Friday, January 26, 2007

The $100 podcast upgrade

As the more astute among you have certainly noticed, the vocal interludes during my most I love gettin' mail!recent episodes of Radio Free Hipster have been – not to put too fine a point on it – shitty. This is due squarely to the fact that the microphone (and I use the term loosely) that I have come to rely on has seen better days.

Thankfully, I recently finagled a solitary c-note with which to improve my meager circumstance.

Thanks to some creative purchasing through that old standby of cheap-ass audiophiles Musician’s Friend, I was able to get pretty much everything I needed.

Now, I know there are those among you who will take this opportunity to say, “Z., that’s all well and good, but you really should’ve taken this opportunity to get a condenser mic/higher quality mixer/shinier pop filter/other shit that is obviously better than the stuff you settled for, and I should know because I'm way smarter than you.”

To those folks, for whom I hold the utmost of respect tempered with the mildest of fury, I would like to point out that this was my existing “podcasting rig” in its entirety:


The old shit.

This, however, is my new set-up:


The new hotness.

Now I must ask, would any among you say that the latter is not, at the very least, a marginal improvement over the former?

That’s what I thought.

Now, hopefully, I’ll be able to figure out how the hell to use this gear before my next podcast. Y’all wish me luck.

8 comments:

Doc Pop said...

I've suggested the Lelelator to your, right?
http://www.gigavox.com/levelator

TeslaDeathRay said...

well doc pop, i can understand u wanting your comments seen but can we please give some attention to Z and his awesome new equipment? jeez.

Z. said...

All fixed, Doc. And no, I don't think you've mentioned the Levelator before. Thanks for the tip, though. I'm downloading it now.

Anonymous said...

Now you have a better microphone than I do. Plus, I don't have a stand. Very similar mixer though. I do think that I figured out what was causing my unusually high noise level though... my sound card settings.

-Antisocial (somehow blogger is broke)

Z. said...

Yeah, Soc, looks like I’ve got a decent rig now. And thanks to Doc and Brüx, I might just be able to figure out how to use it! :D

I think my stand only set me back about 6 bones. I’m not sure it’s ideal for rhyming, but check out Musician’s Friend. They’ve got a great selection of merch, and their prices are competitive.

es to the dee to the x said...

Good stuff...even if your mic isn't great, you can squeeze out good sound with a quick compression and filter in CEP or Audacity, and no one will know the difference.

darth_apu said...

i like the new set-up. just don't filter out that hickish drawl

Z. said...

Thanks for the advice, Dragon. I’ll keep that in mind.

And, d_a, I’ve actually been trying to find a filter to nullify the accent. Unfortunately, technology can only do so much!