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Bowers & Wilkins P3 Review

July 5th, 2012 master No comments

If you’ve bought yourself a shiny new iPhone and want to enjoy the best of Spotify then you’re going to need to upgrade from those awful bundled earbuds.

If you fancy a pair of headphones with some class — and you don’t mind paying for them — then Bowers & Wilkins is a good company to turn to.

The P3s are a new addition to its range, set below the existing P5s, giving you the chance to wrap high-quality B&W goodness around your head for a slightly more affordable price. They’re available for £169.

Bowers & Wilkins is well known for the stylish design of its products. You won’t find bright red flashes of paint or angular rough steel on the P3s — after all, such things would be considered vulgar and would never be permitted within the walls of London’s better gentleman’s clubs.

Instead, the P3s sport a much more mature design. They’re not dissimilar to the P5s — you can certainly spot the family resemblance anyway. Both models use earpads that sit on the ear, as opposed to around it, and both sport a brushed metal disc set into a black oblong shape. I’m very keen on the look and I felt particularly stylish walking into bars with them on. before having to take them off to talk to my friends, of course.

The headband is somewhat slimmer on the P3s though. It’s mostly made from a rubberised plastic, as opposed to the chunkier leather found on the P5s. On the underside is a soft, padded material that sits nicely against your hair. Unlike the P5s, the earpads fold inwards to make them easier to store away in your bag if you don’t want them hanging around your neck like an expensive necklace.

Bowers & Wilkins P3 from above You won’t suffer sweaty-ear syndrome with these comfortable pads.

As they sit on the ear, they don’t form quite as tight a seal, resulting in less passive sound isolation than you’d find on headphones like the Sony MDR-ZX600. I found that they were able to block out quiet traffic in London’s leafy suburbs, but I had to ramp the volume up quite high in order to properly hear my music when riding the underground into CNET Towers.

The P3s are quite comfortable. the material on the pads don’t make your ears all hot and sweaty like some leather models can and the headband is easily flexible so it doesn’t feel like it’s trying to squeeze your skull. I found I was able to wear them for several hours at a time before needing to give my ears a rest.

They’re also as well built as you’d expect a Bowers & Wilkins product to be. I gave them a good beating with my aggressive tech-destroying hands and was left very satisfied that they could put up with some punishment.

I was less satisfied with the cable though. It’s particularly thin and I found it to easily become knotted after a short stint in a bag. I wouldn’t expect it to come off too rosy if you got it caught on a door handle.

There’s a microphone in the cable for taking calls, which also has buttons for controlling your device. It’s a handy addition if you often skip through a shuffle playlist. It only works with Apple products though so you Android chaps won’t get much use from it.

Bowers & Wilkins P3 cables The cables are too flimsy for my liking and they easily knot when stuffed in a bag.

Design certainly isn’t everything. With a heritage like Bowers & Wilkins, you’d be well justified in expecting good audio from your fashionable ‘phones.

In general, I wasn’t disappointed. the P3s deliver a very balanced sound with an even overall tone. the bass is punchy and quite warm — it isn’t overpowering. for many, that will be a positive thing, but fans of deep, bass-heavy tracks and sub-sonic pounding synth hooks will be better suited to the Monster Beats line.

I popped on the Knife Party remix of Unison by Porter Robinson and found a pleasing punch to the kick drum, although the brutal bass-drop lacked the skull-rattling power that I’d normally like to hear. I found similar results in the high-end spectrum too. the P3s didn’t offer a lot in the way of shine and sparkle, although it would be unfair to call them dull.

Neither the top nor bottom ends have been given particular prominence in the P3s, so they really are designed for a balanced overall tone, which will likely suit fans of folk music. I found the drums and bass to be very warm on the Editors’ track Smokers outside the Hospital Doors, while still having enough room in the highs to make the cymbals, vocals and lead guitar cut through without being muddied in the mix.

