Whether you are a beginner to the world of radio broadcasting, or a well-seasoned broadcaster, the market for the best radiocasting equipment is ever-changing. This means that as a broadcaster, you must stay as current and knowledgeable as possible when it comes to technological updates in radiocasting equipment. While this may seem straightforward, many people struggle to really understand which broadcasting equipment is the best for what they do, with the benefits of using a good quality broadcasting system being extremely underrated in the current broadcasting world. But have no fear, because we are here to help! This article will help to guide you with how to pick the best radio broadcasting equipment and specify the amazing benefits of using a great quality broadcasting system.
The first place to begin when figuring out what will personally be the best radio broadcasting equipment is to have an end goal in mind. Will you be broadcasting on a smaller scale like a podcast? Or are you broadcasting to a larger audience? Is this for AM or FM radio? The best radio broadcasting equipment will depend always depend on who your intended audience is projected to be, so keep this in mind first!
The next step in moving forward to understand the greatest equipment is very basic; your microphone. While buying a microphone seems like the first logical step in purchasing broadcasting equipment, it is a step that many people get wrong. Why? Because too many broadcasters believe that a higher price always means a better microphone. Yes, often a more expensive microphone will be better than it’s cheaper counterparts. But when it comes to picking a specific microphone, it is less about the money you should be concerned with, and more about the mechanics of both the microphone and your voice. Certain microphones may perform well in specific categories (like a condenser microphone for recording voices) while falling short in other areas, like recording loud, live sounds. Frequency response is key to figuring out what microphone is best. If your voice is deeper, a larger diaphragm microphone may be better suited for you because it is designed to pick up lower frequencies, while smaller diaphragm microphones pick up higher frequencies, and in turn, higher pitched voices.
The next component to having great broadcasting equipment is to understand how to pick a radio transmitter and antenna. Often, this is the most troubling part of finding great radio broadcasting equipment. Picking a radio transmitter has everything to do with how far you want to broadcast your station (or in other words, how many people you possibly want to reach). A good rule to understand is that the amount of watts on a transmitter determines how big your audience size may be, so the smaller the amount of watts are on a transmitter, the smaller your potential audience may be (and vice versa). Luckily, radio broadcasters have an array of options when it comes to picking transmitters. So if you were broadcasting as a hobby or to your local community, a low power transmitter would be the better option. But if your ambition is to broadcast to a much larger audience, the sky really is the limit. You also have to keep in mind what antenna goes best with your radio transmitter. Antennas play two roles; receiving and sending radio waves. In order to broadcast, you must have an antenna so that your radio transmitter can adequately transmit a current to the transmitting antenna. If you are broadcasting on AM or FM radio will depend on what type of antenna you must purchase, but again, you should be gauging which antenna to purchase according to which radio transmitter you have.
Lastly, having a great audio processor and mixer will be essential when picking the greatest radio broadcasting equipment. You can pay as much or as little as you want when it comes to audio processors. The main goal of the audio processor is to enhance sound quality, so what you are broadcasting with influences what type of audio processor you select. A mixer allows the broadcaster to manipulate individual sounds by mixing them together to create an overall better quality of sound. Again, depending on what your plans for broadcasting are will determine if these are essential pieces of equipment. If you are only planning to have one microphone on a USB interface, this equipment may be unnecessary. But if you have multiple microphones or using a microphone with an XLR input, then having this equipment would be ideal.
While there is still a vast array of broadcasting equipment available to the everyday consumer, hopefully this helps to illuminate the specifics and necessities for obtaining your radio broadcasting equipment. The amount of knowledge and planning that goes into both choosing the best broadcasting equipment and understanding the benefits of good quality broadcasting is essential to starting off on the right foot for understanding radiocasting.