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.

Computing

My main computer is a Late 2015, 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display. If you want a Mac desktop, this is the one to get.

My notebook is a Late 2016, 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. As far as portable devices, I carry an iPhone 7 Plus and a 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

I also have a limping-along Mid-2010 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 MacBook) 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.

Podcasting

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 Skype’s 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 still fairly new, but I’m proud of the work there so far.

As of mid-2017, I am shooting in 4K on a Sony a7r II I bought second-hand from a friend. 4K looks awesome, but can be brutal to edit and render, even on a high-end Late 2015 iMac.

I have just two lenses for it. The first is the F4 Sony 16-35mm Vario-Tessar, while the second is the tiny F1.8 50mm.

For audio, I use the Shure VP83 LensHopper, which sits atop the camera and is powered by one AA 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.

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

Blogging

The site runs on WordPress and is hosted at WPEngine.

I write 512 Pixels in Byword on my Mac and Editorial on my iOS devices. I publish via MarsEdit and Workflow, depending on which platform I’m using at the moment.


  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.