Today I am looking at the Behringer USB Podcast Studio. This retails for $100 and it comes with everything you need to start podcasting (cables, mic, software, etc).
This is geared towards the (in my opinion) single podcaster. You can connect more than one microphone to this, but there is only one XLR input (so you will need quarter inch cable converters, etc for mic number 2 - if you have more than one person "in studio").
Here is what I liked about it:
The box comes with a handle making it every easy and convienient to take with you.
It's small and doesn't take up your entire desk.
The USB interface connected to both my computers without a hitch. I didn't even need to touch the driver CD.
The manual is in a bunch of languages.
The Price. If you purchased these separately you would be put out $158.
What I wish would change about the product.
Add an ON/OFF switch.
Other Things to Consider:
If you want to use a condensor microphone late, you will need to purchase a separate phantom power
With ANY USB device you may need to switch back and forth in the control panel to set the input to USB. (However if this is the only itme you use as an input, you won't have to change this).
Bottom Line on Unit:
As expected, a dynamic microphone is not quiet as clear as a condensor microphone (but it still osudns fine). However, the slight lack of high end could be compensated with a tweak of the EQ. If you're in a hurry, these items produce audio that is just as good (if not better) than many of the podcasts out there.
If you are interested in what I'm using check out www.schoolofpodcasting.com/tools
Brian Mundy from www.dimacast.com asked if Dave is rady for the Expo. (I'm not, but I do have my business cards ready). He mentioned how people "Podpause" and this can annoy listeners. Why not make a show that says "I'm working on it" to keep people involved. I've sent an email to Geoff Smith saying he should write a song saying "I'll be back" and we all could play it when we need to podpause. If you're involved with marketing and/or digital imaging check out www.dimacast.com
Today I exposure my mistake using voiceemotion.com to record Kevin Bromber from Nowlive.com so instead of embarrassing myself, (and the fact that Skype broke down), I used my "recount" of the interview with Kevin. We also get a last 5 in 5, and I announce some future shows.
Opening From Gary of www.podcastpickle.com
LAST 5 IN 5 Courtesy of Fred Castaneda http://folkloricomusicdance.blogspot.com
1. The Morning Announcements
2. Marketing Online Live www.marketingonlinelive.com
3. Podcast Tools www.podcastools.com
4. Podcasting Underground www.podcastingunderground.com
5. Podcast Secrets (Premium). (check out www.secretswithdave.com )
Dave Talks About his conversation with Kevin Bromber The CEO and founder of www.nowlive.com (this was lost due to operator error). A new service that you can use that (as a Marquee user ) you can get high quality phone calls recorded (pricing on a case by case basis).
Of course, I could avoid all of this by using (you guessed it www.nowlive.com )
Coming in Future Shows:
Review of the Behringer Podcast Kit
Review of a Zoom H4.
Today I talk about any regrets I have after doing 100 shows. I have one thing I've changed (as of today). We also get some great feedback on organizing your podcast content. We also get a last 5 in 5.
Last 5 in 5
Ken Blanchard the Urban Shooter
Armed Citizen www.armedcitizenpodcast.com
Girl 600 http://girl600.libsyn.com/
Gun Rights Advocates Podcast www.gunrights.us
Old Time Radio Thrillers www.oldtimeradiofans.com
School of Podcasting www.schoolofpodcasting.net (this site).
You can earn money at Podcast Picke For Reviewing Podcasts
We talk about how to keep things organzied so you don't let content slip through your fingers (and miss making it on to your podcast).
We hear a promo for www.bestoftheworstpodcast.com
I also talk about how easy it is to use www.polldaddy.com
We then get a DUO of Last 5 in 5's (what were the last 5 podcasts you listened to, and tell us in less than 5 minutes).
Dan from Journey Inside My Mind www.jimmpodcast.com had these:
Morning Stories www.gbh.org/morningstories
Anji Bee Chill Cast http://chillcast.podshow.com
Lifespring weekend Music http://weekendmusic.lifespringonline.com/
Friday Night Dance Party http://www.fridaynightdanceparty.com/
Rich from www.audiogumshoe.com had these:
Amp New Music Weekly http://amped.libsyn.com/
Seventh Son http://www.jchutchins.net/7thSonPodcast.xml
FIR For Immediate release http://www.forimmediaterelease.biz/
Project Studio Network www.projectstudionetwork.com
Kids Wife Work Life http://www.kidswifeworklife.com/