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The equipment Benjamin Lupton uses for his online meetings, recordings, and podcasts.
Each tier builds upon the following, meaning you get to keep using the solid equipment from past tiers, saving you money.
Minimal Viable Recording Equipment
If you are just starting out, these are the basics that you need. They will have you sounding and looking good. However, the webcam will be constrained by the power of your computer and internet connection.
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Lavalier Microphone
Great for travel, and cheap enough for getting started.
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Webcam
Webcam that offers great quality, even in low-lighting. Very customisable via software.
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Better Sounding Recording Equipment
Once you know that you enjoy recording yourself and see yourself doing it often, then it becomes time to make sure you sound optimal for the benefit of your listener. You can use the following equipment for that. However, note that from this tier on, it is not suitable for travel.
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USB Microphone
Allows intricate software customisation of values such as gain and whatnot, making it more versatile for more environments than the previous Yeti. The other options of same ability are XLR microphones, which require a lot more cash for a lot more parts.
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Microphone Shock Mount
Have it horizontally flat, as vertically flat does not prevent shock noise.
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Webcam & Microphone Arm
I tried the Rode PS1, the Blue Compass, and this, which is 1/10 of the price of the others, however this is actually better. Got one for my webcam, and one for my Blue Yeti. No issues.
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Arm Microphone Adapter
Works fine to attach the shock mount and microphone to the arm.
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1/4" Swivel
Works fine to attach to the arm to adjust the webcam.
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Ultimate Recording Equipment
So you are now recording often and are building an audience, now it is time to ensure your lighting is top notch and that you record with an appropriate background even if you are working in a messing room or around other people.
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Green Screen
Compact green screen. A bit short when using on a standing desk though, would be better if it was at least another foot higher - but if you put it closer to you, then you are fine.
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Key Light
Superb compact lighting for concentration and recording, customisable colour warmth, desktop and phone software. No homekit support.
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Recording Software and Services
Not everything requires hardware, use these pieces of software to level up your recording setup.
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