This is a gear and software rundown of how we record and produce the shows for Does it Roll, as well as kits to help you get started in podcasting and streaming.
- Zoom H6 ($320): There is no recorder and mixer that even comes close to the capability and portability of the Zoom H6. It can record four separate inputs out of the box, and up to six inputs with the optional XLR Capsule ($70).
- Zoom L-12 ($600): While we still have the H6 on standby for recording ambient sounds around Chicago (check out Eveolution Earth for more on that) we have been FLOORED by the quality of our raw audio with the Zoom L-12. The ability to record 8 separate XLR inputs (and other inputs if needed) along with five headphone jacks makes this board invaluable for podcasting. The onboard compression and vocal FX make it legendary. Do not hesitate to pick up this wonder.
- Shure SM58 Microphones ($80-100 each): Legendary, nearly indestructible microphones that have a small pickup, helping to keep table noise and other voices out of each individual track.
- Audio-Technica BPHS1 ($200): DM Vartian started to use this headset after seeing the livestreamers on Geek and Sundry employ theirs, and absolutely loves it. It needs a bass boost in final editing, but the ability to move freely without being stuck behind a microphone is worth the extra effort.
- Rode NT1 ($270): A powerful, sensitive microphone that we use for voice overs, intros and outros, and for the show Of Now And Then. It records clear, gorgeous sound but only works in a relatively isolated environment; this microphone picks up way too much to be used at the gaming table.
- Monoprice Isolation Shield ($65): A sound-absorbing half moon that folds up when not is use and can be positioned on a desk or mounted onto a gear pole. It works well but it is extremely heavy; you won’t be dragging this around to your weekly gaming sessions.
- Reaper ($60): I had to be drug kicking and screaming into a new editing suite, but once I got there I bemoaned not making the transition sooner. The editor is powerful, completely customizable, relatively easy to learn, and has a vast library of optional plugins that can make you podcast sound truly professional while shaving hours off your editing time.
- iZotope RX ($130-1200): It isn’t cheap, but there is nothing out there that can hold a candle to the audio cleaning and repair abilities of iZotope.
- LG 34″ Ultrawide ($430): You don’t need a super-wide monitor for podcasting, but it is simply wonderful for scrolling through podcast edits.
- Vocal Rider ($70) A brilliant plug-in for Reaper that automatically adjusts the volume sliders of any track to keep the audio within a certain range. It saves us hours of work every single edit.