I wrote this article on Medium because a WSJ article made me upset. The same applies to developer gear, you don't need an iMac Pro to make the best program out there. Use what you have and just get something out there.
Don’t worry about getting the best equipment out there. You don’t need it.
This opinion piece is in response to Wall Street Journal’s article “Is Creating Your Own Podcast Actually Worth It?”.
I’m sorry if you can’t read the article due to WSJ’s paywall, but I am only talking about the bottom section titled "Essential Equipment for Producing Your Own Podcast".
In this section, WSJ recommend you purchase three pieces of equipment. A microphone, editing software, and headphones. The mic they say is essential is Blue’s Yeti which runes for $130. The essential software listed is Apple’s GarageBand which is only available for Mac. The headphones that are essential to podcasting are Sony’s MDR-7506 headphones which run for another $130.
Their essential gear for podcasting is $260 in hardware and a $1000+ laptop, and I have to call bullshit.
Your cellphone. That’s it, you don’t need to buy a mic, you don’t need to buy headphones, and you sure as hell don’t need to buy a MacBook to edit the podcast on.
Run over to Anchor and download the Anchor app. Hold your phone up to your ear, and just start talking. That’s all you need to do.
Why do you need a mic? There is one built into your phone, and it is good enough for phone calls. Why isn’t it good enough for a podcast which is also just your voice?
Do you think everyone out there listening to podcasts are listening with $130 headphones? If you do, you live in a bubble. They are listening through their phone speaker. Or their car speakers. Or through the earbuds that were shipped with their box.
Okay, you might actually need to edit your podcast. I doubt any of you will be able to talk for 10 minutes to an hour or more about whatever the topic of your podcast is without an embarrassing amount of um’s, but’s, and lengthy pauses.
However, you don’t need to worry about those to start with. Keep your production costs and time low so that you can focus on getting more content out there. As you get more comfortable talking and start building a following, you can start worrying about the sound quality and flow of conversation.
And when you do start editing, you don’t need a $1000+ MacBook and GarageBand, you can use free software like Audacity which works on Windows, Mac, and even Linux. Or, you can find an audio editing app on your phone.