Tom's Recommendations

Over the years I have tested and tried many products and services. Here is my ever-evolving list of preferred tools and resources that make up part of my continual business process. As you can see, I am a true studio hardware geek.

The Podcast Studio Gear

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RODE RODEcaster Pro

The Rode Rodecaster Pro is a pretty unique piece of audio gear, because it’s designed entirely with podcasting in mind. It's got a ton of great features that make it an essential part of my studio setup.

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PRE-73 MK11 Vintage Pre-Amplifier

The more tradition in-your-face mics feed into this unit, which adds some nice color and vintage radio sound to the voice.

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Heil PR-40 Microphone

My go-to mic when it comes to all things audio in the studio when I require a close-to-my-mouth microphone. 

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Shure SM7B Microphone

I also have this mic as a backup or as a secondary mic for guests or co hosts.

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Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones

During editing, these headphones are the best. They fit my head like no others and are incredibly comfortable for listening and editing.

Ultimate Ears Custom earphones

Ultimate Ears Custom Earphones

These custom fit, in-ear monitors allow podcast or interview recording without having big cans on your ears. Great for video, they fit incredibly well and look good too. 

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Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone

I've learned that a mic near my mouth changes the way I act when recording. I also don't want a radio mic in my face when I do all my Zoom coaching calls. So, I found this indoor dialog microphone used in video production and love it. It sits off camera but provides incredibly rich sound. It's my primary studio mic. 

The Video Studio Gear

panasonic-ac-130

Panasonic AC-130

My pro video camera is a Panasonic AC-130. This camera runs completely on SD Cards and is a gem to work with. Dual XLR inputs. Full 1080 HD.

Sony Alpha a6600 camera

Sony Alpha a6600 Camera

I love, love, LOVE this camera. I actually have two of them in the studio. One with the 16mm lens and one placed farther away with the 30mm. My favorite feature by far is the eye tracking which adjusts focus based on where your eyes are in the shot.  

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Manfrotto 546B Tripod System

The camera is mounted on a Manfrotto 501 HDV Pro Video Head with Manfrotto 546B Tripod System. 

ikan Onyx LED studio lights

Ikan Onyx LED Studio Lights

These lights are easy to work with in my small studio, have remote control switches and have a wide range of color and brightness. I've got them attached to my studio walls via wall brackets so that the included stands do not take up space in my office. 

16MM f 1.4 Sigma lens

16MM f/1.4 Sigma Lens Contemporary Lens

My favorite studio lens for my Sony Camera. I really like the low light performance, the wide angle and those blurry, cinematic backgrounds and bokeh makes my videos look very high quality. 

30MM f 1.4 Sigma lens

30MM f/1.4 Sigma Lens

For an alternate shot, with more depth between the camera an me, I prefer this lens. I find this one works better in the teleprompter. And it gives a more natural look than the 16mm. 

Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Pro

Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Pro

Hard to believe but this little gem sits on my desktop and does what 3 people used to do on my TV show. Allows up to 4 camera inputs, one monitor output and lots of cool options for switching cameras with the simple press of a button. Allows me easy self-management of a 2 or 3 camera set.  

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Prompter People Flex-D-11 Teleprompter

Also mounted on the tripod is an 11inch Prompter People teleprompter which can be driven by my iPad using the Teleprompt+ app.

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Sennheiser ME2 Lavalier Mic

Love these lav mics as they come with the EW112-pG3 Camera Mount System that connects to the camera. Great for any type of remote video work that requires good audio. 

Third Party Tools and Services

Ecamm Live software

Ecamm Live

ECamm Live is my studio streaming and recording application. Granted, it is only for Mac users, but it is such a great tool to use for video production. I love so much about this software as it makes production easy and seamless all by myself. 

Descript

Descript

Descript has become our editor of choice for podcasts and simple video editing. It operates completely differently from other editors in that it keys off of the transcript not the sound for editing. 

notion

Notion

This mashup of a database, a spreadsheet, a to do list, a memory bank and so much more is the core of my personal operating system. Notion is open on my desk all day as the thing that everything goes into and comes out of to manage my work and life. 

trello

Trello

I live in my Trello Daily To-Do board. I'd be lost without it. We use it for all projects in the company as well. 

slack

Slack

Within our company, we also use Slack, a team communication tool. It saves a ton of inter-office email and gives us a channel for each client account.

evernote

Evernote

Evernote for all my notes about everything. While I have tried a lot of other tools for productivity, these two continue to win out.