Sigur Rós’ track Glósóli was equally well reproduced, with a warm bass line and the ethereal vocals showing up well in the high end, without sounding overpowering. although they’re designed to work with your iPhone, that doesn’t mean you can get away with low-quality MP3 files. To get the best from them, I recommend using at least 320KBps audio files or using the ‘extreme’ syncing quality on Spotify.

The P3s look every bit as stylish and premium as you’d expect from a company like Bowers & Wilkins. they provide a pleasing, balanced sound, which will appeal to fans of folk music. Hardcore bass addicts would be advised to shop elsewhere. at £169, they’re not exactly cheap, but with their combination of style and good sound, they’re arguably worth the money. Just keep an eye on that flimsy cable.

Bowers & Wilkins P3 Review

How to setup a DIY recording studio on your computer

June 20th, 2012 master No comments

From choosing microphones to distributing your polished songs, learn how to setup a DIY recording studio on your computer and start getting your music out there.

Want to be a rock star?

If the answer is yes, you’re in luck: There have never been more or more affordable tools available to help you pursue your dream. with today’s hardware and software, it’s possible to set up not just a high-quality recording studio, but a fully-fledged record label — all from the comfort of your own home!

Below, learn how to set up your own record label — from recording, to producing, to distribution and promotion.

Recording hardware: Turning ideas into sounds

No matter what kind of music you want to produce, it is likely that you will need a microphone to record some of it. Luckily, you will find plenty of affordable options for entry-level recording.

Built-in microphone - If you’re just getting started, or perhaps recording demos (rough songs that will later be re-recorded), then don’t overthink it! Your computer’s built-in microphone may be a surprisingly effective audio-capture tool, and can add a unique character to your sounds. Cinema Minimal’s excellent Week Ends is a terrific example of the quality of music that can be created even when working under this constraint.

USB microphone - Those desiring higher-fidelity audio may want to purchase a USB microphone for better-quality recordings. Not all USB microphones are created equally, however, so make sure you’re using one that was designed with music recording in mind.

The $149 Blue Microphones Yeti is one popular choice. The Yeti is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone, a type of mic well-suited to a variety of different recording applications. It’s also a multi-pattern microphone. A mic’s pattern is the way that it accepts or rejects sounds from different directions. as versatile as a large-diaphragm condenser already is, a multi-pattern condenser is even more so, because user-selectable pick-up-patterns make them suitable for more applications.

The Yeti also packs a headphone jack, mute switch, and volume dial, all built in to the unit. These features and Blue’s excellent reputation make the Yeti a great first microphone. If you’re even more flush, consider the Blue Microphones Yeti Pro, which, in addition to the Yeti’s features, offers higher-fidelity audio encoding and an analog XLR output.

USB mixer - you could consider a small desktop mixer like the Mackie Onyx Blackjack if you are feeling more daring. Mixers that pack USB-outputs serve as analog-to-digital interfaces, meaning you can use any traditional, analog-connecting microphone in your recordings. this greatly expands your microphone options, though at the cost of a more complicated recording chain.

Of course, you will have to purchase a microphone in addition to the USB mixer. A large-diaphragm condenser, like Rode’s NT1-A or the Audio Technica’s AT 2020, would be a good choice to begin your microphone collection.

Mixing software: Making sounds into music

You will need software to take the digital signals from your microphone or USB device and record them to your hard drive. later, you will likely use that same application to combine multiple audio signals into songs. Choose this application well, because it is a window you will spend a lot of time with.

Audacity - If you want to spend your entire recording budget on hardware, you can — because the excellent, open-source Audacity can take care of all of your software needs.

Audacity is a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). DAWs allow you to record, edit, modify, and combine audio files. In the computer recording environment, the DAW controls the way signal is captured from recording device to hard disk. It also maintains the arrangement of various audio files within each song, as shown in the image below.

Further, the DAW performs various useful post-production operations. Audacity, for example, facilitates amplifying, equalizing, compressing, leveling, normalizing, and a variety of other functions. The effects and plugins found in different DAWs will be similar to each other, as they all attempt to recreate pieces of analog hardware that previously performed the work of each. they can, however, differ greatly in quality and in price.

