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 3.2GHz 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 Early 2015 MacBook Pro. I like laptops with keyboard that work and ports I can use. As far as portable devices, I carry an iPhone X 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 make podcasts for a living. If I’m recording in my home studio, I use this set of gear:
- 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
- My headphones are boring but reliable and widely used in recording environments. I use Schiit’s Magni 2 headphone amp.
To see how I record live Relay FM shows on the road, check out this blog post.
My YouTube channelis 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.
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 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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