My Minimalist Podcasting Kit

My Minimalist Podcasting Kit

When you’re about to create content, the last thing you want to do is set up a bunch of equipment. You already what you’re going to say on your mind, but now you’re supposed to remember to plug in the whoozy to the wuzzit?!

This is the super easy, streamlined setup I use for my podcast, By Amara. Set up takes less than 10 minutes, so hopefully it’ll help alleviate some of your recording/set-up stress! 🙂

The Gear

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Amara Andrew - Minimalist Podcast Kit - Sony ZV-1

Sony ZV-1

This is, hands down, the best camera I’ve ever used. Sony created this camera specifically so vloggers could just flip the screen open and start recording. It’s so incredibly easy to use and is also extremely lightweight. I bring this camera on every trip because it’s so lightweight and compact! Check it out here.

Tripod/Remote for the Sony ZV-1

I can’t tell you how handy this tripod/remote thingy is. Actually, I can so I will. It’s always been frustrating to get your perfect shot set up, only to have to press record on your camera and possibly tilt it or do whatever to mess it up. Thankfully, with this handy-dandy little bluetooth tripod/remote, you can leave your camera where it is and just press record. It’s SO FUCKING AMAZING! Revel in its amazingness here.

Amara Andrew - Minimalist Podcast Kit - Tripod
Amara Andrew - Minimalist Podcast - Peak Tripod

Peak Design Tripod

Have you ever fallen in love with a tripod? This tripod is so beautiful, so wonderfully engineered that, dare I say, I actually fell in love with it. It’s sleek, beautiful, and so amazingly easy to use. Plus, it can hold a helluva lotta weight, so that’s also a plus to something so pretty. Check it out here.

MacBook Pro

The M1 chip in the latest MacBook Pro makes this machine a beast. I can have Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, After Effects open all while browsing the web all at the same time. This laptop has truly helped me be able to up my video editing output and for that I will be eternally grateful! 🙌 Grab yours here.

Amara Andrew - Minimalist Podcast - MacBook Pro
Amara Andrew - Minimalist Podcast - Rode PodMic

Rode PodMic

Such a great microphone to use. Sure, you could opt for a lavalier mic, instead, but come on. This Rode PodMic looks waaaaay more professional. Plus, you feel more like a podcaster talking into this versus having an overhead mic or a lav mic. Check out the Rode PodMic here.

Rode PodMic stand

When you get your PodMic, you can choose to either put it on an adjustable arm that mounts to your desk or table, or you can put it on a stand. I prefer a stand, personally, because I try to make my whole house as multipurpose as possible and don’t want to have to constantly adhere and remove an adjustable mic arm. Get your stand (and mic) here.

Amara Andrew - Minimalist Podcast - Rode PodMic Stand
Amara Andrew - Zoom H6 Recorder

Zoom H6 Recorder

I do as much pre-work as I can in order to make my post-work as quick and painless as possible. So, being able to record my podcast music in real-time is a MASSIVE timesaver. Playing all of my music live also helps keep me in the rhythm of my show. Plus, if I’m ever on the road and don’t want to bring my whole set up, I just use this recorder as my mic. It’s so efficient and easy! Grab yours here.

In-ear Headphones

These are really great in-ear headphones to use when recording. My boyfriend, Jeff, also uses these for his podcasts and we’re both big fans. They’re great audio quality, easy to use, and are nice and compact. Check ’em out here.

Amara Andrew - Minimalist Podcast - In-ear Headphones
Amara Andrew - Minimalist Podcast - Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro

And, last, but not least, I wanted to include the software that I use to edit my whole podcast. I also use Final Cut for my client work at Maven and for all of my non-podcast YouTube videos.

Who is Amara Andrew?

Hi there! My name’s Amara and I’m a videographer, historian, illustrator, and creator living in Chicago.

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