How To Set Up A Podcast Recording Studio in Less Than 150 Dollars

  • I use $ 35 Raspberry Pi3 that runs on Linux.
  • 16 GB card to install the operating system and the recording program cost another $ 5.
  • Sound editing software (I use Audacity, which is an open source software. And yes, it is free)you can even use the basic audio editor that comes with Google Docs, but it does not have very good reviews. Cost $ 0
  • Microphone: I would very highly recommend the ATR 2100 USB Microphone. I have also used a Sennheiser PC8 USB Microphone in the past, but the ATR makes a fantastic beginner microphone. Cost: $ 40 to $ 60 for ATR Mic; or $ 30 for the Sennheiser. (If you get a deal on Amazon, the ATR mic is sometime available for less than $ 35).
  • Microphone Arm and Pop Filter. Cost $ 30
  • A used computer monitor. My cost: Cost $ 0, because I used an exiting 21” LCD monitor. You can connect the Raspberry Pi3 to the HDMI port of your TV, which eliminates the need for a monitor.
  • HDMI-VGA Adapter to connect the Raspberry Pi3 to the monitor $ 5
  • HDMI Cable $ 5
  • Keyboard and a mouse. See if you can borrow a used USB keyboard and mouse for $ 10.
  • Chrome Browser Two of the audio recording programs I prefer to use, namely, Zencastr and Cleanfeed, both run well on Chrome Browser. I would highly recommend using Zencastr. Chrome, unfortunately, does not work well on Raspberry Pi3, and therefore Cleanfeed may not work well. Cost $ 0
  • A Sound Enclosure Simply put, anything that will prevent your voice from dissipating away from the microphone. I use a very D-I-Y setup, which is practically a used amazon shipping box and a hand towel, with some bubble wrap thrown in between. The whole setup took me two minutes to make, and I have used it for 6 months without any worries. It is not very aesthetically appealing, but it works! Cost $ 0
  • Heavy drapes or cloth for soundproofing:I learnt this the hard way. If you do not want any echo to get captured in your audio, you will have to invest in as much soundproofing as possible. If your setup is facing a wall, make sure the wall has materials that absorb sound. I use thick cardboard, a corkboard will also be a good option. Around you, make sure there is enough material to absorb as much sound as possible. If you use household material, cost is $0.Total Cost for the setup: $ 130–150

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Creator- Gaatha Story- Podcast of Children's Stories. Cofounder Kamakshi Media and Author. Husband, dog lover. Country Manager for FSC, India. www.amarvyas.com

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Amar Vyas

Amar Vyas

Creator- Gaatha Story- Podcast of Children's Stories. Cofounder Kamakshi Media and Author. Husband, dog lover. Country Manager for FSC, India. www.amarvyas.com