Though Spartan compared to other options, Audacity is highly functional, and, as freeware, its price can’t be beat. It’s a great option for those on a budget or only wanting to experiment with recording.

GarageBand ’11 - At just $14.99 in the App Store, the OS-X-only GarageBand delivers massive functionality and a beautiful interface at a very affordable price point. Though, essentially, it does the same things as Audacity, it does so with Apple’s traditional polish. It also gives the user a lot more options when doing so, packing a ton of useful effect pre-sets and audio samples to punch up your recordings. Further, GarageBand offers templates for some of its most often-used projects (“Podcast,” for example), making it even easier to get going with the program.

OS X users with a bit of spare money should strongly consider GarageBand as their first DAW, if only because it is so easy to set up and use.

Other options - Though there is no direct corollary to GarageBand for Windows, though many speak highly of Reaper, which can be purchased for as little as $60. Other affordable options include Fruity Loops Express ($49), Acoustica Mixcraft ($75), Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio ($70), Steinberg Sequel 3 ($80), Cakewalk SONAR X1 Essential ($99), and Ableton Live Intro ($99). some of these applications may be more suitable for some kinds of music than for others, so consider what you want to produce and do a bit of research before your purchase.

Publishing platforms: Turning music into products

Though MySpace is unfortunately (or, fortunately) a thing of the past, there have never been more ways for musicians, even those just starting out, to make their songs available to a wide audience.

Bandcamp - Bandcamp makes it stunningly easy to distribute digital music online. Feed it audio files, connect a PayPal account, and you can be up and running in moments. There is no set-up fee for Bandcamp. instead, the service takes a 15% revenue share. after Paypal’s 2.9 percent take, plus a 30-cent transaction fee, your revenue share takes a considerable hit. however, many artists opt for Bandcamp after balking at the set-up fees charged by companies such as Catapult.

In addition to being great for music distribution, Bandcamp is incredibly important as a way to appreciate music. as MySpace has declined, Bandcamp has neatly stepped in as the service most-often-used by independent artists to distribute their work. That hip new local band you’ve been hearing about? Chances are they’re on Bandcamp. Now, go buy something from them! they could probably use your support.

Kunaki - Though it’s never been easier to distribute one’s music online, it can still be difficult for artists to produce materials and media to sell at their live shows. many CD companies enforce a minimum production run of 100 units or more with a minimum cost often greater than $400 — a stark contrast to the $0 it costs to set up a Bandcamp account.

Don’t worry — a company called Kunaki has solved most of the problems associated with CD production. where production at larger manufacturing companies (like Portland’s excellent Cravedog) is managed by humans, Kunaki’s system is complete automated. this leads to much easier setup and far lower prices for the end user.

Kunaki provides a Windows application to configure your product for delivery to its production facility. Following a series of simple steps, your CD is uploaded to Kunaki’s servers, after which it can be ordered in quantities as small as one-at-a-time for around $1.75-each (plus shipping). Outside of burning them yourself, there may be no easier or more affordable way to produce CDs.

Licensing - many artists miss an income and promotional opportunity by failing to make their music available for licensing. “People are starting to realize that licensing is the best way for the little guy to make money, and music supervisors for TV shows see that they can get decent music for much cheaper than they’d have to pay Lady Gaga,” said Alex Arrowsmith, who licenses his own catalog through Pump Audio (now the Getty Images stock music library).

Pump Audio allows anyone to upload tracks to its online catalog. Though the service only pays our twice-yearly, those payments can be substantial. Arrowsmith, whose work is most-often used in TV productions, derives more of his music income from licensing than from any other source, and has received checks totaling several thousand dollars on payout day.

Marketing media: Turning products into profit (though likely not)

You’ll need to connect with an audience to achieve your dreams of music stardom. Though they require some effort, there are tools available to everyone that can give you a massive head start when establishing your fan-base.

