Great audio gear to get you podcasting in no time

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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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Go direct with USB microphones for quality podcasting

While there’s a wide selection of microphones that are suitable for podcasting, you first have to consider how they connect. Are you putting your audio directly into a computer? Then perhaps the choice of a USB-connected mic is a good place to start. If you’re looking for a simple USB microphone for your desktop, start right here. We’ve got a wide range to choose from.

 

Rode Microphones NT-USB Mini USB Condenser Microphone Compatible w/PC, Mac,iPad and Most Android Tablets

Designed to deliver crystal-clear, professional-sounding audio direct to a computer or tablet, it’s the perfect microphone for podcasters.

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Rode Microphones NTUSB Studio Microphone

It is fully compatible with all mainstream recording applications on both Windows and Mac OS based computers, as well as the Apple iPad using RØDE Rec, GarageBand, or any other recording app that accepts an external microphone.

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Rode Microphones Podcaster USB Microphone

The RØDE Podcaster is a dynamic, end-address USB microphone that combines broadcast-quality audio with the simplicity of USB connectivity, allowing recording direct to a computer without the need for an additional digital interface.

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Rode Microphones Ai-1 Discrete Class-A Audio Interface with NT1Kit

RØDE’s AI-1 Audio Interface is stacked with incredible technology to ensure recording on your computer is easy, versatile and sounds superb.

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Thronmax TMTHX20 THX-20 USB Headset - Video Calls & Gaming

Join the conversation with Thornmax's Stereo headset with built-in microphone. Plug in and participate in video calls, webinars, online courses, video games or just listen to your favorite digital content.

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Thronmax TMM9 M9 Fireball USB Microphone

With Thronmax Fireball, quick and easy recording is finally a reality. Simply mount Fireball on the included sticky pad stand, plug the USB cable into your Mac or PC and that’s it.

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Thronmax TMM8 MDrill PULSE Noise Cancelling USB Microphone

Pulse USB microphones are perfect for streaming live audio in stunning quality. Take your Twitch channel to the professional level with pristine audio.

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Thronmax TMM2PKIT MDrill ONE PRO USB Microphone - Kit

The MDrill One Pro microphone’s beautiful design and proprietary VERTIGAIN® Technology record unparalleled, broadcast quality audio.

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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 


 

Saramonic SR-ULM10 Upgraded USB Lavalier Microphone

For Windows and Mac computers, USB microphone offers excellent sound quality

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Audio Technica ATR3350XIS Omnilav-Condenser Microphone for SLR, Recorders and Smartphones

The newscaster-style ATR3350xiS omnidirectional lavalier microphone is engineered for intelligible, accurate voice reproduction.

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Saramonic XLavMic-O XLR Phantom Power Lavalier Omni- Directional Microphone

The Saramonic XLavMic-O XLR lavalier interview features omnidirectional lavalier to give the interviewer. The omnidirectional lavalier provides a uniform frequency response and limits unwanted noise pickup.

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Sony ECM-44B Lavalier Microphone Omni Directional

The ECM-44 is an affordable alternative to the traditional hand held microphone and being 'hands free' it allows the presenter to concentrate on her/his performance

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Wondering which microphone would be best for your shoot?

So you can figure out the type of mic best suited for what you're recording, in this video, RocketJump Film School covers how a microphone actually works, the difference between mic and line levels, XLR cables, pre-amps, phantom power, transducer types, and mic polar patterns.

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Desktop microphones for podcasting 


 

Rode Microphones PodMic Podcast Dynamic Microphone

When Rode designed the PodMic, they set out to create the ultimate Podcasting microphone. Durable, great-sounding, easy to use and flexible. 

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Zoom ZDM1 Podcast Mic Pack

Whether you’re taking your first step into podcasting or upgrading your setup, the ZDM-1 Podcast Mic Pack includes everything you need to create professional-quality podcasts.

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Behringer PODCASTUDIO 2 USB Podcasting Bundle with USB Mixer, Microphone, and Headphones

Complete PODCASTUDIO Bundle with USB Mixer, Microphone, Headphones and More

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Rode Microphones ProCaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone Comes with Pouch and Mic Holder

The RØDE Procaster is a professional broadcast quality dynamic microphone, specifically designed to offer no-compromise performance for voice applications.

