A quick look at the studio set-up I have in the spare room –
Yes, that’s a Lego man lantern holding up part of the structure.
I’m using a Rode M3 microphone (a good all-rounder, but will upgrade if this podcast takes off), a Zoom H5 recorder which is then connected by USB to the laptop. I’m using Audacity (which is free and excellent to use) to edit the software and Audio Technica ATH-M50’s to listen to everything.
The key to this is the towel.
On the road in the 2013 election, I discovered many of the ABC journalists were recording voicers with their jackets or coats over their heads. This allowed them to partially dampen the sound of buses, planes or rowdy camera crews. At home, a towel is the next best thing. As the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy states, a towel “is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”.