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My Tech: Marc Maron

The comic, glow star and podcaster, 55, talks about recording shows from his garage

What equipment do you use making your podcasts?

Garageband, a Shure SM7B microphone and a Samsung analogue desk mixer. I use an analogue mixer because it’s what I’m used to using from when I did radio years ago. That’s been the mixer for the 1,000 episodes I’ve done. I could update it but that would
mean learning new things. I don’t even separate the tracks. I’m used to doing it that way, so if it’s not broken don’t fix it.

Favoured tech: Maron uses Garageband

Why do you still do the podcasts from your garage? Has it got fancier over the years?

I moved a couple of years ago – the garage is definitely nicer. I’ve got some new sound panels installed but the equipment is still the same.

How smart is your home?

I have Sonos, which is great, but that’s about it. I have a record player with nice British speakers made by Spendor and still buy vinyl — I’ve got a few thousand vinyl albums.

What was the podcast landscape like when you started in 2009?

There were some around but it wasn’t like it is today. I knew some comedians who were doing podcasts but it wasn’t a popular medium. Shortly after I began, people like Joe Rogan started and it blew up over the next decade.

Speak up: Sonos

How do people build an audience for their podcasts?

Be consistent – some people do one, then don’t do another one for six weeks. I decided on two a week as it would be three hours of programming, which is enough to fill someone’s commute. It would build a relationship with people.

What’s been your most disappointing gadget purchase?

Good nose and ear hair trimmers are hard to find. You have to be careful with the battery-operated ones. If the blade isn’t spinning fast enough, you’ve got problems – you don’t want them ripping the hair out. I found one by Conair Man that is good. Everything is marketed as ‘this amazing thing’ but most of them are garbage. I had agreat milk frother but they updated it and now it’s terrible.

Trim: A Conair Man’s hair trimmer

If you could invent any gadget what would it do?

Something small that I could wear in a discreet way that would take away my anxiety and dread.

■ Marc Maron is performing his new stand-up show live in the UK Apr 4 at The Lowry, Salford, Apr 6 at The Royal Festival Hall, London and Apr 8 at Birmingham’s The Rep.  Details at: www.wtfpod.com