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Mackie ProFx12 Unboxing

Click here http://thepodcastersstudio.com/gear to see a list of all the gear shown in this video. Here is an unboxing of my new mixer, the Mackie ProFX12. Vi...
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Ray Ortega produces high quality podcast with the Mackie ProFX12.

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Sony MDR 7506 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones - Review

I use these constantly and could not recommend them more highly. However, they are what they are - studio monitors. These are not audiophile cans they are bu...
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Alexander Turner from Nerds Central highly recommends Sony MDR 7506 headphones.

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Microphone Flags, Customized, glare resistant microphone flags manufactured to fit your logo. Impact PBS provides hand crafted, scratch resistant acrylic flags with full color graphics. Worldwide s...

Microphone Flags, Customized, glare resistant microphone flags manufactured to fit your logo. Impact PBS provides hand crafted, scratch resistant acrylic flags with full color graphics. Worldwide s... | Podcast Microphone and Mixers | Scoop.it
IMPACT PBS is your global source for quality microphone flags, studio flags, banners, lanyards, decals and more. Our custom products make an IMPACT!
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Behringer 1204USB and X1204USB Mixers

Behringer 1204USB and X1204USB Mixers | Podcast Microphone and Mixers | Scoop.it

A recent question on Twitter prompted me to write this post about a subtle difference between the Behringer 1204USB mixer and the X1204USB mixer. The number system is confusing since many people think the "X" is an abbreviation for "Xenyx", but it's not. The 1204USB and the X1204USB are very different.

 

While the X1204USB includes digital effects that the 1204USB does not, the effects are not the most relevant benefit. (We NEVER use effects.) Both mixers include two auxillary sends per channel. Aux sends are typically used to create mix-minux feeds for Skype, Google Voice, Google+ Hangouts, TalkShoe, Paltalk, and other online interactive sites and services. With the aux sends on the 1204, one is pre-fader and one is post-fader. With the X1204, both can be post-fader. Why do you care?

 

With a pre-fader aux send, the audio from a channel is sent to the aux output even if the channel fader is down. With a post-fader aux send, when the channel fader is down, there is no output from that channel to the aux output. So, if you're using a pre-fader aux send for a Skype mix-minus feed, if you lower your mic fader to cough, the Skype caller will hear the cough. If you're using a post-fader aux send, when you lower the channel fader on the mic, the aux send from that channel is muted, and the caller does not hear you.

 

This seemingly subtle difference between the 1204USB and the X1204USB totally justifies the cost difference. The pre-fader aux send is usable, but the post-fader aux send is sweet. There are other differences, but you can read about those on the Behringer website. 

 

NOTE: If Behringer made both aux sends on the 1204USB switchable or permanently post-fader, I'd recommend it over the X1204USB. 


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Mike Phillips's comment, November 27, 2011 11:21 PM
Pre-fader sends for Mix-minux channels
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External Microphones for iPhone 4S, iPad and iPod Touch

External Microphones for iPhone 4S, iPad and iPod Touch | Podcast Microphone and Mixers | Scoop.it

If you really need to use your iPhone as an audio recorder for remote podcasting, take a look at this website. Spend some time clicking on the links and watching the videos. Be aware that the input characteristics of the iPhone 3 and iPhone 4 are different.

 

If you get the wrong adapter, you will NOT be happy with the results. It's all explained here. 


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Heil Pro Set 3 Stereo Headphones

Heil Pro Set 3 Stereo Headphones | Podcast Microphone and Mixers | Scoop.it

Here's a review of the Heil Pro Set 3 professional stere headphones on the IAIB website. 


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FEATURED ARTICLE: Audio Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone. The only mic a podcaster will ever need.

FEATURED ARTICLE: Audio Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone. The only mic a podcaster will ever need. | Podcast Microphone and Mixers | Scoop.it

The ATR2100-USB from Audio-Technica is a fabulous microphone as either a main mic for a casual podcaster or as a mic for use by guests or in the field. It includes an XLR connector for studio use and a USB connection for stand-alone use. There is even a headphone jack to hear the return audio as you would want with Skype. Best of all, the microphone is available for less than $50US. It's not a Heil PR40, but it's a lot more useful than a Shure SM58. 

