I saw this Focusrite Scarlett Studio 2i2 at Pioneer Pawn.
Beginner’s like this setup because you get a microphone, an interface that supports two mics and headphones for under a hundred bucks, used. — Heck, I almost bought it.
The dvd with the software has gone walk-about, but I never did like Cubase LE and I’m too broke to buy the full version, so this is not a problem. The drivers can be downloaded(Ser # starts with S so it’s 1st gen) and my favorite editor, Audacity, is still free. It’s available for Mac, PC and Linux.
An aspiring pod-caster will need a computer, a quiet place to work and some sort of mic-stand to eliminate the noise generated by handling the mic.
I’m using a Rode PSA1 boom arm, but at a C-note it’s kind of expensive for a beginner. — But don’t buy one of those 15 or 20 dollar arms you see on eBay, they are not strong enough to handle even a medium-heavy mic and they make a godawful lot of noise.
Whatever you do, do not rush out and buy the best equipment on the planet, all that will do is max your credit cards. There’s no way in Hell all that junk is going to miraculously make you a star.
On the other hand, if you want a cheap way to figure out if talking, screaming or singing to an audience you can’t see is for you, this setup will get you started.