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:
- 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.
- Where possible, this page uses affiliate links.
- 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 3.2 GHz 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. I have a couple of Samsung EVO SSDs in OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini cases plugged into the iMac over USB-C for external storage. These enclosures are USB 3.1 Gen 2 and make these external SSDs nearly feel like they are internal to the machine.
My notebook is an 13-inch 2018 MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar. It’s okay. As far as portable devices, I carry an iPhone XS and a 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
I also have a Mac mini hooked up as a home server with a big external drive for our family iTunes library.
Podcasting at Home
I make podcasts for a living. If I’m recording in my home studio, I use this set of gear:
- The Shure 87A XLR microphone with this shock mount, on the K&M 23850 Microphone Desk Arm.
- The microphone is plugged into a Rolls mute switch, then into a Sound Devices USBPre 2 interface,1 via a Schiit Wyrd.
- My headphones are the boring but reliable Sony MDR-7506s. They are widely used in recording environments. I use them with the Schiit’s Magni 2 headphone amp.
Podcasting on the Road
Every year, we host several live recordings of Relay FM shows. Beyond that, I often find myself recording while traveling for work or pleasure. I’ve put together a pretty robust “mobile” setup over the years:
- I have a set of Shure 87A microphones for our live shows, for all the same reasons I use at home. We have them in some pretty simple table-top stands with big heavy weights to keep them from tipping over.
- The mics are run to a Sound Devices MixPre-6, which is one of the very few interfaces that can record onto an SD card and send audio out over USB. The device is powered via USB-C, straight into my MacBook Pro, where I capture the audio via Audio Hijack Pro.
- If we are in a theatre, I route audio out of the headphone jack of the MixPre-6 to the house via XLR through a Radial ProD2 direct box. I’ve joked that this is my favorite piece of tech I own, and I may mean it. It’s built like a tank and does its job very well.
- All of this gear is crammed into a Pelican 1510 case for flights. This case is amazing. It is incredibly well made, and will fit into most overhead bins without any issue. My wife spray painted the word “Relay” in gold across the front of it to make mine.
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 a7 III I love this camera. 4K looks awesome, and with the iMac Pro, I can edit it without wanting to throw my computer out the window.
For lighting, I have a couple of LED panels I picked up online. They’re nothing fancy, but they work for me.
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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