 

UPDATE: April 14, 2012. Leo Laporte has just discovered the awesomeness of the ATR2100-USB microphone. At one point during his show, he did an A-B comparison with the fabulous Heil PR40. The difference was not as dramatic as you would think. 


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I purchased this the ATR2100-USB after reading this article by Mike Phillips. Thanks!

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Ileane Smith's comment, May 14, 2012 10:58 PM
I just ordered this mic today and when it comes in next week I'll compare against my Samson C03U. Stay tuned...
Erik Marshall's comment, July 10, 2013 12:09 PM
I love this mic. Cheap and versatile and sounds good.
JudyHalle's comment, September 7, 2013 4:28 AM
fantastic
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Important Audio Tool To Have - Behringer CT100 - Cable Tester

This is a quick video showing the Behringer CT100 cable tester which tests a multitude of different cables. This is a no brainer for a church/venue to have a...
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This tester is a must to ensure all your cables are functioning properly.

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Audio Technica ATR 2100 USB mic into Bossjock podcast app for iOS

Audio Technica ATR2100 USB microphone into BossJock Studio application for iPad and iPhone. Bossjock is an all in one, high quality, mobile podcasitng soluti...
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Bossjock is awesome for $10.00 in the iTunes store. Just waiting for my Audio-Technica ATR 2100USB microphone. Ray Ortega does great videos!

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065 Podcast Answer Man – A Talk With Bob Heil

065 Podcast Answer Man – A Talk With Bob Heil | Podcast Microphone and Mixers | Scoop.it
Podcast: Play in new window | Download In this episode, I speak with Bob Heil of Heil Sound.
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Bob Heil talks about his microphone the Heil PR40.

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Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Handheld Microphone Reviewed

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Handheld Microphone Reviewed | Podcast Microphone and Mixers | Scoop.it

The ATR2100-USB has been chosen as Videomaker's Best Handheld Microphone of 2011. Here is text from AT's Facebook post about the award:

 

"Turn the ATR2100-USB over, and in addition to the usual single XLR connector, you will also find a Mini-B USB port, an 1/8-inch headphone jack and a volume control dial. While it functions as any other XLR mic, the USB port allows it to connect easily, in true plug-and-play fashion, to any computer - Windows or Mac. Plug some headphones directly into the mic for instant audio monitoring, adjust the volume and wail away. And the quality? Excellent! For versatility and quality, the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid USB/XLR Mic is our choice for Videomaker's Best Handheld Microphone."

 

You heard it here first.


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Awesome review!

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Justyn Magarotto's curator insight, January 23, 2014 1:00 AM

This article first delves into the fact that this is a great microphone and that is is great for any connection becuase it has a multi pulg which makes it very much useful for many recordings. The article continues to talk about it's set-up and best uses but does not call it a universal microphone that is great for every situation. It is a very well endowed equiptment and it is obvious but it does not fill the full spectrum or recording requirements.I found this article greatly useful because it hit the questions head on without a dodge or fake answer. I think the uses of different microphones are useful.

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Ground Loops

Ground Loops | Podcast Microphone and Mixers | Scoop.it

This post will only briefly touch on the complex subject of ground loops. The short story is that when you connect a mixer to a computer to a sound system, there is an excellent chance that you will get a ground loop. A ground loop manifests itself as a high pitched whine superimposed on your audio. They can be hard to diagnose, but they can be simple to solve. Contrary to what you may think, the whine is not coming from the computer or the mixer; it is created by interconnecting them.

 

The device at the link is from Radio Shack and is called a ground loop isolator. It's really nothing more than a pair of audio transformers. What's good about these units is that, unlike a lot of Radio Shack merchandise, they are good quality. Transformers can be very expensive, as in a hundred dollars or more per channel. It's amazing how good these are for about $18US.

