Podcast Equipment For DJs

People come up to me and ask about various setups…so I decided to share with all you Podcast enthusiasts out there.  Here is a versatile yet portable setup that I recommend, and yes… travel friendly.

For starters…not everyone is interested in shelling out $1000 for an Apollo audio interface, so here is a budget friendly solution.  You cannot go wrong with a Focusrite Scarlett 212 audio interface ($170 US) this 2-channel device enables an artist to connect microphones, musical instruments, DJ Lines, etc. into a computer via USB on either Mac or PC.  This travel friendly device has an air mode, which allows for brighter tones.  And when paired up with a Cloudlifter CL-1 ($150 US), Mic Activator, you open the possibility to increase +25dB of gain, as it eliminates the hiss and crackles when pushed.  This allows the mic preamp to work more efficiently.

I also recommend connecting a 5’ XLR cable between the CL-1 and 2i2, and another 15’ XLR from the scarlett to the microphone of your choice.  Choose an XLR cable with a lifetime warranty (Mogami Gold, Livewire Elite, Hosa Edge series, etc.), this way, you can get an immediate replacement from your music shop without any hesitation. As for mic of choice, I recommend the Shure sm7b mic ($399 US), cardioid dynamic style, which has been used in recordings such as Michael Jackson’s vocals, broadcasting and many popular Podcast shows.  The sm7b promotes smooth warm vocals, which creates a more engaged listening experience.  Oftentimes, I connect the mic using a Rode PSA1 desk mount, and for other projects, I may connect using an Ultimate PRO-R-T-T telescoping boom stand ($80 US); The Hercules MS401B Transformer tilt ($80 US), is a nice option as well.  Yet either mic stand is fully collapsible, which serves its purpose as part of a travel friendly podcast kit.

Gabriel Schwartz
My goal in the entertainment world is to refine my presence as an impresario. My passion is to utilize my network of vendors and talent in this industry, so I can organize, and finance: concerts, plays, musical projects, and world-class exciting events. Other projects in the horizon include independent films.


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