My podcasting setup
Scott Laningham 100000GSNP Visits (2055)
Digidesign. I have a Digidesign digi002 firewire audio interface on the ProTools machine and an M-Audio FastTrack on my regular workstation for porting PC-to-PC VoIP calls from my regular workstation to the ProTools laptop. I also use a Glyph external firewire hard drive for recording and editing the audio since that activity is so rough on a hard drive.
I record my voice with an ElectroVoice RE20 microphone, a longtime favorite with broadcasters. MO uses a Snowball USB mic by a very cool company called Blue Microphones. Their products are about as cool as audio products can get, so they blend well with Mr. Cool himself, our editor in chief, Michael O'Connell. For processing phone calls, I use the little desktop version of the Telos One digital phone hybrid, which allows me to capture good phone sound on the guest and minimize looping of my own voice coming back through the phone line.
I monitor the audio with an old pair of Yamaha NS10s that I've had for 10 years. Sadly, I see that that longtime favorite of recording studios has been discontinued. All in all, it's not the cheapest setup (although you can spend a lot more), but gives me enough flexibility and quality to avoid booking expensive time in an audio production studio. I can run multiple inputs at once, which comes in handy when I have someone coming in on a PC-to-PC VoIP client, someone on a telephone line, and maybe a couple of lives mics in the studio.
Of course, the most important piece of gear is the chair from the Relax the Back store that a generous friend gave me years ago. I figured I've logged over 12,000 hours in this chair which, on the one hand, shows the durability of the chair, and on the other hand, speaks volumes about the sedentary nature of modern life. Maybe it's time for me to stand and dance while podcasting.