7 great pieces of podcast, streaming gear to gift in 2023

If you are with people as you read this, look to your left. Now look to your right. Statistically speaking, those on your side probably have their own podcasts. Chances are there are plenty of people in your life who fit the bill too. The good news is that the proliferation of podcasts means better and better tools are being developed to help hosts with their games.

A few months ago, I wrote an article on How I Podcast that featured some tips and tricks that I sent out for my own show, RiYL. It’s a one-man production at the moment, but I’ve been able to upgrade my game a lot, thanks to new technology.

You can see a lot of what I personally use in this list. Some things are more expensive than others, but the good news is that in 2023, you won’t have to pay a ton to make a great sounding show. And if you’re looking for new great shows, check out our podcasts covering startups, founders and the crypto space: Equity, FOUND and Chain Reaction.

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RODECaster Pro II

Price: $700 on Amazon

Image Credits: Darrell Etherington

Several years after its initial release, the RODECaster Pro remains the gold standard for building on-the-go studios. The system is ideal for in-person products, especially those without a specific location. If I go ultra portable, nothing beats a Tascam and a pair of mics, but if you want to recreate the feeling of a four-mic studio, without the cost of a real pro soundboard, this is where you go.

It’s super easy to use out of the box, and offers a ton of controls and customization, along with features like music cue trigger pads to create a podcast in real time. It’s a perfect gift for a seasoned hobbyist podcaster looking to take things to the next level.

Tula Mic

Image Credits: Brian Heater

I could have easily stuck this in the travel gift guide. As someone whose job requires them to come once a month, I was looking for a way to up my hotel recording game. The Tula Mic has it all: good looks, great sound quality and a compact foldable design that sits comfortably in your carry-on.

The microphone connects to your computer via the USB-C port and offers a variety of settings. You can also take it on the go for field recordings, courtesy of a 12-hour battery and 8GB of internal storage. This is a very well thought out piece of hardware up and down the line.

Shure MV7

Price: $269 on Amazon

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I have a lot of USB microphones — especially during the pandemic. The Shure MV7 was the first one I really fell in love with. Once I got it, I recorded every episode of my podcast, moderated dozens of panels and held countless meetings with it. In fact, it remains permanently plugged into my desktop at all times.

Now this isn’t Shure’s pro level SM7B – generally considered the gold standard of podcasting mics. But the MV7 is cheaper and, best of all, has a USB input so you can get great sound without having to futz around with other audio interface hardware.

Link to Insta360

Price: $300 on Amazon

webcam

Image Credits: Brian Heater

This webcam is another thing for my home desktop. It’s a weird thing to say, but I get complimented for my video quality all the time in work meetings. Video goes up to 4K, but for most things, you’re more than fine relying on 1080p. The extra resolution really comes in handy, however, when using the 5x digital zoom with minimal image degradation. If you’re always on the move, don’t worry, the built-in electronic gimbal has you covered.

Insta360’s desktop software is foolproof, making sure things are properly framed first, so you don’t look like an amateur, adjusting things after you’ve logged in.

Razer Ring Light

Price: $80 on Amazon

Image Credits: Razer

In the pandemic, many of us have been forced to face how bad the lighting in our home is. While a good webcam can go a long way in enhancing your image, it’s useless without a good light source. There are a ton of ring lights on the market, but I finally got this one from gaming giant Razer.

The price is right, and the system can be mounted on a tripod or behind a monitor. My advice, though, is that straight isn’t always best – especially if you wear glasses. You’ll want to experiment a bit with the set up, but thankfully, the mounting system gives you all the options here.

Bose QuietComfort Ultra

Price: $429 on Amazon

Image Credits: Brian Heater

My advice for all podcasters is: wear headphones. And try to make your visitors where they are, if possible. This will make your job as an editor easier. For most hobbyist podcasters, I usually recommend a pair of over-ear headphones that you also want to use in your everyday life. If you’re recording remotely, you probably don’t need a pair of high-end monitors.

I’d go with the QuietComfort Ultra based on track record (they’re currently on preorder). Bose makes great all-day wear headphones, so you can use them for podcasts, meetings and take them on long trips, thanks to their ultra-comfortable design.

I also recommend looking at a pair with an auxiliary input. That’s a really helpful feature for editing, not to mention the flexible video systems behind the plane.

Subscriptions

Riverside.fm

Image Credits: Riverside.fm

As a rule, subscriptions make more gifts. This definitely applies to podcasting. I feel like every month I hear about another service that I want to subscribe to to take my performance to the next level. Here are some of my current favorites:

Riverside.fm ($15/month): I have recommended Zencastr for the past few years, but in the end the platform gave me a lot of grief. For $15 a month Riverside gives you up to five hours of high-quality remote video and audio recording.

Auphonic ($10.50/month): The latest addition to my workflow saves me hours each month. Upload a track and Auphonic will level it and remove background noise in minutes.

Otter ($10/month): Otter is a godsend for transcription and editing. For the latter, the AI-based service helps you find keywords in no time.

Podcastpage ($12/month): An extremely easy-to-use service that creates a professional-looking site for your show. I was dealing with an injury last week and spent some time customizing my show page. The flexibility is impressive for a visual editor.

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