Social media - Social media is largely about self-promotion — just embrace it! Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other services are an excellent, free way to engage with your audience over time. For best results, it’s important to post a variety of engaging content — both band-related and more personal. By doing so, you will increase your social media audience over time, allowing you to contact an ever-larger network with news about your events and releases.

AdWords and Facebook Ads - Self-serve online advertising provides a more-efficient marketing channel for musicians than has been available before. Savvy artists can, with a little work, target advertising to a very narrow audience, and follow-up with analytics to determine how those ads have performed. this data may also indicate how different pieces of content perform, offering an interesting new input in the band’s decision-making process.

Kickstarter - Kickstarter isn’t only a great fundraising tool, it’s a phenomenal marketing opportunity. Coordinating the campaign is a lot of work, but the best projects will engage their audience to share news of the project widely online. Even smaller kickstarters can garner hundreds of social media shares, each of which is an opportunity to connect with new fans.

Remember, it’s all on a spectrum

The products and services outlined in this column can provide a good start for your music efforts, but it’s only a start. Though you can create competent recordings with a $149 USB microphone, you can achieve much better results with better, more costly gear. Similarly, professional artists may use Pro Tools to record their music, produce costly vinyl records to distribute it, and pay any number of expensive firms to market and license their work.

No matter what, though, their careers began with that first step. So could yours. get to it!

How to setup a DIY recording studio on your computer

The Essential Microphones – The Shure SM57 & the Neumann U87

February 1st, 2012 master No comments

If you don’t have a drum set in your home recording studio and you generally only record yourself then you can likely get away with having just one condenser microphone and one dynamic microphone in your studio. if you really want to get great results then you’ll want to choose the Shure SM57 as your dynamic microphone and the Neumann U87 as your condenser microphone. these are the two absolute standards in their respective areas.

First you need to understand which microphone you use for what.

For example for recording vocals you will want to use the Neumann U87 condenser microphone, in fact it’s probably the best known vocal microphone in the world. Major music studios all over the place have Neumann U87s ready to go to record crystal clear vocals. And yes there’s a huge difference between recording with a cheap mic and a high quality (but not so cheap) microphone like the U87.

You will be able to record all of your acoustic instruments with the U87 as well as your vocals. You may get slightly better results using a small diapraghm condenser rather than the large diapraghm (like the U87) when it comes to recording acoustic guitars but I think you’ll be satisfied with your results.

You will need to use the Shure SM57 dynamic microphone to record your electric guitar’s amp. Why not just go direct into your audio interface? Because it sounds much, much, better when you record your amp with the SM57. if you are currently going direct in and you don’t understand why you aren’t getting the sound you want, I think you’ll be amazed at the difference.

Now for some good news and some not so good news. the good news is that the Shure SM57 is very affordable. It can be found for about $100. the not so good news is that the Neumann U87 retails for over $4000. but you may be able to find it online for a cheaper price (especially if you get one used and since these are such high quality durable mics you will likely be very pleased with the used mic you buy.)

The Essential Microphones – The Shure SM57 & the Neumann U87

Three-way shootout: computer mics

December 17th, 2011 master No comments

MIKE WILCOX

Whether you’re a gigging musician, podcasting enthusiast or a professional sound engineer, the second most important piece of kit to have in your arsenal of audio recording tools is at least one high-quality microphone. the most important thing to have, of course, is a pair of ears in good working condition.

There’s no escaping the need for a computer at the heart of most audio-recording set-ups these days. a wide range of PC and Mac software is available, from audio-recording, editing, and mixing programs to software designed to emulate the sound of almost any musical instrument. To record a person talking or singing, however, you still require a microphone of some description.

PC headsets, integrated microphones on laptops and microphones that plug into the sound card of a desktop computer are generally designed for activities such as Skype calls and online gaming. if the application calls for a decent sound quality, such as recording a podcast or musical performance, you can expect much better results using a USB microphone.

as the name suggests, this type of microphone simply plugs into an available USB port on a computer. and unlike other peripherals, it is automatically detected and configured by the computer without the need for any special software.

