Knowing which cables to buy is dependent on your setup. Overall, there are no “bad” choices but some are clearly superior to the rest. If you have the money to spend, Mogami Gold Studio cables are one of the best brands. You will likely need some combination of cables similar to these:
Also, if you don’t have an audio input jack on the computer you use for interviews, you will want to buy a device like the Griffin iMic. This will give your computer the ability to send and receive audio.
Note- I include exactly what cables you need to buy on my Kit examples.
Along with cables and converts, you should be familiar with this terminology:
TS and TRS cables – This describes the type of insert is at the end of the cable.
Mono and Stereo – Mono is a single channel where all of the sound is the same when played on any speaker. Stereo is typically two channels that can send different sounds to different speakers.
Balanced and Unbalanced– balanced cables typically provide a better and cleaner sound than unbalanced cables.
Single vs Dual – Some cables have one plug to an end (single) and others have two plugs on the same end (dual).
Male/ Female – Some cables (like XLR cables) have a male and female end. Just think human anatomy.
Cables are an important part of building your setup but easily misunderstood. Hopefully the above information gives you some clarity.
Again, pick what works best for you. I used basic desk stands and boom mic stands for years. However, I recently switched to a boom arm stand to open up more space on my desk. Rode makes a high-quality version and Neewer makes an inexpensive version. I own the Neewer version and it works just fine.
Frame-style stand– An inexpensive, stationary studio rack.
Studio Rack-A higher quality version of the frame-style. Best for stationary studio use.
Portable Rack Case– Great for traveling with equipment.
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