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Featured Coaching Excerpt - Notes & Transcript, Part 1
  • Things You Need For a Podcast: The Hardware
  • Hardware You Need For a Podcast: A. Computer
  • B. The Microphone: OPTION 1 - USB Microphone i. Blue Microphone is super easy to use OPTION 2 - Nice Microphones i. Shure Microphone on Boom Stands ii. Microphone XLR Cables (1 per microphone) iii. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
  • Hardware You Need For a Podcast: C. Headphones
  • Recommended Resources: USB Microphone (Blue Microphone Yeti)
  • Recommended Resources: EV RE320 Variable-D Dynamic Vocal and Instrument Microphone
  • Lesson Nugget: When you commit to win, you ALWAYS win!

- Okay, Clay, so we're getting into the hardware, the specific things that you need to begin recording a podcast, and I want to break it down to a pretty basic level so that you can understand specifically how it works, okay? - I don't get it. - Then we're gonna get into the software coming up after that, okay, so let's just break it down, and I have drawn very poorly on the iPad here. - That's a Picasso. - It's kinda like a turtle, it's a turtle. - Kinda weird how it goes back into the distance, the computer monitor gets it larger, your vanishing point. Your monitor actually, well, anyway, keep going. - Yeah, it got dropped, but on the left-had side the first thing that you need is that you need a computer, whether it's a PC, a desktop, a laptop, whatever it is, you need a computer, okay, to be able to run all of the software on. - And let's just say a computer made in the last, like, two years. - Yeah, that's what you're gonna need. - Don't buy a computer that's old school with new school software; you're gonna get frustrated. You can go, I mean, websites like Dell have computers for like, you can pay like 19 bucks a month, and you can lease a computer, you can go to the store, you can finance one you can buy one, but you need a computer made in the last couple years otherwise you're going to be very frustrated, because the software is always getting better, and it'll just bog down an old school computer. - Then, the second thing that you're gonna need is a microphone, okay? - Oh nice. - Some way to capture the audio. - It's like we're starting a rap group here. - There you go. - I wouldn't use a mic, just, bam! - Then the third thing that you're gonna need are headphones, okay some way to listen back to the audio that you're capturing. - Okay. - Now for you watching this specific training, I wanna walk through some of the different options for a microphone to capture it, okay? - Okay, cool, yeah. - Just so that everybody can make sure that they get it, so that you and the thriver can get it. So, I'm gonna flip over here, they've now made it so that I can switch between the computer and the iPad. - Look at that. - And I want to give some very specific resources. So, the first option is a built-in microphone to the computer, and that option is kind of like one of those that maybe you want to practice, but you-- - No, no. - Don't wanna actually put it out there commercially. - Nope, nope, you, and that's something that you said, and it's true, you could possibly do it. - Right. - You could also, we talked earlier, also start instead of just waving at people and going like, "hi, how are you doing, pleasure to meet you," you could start using a certain middle finger and use that as a way to introduce yourself, and the results will be startlingly different, you know what I mean? - There you go. - Have you ever tried that, oh hey how are you doing? It's not gonna work very well. - So that's the first option that we strongly discourage. The second option is perfect for, you're starting a podcast and you need a microphone that's gonna record high quality, and super easy to use, so that is a USB microphone, okay, so a USB microphone is going to be a microphone that has a cord directly plugged into it, and then you plug it in to the side of a laptop or a desktop computer. It configures very easily, it installs automatically, it's great. - And we've worked with thousands of thrivers helping them set up their computer systems, their technology, we've coached them through it. Don't get overwhelmed here, don't go "I can't do it; oh no, he said USB," it's a universal serial bus, don't freak out, it's just, that's how you plug it in. We highly recommend there's a Blue microphone here by Yeti. It's a nice microphone, the Blue microphones. Yeti, the Yeti microphone is great, you know, you can get it for about 125 bucks, I highly recommend that microphone, it sounds great, and it doesn't cost a lot of money which, to me, is great. - Yeah, absolutely, now, the third option are super nice microphones, this is what we use on the set of Thrive15.com for our podcasts. - 'Cause we're divas, I mean we're like, we're modern, we're modern George Michaels. - We're modern George Michaels. - We're George Michaels like, yeah, I can't even begin to even enter a room unless the air is purified, and the water's been triple reverse osmosis-ed, you know, that kinda thing. So, I mean, but, seriously, I would recommend, if you're going to make a, I'm all about, this is how I view life, we teach you this on Thrive, if you're gonna make a podcast, don't try to make it successful, commit right now you're gonna be successful. If you're not gonna be successful, then get the outta here, quit screwing around with watching this video. If you're gonna do it, get successful, commit I'm going to win, and when you commit to win, you always win, Dr. Z talks about that, our Thrive15 CEO. All the mentors talk about it, you wanna watch an interview with a top athlete, a top singer, they all say you gotta commit to winning, so if you're gonna win, go big.