USB microphones, like all products, vary in price and features, from entry level through to professional-quality models. However, generally they all provide a better sound because they use a digital connection to the computer.

in addition to built-in features such as an input-gain control, a mute button and multiple polar patterns, it’s also important to consider the size, weight and portability of a USB microphone as some models are better suited to travelling around in laptop bags than others.

the intended use for any microphone will almost certainly determine the type of audio software needed. some applications are specially designed for recording music, while more generic recording software can serve a variety of purposes, such as podcasting. the audio software that comes installed on your computer might even offer enough features to do the job.

Meteor Mic

NZ$189 samsontech.com

this eye-catching, pint-sized USB Meteor Mic takes its retro styling cues from the chrome microphones used in the 1950s.

the short tripod legs perfectly hug the microphone for compact storage and fold down to position it on a table or desk. the microphone can also be attached to a traditional mic stand.

the Meteor Mic has a mute button, headphone port and volume control, and an LED light to indicate when levels are too high.

the single cardioid pick-up pattern makes it best suited to single voice use. this microphone is more susceptible to distortion and popping when exposed to high input levels, though, at normal levels it captures a good dynamic range, albeit with a slight lack of low frequencies.

Yeti Pro

NZ$772 bluemic.com

the biggest, heaviest and most expensive in this round-up, the Yeti Pro is also the most feature-packed USB microphone of the group.

Contributing to the overall weight is a stylish metal base that allows the microphone to sit at different angles and which detaches so the microphone can be used with a traditional stand.

the Yeti Pro features an input-gain control, a headphone output with volume control, a mute button plus a multicoloured LED light to indicate the input level.

Unique to this microphone are the switchable polar patterns, which control the direction from which the mic picks up sound. It also offers a stereo XLR analogue output so the mic can be connected to a traditional mixing desk.

this mic has exceptionally good headroom, very little popping and a solid dynamic range of frequencies.

Shure PG42

NZ$379 shure.com

the Shure name is legendary in live-music circles for its reliable sounding and robust microphones.

the Shure PG42 is more of a recording studio workhorse but it still features a sturdy metal casing and wire grille to protect the microphone capsule, with its cardioid pattern.

this microphone features an input-gain control, headphone port and volume control, a signal-level LED indicator plus a handy input pad for use with high-level sounds and a high pass-filtering switch ideal for use with vocals.

the Shure PG42 doesn’t have built-in legs or a stand but comes with a suspended mounting bracket that attaches to a mic stand.

the extra gain controls provide improved sensitivity without any distortion or popping and the microphone captures a full dynamic frequency range.

– Sydney Morning Herald

Typical NZ Economy. It’s the same with all devices, take the Iphone4S 64Gb for example; IN USA, this will cost you $849USD non contract from Apple.com which is approx $1100NZD.

The exact same device from apple.co.na non contract is $1349.

We are always ripped off when it comes to ticket items.

Three-way shootout: computer mics

MXL 990 Condenser Microphone Critiques – Is that this Factor Really Well worth the Cash? « felasofi.net

December 10th, 2011 master No comments

If you are usually engaged in any type of recording you carry out by utilizing a do-it-yourself recording atmosphere, you probably understand how central a respectable microphone like the MXL 990 may be to all your projects. a substandard quality instrument will create a decreased quality final draft and will probably give off a lousy reaction on those who listen to it.

It’s a well-known reality that present day economic climate has made it a great offer tougher to pay for expensive microphones. Nevertheless, you won’t need to shell out a huge amount of money to locate a respectable sounding instrument for laying down your voice to music, podcasting, creating video clip clips, or producing tasks of any selection. the MXL 990 mic appears to be an inexpensive, high quality microphone. here, we’re going to undergo two or 3 observations discovered on MXL 990 Evaluation websites.

Here are the most universal feedback discovered from numerous customers of the MXL 990 mic on various MXL 990 Evaluation web sites.

* “Fantastic instrument for that cash!”

* “Easy to make use of.”

* “a couple of slight adjustments make this mic audio extraordinary!”

* “It truly is exactly what I required for tune recordings!”

