Audio Technica AT2005USB Review
Condensor USB microphones picked up too much room noise, had echo issues, poor signal strength, and only worked with your computer (so if you later moved to a mixer it became a paper weight). Today I talk about the Audio Technica AT2005USB ($78 at Amazon) and it's little brother the ATR2100-USB ($49 at amazon). That solve these issues:
1. Dynamic (not condensor) microphones that pick up less room noise
2. No echo issues
3. Great signal strength
4. Operates as a USB AND an XLR microphone (works with a mixer).
While I originally thought this might be a good “starter” microphone, I put it up against an Electrovice RE320 ($266), a Sure SM58, and the Audio Technica AT2005 ($78) keeps up with all of them (A great warm sound with plenty of clarity). Best of all, it's little brother the Audio technica ATR-2100 USB is “pretty much” the same mic (no carrying case, and it's silver not black) clocks in at $49. I'm very impressed. It provides Heil PR40 sound quality at 1/4 of the price.
If you were recording skype, you plug your headphones into the microphone and you will hear your voice as well as the other people on skype. If you need to adjust the volume of your headphones there is a knob on the bottom of the microphone.
This way you have a “Starter” (more like keeper) microphone that can grow with you in the event you later want to add a mixer to your podcast setup.
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Free Skype Recorder Vs PowerGramo
Today we hear that when your ORIGINAL file is an mp3 file and then you save it later as an mp3 file. You always want to record all parts of your podcast as a wav file (or aiff on a Mac). Then when you mix down the final episode as an mp3 it sounds the best it can be.
Powergramo allows you to save it as a WAV file wich means what you hear is what you recorder. An mp3 files is compressed and cuts some of the quality. If you have the budget, I would go with Powergramo. I typically record my skype calls with my portable recorder (video showing how).
Today in Podcasting is Back
Today in podcast is back with two additoinal hosts Daniel J Lewis of the theaudacitytopodcast.com and Ray Ortega from the thepodcastersstudio.com we talk about the new Podcasts app on IOS. To listen check out www.todayinpodcasting.com