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Video: The Extras

The Extras: Cables, Stands and Pop Filters

I’ve gone through the equipment in the video, so let’s cover the detail here:

Audio Cables

I recommend spending more than the minimum on audio cables. A great signal from an excellent mic can be turned crappy pretty quick by sending it down a rubbish cable. 

Here’s an example: Planet Waves cables are top quality, but they’re definitely not the cheapest in the shop. Alternatively, pop down to your local music shop and ask the guys there. They’ll be able to recommend you a good cable.

Microphone Stands

There are two types of mic stands out there: the normal, free-standing style, or the fancy boom-arm type.

Free-standing stands tend to be a lot cheaper, and super reliable. They’re solid as a rock, but they take up a lot of space and don’t move around very easily during recording.

Boom arm stands are a little more fidgety at the lower end of the pricing scale, and tend to be a lot more expensive no matter what end of the scale you’re on. They take up very little space though, because they clamp to the desk, and they’re super adjustable.

I use a Neewer Boom stand myself, although I’m the first to admit it’s not the highest quality thing in the world. It’s lasted me over a year so far, though, and still holds up my MXL990 just fine, so I think it’s a bargain at the price! If you want to jump in at the top level, then go right to the Heil PL-2T. It’ll last you for years and can hold rock-steady with a hippo attached to the mount.

Pop Filters

A pop filter will save you from the dreaded plosive; essentially the banging noise produced in your microphone when you blow popping ps into the diaphragm. There’s not too much to say about these, they’re simple bits of kit and little more than a pair of tights stretched over a hoop! You’ll find a pretty big range of pop filters here.

Headphone Splitter

If you’re recording a show with two people in the same room, and you want both to be able to monitor their audio, then you need a headphone splitter. This is essential if you’re talking to a 3rd person via Skype or similar, otherwise one of the co-hosts wont be able to hear the person on Skype.

So, there are two types of headphone splitter. First is the very basic 3.5mm version. This is for a simple split between two hosts with no individual control over volume. Next, you have something a bit more sophisticated, and not much more expensive: the Behringer Microamp MA400. This little bargain lets you connect 4 sets of headphones, and offer complete volume control over each channel. Now each co-host can listen at whatever level they like.