October 14, 2016
Here’s a rundown of all the gears/toys/tools I use to create and get my work done. I probably forgot a few things but I’ll add them as I think of them.
Currently I’m using a 2016 15″ Macbook Pro, maxed out. It’s nice, but the keys have gotten stuck a couple times so I keep a can of compressed air close by just in case.
Audio Interface My audio interface is a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 (1st Gen) with 8 mic inputs and a bunch of outputs. I rarely use more than one or two of the inputs, but I wanted to have something with multiple inputs in case I ever get around to record full bands at my house.
I also have an old Zoom H4N that I use for recording away from home.
Headphones Most of the time I’m listening to music and podcasts and doing podcast editing on my $10 Panasonic Earbuds. I also have (and love) a pair of Sennheiser HD600’s, and keep a pair of Sony MDR-7506’s around as backups.
Microphones My main podcasting/screencast mic these days is the Shure Beta 87A. It’s affordable ($250 new, or around $150 used), rejects a ton of background noise, and just sounds great. I used to have a Shure SM7B but I sold it after using the Beta 87A for a couple weeks.
I keep a Shure MV88 (iOS lighting mic for my iPhone) in my backpack for emergencies or situations when I want to get better audio for a video.
Accessories I bought a $15 Neewer boom arm to hold my Beta 87A mic and while it’s not a great boom arm, it’s nice for the price. I have a variety of other mic stands from random places and I buy my mic cables from Monoprice because they’re affordable and well-made.
Logic Pro X is my main podcast recording and editing app, and I love it.
For cleaning up and repairing damaged audio, I use Izotope RX5. It’s a standalone app but it comes with plugins that I use inside of Logic.
I use Ecamm Call Recorder for Skype for recording Skype conversations.
I have a Logitech C920 webcam that I record video with when I’m screencasting. It’s nice and only $60.
I outline podcast episodes in MindNode. I write show notes in IA Writer. I write courses in Scrivener and Ulysses. If I want to crank out a bunch of words, I have an app called Flowstate that will delete everything I’ve written if I stop writing for more than 8 seconds. Pretty brutal, but it helps me stay focused for 10-30 minutes at a time.
I have a problem with buying writing apps, apparently.
I keep all my important files in Dropbox, and backup my entire computer with Backblaze. I also have a 4TB Western Digital MyBook external hard drive that I use for Time Machine backups. You can never have too many backups. As my friend Justin Michael says, “If you’ve only got 1 backup, you really have zero backups.” Maybe it was Sean McCabe who said that. Whatever.
I use Alfred for clipboard management.
I read news/blogs with Reeder 3 (RSS feed reader).
I journal (almost) daily in Day One.
I use Airmail 3 for email.
I have a little app called Affiliate that automatically adds Amazon or iTunes affiliate tags to any links I copy from Amazon or the Mac App Store.
I play Yamaha Absolute Maple Custom drums (12, 16, 24), a 14x8” C&C snare, and Meinl Byzance cymbals (14″ hats, 18″ and 19″ crashes, 22″ ride).