CL-2 ($249) - HOWEVER - it REQUIRES a 9v battery in your ART USB Dual Pre AND it will reduce your iOS battery life SIGNIFICANTLY (i.e. iPhone 5 battery life = 1 hr instead of 5 hrs)

 

iOS Pro Podcast Apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

BossJock Jr - Free - Similar to BossJock Studio with fewer bells and whistles
BossJock Studio - $10 - #1 for Podcast Recording - (Currently Unavailable, for now I recommend using BossJock Jr.)
MultiTrack DAW - $10 - #1 for Basic Podcast Editing