Recording the Rock and Roll Report Podcast

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I recently attended something called Podcamp Toronto which is an amazing conference gathering podcasters together to talk shop and learn from one another. Amazingly it is free. One of the things that numerous participants recommended is that podcasters post a list of equipment that they use to create their shows so, in deference to anybody who wants to see what I use for the podcast, here it goes.

As I approach my tenth podcast and I am starting to get comfortable with putting the show together, I thought I would let you know what I use to produce the Rock and Roll Report Podcast. One important point for anybody considering producing a podcast of their own is that you can do a podcast with good audio quality for a very modest outlay of cash. As a matter of fact, some will argue that you can do a podcast for almost no money down but I think if you want it to sound good you will need to buy some equipment.

The most important factor by far is the microphone that you use. This will probably be the item that most shapes your sound and you can definitely pick up a mic for under a hundred bucks that sounds good and is reasonably priced. I use a Kel Audio HM2d mic with a pop screen. This is a brand new model from Kel and the quality is excellent right out of the box and the price is reasonable ($149.00). I plug the mic into a Tapco Mix 60 mixer made by Mackie which is rock solid, inexpensive (72 bucks Canadian) and sounds great. The mixer is connected to my computer (currently a PC running Vista (ugh!)) by a Edirol UA-1EX USB audio interface which basically bypasses the soundcard on the PC and ensures that the audio that goes through the computer is of the highest quality possible. These portable little units retail for under a hundred bucks. I record the whole thing using Audacity (free!) to my hard drive.

As with anything, you always want to get more stuff to (theoretically) improve your sound so I am looking to change a couple of things but my next purchase will be an external hard drive to record all my audio to as it is best that your podcast files not be on the same hard drive as your operating system.

That’s it! This set-up is perfect for me and the Rock and Roll Report at this point in time and I think it sounds great and I haven’t done too much tweaking of the audio to get here. The key thing about podcasting is to just get going and do it and not spend all your time worrying about what equipment to buy. The ‘Net is full of podcaster resources and I find one of the best is Podcast Rigs at the Podcast Academy. I am pretty much using their “Basic” rig and it works for me.

I’ll update this post if and when I upgrade the studio set-up. Email me at rockandrollreport@gmail.com if you have any specific questions and I’ll do my best to help.

A big thank you to good friend of The Rock and Roll Report Shaz for the very hot pic featured above! You rock Shaz!

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Later.

Mark