 

Assuming you're using a mixer, the simplest way to diagnose a ground loop is to monitor the sound with headphones while you can clearly hear the whine. Start unplugging the audio connections to the computers and amplifiers until the whine disappears. In brief, if you disconnect the audio to and from your computer and the whine goes away, you need a ground loop isolator between your mixer and your computer. In this case, if you're recording and playing computer audio in stereo, you'll need two of these Radio Shack units. 

 

The reason you have to have two units is that the ground loop is created when the GROUND of the mixer is connected to the GROUND of the computer. Since the ground on the input is the same as the ground on the output, connecting either one will cause the problem. Unfortunately, you're going to have to do some trial and error. 

 

The Radio Shack ground loop isolators are in stock in most stores. However, if you have some time and want to save some money, check out this eBay seller: http://goo.gl/KECVH The isolators are surplus, are sticky, and have to be cleaned with lighter fluid, but they work great for podcasting. 

 

If you're having a ground loop problem, you can contact me by email at podcasting at mikephillips.me. I'll try to help you solve your problem. All I ask in return is that you follow me on Twitter (@mcphillips) and that you tell others about this site.

 

 

 

 


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Brian Benitez's comment, January 25, 2012 4:12 PM
There's a simple free solution to ground loops, which may not be possible depending on your physical location and power setup: plug all devices that connect with your audio system into the same power circuit. When devices share the same ground, you generally won't get that audible buzzing sound.
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Understanding Aux Sends for Mix Minus | IAIB

Understanding Aux Sends for Mix Minus | IAIB | Podcast Microphone and Mixers | Scoop.it

If you use a mixer to create a mix-minus feed to include Skype guests with your Internet broadcast or podcast, make sure you understand the difference between pre-fader and post-fader auxiliary sends. Not every mixer gives you the opportunity to designate whether an aux send is pre-fader or post-fader. Failure to differentiate between the two can cause a lot of headaches.

 

If you're buying a mixer, read the specifications clearly before you make your final decision. For example, the Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 has a button on each aux send that makes it pre or post. The Presonus StudioLive 16.0.2 requires that you change the aux send in the System settings in the firmware. (The default is pre-fader.) The Behringer 1204 mixer has one pre and one post aux send. The Behrringer X1204 (notice the "X") has one switchable pre/post aux send and one fixed post aux send. That's why I always recommend the X1204 over the 1204 even though it is a little more expensive.

 

Most Internet broadcasters will want post-fader sends. While pre-fader sends can be useful for some applications, those applications are very specific. You really have to know what you're doing to use them effectively.

 

Behringer, Mackie, Alesis, Yamaha, and Presonus mixers are designed for live sound reinforcement and music recording. We adapt them to use as broadcasting and podcasting mixers. If you understand what goes on under the hood, you will have a better chance of making these mixers work the way you want.

 

If you have any questions, or if I can help, follow me on Twitter at @mcphillips.


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I own a Mackie ProFX12 and the Behringer 1204USB. This information provided better insight on Mix Minus. Thanks!

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SouthernGospelStation's comment, August 29, 2013 2:50 AM
This was good. question- are aux sends the way to also use the same mixer and computer (with multiple sound cards) to both do production work or live voicing on the same equiptment? IE: an aux for skype...and aux for live voicing, and one for producing spots, commercials, voice overs, voice tracks etc - so it doesn't go over the air?
Mike Phillips's comment, August 29, 2013 6:49 AM
Yes, but I recommend the M-Audio Audiophile 1010LT PCI sound card. It has four usuable stereo channels (five, including SPDIF) that allow you to use one computer four channels. The main audio requires a channel as does each mix-minus. If your mixer has a USB output, you have five usable channels. If you need more information, contact me on Twitter - @mcphillips.
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Settings for podcasting and microphone with the Behringer MDX4600

Settings for podcasting and microphone with the Behringer MDX4600 | Podcast Microphone and Mixers | Scoop.it
The Behringer MDX4600 dynamics processor is a common choice for podcasters, but it can be a challenge to get good results from this, or any advanced audio equipment.
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This is the first detailed explanation I could find when setting up the Behringer MDX4600. Compressors are a headache when trying to adjust the many knobs and buttons. This article will provide you a start when setting up a compressor.

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