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Blue Yeti Microphone
This is the microphone every podcaster uses. It's easy to setup and delivers high quality audio from your office. I like to store it on my bookcase and plug it into my laptop's USB connector when I am ready to record!
If you'd like to improve the audio quality of your Blue Yeti microphone, you can grab a foam cover and a stand to clip the microphone to your desk to avoid any accidental bumps that might get picked up from nudging the microphone.
Otherwise known as a "lav" or "lav mic." I like to carry this one with me when I am traveling, in case I ever want to record an episode on the road when inspiration strikes. I just plug it into my headphone jack and record. It's also good for those who are standing and using their hands a lot so the microphone is clipped on your shirt and stays close to your mouth.
(You do NOT have to get a lav mic AND a Blue Yeti. One or the other is fine. I like both for the convenience sake).
Camera - Logitech HD Webcam
Clip this HD Webcam onto your laptop and start recording! This webcam plugs into your laptop using a USB connection and records in 1080p (a high quality shot without exposing more than you'd like to see yourself!). It's the same webcam I use to record my episodes.
(Yes, you can go ahead and use a DSLR camera and record to a HD card. I think the webcam is easier and still records in 1080p).
If you are working off one monitor, then you're not living life! Grab an extra monitor (or two) to increase your productivity. I like to have my recording software up on one screen and read my script from the other like a teleprompter.
You'll need an HDMI cord to connect your monitor to your adaptor. I like the short ones, so I don't have too many cords on my desk.
With all of these new devices, you're going to need more USB ports. If you don't already have an adaptor, get one.
(I have been through A LOT of adaptors. This is the best one I found. Whenever I got one with more ports, they just don't last as long. This is the best value.)
It may seem silly to spend $80 on a mouse, but I have probably spent the equivalent on cheap ones that just don't work. So, I upgraded and I am happy I did. Plus, it connects via Bluetooth which comes in handy given how many USB connections you're already going to use.
Did you know a Magic Mouse needs a special mouse pad? Neither did I, until I bought a bunch to figure out that the leather pad works best. Once you get it, then you're all set!
More colors are available.
I always get asked about this simple hack! Place your phone on a holder beside your laptop for more convenience.
More colors available.
You're going to need these, trust me.
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