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Samson Stage PXD1 Presentation Kit – A Podcasting Review

The  kit is made up of a lavalier mic (the ), a beltpack transmitter, and a USB receiver. Lavalier microphones or ‘lav mics’ (also referred to as collar, body, or lapel mics) are most commonly associated with TV and film work. They’re really small microphones which pin to the speaker’s clothing. The benefits of lav…

The iRig Portable Microphone | A Podcasting Review

You might not be keen on spending hundreds on a portable, digital recorder. “Can’t I just plug a mic straight into my smartphone?” Yes, you can! The iRig Mic is a hand-held condenser microphone compatible with most devices, i.e. iPhones and Android mobiles. Realtime Monitoring The iRig Mic dual mini-jack connector allows you to monitor your…

Blue Snowball | A Podcasting Review

Admittedly, I’ve never been the biggest fan of the . I’m not an audio equipment snob. On the contrary, I’m all about lower costs, ease of set-up, and I’m always willing to accept that not everything is going to sound as good as a £1500 studio condenser mic. So I felt it was time to…

The Gold Standard Podcasting Interview Set-up: Full How-To

In the introduction to this series, I talked about the benefits of having a top-class mobile set-up, either for podcasting interviews, or for co-hosting. If you have the budget for it, you really wont spending it on a kit that lets you record great quality audio, any place, any time. This is part 4 in the series…

Shure Beta 58A: A Podcasting Review

The is a dynamic XLR mic and costs around £126/$150. The mic’s little cousin, Shure’s SM58, is a popular microphone amongst podcasters and musicians alike. There’s a noticeable price jump between the two, so we’re going to find out why – and if it’s relevant to podcasting. Who Would use the Shure Beta 58A? The 58A…

Neumann U87 Microphone – A Podcasting Review

The is a pretty big deal in audio production circles. Ask any film sound or music producer what their favourite microphone is, and most will tell you it’s the U87. Having said that, not many people own one. And that’s because they cost as much as some people’s car, at £1750/$3100! That’s a pretty big…

Heil PR40 Dynamic Microphone Review for Podcasting

This is a microphone review written by great friend of the Podcast Host, and founder of New Media Europe, Mike Russell. There’s a very popular microphone amongst podcasters, talked about the world over. That’s why, today, I’m happy to bring you my own Heil PR40 review, so you can decide if it might be the…

The Shure SM58 for Face to Face Podcast Interviews or Co-Hosting

This is part 3 in the series –  Recording Professional Face to Face Podcast Interviews – One | Two | Three | Four | Five In this series of articles I’m looking at the gold standard equipment to use for recording audio, face to face. This means podcast interviews, or co-hosting a podcast in-person. We’ve…

MXL 990 Microphone Review for Podcasting: Top Value Condenser Mic

Quite a few years ago, I bought an  for use as my main podcasting microphone.  I had read some great feedback on the mic itself, and it occupies that price niche between entry level microphones and ridiculously expensive pro kit. The thing is, the MXL is actually on the lower end of that price range,…

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