Setting up an audio podcast can be easy when you're only factoring in one microphone. Once you start adding more people into the equation however the hardware required ramps up dramatically. Below is the recommended solution for quality sound without a studio budget.
Part 1: Microphone Setup
Multi Channel Mixer
Mixers come in all shapes and sizes, with different functionality in mind. Some people want to add in instruments, turntables, other odds and ends but if you're looking for a good flexible solution for a podcast, with the flexibility to add in more instruments and capabilities in mind we recommend this Behringer XENYX 12-Input Mixer to start. It has the 4 Xenyx Mic Preamps for high quality audio.
Pop Filter or Windshear
We've linked a wind shear as opposed to a standard pop filter, we feel this is the most manageable solution for a good quality sound. Also if you're adding video into the equation it's not as difficult to manage/set up.
If you will be using the Behringer Preamps we recommend going direct XLR Male to Female to take advantage of the range of sound.
A Dynamic Cardiod Microphone allows a flexible choice between quality audio in an enclosed space or a less optimal pod-casting environment such as outdoors. In terms of general dialogue for podcasts it's difficult to notice a different between a good entry level dynamic microphone and a high end expensive Condenser Microphone. The difference comes in whether or not people have difficulties talking into or away from the microphone. With a good setup we've had these mics (Behringer XM8500) mixed in with a studio condenser, and it was near impossible for an untrained ear to notice a difference.
Microphone stands of course may vary depending on what sort of studio set up you're looking to utilize with your podcast. For an easy starter solution we recommend a few table top stands and setting them up around a table to better manage the flow of conversation.
Stay Tuned for Part 2!
You can check out the full hardware solution under out Hardware Guide and check back soon when we finish the computer connection aspect and what software to use. If you're purchasing the hardware please use amazon links we have on the guide as we see a small commission! Those can add up to help support the guide and it's progress to teach more about how to start their own Podcast online. Also if you're on Facebook or Twitter the Like and Share buttons below can help us spread the word. Thanks again!