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 into an available channel on your mixer and now you can take audio from the phone into your recordings. But what if you want to also send all the audio from the mixer (your mic, your co-host, sound FX, etc.) back to the person on the phone without them hearing themselves? That’s called a mix-minus and you can use a couple different devices to achieve this setup. [Read more…] about TPS093: Get a Mix-minus into a Smartphone and overview of the Mackie 402VLZ4
Aspen Mics* has a new series of lavalier microphones called HQ (High Quality). I first saw these mics tweeted out by @cheesycam who often reviews lower priced gear for DSLR video shooters. For a mic called HQ, these mics had an interesting price point around $50 but what made that attractive was their quality. Upon first listen, the mics seem to produce nice clean audio without having to run your recorders preamp at full gain.
On this episode, Soundcloud.com announces that they will soon be supporting RSS feeds for their audio hosting service. I discuss what I think of the service for use as a podcast audio hosting solution and how you can get into the Soundcloud beta to be a tester for this new feature.
Learn what options you have when choosing a microphone for your video podcast productions. In most cases audio is as important or even more important than the quality of your video. Find out the different types of microphones that you can use together with whatever video camera you have to get the best quality audio possible out of your video productions.
Finally I explain how itunes and various devices (ipods, ipads, iphones, etc) display your ID3 tags (metadata) both in itunes and on Apple devices. Since November of 2005, Apple has been using a combination of both the metadata that you insert into your mp3 files and the information contained in your RSS feed to come up with the information that is displayed on it’s various devices. Learn what tags control this information so that you can have more control of what information people are seeing about your podcast.
Links mentioned in this episode*
Soundcloud Podcast Beta
Beachtek XLR camera adapter
Juicelink XLR camera adapter
Audio Technica Shotgun Microphone
Dead Cat Windscreen for Shotgun Mics (buy the proper size for your mic)
Sennheiser MD46 ENG microphone
Singular Software’s Pluraleyes (for syncing audio to video in post production)
Blog post Regarding ID3 tag formatting and iTunes/Apple Devices via Rob @podcast411
*most hyperlinks listed here are affiliate links