My Podcasting Setup: Austrian Audio OC18, Art Voice Channel, and Rodecaster

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Let me share with you my current podcasting setup. Please note, this setup is quite advanced and may not be ideal for beginners. It’s only suitable once you have a good understanding of audio equipment, as incorrect settings can result in poor sound quality.

Microphone: Austrian Audio OC18

I’m currently using the Austrian Audio OC18 microphone. This is a condenser microphone, which differs from the dynamic microphones I typically recommend. With a condenser mic, you have to be very precise about the direction it’s pointed in and maintain a consistent distance from it to avoid picking up background noise. Despite these challenges, I’ve found that in a quiet environment, the OC18 delivers excellent sound quality.

Preamp: Art Voice Channel

This microphone is connected to an Art Voice Channel, a hardware compressor that allows me to add different EQ settings to my voice. This setup gives me the flexibility to tweak my audio to achieve the desired sound.

Mixer: Rodecaster Pro

The output from the Art Voice Channel goes into a Rodecaster Pro. The Rodecaster Pro is a versatile mixer that supports multiple microphones and devices. It also allows me to add sound effects and manage different audio sources easily. This setup is ideal for creating a professional-quality podcast.

Testing and Preparation

Duncan’s Question: Recommendations for Microphone Placement and Settings

Duncan Lawrence asked about testing and preparation for microphone placement and settings. Here’s my advice:

  1. Reference Recording: Find a recording of a news anchor or radio presenter whose audio quality you admire. Use this as a reference to tweak your microphone settings.
  2. Distance and Angle: Ensure you speak at a decent level, keep a consistent distance from the microphone, and avoid speaking directly into it.
  3. Basic Setup: For most users, the Samsung Q2U, positioned at a 45-degree angle and about three inches from your mouth, will produce excellent audio quality.

Software for Recording and Editing

Recording: Riverside and Remotely

For recording, I recommend using services like Riverside or Remotely. These platforms record audio locally on each participant’s device, ensuring high-quality tracks that are then sent to you. This method avoids the pitfalls of internet-based recordings, which often result in poor audio quality.


Professional editing can significantly enhance the quality of your podcast. Given the competition in the podcasting space, it’s crucial to produce high-quality audio. If you’re not able to do this yourself, consider outsourcing to a professional editor. At Casting Cred, we specialize in production, editing, and publishing, ensuring your podcast meets high standards.

Uploading and Distributing: Captivate

For uploading and distributing your podcast, I use Captivate. It’s a user-friendly platform that distributes your episodes to various podcast platforms, making it easy to reach your audience.


By using the right equipment and software, and following best practices for recording and editing, you can significantly improve the quality of your podcast. Remember, while high-end setups can offer superior sound quality, starting with simpler equipment like the Samsung Q2U is perfectly fine and will still yield excellent results. Happy podcasting!

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