Recommended Tools for Creators

4 recommendations each in the categories of Gear, Software, and Books. Every product on here is one that we use here at Descript Mastery and recommend enthusiastically to other creators.

Disclaimer: Every product listed is an affiliate link.

Editing & Content Creation Gear

Product

Why I Like It

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Apple MacBook Air M3

I often get asked what computer to use for editing with Descript. The short answer is: get the best specs you can afford. At a minimum, I recommend the latest chipset (in 2024, for Macs, that's the M3 and, for PCs, the Intel Ultra or Snapdragon X lineup), 16GB of RAM, and 512GB storage. Personally, I use a MacBook Air like the one linked and it works great for heavy, daily Descript use with 1080p & 4k videos.
Click here to get the Apple MacBook Air.

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DJI Pocket 3

The DJI Pocket 3 is an incredible and versatile 4k camera. You can take it out and about to shoot footage around town or you can use in the home office as a webcam. I recommend the Creator Kit to get the included wireless microphone and extra battery!
Click here to get the DJI Pocket 3.

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Rode PodMic USB

I've been using this microphone since April 2024 and it's a huge upgrade over what I was using before. Highly recommend this for beginner and intermediate creators. Sound quality is outstanding, it's plug-and-play easy, it's affordable, and it can grow with you as it has USB and XLR outputs. Can't say enough good things about this mic.
Click here to get the Røde PodMic USB.

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Logitech MX Master 3S

Aside from a good computer, a good mouse is perhaps the most important tool in being an efficient editor. At a minimum, get yourself a wireless mouse with a scroll wheel (Recommendation: Do NOT use your laptop trackpad for editing, it's way too tedious). I use this mouse with Descript and love the horizontal scroll wheel to quickly navigate the timeline.
Click here to get the Logitech MX Master 3S.

Software

Product

Why I Like It

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I was reluctant to switch to Kajabi due to the expense but I'm SO glad I did! Now, my course, tutoring, landing pages, email, and analytics are all under one roof and this business has been taking off since I made the switch. Super powerful, easy to use, and was worth every penny for my business!
Click here to get Kajabi

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AppSumo is my secret weapon in business. It's a marketplace for software. Typically, the software they sell are from startups offering lifetime deals as low as $29. I've replaced over $500 per month in recurring software costs with lifetime deals found here.
Click here to shop on AppSumo

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Rest assured when you are on this site, you are not being tracked by Google. Fathom is a Google Analytics alternative that is privacy-focused and way easier to use. Super simple to setup and only gives you the information you need. Plus, the founders seem like high-integrity guys and I like how they do business. It's an all-around great company and product.
Click here to get Fathom

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I know, I know, you're shocked that we'd recommend Descript. But yes, Descript is hands down the best video editor on the market for podcasters and course creators!
Click here to get Descript.

Books

Book

Why I Like It

Day Trading Attention book cover

Great read about why (and how) companies of all sizes need to be embracing modern marketing techniques (i.e. content creation).

Mastery by Robert Greene book cover

I'm OBSESSED with the concept of Mastery and those who achieve (thus the name of this business). This book is a must-read for anyone on the path to Mastery in any domain.

The Youtube Formula book cover by Derral Eves

This is the book that first got me excited about the possibilities of creating online. Derral Eves dives into the data of Youtube - what you should be looking at and why, how to analyze and adjust your approach, and so much more.

Cover of the book Youtube Secrets by Sean Cannell & Benji Travis

Youtube Secrets is written by two guys who are crushing it on Youtube (Think Media). They offer practical advice and motivation for getting started and finding success on Youtube.