* “I really enjoy the high quality I get from my podcasts.”

* “It really is really a fantastic microphone for less than $100.”

* “the sound quality is remarkably high for this kind of an inexpensive instrument.”

Understand that within the midst of the positive arrives the much less than constructive. These are a handful with the less glowing observations found on MXL 990 Evaluation websites from various customers.

* “I do not have the patience to adjust this mic to obtain the high quality I considered necessary.”

* “It only data in mono.”

* “I am obtaining a purring reverberation in my playbacks but am noy distinct if it can be the instrument or my set up.”

We also found many replies to those unflattering remarks that talked about the fact that inexperienced people that battle to make use of this mic probably aren’t heading to be able to get the high quality audio they are searching for for the cause that they’re just not experienced in the methods of sound production having a leading notch mic. It had been also said that mono is extremely great for production so you can utilize songs modifying software program to split the tracks and make the undertaking into stereo. It was also claimed that the buzzing noise is resulting from a bad or cheap set up and it does, actually, arise in the computer and/or cords being used.

This evaluation of remarks from a variety of MXL 990 Evaluation sites discovered all throughout the web is hoped that will help you understand the actual worth of this low-priced, expert mic. you need to weigh your alternatives and choose whether it really is something you are able to take advantage of prior to you create a determination on precisely which mic to obtain. Generally, the remarks had been favorable from experienced recorders, so if you are fresh to recording out of your home you actually should try to perform some investigation and educate (which you are able to do free online) yourself before buying this microphone.

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ClarityOne Earbuds

December 6th, 2011 master No comments

ClarityOne Earbuds are the company’s first product. Technically, though, the name is a misnomer. the Earbuds are actually earphones that seal off your ear canal, not earbuds, which are flat and don’t enter the canal. We’ll let it slide because the $129.99 (direct) Earbuds offer crisp highs and a solid low frequency response. at maximum volume, however, that response is challenged on deep bass tracks, distorting just slightly. the built-in iPhone controls use an older design than most current competitors and thus lack dedicated menu and track navigation buttons. the high quality of the audio performance is reason enough to consider the ClarityOne Earbuds, but in this general price range, there are other solid options with fewer limitations.

DesignWith an attractive, clean design, the ClarityOne Earbuds are metallic-colored, with semi-transparent silicon ear tips that offer a secure fit. each cylindrical earpiece features a small ClarityOne logo. the iPhone controls and microphone sit a few inches below the left ear, along the 48-inch cable’s transparent housing. a single button controls track navigation and phone calls. a rapid pressing of that button three times skips a track, while holding it down once plays, pauses, or answers a call. it works, but better iPhone controls with dedicated navigation buttons are available these days. the microphone provides intelligible call clarity, however. the controls also work with some Android and BlackBerry phones, but there’s no guarantee from ClarityOne that your specific model is compatible.

A zip-up, hard shell protective case with carabiner ships with the Earbuds. Three pairs of silicon ear tips in various sizes are also included. the earphones fit securely when you remain fairly stationary, but a rigorous run or workout might pull them from your ears, so they’re not ideal for the gym.

PerformanceOn tracks with deep bass, the ClarityOne Earbuds offer a generally strong performance, but is at times inconsistent at high volumes. for instance, the Knife’s “Silent Shout” typically separates the strong earphones from the weak, and the Earbuds have no distortion at maximum volume when playing back this challenging song. However, on another track, Thom Yorke’s “Cymbal rush,” which has more resonant lows but at different frequencies, the Earbuds do distort at maximum volume. the distortion is not intense, and it only occurs at the unsafe maximum volume level, but it’s worth noting because most mid-$100 earphones of high quality will not distort on either track. On instrumental selections, like John Adams’s “The Chairman Dances,” the mids and highs are crystal clear and never harsh, while the lows of the strings and larger percussion are robust. Excluding the minor distortion issues, this is a great pair of earphones for just about any genre of music.

