11 Gifts for the Podcaster in Your Life

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Podcasting—all the cool kids are doing it. Maybe your kid wants to be cool. Maybe it’s your dad who wants to pontificate online (let him, it’ll keep him quieter at the family dinner). Or, maybe you’ve got a friend who’s getting into podcasting but doesn’t have all the bells and whistles just yet.

If that’s case, check out this holiday gift guide, geared toward the podcaster—or wannabe podcaster—in your life!

1. Studio Broadcasting Mic on a Budget: The RØDE PodMic

The RØDE PodMic offers a lot of bang for your buck—it’s a dynamic microphone whose performance has been tailored for broadcasting. The mic sounds great, and offers a cardioid polar pattern to help mitigate any extraneous room noise, focusing the audio capture on what’s right in front of the capsule.

Rode PodMic Dynamic Podcasting Microphone
RØDE PodMic Dynamic Podcasting Microphone

If you’re podcasting buddy is at a loss for what mic to get, definitely consider this one. As a bonus, it looks the part too, giving you the classic appearance of a broadcast mic.

2. Legendary Live Microphone: The Shure SM58-LC

The RØDE PodMic, as well as it performs, might not be the best fit for a comedy podcast, an endeavor where the talent feels more comfortable holding the mic and hanging out on a couch. If that’s what your friend is into, consider the Shure SM58-LC, a stalwart live microphone that works equally well for recording, especially in this format. It’s wallet-friendly to boot, and any comedian would recognize it from their time on the stage.

Shure SM58-LC Vocal Microphone
Shure SM58-LC Vocal Microphone

3. The Perfect Interview: The RØDE NTG2

If your friend is looking to supplement their studio-recording setup with a shotgun mic for interviews, it’s hard to beat the RØDE NTG2, both in terms of price and features. It’s a condenser mic, but it can run on a single AA battery if the handheld recorder doesn’t offer phantom power. Lots of producers for public radio use this mic.

Rode NTG2 Shotgun Microphone
RØDE NTG2 Shotgun Microphone

If you know your friend has this mic already, consider gifting them a nice, high-quality pistol-grip like the RØDE PG2-R. This grip helps the mic operator move the shotgun without creating undue noise. Give this to your friend, and they will have a great one-handed setup for interviews in the field.

Rode PG2-R Pistol Grip Shockmount
RØDE PG2-R Pistol Grip Shockmount

4. The USB Mic for a Starter Solo Podcast: The Blue Yeti USB Microphone

It doesn’t get easier than the Blue Yeti USB Mic: plug this mic into a computer, and get started podcasting. If you have a friend expressing an interest in solo podcasting, this is a great option, because it sounds good, is simple to use, and gives you different ways of capturing audio. Go for cardioid for a classic broadcasting sound, or try stereo for things like ASMR content.

Blue Yeti USB Microphone
Blue Yeti USB Microphone

5. The Simple At-Home Interface: The Focusrite Scarlett 4i4

Maybe your buddy hasn’t gotten started yet. They need a great interface to get them up and running at home, something simple that sounds great.

For those needs, the Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 fills the bill, with two inputs, zero-latency monitoring, and the ability to take phone calls over VoIP, thanks to virtual loop-back inputs. If your friend and one other person are podcasting, with the occasional Skype call-in, this is a great, wallet-friendly starter piece.

Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 4x4 USB Audio Interface
Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 4x4 USB Audio Interface

6. The On-the-Go Recorder/Interface: The Zoom H5

If your podcasting friend wants to produce content from anywhere—perhaps capturing interviews at people’s offices (“in the field,” as we say), the Zoom H5 is a great option. It’s a rock-solid four-channel field recorder with two XLR-1/4" inputs, perfect for accepting mic inputs.

Zoom H5 4-Input / 4-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Interchangeable X/Y Mic Capsule
Zoom H5

The H5 is battery powered, and it records straight to SD cards, making it eminently portable. As a bonus, it also doubles as a traditional interface, should your podcasting friend want to record to the computer.

In a pinch, they can use the unit with the EXH-6 attachment to add two more mic inputs, giving them four in total. If your friend already has the Zoom H5 (and there’s a good chance they might), the EXH-6 is also a suitable gift.

Zoom EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS Combo Input Capsule
Zoom EXH-6

7. The Complete Interface Package: The RØDECaster Pro

The RØDECaster Pro is the most expensive item on this little gift-giving guide. But it’s arguably the most complete, as well.

Rode RODECaster Pro Integrated Podcast Production Studio
RØDE RODECaster Pro

Need to record four people with high-end pristine mic pres? Check. Need four low-noise headphone outputs for everyone to listen to their headphones? Check. Want to EQ or compress the vocals on the spot? You’re good to go.

Want to record to SD cards, sans computer? You got it. How about multitracking for good measure? Cool. Want to power monitors for a live performance, because you’re four-person pod is doing some tour dates? Here’s the statement which confirms that question in the affirmative. Have someone very special in your life that deserves this unit? Click the link above.

8. Quality Headphones at a Wallet Friendly Price: The Audio-Technica ATH m50x

Your podcasting friend will need a powerful pair of headphones, one that serves both monitoring purposes (hearing their own voice while recording) and mixing the product. For that, we recommend the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, a by-now classic pair of over-ear headphones in the sub-$200 category. No, they are not completely flat, but mixing engineers on a budget have been relying on them for years.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Monitor Headphones
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

9. Utilitarian but Sleek Accessory: A Broadcast Arm

Nothing makes you feel more like a professional broadcaster than a broadcast arm. What’s a broadcast arm? Look at the pic below: it clamps to your desk, and vaults the mic in the air. Now you can adjust it here and there depending on your whims. If your podcasting buddy has their own setup, this is a way to flesh out their setup unobtrusively in a way that they will surely enjoy. Check out broadcast arms here.

Auray BAI-2X Two-Section Broadcast Arm with Internal Springs and Integrated XLR Cable
Auray BAI-2X Two-Section Broadcast Arm

10. Essential Accessories No One Wants to Buy

Cables are not fun to buy, yet they are necessary and sometimes expensive. So, do your podcasting friend a favor and buy them some spare XLR and USB cables.

Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series XLR M to Angled XLR F Microphone Cable
Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series XLR M to Angled XLR F Microphone Cable

Batteries are also necessary. People with handy recorders and RØDE NTG2 microphones can never have too many AA batteries.

Panasonic eneloop pro AA Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
Panasonic eneloop pro AA Rechargeable NiMH Batteries

SD cards are boring. No one wants to spend money on them, but they are a necessity to podcasters who use recorders like the Zoom H5 and RØDECaster Pro. So, buy your podcasting friend an SD card, especially if your friend already has everything else for a podcasting setup. You’re always going to need more SD cards if you’re working in that medium, because you want to keep an archive, you probably won’t erase them. So get them SD Cards. We have multiple kinds available here.

SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Memory Card
SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Memory Card

11. All-in-One Kits

Did you know that B&H carries a variety of packaged, all-in-one kits for podcasting? Whether you’re looking at a USB mic and a pair of headphones, or a comprehensive suite of plug-ins for audio cleanup, you can find many wallet-friendly kits by clicking this link.

Rode NT-USB Podcast Recording and Monitoring Kit
RØDE NT-USB Podcast Recording and Monitoring Kit

Conclusion

We hope that you enjoyed this list! Do you think we left anything vital out? Let us know in the Comments section! Someone will read it!

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