While it is more possible to record podcasts or stream live audio smartphones, it’s quickest, quickest, and generally more professional to create and stream internally on a personal computer. The good news is that it doesn’t matter if you have a PC or Mac, and most modern laptops and desktops are more than adequate for the necessary audio tasks.
However, if you plan to livestream video or games from a PC, you want a powerful computer that allows you to both play and run your streaming software. If you plan to record or edit video, you also want a fast computer for rendering.
Here is the our favorite gaming PC right now, all that is on the job. Or you can check our MacBook guide broken fit for you. Consider also build your own PC—It takes more work, but you can save money. But if you’re just doing audio recording and processing, anyone on our favorite laptop (or really any modern computer) do.
Audio Gear for Podcasting
Audio is the most important component. Here’s what you need to ensure your podcast or stream sounds the best, from microphones to good headphones.
A USB Microphone
Most of the mics plugged into headphones, phones, and laptops do the job for Zoom calls and meetings, but they’re not clear enough for podcast or stream stories. The easiest way to upgrade your audio is with a USB microphone. These mics plug directly into your computer and allow you to record audio with surprisingly high fidelity given their ease of setup.
Lots of good ones but also a sea of weird, unmarked models at retailers like Amazon. Avoid those. My favorites come from Blue and JLab Audio. The entry level mics are like Blue Snowball ($ 70) and The JLab Talk Go ($ 49) good choice for beginners.
You can also get close to true studio sound quality if you spring for higher end models like Blue Yeti X ($ 170), Jlab Talk Pro ($ 149), Shure MV7 ($ 249), ug Presonus Revelator ($ 180), with better capsules and processing.
An Audio Interface