We record the show using a Zoom H6. Zoom is a very popular brand for not just podcasting but for audio recorders in many other fields. The H6, with it’s EXH-6 expansion capsule, allows us to record each person on their own track as well as having a track open to record Syrinscape into the mix while we play. These tracks are all recorded directly to an SD card. My computer doesn’t have an SD card reader, but the H6 can be connected to it with a USB cable, which is how I transfer files to the computer. If you can afford the price and don’t need more than 6 tracks, we highly recommend this.
Adventures in Erylia is recorded with everyone using their own Blue enCore 100, which is recorded into it’s own track. These mics were a slight upgrade from our previous mics, the Knox Podcasting Mic (no discontinued). They have a solid and sturdy build quality and produce a sound we are happy with. The price point at the time that we got them we right for us as well. Since we need to buy things in groups of 5 to keep everyone consistent, them only being about $60 each while being comparable to $100 mics made the choice an easy one.
Shock Mounts / Pop Filters
Unfortunately, our preferred combination for a shock mount and pop filter by Cisno regularly goes in and out of availability on Amazon. This combo not only gives a strong shock mount with the microphone being suspended on rubber bands, but the pop filter is attached to the mount, keeping it steady in one place and easy to position. If the combination is unavailable, the same style of shock mount can be found from other companies, though I haven’t found anyone selling the pop filter on it’s own.
Many people recommend using floor stands for around the table set ups like ours, but due to space that wasn’t a feasible option for us. We have opted for the Neewer table clamped boom arm. Each of us has a TV tray that is isolated to a single person with their microphone on it which gives them somewhere to have their character sheets and/or laptop in front of them. The boom arms are easy for us to tear down at the end of a recording session and allow each person to position the microphone comfortably in front of them.