TPS094: International Podcast Day and the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4

IPD-Round-300International Podcast Day is September 30th, find out what you can do to support and grow the medium of podcasting.

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i4* audio interface is a great little device for plugging analog gear (microphones, mixers, etc.) into your computer and getting clean sounding, high-quality audio.  [Read more]

Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 Audio Interface Review and Demo

Why did I buy the Focusrite? I bought the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4* (2i4 on B&H | 2i4 on Amazon) after my beloved Griffin iMic died on me after a few years of hearty service. The iMic is a simple, small audio interface that accepts both line and … [Read more]

TPS093: Get a Mix-minus into a Smartphone and overview of the Mackie 402VLZ4

How do you get audio from your phone (iPhone, Android, etc.) into your mixer? The simple answer is you plug it in. You can use a basic stereo cable (I prefer this "Y" cable*), plug one end into your phone's headphone output and place the other end … [Read more]

Mackie 402VLZ4 Mixer

The Mackie 402VLZ ultra-compact mixer* is an excellent audio mixer for first time podcasters. "Built like a tank" the 402 is encased in steel with quality feeling knobs, sealed to prevent dust from invading the insides of the mixer. The first thing … [Read more]

TPS092: Social Sponsorships and the Behringer Q802USB Mixer

What's the value of a new podcast subscriber? Would you trade 20, 50, 100 dollars an episode for a new subscriber? Two new subscribers? A podcast sponsorship can be a hard deal to negotiate and for many smaller shows it's not likely worth the … [Read more]

Behringer Xenyx Q802USB Mixer Overview

The Behringer Q802USB mixer* is a great choice if you are looking for a mixer that can handle most podcasting applications for less than $100. A good preamp is where a good mixer starts. The Q802USB has Behringer's Xenyx preamps and they perform … [Read more]

TPS091: Gain Staging Any Mixer

Setting up a mixer can be a difficult task. Even on the smallest mixers there are numerous buttons and knobs that all affect the audio you put into it. Knowing exactly which knobs to turn and when can be confusing at best and can wreck your audio at … [Read more]