Posts Tagged ‘microphone’

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Rode Podcaser USB Microphone & Podcasting.. What is it?

June 19, 2009

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Broadcast Quality USB Microphone
Seamless integration was the idea, and it was obtained by creating a studio dynamic microphone with unparalleled A/D converters, so that the microphone can be plugged into any computer with no in/out boxes, no expensive computer pre-amps, just a USB cable.

The Podcaster offers an end-address configuration, the clarity of RØDE’s tailored-for-voice frequency response, an ‘ON’ L.E.D, a direct headphone amp, and of course very low self noise.

The Podcaster opens up possibilities for anyone who records audio – from podcasters, journalists and students to business people adding audio files to websites and multimedia presentations.

* Broadcast Sound Quality
* 28mm dynamic capsule
* 18-bit resolution, 8-48kHz sampling
* Windows and Mac compatible
* Powered by USB bus
* Internal capsule shock mounting
* 3.5mm stereo headphone output with volume control built-in to body
* Ideal for voice recognition software

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Podcasting is creating your own content (mp3 or video for example ) with intent for users to download using one of several programs that have been created to retrieve your audio file automatically, like iTunes or Google reader etc.

Podcasting is simply distributing audio content using RSS. The process is suprisingly simple, and by making audio content available using RSS, podcasters give listeners more control over what they listen to and when. Also, many podcasts are available for syndication, which increases a broadcasters exposure.

For more infomation on RSS check our article here

Here is a breakdown of what you will need and need to know to be able to Podcast:

Skills you may need….

1. How to record your audio and save it to an .mp3 file. (Video is of course also allowed)

2. How to upload the .mp3 file to a website or hosting service

3. How to upload the RSS “feed”  burner service.

After creating your material using an audio editing program of your choice you’ll need somwhere to store it online. if you have a sever upload it here, if your lost at the word ’server’ …get a blog like ‘WordPress’ or ‘Blogger’.

The majority of things you will have to master in order to Podcast are online and if your new to Blogging, Podcasting is an ideal  reason to start. Your ‘Blog’ will allow to to upload you MP3’s and store them within your Blog enabling users to visit your site and download or even better ‘Subscribe’!

There are many different ways to create/ store your Podcasts, you just need to find the server and Feedburner that works for you, the videos here all do things a little different so dont worry if you do things different also!

An RSS feed is the final step in transforming your collection of audio/video files into a bona fide podcast! With FeedBurner’s SmartCast service, you can use any blogging tool that creates a feed to publish your podcast. Here’s how it works: If your blog post contains a link (<a href=””></a>) to an audio/video file, we’ll convert it to an RSS enclosure — a special link found only in your feed — that programs like iPodder, iTunes and NetNewsWire recognize. Google Reader and several other online readers also recognize enclosures and offer a playback link or audio control when they encounter them.

Equipment you may need…

1. Audio Editing Software

2. A Microphone

3. A Sound Card

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Young band use Garagband and the internal Microphone on Laptop only

April 15, 2009
A snippet of the latest and greatest that our galaxy has to offer? Founded in 2003 in Auckland, New Zealand,  Yesterday Was Mine are now based in London and hope to be “the next greatest thing since ‘cafe lattes’ ” They recorded their debut album entirely on a laptop…

Yesterday Was Mine are Paul Taite (vocals / bass), Adam Leggett (guitar) and Steve Taite (drums).

Band’s biography -  from their website:

The band was inspired after Richard O’Brien (Rocky Horror Show) suggested to Paul that he should start writing his own music as most musicians never do. Paul then inked a diagram into his grail diary outlining what would later become the ‘Yesterday Was Mine’ coat of arms. Paul was in!

However progress was halted due to a guitary-like void appearing in most songs. As Paul perused the unemployment papers over a Mocha at Cafe Cezanne, it dawned on him to place the following classified ad – Guitar hero wanted.

Adam was reading the paper with his morning toast and coffee when his destiny appeared to him as an obscure stain left by his coffee cup – it was not apparent at the time, but that stain would later be exclaimed as an exact replica of the ceiling of the Sistine chapel . And as luck would have it, Paul’s ad was the canvas.

