What you need to start podcasting
Some say that humans are “wired for sound” and “the brain never stops listening” or, for those capturing audio for video, that “audio makes up 70% of the video quality”. So it’s no wonder why good sound is so important, but also why it’s a little daunting and complex for many, as there is a lot to know, and a tidal wave of product choices. So how do you cut through all the noise?
At Vistek we understand the importance of great sound, and offer a wide lineup of audio products, at an assortment of price points, ideally suited to a very broad range of audio applications.
We’ve built these pages as a simple guide to popular product choices, for many common applications, as well as to provide you with links to various articles and videos, so you can learn about core audio fundamentals and techniques, as well as tips and tricks, to both help broaden both your knowledge and your skill set with audio.
So no matter whether you are just getting started with sound, or you just want to further improve your audio expertise, you can trust Vistek to help you understand how good, better and the best audio is captured, recorded, processed and delivered.
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Audio for Podcasting: 10 important things you need to get started
Podcasting has become a very hot topic over the last few years, but how do you get started?
In this blog post, we’ve put together a list of 10 important things we think you need to get started podcasting:
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Understanding audio – Part 1 The basics
Some say that humans are “wired for sound” and “the brain never stops listening” or, for those capturing audio for video, that “audio makes up 70% of the video quality”. So it’s no wonder why good sound is so important, but also why it’s a little daunting and complex for many, as there is a lot to know, and a tidal wave of product choices. So how do you cut through all the noise?READ THE POST HERE
Microphones for podcasting that require a mixer or interface card
For connecting to an external system or mixer or audio interface you may want to consider an XLR large diaphragm desktop type for its excellent vocal characteristics, or if you are connecting to a portable system perhaps Lavalier type is most suitable.
Wired lav microphones for podcasting
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Desktop microphones for podcasting
Understanding Audio – Part 2: Balanced vs. Unbalanced Audio Levels, Cables & Connections
In our Understanding Audio – Part 1: The basic things you need to know post, we discuss the dynamics of sound, terminology and what you need to achieve great sound in your recordings. In Understanding Audio – Part 2, we go over balanced vs. unbalanced audio levels and the types of cables and connections you will need to work with both.READ THE POST HERE
Wireless microphones for podcasting
Shotgun microphones for podcasting
Audio mixers for podcasting
There’s a large selection of mixers and systems available to consider: ease of operation is key. The purpose of an external device is to make things easier and more logical to operate in a live environment, sliding faders make it quick and easy to adjust levels, but even a knob is easier than clicking on something in a software interface. Ease of connectivity is also important! Does it support XLRs, jacks line levels, etc. that make it easy to connect all the sources you need. Remember to consider the amount of total sources you need to control both for today, and if your system is to grow for tomorrow. Then consider if you want something that connects directly to a computer via a built in interface or how you plan to interface with an external device, how remote audio connections would work through the mixer. And also perhaps consider built-in playback of stingers, openings, closings or how you would handle those, and maybe even built-in recording capability.
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Audio interface cards for podcasting
Most computers require a USB-style interface to connect external audio devices, and many computers still come with the mic/speaker 3.5mm connectors or a single combo TRRS for audio, but for more professional use like with most mixers, and if you want to use better mics it’s best to come through a USB. USB 2 or 3 are most common, and if your computer is newer and only supports USB-C you will likely have to buy an adapter to support USB 2-3 connectivity, or some new mics and interfaces designed primarily for smartphones and tablets can also directly connect. Many beginner podcasting mics have a USB interface built right in so they can connect directly and some smaller mixers also have a USB interface built in. Or you can simply utilize an external interface box that typically has analogue connectors on it and a USB output. This interface box can simply sit between the mic or mixer depending on its capability. The USB is discoverable as a source in most common audio and collaboration apps.
Audio Recorders for podcasting
There’s a huge range of audio recorders from portable handheld style, to compact professional mixers with built-in recording. Some mixing consoles also offer built-in recording. All will generally do a good job, while some have better or differing specs and operational features. Your choice in a recorder will likely come down to the type and amount of audio sources you need to connect and record, as well as what type of connections you therefore need to support.
Headphones for podcasting
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