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Podcast – what equipment to choose

Working with podcasts is worth starting with the preparation of the right equipment. First is the microphone, headphones and the audio interface or mixer. I have met with many opinions on this subject from those that show the easiest way without unnecessary expenses to high-quality audio equipment. I rely on my experience with music and I recommend high-quality music equipment.

 

Microphones

Electro-Voice RE320

Professional-quality dynamic microphone. It’s perfect for recording both vocals and instruments. Provides excellent sound quality. It has a double switch that allows you to engage two very different characteristics.

Electro-Voice RE320 Large Diaphragm Dynamic Vocal Microphone

A professional-grade dynamic microphone designed specifically for recording and sound reinforcement
Ideal for applications requiring extremely low noise and the best possible tonal and transient response
Great for capturing a variety of vocal and instrument sources, and delivers terrific detail, dynamic response, and pleasing natural tone

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Price: $299.00

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Shure SM7B

A cardioid microphone with switchable frequency response that ensures a warm and even audio reproduction. It is intended for use in recording studios and in vocal applications with a short distance from the sound source. The SM7B is a microphone with even and warm sound, which is ideal for use in applications close to the source of the sound, e.g. for radio presenters or TV speakers. It is also commonly used to record vocals for music albums.

Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

Flat, wide-range frequency response for exceptionally clean and natural reproduction of both music and speech
Bass rolloff and mid-range emphasis (presence boost) controls with graphic display of response setting
Improved rejection of electromagnetic hum, optimized for shielding against broadband interference emitted by computer monitors

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Price: $399.00

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Rode Procaster

The Procaster microphone is a new proposition for the broadcast world from RØDE. It is dedicated to radio broadcasting and all reading applications. Its characteristics are shaped so that the voice processed by it is legible and attractive in terms of sound for listeners. Specially suspended dynamic capsule prevents transmission of disturbances such as shocks etc. RØDE Procaster effectively suppresses all unnecessary sounds so that the signal fed to a high-quality symmetrical output is free of ambient sounds. Checks in rooms not acoustically adapted to the voice emission / recording of the teacher.

Rode Procaster Broadcast Dynamic Vocal Microphone

Featuring a tight polar pattern and tailored-for-voice frequency response
Perfect for every application where a great sounding, rugged microphone with superior ambient noise
Internal shock mounting of capsule for low handling noise

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Price: $229.00

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Audio-Technica AT2020

Audio Technica AT 2020 condenser microphone is one of the most popular microphones in its price category. Works great in studio settings, especially if you plan to record acoustic instruments. With the growing interest in building your own home recording studio, or homerecording, there is a growing demand for good-quality microphones that will also be available at a relatively low price. It is worth remembering that a home recording studio is usually created using a variety of equipment, not just a microphone, so people with a smaller budget are forced to look for equipment at a lower price. Audio Technica condenser microphone, despite its relatively low price, can compete with many more expensive models. What characterizes this model?

Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio XLR Microphone, Black, Ideal for Project/Home Studio Applications

The price/performance standard in side address studio condenser microphone technology
Ideal for project/home studio applications; The noise level is 20 db spl
High spl handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched versatility

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Price: $99.00

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Mixing Console / Recorders

Zoom LiveTrak L-12 Podcast Recorder

Mix, Record, Monitor, Playback, and Remix. With the LiveTrak L‑12, you can finally mix, record, and monitor with a single piece of gear. It’s the only digital console that lets you mix your live performance and record up to 12 discrete channels – all while providing five individual custom headphone mixes.

Zoom LiveTrak L-12 Digital Mixer & Multitrack Recorder, for Music, Podcasting, and More, 12-Input/ 14-Channel SD Recorder, 14-in/4-out USB Audio Interface, 5 Powered Headphone Outputs

12 discrete channels (8 mono plus 2 stereo) with XLR or 1/4-inch connectivity
Frequency characteristics 44. 1 kHz: -1. 0 dB: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 96 kHz: -3. 0 dB: 20 Hz - 40 kHz. 14 -track Simultaneous recording, 12-track playback
5 powered headphone outputs, each with a customizable and savable mix

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Price: $599.99

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TASCAM Model 12 Mixer

Tascam Model 12 is a compact all-in-one integrated mixing and recording suite designed for music and multimedia creators, songwriters and performers. It consists of a 10-input mixer, a 12-track version of the highly acclaimed Tascam multi-track audio recorder, USB audio interface, MIDI connectivity, DAW control functions, and unique podcasting capability including mix-minus and smartphone input. Combining the feel of an analogue user interface with the efficient workflow and pristine quality associated with digital recording and production, the compact and affordable Model 12 supports your creative process from start to finish.

Tascam Model 12 All-In-One Production Mixer

12 in / 10 Out USB Audio Interface for DAW Connectivity
Click Output with TAP TEMPO
Onboard MIDI Functionality

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Price: $599.97

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Zoom LiveTrak L-8 Podcast Recorder

Zoom LiveTrak L-8 makes it easier than ever to mix, monitor and record professional-sounding podcasts and music performances in one portable, affordable package.

