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In this episode I’m going to continue pull out some of the ideas that I’m putting into a new free course I’m developing. It’s an overview to podcasting for beginners that will be the most in-depth overview currently available. It will likely be between 10 and 20 videos covering many different areas of podcasting. Check out How To Start A Podcast for much more.

Right now I’m focusing on applying these basica principles to questions related to hardware, software, and services for podcasting.

The principles are: Quality, Simplicity, Efficiency, Flexibility, Mobility, Budget

In the last episode I talked about what hardware to buy if you’re prioritizing the budgetary principles – in other words, if you’re on a low budget.

Today I want to talk about balancing Cost savings, and slightly higher quality – so, what to buy if you’re on a slightly higher budget.
If you can spend $200 on equipment than let me suggest that you purchase a preamp/interface along with one of the following mics. But first, let me tell you about preamps. Preamps are devices that amplify the signal from your microphone. That means they will make your the sound coming through that microphone louder and clearer. The preamps we will talk about are also interfaces. Which means they have USB output plugs that plug into your computer. So, you plug your mic, into your peramp and then your preamp into your computer. Some preamps require power from an outlet, but the preamps I’m suggesting are powered by their USB connection to the computer. If you value mobility, and flexibility, then purchase one of the aforementioned USB/XLR microphones from Audio Technica, along with one of the following preamp interfaces. The Focusrite Scarlette Solo which will let you connect one microphone, or the focusrite scarlett 2i2 which will let you plug in two microphones. You can buy the preamp interface, and the mic for well under $200. The mic will work by connecting it into your computer via USB, or by connect it into the preamp via and XLR cable. (The mics come with these cables). Since the preamp is powered by the USB connection to the computer you don’t need to plug anything into the wall! So this gives you flexibility, makes mobile podcasting easier, and saves you money! However, the quality of your podcast will suffer when using one of these mics. They’re cheap for a reason!