Adam was in! However the band now faced a new issue, where was the man behind the kit? the final knight to join Paul and Adam at the round table so to speak. Steve at the time was drumming for an underground 80’s ‘hair metal’ band. After a show, Steve was approached in the parking lot by two cloaked figures. It was none other than Paul and Adam, they left him with an inscribed stone tablet, and Steve was left with more questions than answers.

The tablet contained a pledge. The inscription spoke of a promise – a case of ice cold Dr Pepper after every show. Steve was in! He then rightfully assumed his place at the table.

Therefore if you add the final third to the previous two thirds of the ‘then to be’ band – it creates a whole!! Ladies and gentleman,  I dub thee ‘Yesterday Was Mine’.

Credit Crunch Music:

Yesterday Was Mine decided to record their debut album the cheapest way they could find – by themselves, using just a laptop and the Garageband software. Singer Paul Taite cheekily says that they wanted “to help the credit crunch affected nation get some free tunes (ok that wasn’t the original reason but it’s turned that way)”

The band says that they were not too concerned about recording quality:

“Before we get too carried away – the quality isn’t amazing. Instead of being recorded in a studio, it was recorded in a front bedroom flat – but what it lacks in production quality it makes up for in heart! The guitar / bass was directly plugged into a laptop input socket … and the singing / drums was recorded with nothing more than the internal mic on a laptop computer. With all of the hurdles in the way, the band feels really pleased with the end result!”

The Gear:

- Laptop, Garageband, Les Paul guitar, Fender P-Bass, Pearl Drum Kit, Boss TU-2 Tuner. Bassist Paul Taite says he’s also looking into purchasing a Fender Bassman 150.

For more info and free downloads:

http://www.yesterdaywasmine.com

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Upgrade any Microphone! Affordable XLR to USB Converter from Blue

March 11, 2009

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The Icicle is Blue’s new stylish USB converter and mic preamp combo that allows you to connect any XLR microphone directly into your computer via USB! The Icicle features a studio quality microphone preamp, 48V phantom power, fully balanced low noise front end, analog gain control, and driverless operation.

THE BLUE ICICLE MICROPHONE IS HERE AT DOLPHIN!

Setup is a snap! The Blue Icicle works with both dynamic and condenser microphones, providing high quality and hassle-free connectivity with Mac or PC. Whether you’re using a microphone for digital recording, podcasting, voice messaging, or voice recognition applications, the Icicle is the quick and easy way to get connected.

Hook UP Diagram

Blue Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp Specifications:

  • Sample/Word: 44.1K/16 bit
  • Power Consumption: 200mA (from USB bus)

System Requirements:

  • Macintosh: Mac OSX with USB 1.0 or 2.0 and 64 MB RAM (minimum)
  • Windows: XP Home Edition, Professional or Vista with USB 1.0 or 2.0 and 64 MB RAM (minimum)

Blue Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp Features:

  • Works with Mac or PC computers
  • No Special Drivers Required
  • Studio Quality USB microphone preamp
  • Supplies 48V phantom power for . condenser microphones
  • Phantom power active light
  • Fully balanced low noise analog front end
  • Analog gain control
  • Blue Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp Includes:

Includes 6-ft USB cable

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Blue USB Microphones Spotlight-Easy Podcasting

December 10, 2008

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Finally, a USB mic that’s not only easy to use, but sounds as good on your desktop as it does in a professional recording studio. Meet the Snowball; the world’s first professional USB mic.

Whether you’re recording a guitar at your kitchen table or a complete band in the studio, the Snowball can capture it with detail unheard of before in a USB mic.

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The Snowball is a direct plug n’ play mic that connects to either a Mac or PC — no additional software is needed. With its dual capsule design and unique three-pattern switch (cardioid, cardioid with -10dB pad and omni), the Snowball can handle everything from soft vocals to the loudest garage band” and it’s ideal for podcasting. Check it out and you’ll see why it’s the coolest mic in town.