Yet, the distortion can’t be completely ignored when a less expensive option like the excellent Shure SE215 ($119, 4 stars), an Editors’ Choice, not only lacks distortion but comes with handy extra features like a detachable, and thus replaceable, cable. for a little more money, but still under $200, another recent Editors’ Choice, the Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones ($179.95, 4.5 stars), offers not only wonderful audio performance, but modern iPhone controls with dedicated menu and track navigation buttons and a super-secure fit. If this price range is beyond your budget, there is hope. While you shouldn’t expect the same level of sonic performance, the significantly less-expensive AKG K 350 ($79.95. 4 stars) comes with full iPhone controls and a generally pleasing audio performance. for a debut, the ClarityOne Earbuds are impressive, but better iPhone controls and zero distortion would make them a more-appealing option. Regardless, if audio is your number one priority and you don’t plan on listening to deep bass tracks at maximum volume, this is a pair worthy of your consideration.

More Headphone Reviews:•   Logitech Wireless Headset•   ClarityOne Earbuds•   Etymotic ETY Kids 5•   Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headset•   Turtle Beach Ear Force Z6A PC Gaming Headset•  more

ClarityOne Earbuds

Want Podcasting Tools? Zoom Handy H2n Review and More

December 3rd, 2011 master No comments

Millions of Internet users are currently podcasting from their home with varying degrees of success.  if you want to start your own podcasts then you might be wondering where to start?  if that sounds like you then read on for a short guide to the tools you will need to purchase in order to be successful including some of the best and latest audio equipment to get you started.

Zoom Handy H2n Portable Recorder

The Zoom Handy H2n brings professional level sound quality at an affordable price, and this handheld portable recorder is packed full of functionality and features that will satisfy even the most demanding podcaster. 

It has five different high quality mics enabled on it meaning you can use it for outside broadcast quality recordings and target in on your audio subject – or just as easily mount it on a tripod and use it on your desk in front of your PC screen.  You can very quickly start to record yourself whilst using it as a USB microphone – this is simply done by plugging the mic into your laptop or PC which will let your record straight into your computer. 

Once you have recorded audio with the Zoom Handy then you can use the pre-packaged Steinberg WaveLab LE7 Audio Editing Software to get the podcast just right before you then upload it for the world to hear.  You will need web hosting and a domain in order to do this.

There’s a very comprehensive Zoom Handy H2n Review on the Technology World’s website which goes into fuller detail should you need it. 

Alternatives to the Zoom Handy H2n Portable Recorder

If the price point on the Zoom Handy H2n seems a little bit steep for you then there are some superb alternatives which offer reasonable sound quality and performance.  Here’s a short list of the top five podcaster microphones for 2011.

  • Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone
  • Samson go Mic Compact USB Microphone
  • Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Condenser USB Microphone
  • CAD U1 USB Dynamic Recording Microphone
  • Rode Podcaster USB Dynamic Microphone

Any of these podcasting mics can be purchased for under $100 US Dollars and are all you need in order to start podcasting at a reasonably professional level from the comfort of your own home.

Want more Information?

For further information make sure you check out this superb article and information piece on what the Best Podcasting Microphones 2011 are over the last 12 months.  All the models listed are also predicted to be big sellers in 2012 too so there’s no chance of them becoming out of date for at least 24 months.

Want Podcasting Tools? Zoom Handy H2n Review and More

MXL 990 Condenser Microphone Reviews — Is Factor Worth the cash?

October 18th, 2011 master No comments

In case you are typically engaged in any kind of type of recording you conduct simply by using a home made recording environment, you most likely recognize just how core a considerable microphone just like the MXL 990 will be to your entire tasks. an inferior high quality device will certainly make a diminished high quality ultimate draft and will almost certainly emit a lousy effect on people who hear it.

It is just a well known incontrovertible fact that modern day economic system has created that a whole lot harder to pay expensive mics. Nevertheless, you may not ought to pay plenty of funds to locate a reputable sound device for laying down your current tone of voice to be able to music, podcasting, making films, or making tasks connected with a range. The actual MXL 990 mike appears to be an economical, high quality microphone. right here, we will go through 2 or 3 observations discovered on MXL 990 Evaluate web sites.

