This is a complimentary list described in the book: Narrate and Produce Your Own Audiobook, A Beginner’s Guide.
This list will cost you $385*. For reference, (Audible) ACX’s recommended equipment for a first-time narrator will cost you $1,700! If you choose to follow ACX’s list, you will certainly have the right equipment, but it’s not necessary to break the bank for quality audio.
Click on the images to be directed to the Amazon purchase page. For information on how to narrate your audiobook and why I chose this equipment for my recommended list, check out Narrate and Produce Your Own Audiobook, A Beginner’s Guide.
$149: Mic, Pop Filter, and XLR Cable Bundle
Audio-Technica AT2035 LDCM (Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic)
$13 Mic Stand
NEEWER Adjustable Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand
$149 Audio Interface
Tascam US-2×2 USB Audio Interface
$13 Interface Power Cord for the Tascam US-2×2 Audio Interface
AC Adapter for Tascam
Your setup should look like this:
$20 ~ $30 Closed-Back Headphones (Don’t need anything fancy, just what works)
Tascam TH-02 Closed Back Studio Headphones
$19: Laptop Cooling Stand
Ventilated Adjustable Laptop Stand
Optional Equipment, but still recommended
$80 External Hard Drive
WD My Passport 500GB Portable External Hard Drive
$120 Kindle Paperwhite
Don’t rustle papers while you’re trying to narrate, get a kindle
Note: If you’re printing out manuscripts, the cost of ink and paper will equal that of a kindle after only three books.
$80+ Insulation — Treat your space and make your audio sound professional
(or just use your walk-in closet…)
$20 a month or $240 prepaid: Adobe Audition
Audacity is a free audio recording program, but Adobe Audition has greater functionality and performance, and is what I personally use
Have more money to burn? Get the best (used on Game of Thrones audio): Rx6 Standard ($400) or Advanced ($1,200)
*Prices in this list may fluctuate from time of publication of this post
I hope you’ve found this list useful. Happy recording!