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The New Wave in Podcasting
Podcasting is the latest wave in multimedia production as audio and video programs can be downloaded onto your computer or MP3 player. Now, nearly anyone with the right equipment can do “radio” quality broadcasts of news, music or educational lessons which can be accessed later by others either online or by download.
One pod cast producer, Laurel Moglen of Los Angeles started her new career in 2005 after working for years in public radio. She took that experience and upgraded it to start LA Podsquad, a company that creates highly polished custom pod casts. These include both audio and video programs meant to be downloaded onto your computer or MP3 player. Moglen’s clients include top companies like Travelocity and PBS Kids.
Besides a laptop, there are two main pieces of equipment every pod caster must have. Headphones and a microphone. Looking first at which headphones to choose, The ATH-M50 model is perfect for online listening for long periods of time. Circumaural earpieces swivel 180° for easy one-ear monitoring on the fly. These are essential to pod casting as they are extremely comfortable and effectively block distracting background noise. The ATH-M50’s are richly padded and comfortable enough to wear for hours at a time, a major bonus when doing a long pod cast with a lot of content. Not only that, they are collapsible and come with its own leatherette pouch for easy storage and transport.
Audio - Technica’s ATH-M50
Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
Exceptional audio quality for professional monitoring and mixing
Collapsible design ideal for easy portability and convenient storage Proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnet systems
Closed-back cushioned earcup design creates an outstanding seal for maximum isolation Adjustable padded headband for comfort during long mixing/recording sessions
Single-sided coiled cable terminates to gold-plated mini plug with screw-on ¼" adapter
THE MIC PLEASE.....
NEW Audio-Technica’s AT2020 USB Side Address Condenser Microphone
The next essential is a good microphone specifcally suited for podcasting.
Most broadcasters favor a side address microphone which carries an USB connector. Introduced at this year's NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, the new AT2020 USB is the perfect solution. Ready to go, it plugs directly into your computer without the need for any additional adaptors. The tripod stand allows it to be placed on any desk or table for handsfree broadcasting which essentially eliminates handling noise.
AT2020 USB’s Features:
Side-address studio condenser with USB digital output (Windows and Mac compatible)
Crystal-clear, natural sound for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use
Custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm provides extended frequency response and superior transient response
Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
Low self-noise – perfectly suited for sophisticated digital recording equipment
Includes tripod desk stand, pivoting stand mount, USB cable & storage pouch