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Podcast on YouTube Starter Kit — Premium Edition

If you want to take it up a notch and get the absolute best audio and video quality then this kit is for you.

This kit includes a premium microphone, an audio interface to get quality audio because this quality is lacking in most sound cards shipped in laptop and desktop computers, an ultra HD camera and all the accessories needed to create high quality content.

Logitech BRIO

Logitech BRIO – Ultra HD Webcam for Video Conferencing, Recording, and Streaming
$139.99

Logitech BRIO is packed with features that produce stunning video in any environment. Our first 4K ultra high-def camera offers 5x digital zoom and RightLight™ 3 with HDR. Background replacement gives you the freedom to meet anywhere.

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11/28/2022 02:40 am GMT

Rode Procaster Dynamic Microphone

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface

Our Pick For Best Audio Interface
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (3rd Gen) USB Audio Interface
$159.99

This unit can support 2 microphones and can thus serve in-studio guests as well. There are additional models with up to 4 microphone ports.

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11/27/2022 11:22 pm GMT

High Quality Recording Headphones

Our Pick for Closed Design Podcaster Headphones
Senal SMH-1000 Professional Field and Studio Monitor Headphones
$74.99

These headphones are basically a similar design to the Sony MDR576 with similar performance.

But there are some things I like better about the Senal models (which were designed and are owned by the megastore B&H Photo & Video). Namely, these headphones have a detachable chord.

Why would a replaceable chord even matter?

- Ability to change from long curled to short mobile phone friendly chords

- If anything is likely to break on a pair of headphones, it is the chord attachment. If you get hung up wearing these, the chord simply comes out, no damage done

What makes these great for podcasting?

- Closed back design, means no sound leaking back into your microphone during recording.

- Flat frequency response, which is important when making mixing and editing decisions. Your typical music headphones often emphasize the bass, and when making mixing decisions you are likely to compensate — resulting in a thin sounding mix lacking depth.

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11/28/2022 09:22 am GMT

Choice of Studio Boom Arms

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RODE PSA 1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm
$82.50

After years of podcasting, attending conferences and talking to other podcasters, the one overlooked component in podcasting is a boom arm. The higher quality of Rode makes such a difference over time, compared with creaky and flimsy podcasting boom arms. (Note, if not available the next best choice is the Innogear Studio Arm)

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11/28/2022 08:09 am GMT

If the Rhode studio arm is not available, here is a good alternative

Heil Sound PL-2T Overhead Broadcast Boom
$109.00

This studio arm is my second favorite and a good substitute for the also excellent Rhode PSA1 (which is not always available).

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11/28/2022 05:11 am GMT

Accessories and Necessities

Good Deal, Usually $100+
Rode PSM1 Shock Mount For Podcaster, Procaster, PSA1, and DS1 Microphones
$38.88

Every great mic deserves a good shock mount. I have found that even when I move the boom arm around, the shock mount prevents handling and desk sounds.

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11/28/2022 04:28 am GMT

Rode WS2 Microphone Pop Filter/Wind Shield for NT1-A, NT2-A, NT1000, NT2000, NTK, K2 and Broadcaster Microphones
$12.98

A high quality foam pop-filter for a range of Rhode microphones.

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11/28/2022 07:40 am GMT

Heil Sound FL-2 Permanent Flange Mount
$29.00

I have found that studio boom arms that are mounted with desk clamps are far inferior to a permanent mount like this. For people who don't want to mar the top of their desks, there is also a vertical permanent mount.

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11/28/2022 05:25 am GMT

Heil Sound WM-1 Vertical Surface Mount for Heil Booms
$25.00

I have found that studio boom arms that are mounted with desk clamps are far inferior to a permanent mount like this. I use the alternative flat permanent mount, but for people who don't want to mar their podcast desk surface, this is ideal.

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11/28/2022 06:08 am GMT

GLS Audio 12ft Mic Cable Patch Cords - XLR Male to XLR Female Black Cables - 12' Balanced Mike Snake Cord - SINGLE
$7.83

From what I could see, the Rode Procaster mic bundle does not come with any XLR cables, so you will need these to connect to the recording device. Depending on your own setup, you could choose shorter cables.

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11/28/2022 07:00 am GMT

Optional Studio Recording Options

If you are recording with remote interview software, then you might not need these local in studio options, but they are great for solo podcasts and if you need to accomodate in-studio guests or co-hosts.

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