CTD for November 6, 2005
Recorded on the M-Audio Microtrack…this week’s show discusses Web 2.0-like web services and more about the “dirty little secret” of performance with them.
I’m a user of several different web services (Flickr, Typepad, Gmail, Bigstep) and am growing increasingly anxious
In addition, some thoughts about Apple, iTunes, the iPod and what *could* be known about you and your listening habits is brought forth.
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Podcasting hit the mainstream in July of 2005 when Apple added podcast show support within iTunes. I'd seen this coming so started podcasting in May of 2005 and kept going until August of 2007. Unfortunately was never 'discovered' by national broadcasters, but made a delightfully large number of connections with people all over the world because of these shows. Click here to view the archive of my podcast posts.
I’ve really enjoyed your coverage of both Web 2.0 and the M-Audio Microtrack.
For this Nov 6 podcast on the M-Audio Microtrack, did you use the included T-mic or an external mic?
What do you think might be the best way to use the M-Audio Microtrack to record a 2- or 3- person interview format show? External mics? Do I need to get involved in a simple mixing board? [I’d rather not…]
Any/all insights appreciated! By the way, seems this little M-Audio Microtrack unit sounds great… at least in your hands!!
Thanks for the comment. For the Nov 6th show, I used the included T-mic (which is what I use most often).
With respect to a 2-3 person interview, will everyone be in the same place? (vs. over the phone). If so, then the T-mic would work fine though you might want to bring the audio file in to a program like Audacity to tweak levels, “normalize” levels (so highs and lows are more even) so it sounds better.
There are tons of variables. You could use the T-mic in an acoustically neutral place (not in a noisy bar or in a room with a lot of reflectivity so the sound bounces around) or use an omnidirectional microphone on a stand that could pick up everyone.
I’ve begun experimenting with wired lavalier type microphones. Would do wireless…but you have to spend upwards of $500 to get a single mike which is nuts for podcasting. The wired types can be had for $100 or so. You could buy three and have one for each person.
My recommendation? Head over to Guitar Center near you and find a smart person that can listen to what you want to accomplish and recommend products. Just know that — when I did that early on — the guy at Guitar Center wanted to sell me a “kit” sound booth for about $1,000 and a preamp and mike setup that was about $2,000. WAY overkill for podcasting though this is, like any other hobby, a slippery slope toward financial ruin if you let it! 😉