Madalyn’s Gear

When it comes to audio and video, I use a variety of gear. People are always asking me about my podcast set up. I invested in a high-end microphone, the Heil PR-40. It runs about $325 and is worth every penny. It will make you sound amazing! Not only do I use it for my podcasts but also for my webinars, online training courses and even Skype chats.

This is my audio/video gear:

Heil PR-40 microphone
Blue Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter
Blue Microphone 20 foot cable
Heil Sound PRSM-B Shockmount
BSW Pop Filter RE320 (if you want a cheaper option get this)
Heil PL-2T Overhead Broadcast Boom
Mic Flag (square box with my logo)
Rode smartLav+ Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone
Logitech Brio webcam
Viltrox LED video lights
Arkon Tripod with Phone Holder Mount (save 20% discount code: TwitterSmarter)
Arkon Clip-on LED Selfie Light (save 20% discount code: TwitterSmarter)

My Set Up:

If you’re looking for a great microphone, these are the ones I recommend. They are all USB plug-in and play except the Heil PR-40.


Low End

Mpow 071 USB Headset
https://amzn.to/2MmCSZ1

Medium Range

Audio-Technica ATR2100
https://amzn.to/2KpDj7S



Blue Snowball
– comes in white or black
https://amzn.to/2lxyWcz

Blue Yeti
http://amzn.to/1U6MyTJ


High End

Heil PR-40 – I use this microphone. It’s amazing!
http://amzn.to/243wisd

If you order the Heil PR-40, you’ll need a mixer or pre-amp. I recommend using the Blue Microphones Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp
http://amzn.to/27OP5Mo

Microphone for iPhone

Rode smartLav+ Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone
https://amzn.to/2NoyHS3

Rode smartLav+ Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone

Lights

2 Packs VILTROX LED video Panels
https://amzn.to/2On0tO0
The kit comes with (2) bi-color LED video light, (2) power adapter, (2) power cable, (2) 26-75 inches adjustable light stand, (2) hot shoe adapter, (1) wireless remote control, (1) carry bag. Dual color temperature system, brightness and color temperature (3300k~5600k). Wireless remote control system.
Check out this article and video from Wistia that shows you how to get great lighting on a budget.

Arkon Clip-on LED Selfie Light
http://www.arkon.com/product/SPLEDRING-live-streaming-video-selfie-light.html
(use coupon code: TwitterSmarter for 20% off everything in Arkon store)

Video

Logitech Brio Ultra HD Webcam – I’m using this now. It costs 3.5x more than the C920 (below) giving you clearer video and the ability to film in 4K.
https://amzn.to/2IrNUM2

Logitech C920 – Great camera for the money! I’ve used it for years. It’s a workhorse with a great price tag.
https://amzn.to/2yl4WXA

Tripod

Arkon 11 inch Tripod with Phone Holder Mount
http://www.arkon.com/product/RVTRIXL-tripod-phone-holder.html
(use coupon code: TwitterSmarter for 20% off everything in Arkon store)

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