Episode 7 of the Manly Hanley Podcast is now live! I’ve attached the show notes below. Thanks for listening!

Intro

The Content of your Podcast is not the only important piece to the puzzle; The sound quality can be just as important, because it’s the primary way that a Podcaster’s message is delivered. A lot of podcasters use a USB Microphone. Is this really the best method for capturing your sound?

Announcements

  • We’ll be announcing the winner of the Jabra Elite earbuds. Stay tuned!
  • More giveaways to come

Are USB Microphones Worth the Money?

  • Benefits to having a USB Microphone.
    • Short path for getting audio into your computer, with minimal to no setup required.
    • Great for a one-person setup or podcast / YouTube Vloggers, or doing creepy ASMR videos.
  • Disadvantages to having a USB Microphone
    • They can only plug into a computer.
  • Can get messy if you try to work with more than one Microphone – setup can become confusing to many users.

Takeaway:

If you’re just starting out and want to get a feeling for recording,  a single USB Microphone is worth it – You can get a decent-sounding one for 100 bucks or less: Link to the Blue Yeti USB Mic (This one is $129, but the Nano version is less than $100).

What I Use and Believe In

  • XLR is the standard the Recording/Music industry has been using for such a long time. I use mics such as the:
    Rode NT1-ASM-57MXL 770 (under $78)
     
  • Boom Stand, such as this one.
  • PreSonus StudioLive Mixer/Interface. This is where I can plug in up to 16 microphones if I ever needed to.
  • Studio One DAW Software that came free with my Mixer.
  • Audacity is a great piece of software that runs on multiple operating systems, so I have that as a backup solution as well.
  • A few XLR cables from your local music store, you can usually pick these up for a great deal.

My Backup Solution
 

My backup Solution in case I can’t use my StudioLive Mixer:  (ANY Cheap Small Mixer will work (they can be $50 and up, such as a small Behringer Mixer) in combination with the Behringer UCA202 USB device that can thus connect basically any mixer to your computer!

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