Podcasting has become an increasingly important medium of expression since its inception, due largely to the simplicity of its creation and complete creative freedom offered to its producers. The main difference between a Podcast and Streaming or Webcasting is that Podcasts are immediately made available in an online archive, allowing for offline listening once downloaded to the listeners device (although they are often made available to stream on demand). Despite the name deriving from an amalgamation of iPod and Broadcast, Podcasts are not affiliated with any particular manufacturer, and can be created and enjoyed on virtually any digital device.
The DV247 Podcasting Beginner Bundle 02 provides a complete solution for those wishing to get started with a Podcasting production whilst remaining within a budget. This package is particularly useful to those who intend to be mobile podcasters.
To remain mobile during recording, lightweight and study equipment is a must and the Steinberg UR-22 MKII USB Audio Interface fits this description perfectly. As a 24-Bit/192kHz interface the UR-22’s audio handling is of excellent quality, with virtually latency-free hardware monitoring. Along with its two Class-A D-PRE mic preamps, MIDI In/Out is also available. Each of the two channels are Mic/Line and both XLR and TRS Jack connectors can be used – channel 2 can be switched to Hi-Z mode if Guitars or Basses are being recorded directly into the UR-22. There is also a +48V Phantom Power selector switch on the rear of the unit for enabling use of Condenser microphones or active DI boxes. Finally, to capture the desired audio, the UR-22 ships with a copy of Steinberg Cubase AI digital audio workstation. This streamlined version of Cubase provides all the most important elements for fast production of high quality audio and file management. Also provided is the Cubasis LE software for recording with the iPad if a truly lightweight rig is called for.
A versatile microphone such as the Fame Studio CM2 Condenser Microphone is an essential addition to any mobile podcasting production, as it is able to tackle a variety of sound sources without colouring the audio. This mic has a cardioid polar pattern, a 1” large diaphragm gold spluttered capsule, and a maximum SPL of 125dB.
The Music Store MS 300 Headphones are designed for a comfortable and accurate monitoring experience. These stereo headphones feature a cushioned headband with large padded ear pads.
The rest of the bundle deals with the essentials: the Music Store MS-1 Table Mic Stand, a lightweight, durable and above all, portable desktop microphone stand with detachable legs; a Fame PF PRO Pro Microphone Pop Filter that is highly durable and effective at suppressing pop noise; and a Music Store Standard Microphone Cable 3m to connect your equipment together. Happy casting!
The main features of the DV247 Podcasting Beginner Bundle 02 include:
- Fame Studio CM2 Condenser Mic
- Steinberg UR-22 MKII USB Audio Interface
- Music Store MS 300 Dynamic Stereo Headphones
- Music Store MS-1 Table Mic Stand
- Fame PF PRO Pro Microphone Pop Filter
- Music Store Standard Microphone Cable 3m