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Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Studio Vocal Microphone

The SM7B dynamic microphone has a smooth, flat, wide-range frequency response appropriate for music and speech in all professional audio applications.

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Shure SM58-LC Uni Dynamic Microphone

e legendary Shure vocal mic tuned to accentuate the warmth and clarity of lead and back-up vocals. Consistently the first choice of performers around the globe.

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Sennheiser MD46 Dynamic ENG Microphone High-Quality Cardioid

Designed for audio journalists and field reporters, the Sennheiser MD 46 offers a host of advantages.

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Sennheiser E945 Dynamic Super- Cardioid Vocal Microphone - Pro Series

The Sennheiser E945 is a dynamic supercardioid handheld microphone designed for performances and stage applications.

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Audio Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The Audio-Technica AT2020 is a cost-effective studio condenser microphone intended for vocal and general instrument capturing in project and professional studio environments.

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Audio Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Designed for critical home/project/professional studio applications and live performance, this side-address cardioid studio condenser delivers exceptional detail and low noise.

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Audio Technica AT2020 Studio Microphone Pack with ATH-M20x, Boom & XLR Cable

The AT2020PK vocal microphone pack is designed for streamers, podcasters, and other content creators who need a versatile, easy-to-install, easy-to-adjust boom microphone setup.

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Audio Technica AT2005-USBPK Streaming/Podcasting Pack

The AT2005USBPK vocal microphone pack is designed for streamers, podcasters, and other content creators who need a versatile, easy-to-install, easy-to-adjust boom microphone setup.

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Blog Post on Audio

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.

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Wireless microphones for podcasting 


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Sennheiser Portable lavalier set

A plug & play, entry-level wireless series operating in the 2.4 GHz spectrum for license-free worldwide use. Includes (1) ME2-II clip-on lapel mic, (1) XSW-D MINI Jack TX (3.5mm), (1) XSW-D MIN

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Sennheiser EW112P G4 Camera-Mount Wireless Microphone System ME 2-II Lavalier Mic - A: 516 to 558 MHz

The fourth generation evolution wireless series makes professional wireless technology even more simple, flexible and reliable. For musicians, filmmakers, convention speakers and for use in the auditorium: G4 is a system that grows with you.

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Sony UWP-D21/25 Bodypack-Lavalier Mic Pack - CH.25

Capture pure wireless sound in any shooting situation, from weddings to news, sporting events and documentaries.

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Saramonic UwMic9 DTLK - Dual TX LAV Kit (2 x TX9 + 1 x RX9) - UHF Wireless Mic System

The system includes a camera-mountable, wireless receiver, 2 wireless body-pack transmitters and 2 clip-on lavalier mics.

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Rode Microphones WIRELESS GO Wireless Microphone System

The Wireless GO system is the epitome of a ‘small wireless microphone’. Both the microphone/transmitter (TX) and receiver (RX) weigh only 31g each. 

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Saramonic Blink 500 B2 3.5MM 2.4G Dual Channel Wireless Microphone (TX+TX+RX)

The Saramonic Blink500 B1 is an incredibly compact, lightweight, and easy-to-use wireless microphone system for DSLR , mirrorless and video cameras, or mobile devices that delivers detailed, broadcast-quality sound.

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Saramonic Blink 500 PRO B2 Kit 3.5mm 2.4G 1x Dual RX, 2 x TX 2x Lav Mic

The Saramonic Blink500 Pro system is an incredibly lightweight, ultracompact and easy-to-use wireless microphone system for up to 2 people.

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Hollyland Lark 150 Wirelss Dual Lavalier Microphone System with 3.5mm TRS, 2x TX and 1x RX

With DSP (Digital Signal Processor) Intelligent Noise Cancellation, Anti-Vibration Sound Chamber Design, Ultra-Wide Frequency Response.

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Shotgun microphones for podcasting 


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Rode Microphones NTG-1 Condenser Microphone Shotgun Ultra Lightweight

The RODE NTG-1 is a lightweight condenser shotgun microphone, specifically designed for professional applications within the film, video, television, voice-over and ENG industries.