Frequency Response

Technical Specs

Transducer Type: Condenser, Pressure Gradient w/USB Digital Output
Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional or Cardioid
Frequency Response: Position 1-3: 40-18kHz
Sample/Word Rate: 44.1 kHz/16 bit
Weight: 460g
Dimensions: 325mm (circumference)

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Say hello to the Snowflake, the first professional totally portable USB mic.

Whether you’re recording your newest podcast, talking business on the web, or just narrating your latest great family movie, the Snowflake can capture it with amazing clarity and depth that’s head and shoulders above any comparable portable USB on the market!

The Snowflake works on both Mac and PC with no complicated drivers to install: just connect it to your computer’s USB port, follow the prompts and you’ll have high-fidelity sound in no time. It’s perfect for podcasting, voice recognition software, iChat, and VoIP software such as Skype and Vonage. Or use it for dictation, field recording, lecture recording, and narration for slideshows and PowerPoint presentations. The sky’s the limit. It’s even great for recording music via GarageBand and other multitrack recording software.

Designed with the traveler in mind, the Snowflake’s unique design allows you to place it on a desk or flat surface near your computer, or mount it to the screen of most laptops. Because it simply connects to your USB port, it offers a wide range of applications coupled with an ease of use never before offered in a professional-quality microphone. In the tradition of Blue’s line of renowned studio microphones, the Snowflake features Blue’s superior proprietary capsule and circuit design, optimized to make sure that you always get the best sound possible into your computer, and sets a new standard for digital recording on the go!

Characteristics

  • Professional recording quality — on the go!
  • Mac and PC compatible
  • Plug ’n play — no complicated drivers required
  • Unique design fits on your desktop or laptop
  • Blue’s superior proprietary capsule and circuit design
  • Includes USB cable

Suggested Applications

  • Podcasting, voice recognition software, iChat, VoIP software (such as Skypeand Vonage), dictation, field recording, lecture recording, narration, presentations
  • Music recording

Technical Specs

Transducer Type: Condenser, Pressure Gradient w/USB Digital Output
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Sample/Word Rate: 44.1 kHz/16 bit
Frequency Response: 35Hz – 20kHz

COMING SOON……..

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The Icicle is Blue’s new stylish USB converter and mic preamp combo that allows you to connect any XLR microphonedirectly into your computer via USB! The Icicle features a studio quality microphone preamp, 48V phantom power, fully balanced low noise front end, analog gain control, and driverless operation. Setup is a snap! The Icicle works with both dynamic and condenser microphones, providing high quality and hassle-free connectivity with Mac or PC. Whether you’re using amicrophone for digital recording, podcasting, voice messaging, or voice recognition applications, the Icicle is the quick andeasy way to get connected.

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Why do I need a Microphone Preamp?

November 25, 2008

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A condenser microphone works by actually converting sound energy into an electrical voltage, but this voltage is much lower than the voltage coming out of your keyboard or other line level sources.  If you plug a condenser microphone in to audio interface then the signal it generates will be very quiet unless the signal is boosted. This is why you will need for a preamp.

On a consumer (internal) sound card you will have a mic preamp, but it’s only designed for speech and cheap mic–totally unsuitable for audio recording.

You can add a Microphone Preamps to your set up via:

productline6ux2largeOn the bottom of this page you will see a lot of different preamps that will boost a microphone signal without adding lots of noise.  We have Pre Amps for every budget, however, bear in mind that the Mic Pre is one of the most important links of the chain that will effect the sound quality of your recording system.

Phantom Power

“Phantom powering” is a method of providing power to microphones by applying a voltage to the same wires that carry the audio signals. Phantom power can be generated from mixing consoles, mic preamplifiers, or in-line phantom power supplies.

In general, phantom voltages are used to power electronics within condenser microphones. Condenser microphones require power for various parts of their operation, including impedance converters, preamplifier circuitry and, in some cases, to polarized microphone capsules. Phantom is usually a DC voltage ranging from 12 to 48 volts. Microphones draw current from this voltage based on their needs.

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