Featured Coaching Excerpt - Notes & Transcript, Part 2
  • Recommended Resources: Electro Voice RE320 Variable-D Dynamic Vocal and Instrument Microphone
  • Recommended Resources: Microphone XLR Cables (1 per microphone)
  • Hardware You Need For a Podcast: Interface
  • Lesson Nugget: Audio interfaces are used for professional audio performance and when a variety of microphones and instruments are involved. They come with built-in preamp inputs for microphones (microphone level) and instruments (instrument level), as well as line level inputs for CD/DVD players and other electronic sources. There is a huge variety of audio interfaces on the market.
    (http://www.pcmag.com/encyclopedia/term/67204/audio-interface)
  • Lesson Nugget: https://us.focusrite.com/usb-audio-interfaces/scarlett-2i2
  • Hardware You Need For a Podcast: Headphones
  • Hardware You Need For a Podcast: Shure SRH440 Studio Headphones. http://www.guitarcenter.com/Shure/SRH440-Studio-Headphones
  • Hardware You Need For a Podcast - Recap: 1. Computer 2. Microphone 3. Headphones
  • Boom:
  • Editor's Note: It's actually not a Shure microphone...

- Now if you're on a budget, big vision, small budget, start with that mic but I'm just saying you ultimately want to go big. - So if you want a super nice microphone the specific details of the ones that we use this is a Shure re320 but you're gonna need additional equipment to make this work. You're gonna need a microphone cable here, it's called an xlr cable, okay. - Shure re320? - Yes. - Wasn't that the droid in the newest Star Wars? Was it re320? - I'm sure that we'll have a thriver, go on to the community section right now and go ahead and start that thread looking for what is the actual name of the new Star Wars droid. - I'm pretty sure it was the re320! No, that's the new shampoo my wife uses. - One or the other. - re320, it's volumizing! - So we're gonna flip over here on Amazon this is the Shure microphone that we use. - Oh man. - And then you're also going to need these cables associated with the microphone and instead of a USB you're going to want to plug into something called an interface. The interface is basically going to convert this signal with a microphone... - Down the cord! - Down the cord. - Into the - Interface - In your face! I feel like just the word interface just in itself is just a could you come up with a different word for that, maybe? Connection box? - Maybe adapter, connection box. - An adapter. Stop trying to talk down on us. - Basically what that adapter or connection box is going to do is going to transform the signal so that it is a USB and it works with all of the different computers. - That blows my mind. How is it even possible? - So the specific connection box that we use here at thrive15.com is called the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. - That's also the name of my youngest daughter. - There you go, Scarlett. - Scarlett 2i2. - 2i2 My wife was like "Why do we have to name her Scarlett 2i2? I get the Scarlett." I'm like babe, I'm telling ya in the future, this will become the interface that will make the sound transfer from the microphone cable into the computer. - There it is. And so that is covering the microphone, then the last thing you need are some headphones to be able to monitor and listen back to your recordings. - And don't get some weak sauce headphones, don't get some headphones where you don't know what's going on and don't get little ear buds that you got at Walgreens and they're like six dollars. What'll happen is you think you sound horrible or awesome and everyone else hears something different. They hear a different sound quality, a different tonality, they don't hear what you hear. You need to hear what they're gonna hear. You need to hear the absolute best quality so we do recommend some high quality headphones. - Some high quality headphones, there's a lot of different options out there, you can Google that. - Can we just tell them which one to buy? - Yeah. - Can we stop doing the whole... See that's what he does, he's always going "and you can Google it." Oh thank you, brostradamus you can Google it. That's it, I'm gonna play George Michael again. Alright, here we go. - So these are the Shure studio headphones that we use here at thrive15.com. They're awesome, super high quality. - Now these guys, I'm not gonna tell you what these guys are because these guys are really expensive but they're so nice! I have diva ears, I have the ears of George Michael, I have the body of a moose but the ears of George Michael. - A white moose. - A white moose! But what I do is I just love good headphones so you need to have some decent headphones. - Those are the three main components that you need. You need a computer, one that's been made in the last two years, you need a microphone system okay to plug in to the computer and then lastly you need some headphones to monitor everything. - People ask this, we talked to thrivers, "Well what are the odds my podcast will take off?" Well I'll tell you this, there is a zero this just in, this just in, there is an absolute zero point zero percent chance that anybody will wake up with a burning desire to pay you. You have to be motivated because if you're motivated to make something awesome, then you will be compensated for the value you provide the marketplace if it truly is awesome, if it truly does solve a problem, if it entertains people, if it solves a problem, if it educates them you will be compensated but if you are not absolutely a hundred percent dialed in you buy all this stuff you buy the mic, how much does mic cost? - The microphone costs about $100. - How much was the cord, thirty bucks or something? - The microphone actually costs $300. - You didn't talk about the stand! How much is a stand? - The stand is going to be probably another $100. - Then you gotta get the interface, how much is that? - The interface is, I'll give you a specific. - Yeah absolutely. You know the stuff we put up with here, we're trying to run a decent program and you've got a guy who's just, he's out there trying to give you vagaries, he's just you now, whatever. But anyway that's another 129 bucks? - Yeah - So you add up all this, you add up the price of the computer, I'm gonna say all in you're about $2,000 out the door. - Mm hmm - You add all that up, it all equals crap if you're not willing to commit to making your podcast great. I believe in you, I know you can do it, you have what it takes. But if not you're gonna fail.

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