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Rode Microphones NTG-2 Condensor Microphone Shotgun Lightweight

A wide bandwidth and controlled polar response coupled with low noise SMT electronics, makes the NTG-2 the perfect choice for film, video engineering and voice-over work.

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Sennheiser MKE600 Shotgun Mic - Includes Foam Windshield & Shock Mount

The Sennheiser MKE 600 is a shotgun microphone designed for use with a camcorder or HDSLR. Building on the company's extensive expertise in designing shotgun microphones, it is able to take on even the toughest video sound challenges

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Sony ECM-VG1 Electret Condenser Microphone

The Sony ECM-VG1 Electret Condenser Microphone is a rugged, all-metal shotgun microphone with a supercardioid polar pattern, making it a well suited choice for camcorder-mounted and boom pole operation alike.

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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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Rode Microphones RODECaster PRO Podcast Production Studio

The 4 high-quality microphone channels are able to power studio condenser microphones as well as conventional dynamic microphones. You can literally be recording your first podcast within minutes of taking the RØDECaster Pro out of the box.

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Zoom PodTrak P8

This new podcast mixer-recorder has all the functions you need to record, edit and mix podcast audio with its full-colour touchscreen interface.

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Zoom PodTrak P4

The PodTrak P4 has everything you need to capture professional sounding podcasts to SD card or to your computer.

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Zoom LiveTrak L-8, 8-Channel Mixer (6 combo, + 2 TS)

Creators are evolving—and so is Zoom. LiveTrak L-8 makes it easier than ever to mix, monitor and record professional-sounding podcasts and music performances in one portable, affordable package.

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Behringer 302USB 5 Input USB Mixer

The Behringer Xenyx 302USB 5-Input compact mixer with USB delivers high-quality audio and excellent versatility in an ultra-compact design, ideal for home, project, or mobile studios

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Behringer XENYX 802 8-Input 2-Bus Mixer

Simple sound calls for the simply superb XENYX 802, the BEHRINGER mixer with everything you need to give an intimate setting incredible sound.

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Roland VR-1HD Live AV Streaming Mixer

If you’re a content creator seeking maximum engagement, livestreaming outperforms uploaded video by a significant margin; audiences are larger, watch for longer and post more comments.

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Mackie 10 Channel Professional Effects Mixer with USB

Designed for maximum versatility making it perfect for live sound, home recording, content creation, and live streaming

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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.

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Zoom U-22 2 Channel Portable USB Interface

The U-22 is the essential mobile recording and performance interface, with an innovative 2-in/2-out ultra-portable design that makes it easy to connect to a laptop or an iPhone/iPad and create great-sounding audio anywhere.

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Behringer 2x2 USB Audio Interface with XENYX Mic Preamplifier

When it’s time to make recording history, you need the best audio interface you can get, and you need one you can count on.  The U-PHORIA Series has the ideal interface to make your recording experience legendary. 

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Focusrite Plc. Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface (3rd Generation)

With its high channel count, compact size and a huge selection of software in the box, 18i8 is ready to record your band wherever you are.

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PreSonus Audio AudioBox 96 USB 2.0 Audio Recording Interface

This simple, handy little audio/MIDI interface has just the right features for basic recording needs, allowing you to plug in and start recording up to 24-bit, 96 kHz audio right away.

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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.

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Zoom H4n Pro All Black Handy Audio Recorder

Advanced X/Y microphones, incredibly natural-sounding preamps, and built-in cutting-edge effects make the H4n Pro the ultimate portable 4 track recorder for musicians.

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Zoom H6 Handy Recorder All Black

Four interchangeable input capsules—X/Y, MS, Shotgun, and Dual XLR/TRS Combo—make the H6 the ultimate chameleon of the audio world, and its advanced preamps make it the best-sounding one too.

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Zoom H8 Handy Recorder

Whether you’re capturing audio on location, recording and tracking music, or producing a podcast, with 3 distinct application-driven interface options, the H8 instantly adapts to the feature set required for your job.

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Zoom F6 Field Recorder

With 6 inputs, Zoom’s solid time code, multiple power options and wireless control, the F6 is poised to be a filmmaker's new secret weapon.

