The Gear I Use

I get a lot of questions about the gear I use, so I’ve collected it all here, on a single page.

A couple of quick notes:

  1. Just because I use something doesn’t mean that I recommend it for everyone. I make stuff for a living, and have been fortunate enough to upgrade equipment over time. If you are just starting out, there are lots of great options out there that cost less. If you ever want recommendations for something, get in touch.
  2. Where possible, this page uses affiliate links.
  3. Some of these products are from companies that have sponsored 512 Pixels or Relay FM in the past or do so in the present. However, unless noted, I’ve paid for everything on this list.


My main computer is an iMac Pro. I picked up the base model with the 3.2GHz 8-core Xeon, Radeon Pro Vega 56 GPU, 32 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD. It is the fastest Mac I have ever owned and I love it.

My notebook is an 13-inch 2018 MacBook Pro. It’s okay. As far as portable devices, I carry an iPhone XS Max and a 12.9pinch iPad Pro.

I also have a Mac mini hooked up to a Drobo 5D as a home server. Inside the Drobo are five 4 TB Western Digital NAS hard drives. At 5400 RPM, they are a little slow, but are rated for 24/7 access. I haven’t had one fail since purchasing them in April 2015. The Drobo holds all sorts of junk from old OS X installers to archives of all my past YouTube videos.

I back up these Macs (and my wife’s iMac) with portable USB 3.0 drives. Everything also gets sent to Backblaze. My home network is powered by several Eero devices the company sent me.


I make podcasts for a living. If I’m recording in my home studio, I use this set of gear:

I record my audio (and what I hear via Skkype) using Audio Hijack Pro, with Ecamm Call Recorder running as a backup. I edit in Logic Pro X.

To see how I record live Relay FM shows on the road, check out this blog post.

YouTube Videos

My YouTube channel is a single-person show, so I edit and shoot myself alone in my office, which is challenging at times.

I am shooting in 4K on a Sony a7r II I bought second-hand from a friend. 4K looks awesome, and with the iMac Pro, I can edit it without wanting to throw my computer out the window.

I have just two lenses for it. The first is the Sony FE f/2.8 24-70mm, while the second is the tiny f/1.8 50mm.

For audio, I use the Rode VideoMic, which sits atop the camera and is powered by one 9 volt battery. In the rare occasions I need a lav mic, I’ve been borrowing a RodeLink Wireless System from a friend.

For lighting, I have a couple of LED panels I picked up online. They’re nothing fancy, but they work for me.

I edit my videos in Final Cut Pro X and upload to YouTube. GO SUBSCRIBE!

I also have a Sony RX100 V that I use for some shots, and as my carry-it-around camera for situations where I need more power than what my iPhone affords me.


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  1. Remember when I said I couldn’t recommend all my gear to people? I had this in mind. The USBPre2 is awesome, but it is obscenely expensive. My go-to recommendation is the very-good-and-affordable Tascam US-2×2 USB Audio Interface. 

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