There are a lot of advantages to taking a podcast outside of the room. A game podcaster may want to do a live podcast at a gaming convention or hold an interview with a major director onsite. A podcaster may be forced to do a podcast away from the computer, such as being called into work. There are even situations that require the podcaster to temporarily set up shop in a different location, such as hurricanes and forest fires. A good podcaster will have the equipment needed for setting up a mobile podcasting studio, if for no other reason than it gives the podcaster different options.
Depending on the specific reason that you are doing it, this does not need to be a long list of equipment, and it can depend greatly on how you do podcasts. The simplest possible version is to simply use your phone; some podcasting sites allow you to just call in a show and record it using your phone. You then have the option to later download the file and edit it at your leisure. However, if you do want to use your phone, then you need to remember to make sure that you have minutes available, that your phone has a steady connection from where you want to podcast, and that the site has been configured correctly. However, be advised that here is the possibility that the podcast will be available in raw form until you log back on to the site, so it may not be an optimal situation.
For those looking for another minimal equipment situation, a small digital recorder may be in order. A digital recorder can be turned on and forgotten about, especially if a microphone is used; that would enable the recorder to be put into a pocket or just propped up. A smart phone can do that as well, and you may even be able to edit the audio file using the phone. While the recorder may render a better recording, the smart phone may allow it to be edited and uploaded much sooner, so choose which is better for your purposes.
The best solution is a laptop if you can set it up. You can record directly into it, then edit the audio file, and then upload it; better yet, you are not limited by physical location. The laptop can be set up virtually anywhere and be ready to go at a moment’s notice. You will also have all of the information you need at your fingertips, and your editing software will be right there when you are done recording. In short, if you do not mind being limited to a specific point during the recording, albeit one that can be determined as needed, then a laptop may be close to an optimal solution.
Of course, anything that a laptop can do a tablet usually can. A tablet can be used to record and edit audio with the right apps and it can be either used with a microphone or with its own built-in microphone. While not all tablets are connected to the Internet, at least not directly, it can be used to upload the podcast once it has been edited. Given the smaller size of a tablet, it does have an advantage in that it can be taken more places, or at least done so more inconspicuously, which can be an advantage in and of itself. Be advised that some tablets can only run one app at a time, meaning that you can record something, but you will not be able to factcheck while doing so.
The microphone will be a major consideration. If you are away from your studio, then you are also away from any noise protections you may have set up, and both laptop and tablet microphones are not well-known for their noise reduction capabilities. Because of that you are going to need to make allowances when you are choosing a microphone; it may seem like a minor advantage, but the elimination of extraneous sound from a recording makes it a lot crisper and also eliminates a lot of editing you need to on the spot. For those that may not have the ability to edit out noise, that makes noise reduction a major consideration.
It may seem like a minor consideration, but the carrying case for all of this needs to be debated as well. The ideal carrying case will allow you to use the functionality of your device while keeping it safe from most wear. The case needs to be at least weather resistant, if not outright water resistant so as to protect the device. It also needs to feel comfortable when fully loaded and ready to go, and easy to load and unload. If it can work well with your fashion style so much the better.
A messenger bag is arguably the best carrying case you can get your hands on as it can be easily manipulated and easily prepared for any situation. You can also easily prepare it ahead of time and then hang it next to the door; unlike a fully loaded backpack, it does not take up a lot of space, meaning you can place it closer to the door than the backpack. For those that need to worry about it, it can also be more easily searched than a backpack. Lastly, some messenger bags are even set up for devices and the attached wires, making them the best possible option.
As such it is easy to find the equipment needed for setting up a mobile podcasting studio. Just make sure that you know how to use your equipment and cay any additional necessary additional equipment, such as spare batteries. A mobile hotspot is not a bad idea for those limited to WiFi, such as tablet users. It is not that hard to set up a mobile podcasting studio, and can even be fun to try at least once, especially if you are looking for ways to expand your podcasting sphere and add audience members. So figure out what works for you and have fun!