Category: audio recording

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Use Multiple USB Microphones to Record [How to]

When I consult podcasters that want to use 2 or mor microphones for podcasting, I recommend a mixer like the Alesis MultiMix 8. Sometimes the podcaster doesn’t want to deal with anything more than what a USB mic has to offer. So they ask if you can connect more than one USB mic to your computer to record. The answer is you can  with a little bit of work at the beginning How USB Microphones Work Normally by plugging in a USB microphone you are turning that sound device into the primary. The secondary or tertiary sound source is not...

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Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX: for All Your Podcast Needs [Review]

If you have a podcast where you use two or more mics, then might use a mixer. Recently I have been asked on the Podcasters Community about certain types of mixers. I have suggested the one that I actually have used for over 5 years now. Their latest one I might have to get for their upgrades. Alesis Multimix 8 The Alesis MultiMix 8 is part of the Multimix series. Mixers from 6 to 16 channels, you can get one to fit your need. Multimix 8 comes with 4 XLR inputs and 4 1/4 inch (TRS) inputs in shared channels....

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Behringer iStudio Uses iPad for Podcasting

While I was at CES last week I got to catch the Behringer iStudio iPad mixing console. This is a dock that you insert an iPad into and turn it into a small recording unit for music or even podcasting.Also known as the iS202, the device has 2 mic inputs (which can also accept a instrument cable), effects and foot switch controls, Line-in and MIDI with USB midi in and out. The iPad slips in the top of the iStudio where you can load up your favorite software. Pre-Order the Behringer iStudio iS202 iStudio in Podcasting Connect up the mics...

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10 Vocal Exercise Words that Loosen Up Face, Vocal Chords for Podcast

Vocal exercises – you hear about them in acting and how some radio and TV personalities do it before a broadcast. But do you as a podcaster warm up your vocal chords? It’s important to do so – not only to have your mouth and throat loose but also to make you feel more confident in your show. It’s like warming up before a 5k race – you don’t start cold and you feel like you are just slipping into the vocals. 10. AAAAAHHHHH Open your mouth slightly and say “AAAAHHH” for as long as you can. This does two...

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Podcaster Sound Effects Board for iPad

Last week on my show iPad365 I talked about the Podcaster Sound Effects Board for iPad. This is an iPad app that adds different sounds to your show. Created by Eric Timmer, the Podcaster Sound Effects board features cowbells, alarms, train whistles and more. If you need a live studio audience this app will help get you applause and laughter. The Podcaster Sound FX Board features 2 pages of 25 effects (50 in all). There is even a section to show you how to connect an iPad to your sound mixer. You will need to use the headphones to monitor. Otherwise...

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How to Record Podcasts on Your iPad

When we started this crazy podcast thing, we had bulky microphones, big computers and clunky software. Times have changed. Now, we have iPads and all the means to record a podcast with it. My iPad Podcast – Hotel Walkthrough Whenever I go on a trip, I do a hotel walkthrough. Before it was a lot of work. Now, I can pick up my iPad and walk around a hotel taking video and mixing it down to upload. I purchased iMovie for iOS which allows me to create video, mix together and even put music behind. I can do a hotel walk-through in...

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Cool Garage Sale Podcast Purchases Edirol, M-Audio

I love to garage sale. You never know what you can get for a great discount. Yesterday was a perfect example. I walked up to a box that said, “Everything in this box, $20”. What I saw on top made the purchase worth it. Edirol UA-4fx Vocal mic/instrument to USB This first item is the Edirol UA-4fx vocal/instrument mixer. It has some great features to it. You can plug a microphone or instrument into this mixer and record in 24-bit. The mixer has an effects mode and even a tube simulator for great audio control.  Set to master to record...

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Audio Clipping: What is It? How to Prevent Clipping in Podcast

If you’ve ever recorded something, and pushed the volume on the recording, you might have heard the clip of the microphone. If it’s bad enough, you might end up re-recording your whole show. Sometimes, you don’t have that opportunity. So let’s work on not clipping the microphone. What is Audio Clipping? Basically, the way a microphone works is by having a moving piece in the microphone. When you speak, that piece vibrates and turns sound into an electric signal. If you speak too loud, the core of the microphone is pushed all the way so it cannot vibrate. Therefore, it...

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Using a Portable Digital Recorder for Mobile Podcasting

One way to record while in the field is by using a Portable Digital Recorder. This is a digital recorder, unlike the tape players of old. The device is pretty small and can record a one-on-one conversation, or a room for a presentation. The portable digital recorder has advanced to the point it can have XLR mics attached, can be attached to certain video cameras to enhance the audio, or run just from the unit itself. Some have a db filter – which means it will try to compress the outer noise to try and catch the speaker’s voice. There...

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Record a Podcast Using Web-Based Spreaker Software

There are many ways to record your podcast. Heck, you can even use an old tape recorder and transfer to computer if you wanted to. But why do that when you have a multitude of software out there to not only record your voice, but also add sound effects and music? Take Spreaker (pronounced similar to “Speaker”), for example. This is a cloud-based podcast software you can use to record your show. You can sign up for free, and start podcasting within moments. You can also podcast using a mobile device – If you have an iPhone or iPad, or...