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The Equipment You Need to Start Broadcasting Part 2

A Microphone

If you’d like to raise the price slightly and purchase yourself a more professional sounding mic then you may be more interested in picking up something more along the lines of the Audio Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone. You may have heard of Audio Technica before, they’re an excellent brand and with this mic you’ll have something that is perfect for live broadcasts and studio usage. In order to operate this mic, you’ll need an XLR cable or a sound card that’s equipped with XLR jacks. Though you’ll need the extra equipment to operate it you can be comforted by the fact that the price isn’t too much higher than the previous mic, costing around £80-£90 this time.

If money is no object and you want head straight to the top, then you can’t really go wrong with the Rode NTK Tube Condenser Microphone. This is a professional mic and one of the best on the market. To be honest, it’s not really something you’ll need when starting up but like I say if you need to spend money then you’ll find this for around £430, quite a climb indeed.

A Mixer

If you have decided to go with one of the higher grades XLR microphones then you’ll likely need to get yourself a mixer too. Multi-channel mixers will be the most beneficial for what you’re doing, something like the Mackie 1202 vlz3, this mixer comes with four mic inputs making it perfect for interviews or shows with multiple hosts. There are also two phone interfaces which will make live call ins possible too.   

A Mixer
A Mixer

An Amplifier and Headphones

Headphones and an amplifier are factors that are easy to overlook when faced with setting up everything, after all it’s always the little thing that fly under the radar that return to bite us in the arse. You’ll want to make sure to invest in a good set of these, that way hosts as well as guests will be able to have their own set so that they can actually hear what’s going on on the radio too. Questions from callers, songs and pre-recorded segments can all be heard by them without an issue.

Headphones and an amplifier are factors that are easy to overlook when faced with setting up everything, after all it’s always the little thing that fly under the radar that return to bite us in the arse. You’ll want to make sure to invest in a good set of these, that way hosts as well as guests will be able to have their own set so that they can actually hear what’s going on on the radio too. Questions from callers, songs and pre-recorded segments can all be heard by them without an issue.

It’s crucial to get the correct set up from your mixer, amplifier and headphones as early as possible. You want to be able to get guests on your show as soon as possible, that way not only will it be more fun for you and the listener but it’ll also encourage more people to tune in too.

A Computer

Obvious but still important, you’ll need something to manage your station with. Whether it is a desktop, laptop or a tablet, as long as it can connect to the internet, you’re pretty much good to go. In order to make sure you’re broadcasting at the best quality you can, make sure your computer has a good soundcard, the better it is the better the quality. This means that you’ll have a professional sounding station which will only benefit you and your listeners.