[bct] Re: Microphones for podcasts

  • From: "Neal Ewers" <ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 16:32:31 -0600

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Thanks Neal, that was informative.  I heard a very nice sounding Heil pr

40, but the s/n ratio is only 55 db, insufficient.  I know one can get
with a minimal setup for podcasting, but I am working to make a living
being a financial planner and I want my casts to be of as fine a quality
I can produce without going to a studio.  The sd 722 may be overkill,
there does not seem to be much inbetween the Iriver kind of device and

*** You're right about there not being much that is good in between.  Of
course, this will change, but if the new recorders are anything like the
Microtrack and all it's problems, well, we don't need to go there.

As for microphones, I like the idea of the figure eight, though a 
cardioid might be fine as I do not need to hear myself, just the client 
responses.  "They need to be clear, because some people mutter and I
hear numbers clearly enough to transcribe them later, so what might be 
thought of as transcription quality is insufficient.  I thought of the 
lapel mics, but that might intimidate people.  Is the quality of the 
boundary microphones good?  I've never heard one used, so have no 
comparison experience.
*** The quality of boundary mikes can be good , but their signal to
noise is often not as good as other mikes.

A microphone that could switch between a cardioid and figure 8 would
meet a 
couple of purposes, wonder if anything is available that I can afford.
*** My guess is here that you're talking at least $800 for a multi
position mike.  AKG makes one in around that price range.  Actually, it
is much more, but I have a few good sources for getting deals.  However,
there is one scenario I left out.  One can get some rather nice single
point stereo mikes for about $400  The Rode nt4 is one of the better
ones for that price and it is very quiet relative to its competition.
Then there is also an Audio Technica AT-822 which is quite good.  Not
quite as quiet as the Rode but its capsules are angled at 110 degrees
instead of 90 degrees giving one a bit more stereo separation.
With either of these mikes, you could either face the microphone toward
your clients and pick them all up while still being able to hear
yourself well enough even though you are behind the microphone.  Or, you
could face the mike so that one channel is picking you up while the
other is picking up the clients.

 I do not need the head mounted mic as my plans don't include discussing

finance while dodging 18 wheelers.
Larry has my admiration for being able to walk and dictate coherently at

the same time. [grin]
*** I agree about Larry, and I wouldn't be surprised to hear that he is
driving the 18 wheeler.  but I wasn't suggesting you were going to be
walking around.  I do know that some people who stand in front of a
microphone and speak are surprised to find that the next time they come
back to the same position to continue the recording, they are just a
little closer or further away.  Of course, there is more than one way to
deal with this, but I only mentioned the head worn mikes as one possible
way.  One can always set up the mike and make sure one is the same
distance from it as one was before.  It is simply something to be aware
of when recording separate segments of a longer recording.

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