Best bet podcasting equipment?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by wallraff, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Apr 5, 2009
    #1
    I am planning to start a podcast where I interview one or two persons each time around a table in different locations (no permanent studio rather in guests environment) and I need advice on what gear to get and use.
    What I have now is:
    Macbook air with garageband
    Zoom H4n
    1pcs Behringer C1 xlr
    1pcs Rode lav mic

    Would it be easiest to record directly to garageband by getting usb mic?
    I thought of getting a Blue Snowball or Yeti mic.

    Would it be sufficient with one omnidirectional mic like the Yeti or do i need more?

    All advices on podcast setups appreciated.
     
  2. macrumors G4

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    Location:
    Redondo Beach, California
    #2
    The rule is to get the microphone as physically close to the sound as you possibly can. An omni mic would be a poor choose in an uncontrolled environment because it would pick up the sound of a passing truck or airplane or whatever just as well as the voices you want. You want a directional mic that is aimed right at the speaker. The best is a hand mic that is two inches from the speaker's face. But if that looks bad on the screen then use a lav mic clipped to their shirt.

    The news guys use the directional hand microphone for a reason. It rejects sound that are not 2 inches directly in front.

    If the mic is not close it will pick up reflected sound off the walls and what not. A lot depends on the "look" you want. If you absolutely can't have a mic on screen then hire a sound guy to hold a boom but for most interviews a lav mic does not look bad, just hide the wire under the clothing

    If this is audio-only then it gets easy. Each speaker get his own mic that is boom mounted and with a pop-screen and he speaks directly into the mic
     

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