The #IRchat Podcast Equipment

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Podcasting is advantageous for companies of all sizes and can be easily produced with only a few pieces of equipment. We will focus on both hardware and software used in the process, and you’ll also find links to the cheapest places to find some of these items.

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The #IRchat Podcast Equipment

  1. 1. The #IRchat Podcast Equipment How does the modern IRO reach their audience of investors?
  2. 2. Essential Podcast Equipment  IR Smartt has been producing the IR Chat Podcast for a while now, and we‟d like to share more information about the equipment used in podcasting.  We will focus on both hardware and software used in the process, and you‟ll also find links to the cheapest places to find some of these items.
  3. 3. A Computer  A computer is your first piece of gear. You‟ll be using it to record, edit, and store your podcast files.  Either a PC or Mac will do the trick. Stay away from Chromebooks as they don‟t really have enough RAM.  We primarily use our 2013 Macbook Pro, which has HD recording from its webcam if you want to try video podcasting.  If you have a Mac Mini you will need to add mic and headphone jacks. Try the Griffin iMic.  Be sure to keep about 2-3 gigabytes of memory free for recording.
  4. 4. Minimum Mac Requirements  Running OS 9 or X  512 MB RAM  2-3 Gbs of free hard drive space  Soundcard  In/out or mic/headphone jacks Apple Macbook with Retina Display
  5. 5. Broadband Internet Connection  Although not equipment, your internet connection is vitally important.  Most connections offer faster download speeds than uploads, so keep that in mind, especially on copper wire.  Mobile and wireless connections are becoming fast enough to handle audio uploads.  T-Mobile can definitely do the job if you don‟t have home internet. T-Mobile 4G Hotspot
  6. 6. A Microphone  There are a lot of microphones available. You can probably start with your iPhone headphones to begin with and upgrade when you decide to invest in your setup. MiC Studio Quality Microphone  We recommend the Apogee MiC, which is high-quality and will work immediately when plugged into an Apple device.
  7. 7. Headphones  Editing is best done with headphones to allow for more precision.  Headsets are an option to combine your mic and headphones, but the sound quality is likely not the same. Red Oval Podcasting Headphones
  8. 8. Pop Filter  This is optional, but can really add to your sound quality. This will filter out popping sounds made when saying letters like “p.”  We‟re not talking about the clownnose looking covers you see on mics; that won‟t do the trick. A pop filter is basically screen material stretched over a hoop that is held in front of the mic. Nady MPF- 6 Clamp On Mic Pop Filter
  9. 9. Skype  Although you can use Google+ Hangouts, GoToMeeting, or even calling right from Gmail, we think Skype is the best free way to make VOIP Calls.
  10. 10. GarageBand  GarageBand „11 is easily the best software available to record and mix your podcast. It‟s intuitive and starts right up with tutorials and get the most out of your equipment. GarageBand „11 Power!: The Comprehensive Recording and Podcasting Guide
  11. 11. Summary of Equipment  Mac with OS 9 or X or a PC with Windows XP or higher  512 MB of RAM  2-3 GB of free hard drive space  Soundcard  Mic and headphone input on your computer  Mic and headphones or headset  Optional pop filter
  12. 12. More from IR Smartt?  Visit our website @ Social Media for Investor Relations  Checkout more powerpoints @ slideshare.net/IRSmartt  Contact Us On:  Email: get@irsmartt.com  Phone: +1.512.487.7990  Fax: +1.512.681.9498

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