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How I Podcast Smarter: The Gear


We are back this week with a new “Working Smarter” mini-series on Podcasting. An increasing number of individuals and residency programs are starting podcasts, but it’s not always obvious how to get started.

What hardware is needed? What’s the workflow? What are the pitfalls? To help answer these questions we picked the brains of 9 star Emergency Medicine podcasters (@FOAMpodcast, @srrezaie, @TheSGEM, @stemlyns, @embasic, @Core_EM, @EM_Educator, @EMtogether, @EMCases) and asked them to share their secrets.

From dead simple set-ups to semi-professional studios, you’ll learn from veterans how to get your voice out to the public, and do it well. In this first installment, we review podcasting gear: the hardware and software you’ll need. The next installment will go over the production work-flow for taking a podcast from an idea to a finished product.

FOAMcast Logo

Founders Jeremy Faust (@jeremyfaust) & Lauren Westafer (@LWestafer)
Hardware Blue Yeti + Pop Filter, MacBook Air
Software Skype, Call Recorder, Garage Band
Publishing Libsyn
FOAMCast Gear Details --------- Complexity: +

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Founder  Salim Rezaie (@srrezaie)
Hardware  Macbook Pro, Rode Podcaster Microphone
Software  Garage Band, Skype, & Skype Recorder
Publishing  Libsyn

The Skeptics' Guide to EM

Founder  Ken Milne (@TheSGEM)
Hardware  Yeti Blue Mic + Pop Filter, Macbook Air
Software  Skype, & Skype Recorder, Quicktime, GarageBand, Audacity 
Publishing  Unspecified
The Skeptic Guide to Emergency Medicine Gear Details --------- Complexity: +

ERCast EMRAP logos

Founder  Rob Orman (ERCast) (@emergencypdx)
Hardware  Heil PR-40 + Pop Filer x2, iMac
Software  Audacity, WordPress
Publishing  Libsyn
ERCast / EM:RAP Gear Details --------- Complexity: +

Stemlyns logo

Founders  Simon Carley (@EMManchester ) & Iain Beardsell (@docib)
Hardware  Blue Yeti, ZOOM h2, Rode Podcaster
Software  Audio Hijack, Audacity, Garage Band, Auphonic
Publishing  Podbean
St. Emlyn's Podcast Gear Details --------- Complexity: +

EM Basic logo

Founder  Steve Carroll (@embasic)
Hardware  Blue Yeti USB Mic, Macbook Pro 13 inch
Software  Audacity
Publishing  Libsyn, WordPress, Hostgator
EM BASIC Gear Details --------- Complexity: +


Founder  Anand Swaminathan (@EMSwami)
Hardware  Hail PR40 Mic + Pop Filter, Shure X2U Signal Adapter
Software  Skype + Skype Recorder, Sound Studio, Audacity, Levelator, Auphonic, Blubrry
CORE EM Gear Details --------- Complexity: ++

teaching course - wildcast EM logo

Founder  Rob Rogers (@EM_Educator)
Hardware  Neumann Condenser and Heil PR40 Mics + Pop Filter, 552 Sound Mixer, Zoom F8 Field Recorder, Macbook Pro, Acoustic Foam
Software  Sound Studio
Publishing  SoundCloud
Teaching Course Podcast-Wildcast EM Podcast Gear Details --------- Complexity: ++

Peds Emerg Playbook Logo

Founder  Tim Horeczko (@EMtogether)
Hardware  Shure SM7B Mic, DBX 285s Pre-Amp, Zoom H4N Recorder, IKEA Bookcase + blankets
Software  Audacity
Publishing  Libsyn
Pediatric Emergency Playbook Gear Details --------- Complexity: ++

EM Cases Logo

Founder  Anton Helman (@EMCases)
Hardware  Heil PR40 + Heil PR22 + Audio Technica AT2020 Mics + Pop Filter, Triton FetHead Pre-Amp, Focusrite Audio Interface, Zoom H6 & F8 recorders, MacBook Pro, Persian Rugs
Software Audacity, Cast, Skype + Skype Recorder, GarageBand, Auphonic Leveler, Blubrry
Publishing  SoundCloud
EM Cases Gear Details --------- Complexity: +++
EM Cases Full Gear List
Benjamin Azan, MD

Benjamin Azan, MD

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  • Great post! Thanks for all of your hard work putting it together!

    • Benjamin Azan

      You guys (podcasters) did all the hard work! Thanks for sharing your insights!

  • Christina Shenvi

    Thanks for all the suggestions… What skype recorder do you all like?

    • Benjamin Azan

      There are many depending if you are on Mac or PC.

      I think the most popular one for mac is “Call Recorder for Skype”
      Not sure about PC.

      • Christina Shenvi

        I have a PC. I’ve tried Evaer, and it worked when I tested it and then when I went to actually record with someone, it crashed.

    • I used to use Call Recorder for Skype. For some reason, maybe it was just bad internet signal on my end, but it skipped on occasion. So I’ve been using Audio Hijack. more customizable for what inputs you want, and Skype is one input option. Bummer that it’s only Mac compatible. Hmm, perhaps a Mac is in your future? Personally I think it gives you so many more options especially as you continue to delve into the podcasting and educational technologies world. Good luck!

      • Agree. Audio Hijack is the way to go. Great with Skype. What’s the screenshot from, Michelle?…the latest version of Audio Hijack?

        Another option is Cast (an online service that records audio for you). We tried it for Wildcast EM, and we didn’t like it. Worth trying though.

        • Yes the screenshot is my audio hijack dashboard.

          • Christina Shenvi

            Thanks, Michelle and Rob… may need to go mac soon.