Update – May 2018: We’ve had reports that deliveries of these mics are taking 3 weeks or more, and that Giant Squid can be a little slow in communicating. If you’re urgently looking for a lavalier mic, there are some other options in our Best Lavalier Mics Roundup! Giant Squid’s Podcasting Omni Stereo Microphone is
The AKG C214 sounds flawless. I bought a stereo pair earlier this year, for a few different reasons: I produce audio drama, and wanted to record vocals as accurately as possible. I had used the AKG C414 before (the C214’s big brother) and thought it was superb. The C214 is a similar build to the
The Samson Meteor is a USB ‘plug and play’ condenser mic. I’m a big fan of Samson’s dynamic Q2U mic, which is probably the piece of kit I find myself recommending the most. With that in mind, I was interested to get a look at the Meteor, Samson’s higher-end vocal condenser mic. So what’s the
The Samson Stage PXD1 Presentation kit is made up of a lavalier mic (the Samson LM5), 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
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
The Blue Snowball’s a popular podcasting mic, let’s run through its pros and cons.
Microphone polar or pickup patterns are settings that determine the area a mic will focus on when recording sound.
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
The Shure Beta 58A 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
The Neumann U87 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