Mike Slaats

How to start a podcast in 2022

podcast recording studio setup

So if you didn’t know yet, I’ve been podcasting for over 2 years now, mainly for the SaaS Pirates Podcast in which I’m interviewing founders from the SaaS space. I’m doing this in both audio and in video, so I thought it would be fun to walk you through my podcasting setup, and hopefully, if you’re looking to start your own podcast in 2022, you’ll learn from my framework, my gear, and the software I’m using.

The Software I use for recording and publishing podcasts

So, I’m recording both monologue and interview-based podcasts and for both formats, I’m using the same kind of software.

Riverside FM

Riverside FM

With Riverside FM, I’ll record the actual interview in both audio and video. Riverside is one of the best software for recording interviews, especially if you’re recording video as well. And, since I’m a big fan and they love my channel so much, they’re giving away a 30% discount on all monthly and annual plans for the first 3 months when you’re using the discount code MIKE30 when signing up!

Alternatives: Zencastr or Transistor FM

Adobe Premiere PRO

premiere pro

So after the interview, I’ll export all the files and import them into Adobe Premiere PRO. I know there’s probably far better software to edit your podcasts, but, mainly because I’m used to Premiere PRO and because we’re always doing the podcast in video as well, Premiere PRO is my go-to software for editing.

Alternatives: FinalCut PRO or Veed.io

Anchor

Anchor FM

After the edit is done, I’ll export the MP3 file and upload it to Anchor FM which is my podcast hosting provider and Anchor will distribute the MP3 file to all major platforms such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. The MP4 video file will be uploaded separately to the YouTube channel of the SaaS Pirates Podcast.

Alternatives: Transistor FM

The gear I’m using in my podcast recording studio

In my office, I have a separate room for recording podcasts. It contains the necessary gear for recording, a standing desk, speakers for editing, a nice chair, and above all: the room is fully soundproof.

podcast recording studio setup

Shure Sn7b microphone

shure sn7b

So first and foremost, I’m recording all of my podcasts with this Shure Sn7B microphone, which is by the way also the microphone Michael Jackson apparently used when recording Thriller.

Cloudlifter

cloudlifter

The Shure SN7b mic is connected to a Cloudlifter because the Shure Sn7b mic is – what they call – a low sensitivity mic and thus you need the Cloudlifter to add 25db of gain before the signal reaches its preamp.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

focusrite scarlett 2i2

Speaking of which, I’m using the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, which can be used to connect 2 mics, which I personally have never done because I simply don’t need to. All of my recordings are either monologues or are happening online through Riverside. But besides having connected my mic and Cloudlifter, I’m also using the Focusrite to connect my monitor speakers.

Genelec speakers

genelec speaker set

I’m using Genelec monitor speakers which are absolutely great sound-quality-wise. I also like the fact that they aren’t that big. But the best part of this speaker setup is the desk arms which makes my desk very clean and I can set my speakers to any preferable height, and, because they’re attached with these arms to my desk, I always have the same setup, whether I’m sitting at my desk or when I’m standing. This makes it very convenient to work with these speakers at all times.

Light

light mounted desk

Light-wise I have a little light mounted on the desk with an arm as well. So again, moving my desk up and down will always make sure the light goes with me and is never changing.

Standing desk

standing desk

I’m using a nameless standing desk, it doesn’t have a brand name because it’s just from a local fabricator, but I absolutely love the design and the functionality. I especially love the memory settings which makes it really easy to lower or higher your desk based on your preferred memory setting. And the main memory setting is actually the standing position because, especially when I’m recording, I just really like to stand because it raises my energy level.

Herman Miller Aeron chair

herman miller aeron

When I somehow prefer to sit down I’m using this Herman Miller Aeron chair which is absolutely amazing and the best chair I’ve ever owned.

Podcast Recording Room

podcast studio room

The room where I record all of my podcasts is built into the main office as a separate room and from the inside, it’s packed with insulation material which makes it a very soundproof studio for recording audio. On top of that, I can close the room from outside noises by closing the door and I can even close the curtain which makes it better to focus here in this room but it also makes it even more soundproof.