How to Record a Podcast on Your Phone

To start you’ll need a USB mic. The Samson Q2U ($55) works great. An ATR2100 ($75) or Blue Yeti ($100) would work as well if you have them.

To connect the mic to an iPhone, we used the Lighting to USB Camera Adapter ($17).

The first time we plugged in the mic, it didn’t work. The power light on the mic didn’t turn on.

The fix was to plug a charging cable into the lightning side of the adapter while the mic was plugged in. That got the mic working and it was recognized by the phone. After that first time, there’s been no need to plug in the power while the mic was connected. The mic works without the power cord. But beware that your battery drains fairly quickly while using the mic.

With this setup, you can lay in bed while recording to your phone. The desk stand that comes with the mic can sit on your chest and you can record away comfortably!

You may get some thuds as you shuffle around so I recommend using a shock mount. This shock mount ($13) comes with a hand grip if you’d rather hold the mic instead of balance it on your chest. You can also screw that shock mount onto the desk stand if you prefer to use the tripod as described above.

Lastly, you should use a windscreen($3) to prevent the heavy breath sounds.

If you use an Android phone with USB-C, these USB-A to USB-C adapters ($7) work great, but you can’t charge while recording.

For software, the Voice Memo app works fine. We prefer using the Anchor.fm app to record since the audio is saved to the account and can be accessed easily on desktop when it comes time to edit and publish. We don’t use Anchor as our podcast host, just as the recording software.

Be aware that you don’t have any input level control in iOS. This could be dangerous as it may lead to clipping. Do a few test recordings with the mic at various distances from your mouth. Find the best position to not clip the audio. (Clipped audio will sound distorted on playback. If it sounds okay, you’re good.)

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