I’m often asked where to get started or what tools I use. This may be for hand lettering, podcasting, or even selling online. I want to curate a list of everything I use in hopes that it may help you get started with something. This page is a work-in-progress, and I’ll continue to add as I learn.
Hand Lettering Pens, Pencils & Brushes
I review all of my hand lettering tools and share my favorites as well as recommend where to start.
Come see the tools I recommend and view examples of work created with them. Take a look:
In 2013, I started the seanwes podcast. Before doing so, I did months of research on equipment. Audio quality is extremely important to me, and while I’m ever improving the quality, I wanted to make sure I started off on the right foot from the beginning in terms of gear.
The continued compliments we get on the audio quality of the show confirm that it has been well worth the investment.
After exhaustive research, my choice in microphone came down to either the Heil PR40 or the Shure SM7B, a condenser and dynamic mic respectively. These are not cheap mics. Remember I’m all about quality here so that’s what I focused on in my search (if you’re on a budget and looking for a decent entry-level mic, the Blue Yeti is a good starter).
I listened to a number of sample recordings and ultimately went with the Shure SM7B. I like its rich and smooth sound. I don’t have a particularly low voice and felt that the brightness of the Heil PR40 would be too much, whereas the SM7B compensates nicely.
I’ve been very happy with the quality and for consistency’s sake, I purchased a second one for Ben, my co host.
Now because the Shure SM7B is a dynamic mic, you are going to need an audio interface (and an XLR cord for that matter). I started out with a Scarlett Focusrite 2i2 which is great if you’re recording by yourself or don’t need too many inputs. Keep in mind that the SM7B is a very gain-hungry mic. You’ll find that you’ll need to nearly max out your input gain on the 2i2, but don’t worry, this is normal.
I more recently upgraded to the Scarlett Focusrite 18i8. This interface is significantly more robust, and you wouldn’t really need it unless you have multiple people or numerous inputs you need to manage. For my podcast, we record two of us in the same room, and I also have a soundboard connected to the box.
The nice thing about the 18i8 us that it is compatible with Focusrite’s Scarlett Mix Control interface utility. This allows me to create multiple monitor mixes and adjust the levels of all inputs for each of our headphone mixes accordingly.
You absolutely cannot go wrong with the Sony MDR7506 Professional Headphones. They are sturdy, they are clear, and they are long-lasting. It’s not what you’re used to for typically listening to music, but when it comes to audio editing, these are going to give you a very true sound. There’s nothing more I can say, they’re just the best.
I really like the Heil PL-2T Boom. I wouldn’t say it’s 100% silent when moving it around, but since I don’t really tend to change the position during recording, it gets the job done and it really stays in place. I have two of them clamped to my desk—one for each mic.
Nothing fancy here. Just using a Nady MPF-6 Pop Filter. It’s inexpensive and exactly what I need.
- I use Logic Pro X for editing and just love it so much. I honestly think it’s money very well spent, but you can of course use Garage Band or Audacity in a pinch.
- When it comes to tagging my finished shows, I use the free Mac app, Tagr (which reminds me, I just went and donated for this app since it’s so nifty and I can’t believe it’s free).
- I also stream my podcast for Community members. To do this, I have a SHOUTcast server purchased through Wavestreaming. I use the Mac app Nicecast to broadcast the audio from Logic through the Software Monitoring. This feeds the post-processed audio (EQ, Noisegate, etc.) to the stream and gives the live listeners a high quality listening experience.
Making, Selling, and Shipping the physical products in my Store has been a tremendous learning experience. I’ve learned a lot of things the hard way, but hopefully I can make the process a bit easier for you. In the below-linked podcast episode, you’ll hear me talk about the following:
- E-commerce Platforms
- Shipping (Rates, Fulfillment, Labels, Postage, etc. Hint: ShipStation)
- Packing Material
Hear me explain how I got started, what you should avoid, the right way to use discounts, and who my manufacturers are:
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