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Zoom F8n MultiTrack Field Recorder

Advances in video have made filmmaking accessible to creators everywhere. But the accessibility of professional audio devices has not kept pace. Field recorders, with essential features such as time code, have been unobtainable for most. 

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Tascam DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder

The DR-70D is a compact audio recorder that allows the aspiring DSLR user to create audio recordings in very high quality in parallel to their film or video shots. The recorder can be mounted directly between a tripod and the camera or on top of the camera, resulting in a compact package.

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Tascam DR-60DMKII 4-Channel Portable Recorder for DSLR

TASCAM's DR-60DmkII, an update of the award winning DR-60D, is the audio recording solution for on-set filmmakers and videographers. The streamlined design fits perfectly under a DSLR camera rig, without relying on bulky recorders or the limited audio quality of the camera’s microphone in.

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Headphones for podcasting 

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Sony MDR7506 Headphones Large Diaphragm, Foldable

Sony’s range of professional headphones are engineered for a combination of strength, comfort and practicality, and are used daily in broadcast & recording studios worldwide. 

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Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed Dynamic Headphones, Circumaural, Pro Monitor

Professional around-the-ear, closed-back headphones, featuring collapsible design with swiveling earcups, & extended low end reproduction.

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Sennheiser HD 200 PRO Dynamic Stereo Headphone

As a creator, a musician or the one who is responsible for proper live sound, you need to focus on your job. The HD 200 PRO is much more than a headphone. It's designed as an in depth monitoring tool for your music.

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Audio Technica ATH-M20x Monitor Headphones Lightweight

Modern design and high-quality materials combine to deliver a comfortable listening experience, with enhanced audio and effective isolation. An excellent choice for tracking and mixing.

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Great accessories to help your podcasting

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Gator Pro Desktop Mini Tripod Stand for Wired Microphones

Lightweight collapsible desktop microphone stand great for remote podcast interviews.

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Gator Pro Short Mic Stand w/ Single Section Boom and Twist Clutch

Short microphone stand with compact base, includes 16" single section boom.

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Rode Microphones DS-1 Microphone Desktop Stand

The DS1 is a table top desk stand for your RØDE microphones. The DS1 gives you the ability to mount your microphone on a desktop for interview, dictation and other related uses.

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Rode Microphones Studio Arm (Comes with desk clamp and permanent install adaptor)

The PSA1 has a horizontal reach of 820mm, and a vertical reach of 840mm. It is supplied with velcro cable wraps and both desk-clamp and desk-insert style attachments for verstile mounting in desks up to 55mm thick (clamp) or 70mm (insert). 

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K & M 210/9-Black Mic Stand 201 A/2 w/ 211/1 Telescopic Boom Arm

A more compact version of the classic 210/2. The combination of the long-legged 201A/2 mic stand and the 211/1 telescopic boom arm. Like the 210/2, the 210/9 sets the standard for professional microphone boom stands.

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Thronmax TMS1 S1 CASTER Clamp-on Boom Stand - for USB Microphones

Caster lets you put your mic where you want it, when you want it. Caster fits perfectly into your game streaming or podcasting setup and will impress your audience.

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Thronmax TMS2XLR S2 CASTER Clamp-on Boom Stand - for XLR Microphones

Caster features a broadcast studio-grade all-tube design with internal springs and hidden cable management. All friction-hinges are hand-tightening, no need for any tools, and a full 360-degree rotation means you are covered for any application.

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Gator Pro Tripod Microphone Stand w/ Telescoping Boom and Twist Clutch

Tripod mic stand with telescoping boom and standard twist clutch

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Digiflex 10' XLRM to XLRF Audio Cable

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Digiflex 3' XLR F - 1/4" Phone

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Rode Microphones 3.5mm Extension Cord VideoMic Mini Jack 10ft

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HOSA Stereo Breakout, Right-angle 3.5 mm TRS to Dual RCA, 3'

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HOSA Adaptor, 3.5 mm TRS to 1/4 in TRS

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HOSA Adaptor, Dual RCA to 3.5 mm TRS 

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Digiflex 10' XLR F - 1/4" Phone

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TechCraft 6' USB 2.0 Cable - A to B

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