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5th June, 2024

How to Build a Podcast Production Setup for Under $500

Are you considering starting a podcast? 

If you’re looking to get set up with the podcast equipment you need without having to break the bank, we’re here to help!

Podcast Equipment: What do I need to consider?

There are a lot of different options for podcasting equipment. From microphone models to actual recording software, it’s important that you know what sort of gear you’re looking for before even attempting to find the right equipment. 

Before purchasing equipment to start a podcast, think about what sort of set-up you’re looking to arrange. Are you planning on putting together a permanent studio or will you be taking your podcast on the road? Even the number of people involved in your podcast (guests and hosts) will make a difference in what sort of equipment you should consider buying. 

For those of you on a tight budget, it can often be useful to utilise what you already have, especially in terms of recording software and hardware (e.g., laptops). 

Remember: You don’t necessarily have to purchase the best and most expensive equipment from the get-go. Starting with a basic podcast production setup for under $500 can be more than adequate to get the job done. After all, you can always upgrade and improve your set-up later on down the road.

What Equipment Do I Need For A Podcast

To get you started, here are the most basic pieces of equipment you need for getting set up for your podcast.


Every person participating in your podcast (as in talking) will need a microphone. Whether you opt for a condenser mic which is more sensitive but higher quality or a dynamic mic which is more affordable but less sensitive will depend largely on how you intend on using it. 

Don’t forget to take into consideration the compatibility and connectivity of your chosen microphone with your other equipment and gear. We recommend USB microphones for ease of use.


Some would-be podcasters question the need for headphones. But we highly recommend them to ensure that the audio you’re recording is of a sufficient quality and at a decent level. Plus, they’re handy for editing and producing your podcast after recording as well.

Recording Software or a Digital Audio Workstation

A Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) or other recording software allows your recording equipment to connect with your computer or laptop. Making your podcast recording equipment as simple as possible is crucial, and a DAW will go a long way to helping make that happen. 

Audio Interface or Mixer

Using an audio interface or mixer is not commonly included among the most basic list of podcast gear. Nonetheless, we’re including it here because they can be both surprisingly affordable and very useful, especially for those podcasts featuring multiple hosts and/or guests. Mixers help to control and monitor multiple channels and ensure seamless compatibility. 

Other Podcast Equipment

Video Cameras

We’ve included video cameras under our additional entries because not every podcast will also be recorded as a video as well. Nonetheless, if you are going to upload video versions of your podcast it’s worth investing in a high quality device to ensure best picture quality. Fortunately, you still don’t have to spend an arm and a leg with a wide range of video cameras on the market that will more than suffice. 

Pop Filters

Not everyone includes pop filters amongst their must-have podcast equipment list but they should. These highly affordable accessories help to ensure your sound is smoother and easier to listen to by filtering out extra noise. 

Mic Arm

There are a few options when it comes to your microphones while you are recording. Your microphone can be freestanding, though it may pick up a lot of other noise, be handheld, which can be annoying, or you can use a mic arm. This allows you to enjoy extra control and extra comfort. 

Shock Mount

Along with the mic arm, the shock mount helps to keep the microphone steady and in place while you’re recording. Even minor movements can cause disruption and disturbance to your audio and negatively impact your audience’s listening experience. 


Ensuring a video component of a podcast looks as good as it sounds requires at least a minimum investment in lighting. Fortunately, with ring lights and the like available on the market, it doesn’t take a huge investment to achieve professional-grade lighting. 

How do you build a podcast production setup for under $500?

Believe it or not, but it’s more than possible to buy all of the necessary podcast production equipment without spending more than $500. 

At DJ City, you’ll find all of the professional-level music and audio equipment you’ll need (without professionally sized prices). We’ve been supporting musicians, DJs, performers and podcasters since 2000, so we know a thing or two about all things audio equipment.

Thanks to our market-leading pricing, it’s more affordable than ever for you to peruse our various equipment categories to find the right podcast gear for your needs.

Podcast Package

If you’re on a particularly tight budget we would highly recommend the amazingly affordable package: AVE Basic Podcast Kit. With a price tag of just $249, it’s well under the $500 budget we started with leaving you with extra cash to add and customise your podcast set up. 

This kit is designed to get you started with your podcast as quickly and friction-free as possible. Complete with a USB-connectable audio interface, microphone, mic stand, headphones and cables, all you need to do is plug in, sit down and hit record!

Need a Hand With Your Podcast Equipment?

If you’re still not sure what sort of podcast equipment you’ll need, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today. We’re happy to help you find the right equipment to start podcasting as soon as possible!


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