Tagged: microphone

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Reduce the Plosives in Podcasting

Do you hear some weird popping coming from your audio? B’s and P’s sound like someone has lobbed a baseball into the microphone and S sounds make you look for snakes in the room. These are called “Plosives”. They make the microphone embouchure push together so hard it technically “Clips” the sound. Here are two ways you can solve that. First, get further away from the microphone. A windscreen or microphone foam helps slow down the wind of your breath so it doesn’t plosive into the capsule. I made a windscreen using a crochet hoop and this screen material. Some...

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How Your ATR2100 Microphone Can Do More for Your Podcast – Podcast Hacks

Podcast Hacks: Use both the XLR and USB when recording Its not my favorite microphone, but its a great go-to mic if needed. The ATR2100 from Audio Technica has a unique identity because it is a hybrid microphone – use it as a USB mic or an XLR. But the best part is how you can tap the potenial in this device. The hybrid microphone can connect up via USB or XLR at the same time. Therefore, you can connect via USB and record your voice on one machine, and also connect to a mixer to record everyone. If you are...

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Time to Clean Your Podcast Gear! How to Improve Microphone Contacts

Not too many people think about it, but after a few years of podcasting, I understand the importance of keeping the gear cleaned up. Especially if you run a mixer with effects rack. The realization of doing this post actually hit me two-fold. In the last couple weeks I noticed an issue in my gear where I would hear some static come through. I also talked with someone about the Behringer MDX compressor where people have noted problems while recording. I look at my mixer and it does have a layer of dust on the surface. The plugs face up...

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MXL’s Mobile Media to Bring Podcasters Awesome Microphones

I got a chance to talk with Perry Goldstein of MXL Microphones and their newest direction — mobile media. They wanted to put out a line of microphones for podcasters and videographers that will connect to any mobile device and give you high-quality sound. Analog vs. Digital connector Perry noted they couldn’t focus on digital connectors, due to the fact each device is different. They wanted to have a microphone that will connect and work every time. Therefore, they chose to use the 3.5 mm (1/8″) 3-pole headphone jack to connect the microphones up. Along with audio capture apps, this...

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10 Podcast Resolutions You Can Make (and Keep)

It’s a new year! The best part about the new year is that you can forget what happened last year and start anew. You can change up your show to hopefully bring in a new or expanded audience. But in order to do it, you must first make the resolution to do it. But what should you change? Hopefully this article will help out. I order what I believe to be the top 10 changes you can make to inject new life in your podcast. 10. Change the music Intro and outtro music is one of the best ways to...

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Podcast or Interview from your iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows Device

The best part about podcasting is how mobile it has become. Even back in 2007, you could get a digital recorder which allowed you to record audio. I recorded audio for a podcast once from my old HTC 8125 Windows phone. It was a fun and eye-opening experience for me because I saw what we were able to do in the future of podcasting. Add to this some great microphones you can add to your smartphone or tablet, your podcast options are a lot better than before. Also add the fact you can instantly upload to server location so your...

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How to Make a Vocal Pop Filter

When you are recording content, you might need to control the vocalist a little – get them away from the microphone or control what are called vocal plosives. A pop filter is one way to do it. Creating one is pretty easy and can be complete once you come back from the craft store. I show you how you can make your own pop filter for podcasting. What is a Vocal Plosive? Say “Bubba”. Now Say “Pappa”. Two more words – “Sassafras” and “Changling”. These are plosive words. when you say them, the B, P, S or Ch sounds will...

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What is a DeadCat?

Do you want a better sound with your microphone? Maybe you need a dead cat! No, don’t go out to the back yard with a bowl of milk, saying “Here kitty, kitty”. A DeadCat is something a little different. What Really is a DeadCat? If you’ve seen a TV crew rig or a boom mic operator over a TV show or movie – or even a documentary crew running behind a state senator asking what possessed him to take pictures on his cellphone, you may have seen a dead cat hover over. A Dead cat is a windscreen for a...

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How to Make a Portable Sound Proof Vocal Box for Mobile Podcast

I am seeing a lot of podcasters with mobile rigs lately. This is great – you have to get our your podcast but your environment changes. Maybe you podcast from your dining room table or you take this rig to a hotel with you because your podcast is time-sensitive (TV show podcast, major event, etc). One problem you run into is external noise – Maybe the walls in the hotel are thin or you are two doors away from the elevator, even the air conditioning is pretty loud. Heck, maybe the laptop fan is too loud, which is harder to get...

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Corporation for Public Podcasting Pt 2: A Good Company Invests in their Podcast

In CPP Part 1, I talked about getting the podcast started. I discussed getting a position description and setting rules and expectations to the show. The guidelines are one of the most important parts of putting the podcast together. So now we move onto the 2nd important part – getting your company invested in the podcast itself. Make the Job Invest in this Podcast Last week I heard of a person who is making a podcast for their job. They are packing up their own equipment, then setting up shop at the job to podcast. Once done, they pack their...