2. "My recommendations.." In response to Reply # 0
Elegato Wave 3 to start because it includes wave link, great software that allows you to manage individual audio sources simultaneously but it's expensive so consider the Rode podmic for $100.
Buy the ath m40x headphones, buy either the rode podmic or the Wave 3, and use streamlabs or obs studios. Maybe consider a go xlr later. Garageband or Logic Pro X work on mac but Podcasted works om Windows. Hosting your podcast is a whole other issue....
3. "What I'm attempting to use" In response to Reply # 0
Blue Yeti X and Blue Snowball. I have other mics but its more simple to use USB for the space I'm planning to record in. Macbook Pro 2019 16 inch. I might bounce between that and an iMac. Using Logic Pro X to record. Pretty sure garage band is viable too.
6. "Trust me when I tell you" In response to Reply # 0
The tech should come LAST.
Use what you have starting out, then if you get 3-5 episodes recorded and edited and you still want to keep going, buy stuff.
I've met too many people who buy stuff and then don't stick it out because they don't want to do the work, or they just don't have enough interesting stuff to say, or they're not actually interested enough in anything to keep the ideas fresh, etc.
For real, have the guests record into their voice memo app using their earbuds, transfer those files into the computer and then Audacity and then sync them up, and then learn the basic editing decisions and techniques.
If you do that 3-5 times and you still wanna buy stuff, buy stuff.