We've spent a lot of time looking for high-quality gear that is also compact and
affordable. Note that you don't
need a computer in order to record your voice. We've found that unless you
dedicate a computer to recording, and don't mess with the settings in-between
recordings, using a standalone system produces more consistent results.
You don't want to finish a recording only to find out you had the "Mute Input" checkbox
checked. We hear stories like this all the time. Only the preamp requires
AC power. The recording device uses a single AA battery which lasts a long time. Check out our
videos on how to use the podcasting kit.
* Prices as of July 28, 2006
||Small 1GB Flash Recording Device. Batteries last a long
time. Portable. Line-In for recording from any audio source.
Audio Technica AT2020
||This is a large diaphragm condenser microphone suitable
for recording vocals in professional recordings.
||Mic preamp with phantom power. Sounds great, and its easy
Desktop Boom Stand
||A nice compact desktop boom mic stand.
5' Mic Cable
||A great mic cable. Not so long that it gets tangled.
Shure Pop Filter
||This is the best pop filter we've used. Catches more pops
and does not disturb the sound.
||Closed headphones prevent the source audio from leaking
into the microphone. These sound almost as good as our $500 Sennheiser mixing headphones.
||You can get the Podcasting Kit from
Caruso Music for about $420.
You can reach them at 860-442-9600.
Part One - Hardware
Watch this video on how to set up the podcasting kit and make a good recording.
It is just under 12 minutes long.
Part Two - Software
This video shows you how to copy files from the iRiver recording device onto your
hard drive. Once you have the file, you can upload it to Pwop for podcasting!
TechSmith Camtasia Codec
Download this first!
You need this to watch the videos below. It's small and installs quickly.
||Install the above codec and then download this short video
that shows you how to install the iRiver software and copy files from the device
to your PC.