Zoom LiveTrak L-8 Podcast Recorder, Battery Powered, Digital Mixer and Recorder, Music Mixer, Phone Input, Sound Pads, 4 Headphone Outputs, 12-In/4-Out Audio Interface, Built In EQ and Effects

8-Channel digital mixer ( 6 combo, plus 2 TS inputs )
12-Track simultaneous recording, 10-track playback
Mix-minus function preventing audio feedback from dial-in guests

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Price: $399.99

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Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT

I dare to say that the good M50s are probably the most recognizable headphones from a whole array of various Audio-Technics models. Perhaps they are the same as AK2 were and still are K240 – an icon and model that is very popular. It should not be surprising, therefore, what ATH has done by deciding on the same step that KOSS had previously taken: making its icon a refreshed and more modern model by adding wireless functionality. Thus, next to KOSS Porta PRO Wireless, we have the opportunity to look at Audio-Technicians ATH-M50xBT.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT Wireless Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones, Black, With Exceptional Clarity, Comfort, And 40 hr Battery

Wireless, on the go design delivers the same critically acclaimed sonic performance as the original ATH M50x Professional studio Headphones
Touch control provides convenient access to voice assist. Sensitivity - 99 dB/mW. Impedance - Impedance
Mic and button controls built into the ear cup allow for easy handling of calls, music playback and volume adjustment

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Price: $179.00

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Sony MDR7506

There are several different types of scenarios in which a pair of headphones becomes a necessary element. One example is traveling. Traveling with a pair of noise-reducing headphones is a must if you want peace and quiet. There are also situations where the sound quality may not be as important as the durability of the headphones.

Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone

Neodymium magnets and 40 millimeter drivers for powerful, detailed sound
Closed ear design provides comfort and outstanding reduction of external noises
9.8 foot cord ends in gold plated plug and it is not detachable; 1/4 inch adapter included

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Price: $94.99

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Sennheiser HD 559

The new Sennheiser Premium headphone series is equipped with transducers manufactured in Germany, the highest quality materials and demountable cables. The large, soft ear pads have an open design for a unique sound experience.

Sennheiser HD 559 Open Back Headphone – Black

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Open back, around ear design. Connectivity Technology: Wired
Powered by proprietary Sennheiser 38 millimeter, 50 ohm transducers

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Price: $111.49

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Microphone Boom Arms

RODE PSA 1

Rode PSA1 Studio Arm is a radio type microphone stand, thanks to which you will gain wide possibilities of modifying the microphone setting. With it, regardless of whether you are close to the desk or comfortably spread in the chair, you will always have a microphone at the right distance from your mouth. Its long arm provides a horizontal range of 820 mm, and a vertical range of up to 840 mm, moreover, allows full 360 degrees rotation. This makes PSA1 Studio Arm the perfect tripod for radio, broadcasting, studio and home use.

RODE PSA 1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm

Rotates 360 degrees with a maximum reach of 32.5 inches horizontally and 33 inches vertically
3/8 inch thread adaptor
Holds up to 4.4 lbs

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Price: $129.00

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Microphone Pop Filters

Neewer Professional Microphone Pop Filter Shield Compatible with Blue Yeti and Any Other Microphone

New generic Studio Microphone Mic Wind Screen Pop Filter Mask Shied. Essential item for recording voice-overs or live broadcast.

Neewer Professional Microphone Pop Filter Shield Compatible with Blue Yeti and Any Other Microphone, Dual Layered Wind Pop Screen With A Flexible 360 Degree Gooseneck Clip Stabilizing Arm

DUAL-LAYER POP FILTER: The first screen blocks air blasts as any pop filter normally would; The gap in between then disperses any remaining air pressure, so by the time it passes the second screen, the blast is easily contained to produce great quality recordings
ADJUSTABLE GOOSENECK: The steel metal gooseneck holder fully supports the filter's weight and keep it in place. You can adjust the angle and distance between the screen and the microphone to best fit your needs for yours lovely voice
CLERAER SOUND: Banish the dreaded hissing and lisping sounds that come when pronouncing the letter "S" and blocks those ugly "plosives" that follows "B" and "P". It is a great item for singers, streamers and actors alike who want help achieving the best possible performance and help protect the spitting all over your personal microphone

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Price: $8.50

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Mic Cables

Hosa HMIC-010 Pro Microphone Cable

The more mics you have the more microphone cables you are going to need.

Hosa HMIC-010 Pro Microphone Cable, REAN XLR3F to XLR3M Connectors, 10 feet Cable Length, Silver-plated REAN Connectors, 20 AWG x 2 Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) Conductors, 90% OFC Braided Shield

Silver-plated REAN connectors for superior signal transfer
20 AWG Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) conductors for a louder, clearer signal
90 percent OFC braided shield for a higher signal to noise ratio

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Price: $14.36

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IP-Audio Encoder

Instreamer – IP Audio Encoder

The Barix Instreamer is an IP-Audio encoder used in thousands of installations worldwide. It is a versatile, network-enabled, generic analog audio IP encoder suitable for audio distribution, monitoring and transmission purposes in Broadcast, Retail, Security and Entertainment industries alike

Instreamer – IP Audio Encoder

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Encode Analog Audio to MP3 up to 192/320kbps. VBR and CBR support.
Encode to G.711, uLaw, aLaw, 16-bit PCM @ 8, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz

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Price: $364.98

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