The following are probably the most common responses discovered through several buyers using the mxl 990 mike on different MXL 990 Evaluate internet sites.

1 . “Fantastic device for that money!Inch1 . “Easy to apply.Inch1 . “A few small modifications get this mike sound remarkable!Inch1 . “it actually is strictly a few things i needed for song recordings!Inch1 . “I revel in each of our perfect high quality I purchase through my own podcasts.Inch1 . “it is actually a wonderful microphone for less than $100.Inch1 . “The sound high quality can be amazingly higher for this specific reasonably priced device.Inch

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The Essential Microphones – The Shure SM57 & the Neumann U87

October 17th, 2011 master No comments

If you don’t have a drum set in your home recording studio and you generally only record yourself then you can likely get away with having just one condenser microphone and one dynamic microphone in your studio. If you really want to get great results then you’ll want to choose the Shure SM57 as your dynamic microphone and the Neumann U87 as your condenser microphone. these are the two absolute standards in their respective areas.

First you need to understand which microphone you use for what.

For example for recording vocals you will want to use the Neumann U87 condenser microphone, in fact it’s probably the best known vocal microphone in the world. Major music studios all over the place have Neumann U87s ready to go to record crystal clear vocals. And yes there’s a huge difference between recording with a cheap mic and a high quality (but not so cheap) microphone like the U87.

You will be able to record all of your acoustic instruments with the U87 as well as your vocals. You may get slightly better results using a small diapraghm condenser rather than the large diapraghm (like the U87) when it comes to recording acoustic guitars but I think you’ll be satisfied with your results.

You will need to use the Shure SM57 dynamic microphone to record your electric guitar’s amp. Why not just go direct into your audio interface? Because it sounds much, much, better when you record your amp with the SM57. If you are currently going direct in and you don’t understand why you aren’t getting the sound you want, I think you’ll be amazed at the difference.

Now for some good news and some not so good news. the good news is that the Shure SM57 is very affordable. it can be found for about $100. the not so good news is that the Neumann U87 retails for over $4000. but you may be able to find it online for a cheaper price (especially if you get one used and since these are such high quality durable mics you will likely be very pleased with the used mic you buy.)

The Essential Microphones – The Shure SM57 & the Neumann U87

The Essential Microphones – The Shure SM57 & the Neumann U87

October 15th, 2011 master No comments

If you don’t have a drum set in your home recording studio and you generally only record yourself then you can likely get away with having just one condenser microphone and one dynamic microphone in your studio. if you really want to get great results then you’ll want to choose the Shure SM57 as your dynamic microphone and the Neumann U87 as your condenser microphone. These are the two absolute standards in their respective areas.

First you need to understand which microphone you use for what.

For example for recording vocals you will want to use the Neumann U87 condenser microphone, in fact it’s probably the best known vocal microphone in the world. Major music studios all over the place have Neumann U87s ready to go to record crystal clear vocals. And yes there’s a huge difference between recording with a cheap mic and a high quality (but not so cheap) microphone like the U87.

You will be able to record all of your acoustic instruments with the U87 as well as your vocals. You may get slightly better results using a small diapraghm condenser rather than the large diapraghm (like the U87) when it comes to recording acoustic guitars but I think you’ll be satisfied with your results.

You will need to use the Shure SM57 dynamic microphone to record your electric guitar’s amp. Why not just go direct into your audio interface? because it sounds much, much, better when you record your amp with the SM57. if you are currently going direct in and you don’t understand why you aren’t getting the sound you want, I think you’ll be amazed at the difference.

Now for some good news and some not so good news. The good news is that the Shure SM57 is very affordable. It can be found for about $100. The not so good news is that the Neumann U87 retails for over $4000. but you may be able to find it online for a cheaper price (especially if you get one used and since these are such high quality durable mics you will likely be very pleased with the used mic you buy.)

The Essential Microphones – The Shure SM57 & the Neumann U87