Today's podcasting snake-oil dealer is The Internet Audio Guy. For a mere pittance of $695, Mike Stewart will sell potential podcasters a microphone, a digital audio editor, and a sound capture card. Oh, and a video CD showing you how to use it all.
I'm not going to go into a rant about this as I normally do, but suffice it to say that if you feel like you need to spend a bajillion dollars to cut a podcast then go ahead. The reality is that I've spent about $150 in the past year and half on my podcasting gear and the bulk of that was within the last six months. We just recorded our 60th podcast and we're sounding just fine.
Potential podcasters need to focus on content, some basic voice technique, and scheduling. Even if you'd like to get some expensive gear, you can get some excellent hardware for a fraction of Audio Guy's gear.
I'm putting Internet Audio Guy into my Snake Oil category because he not only in that it appears he has yet to produce a podcast, but all of his so-called "references" on his site are also flashy Internet marketers. If you have a couple of minutes on your hands, Google every one of Mike's reference and see what you think.