Podcasting Setup–My new microphone.

So since I have been recording more and more videos, I decided to spend some money on better equipment.  First listen to the difference between videos (short clip below) and then you can read on if you want to know what I purchased.


Now, I must confess, although I am a geek, I am not a sound geek so this is and was all new to me Smile

I did some research on the internet and talked to many of my fellow devs/bloggers to find out what they were using.  I got many different answers during my quest and received some great advice.  I selected the items below instead of a USB microphone was because I wanted to be able to expand in the future if I wanted to.  If the mic was a USB mic then I could never really use it in any other environment ( Speaker events, code camp, etc…)


Microphone :

Perception 220


I selected this microphone for a number of reasons.  First, AKG is know for quality microphones, and although there are more expensive mics out there, this fit the bill for my needs. It is a condenser microphone which means it works on phantom power (USB) and has a Cardioid Pickup Pattern, which means that it will pick up “mostly” sounds that are right in front of it.  This means that police cars, lawnmowers, etc… should not be picked up while I am recording my videos. It has many other features as seen here, but those two things were important to me.  In addition, it also came with a spider shock mount and case for $179.00 total.  The shock mount helps to reduce noise from hitting the desk that it is sitting on.




Audio Input :


Since I needed something to plug the microphone into (remember, I did not want the USB mic), I purchased the M-Audio Fast Track pro.  I opted for the pro because it allowed me to expand to two microphones if I want to in the future.  All I needed to do was install the drive,  plug in the microphone and I was all set.  It also comes with some sound mixing software called Live light which I have not yet started to play with.  It was an easy set up and the sound quality was great.


Besides these two things, I also picked up a microphone cord (of course) and a pop screen to go in the front so that it does not pick up the “P” and “T” sounds when speaking close to the microphone.  And finally to round it all out, I bought a desktop swing arm microphone stand to hold it all.  I know I have plenty more to learn about the equipment but at least this should give me a good start (and better videos).


imageHere is the final product (minus the M-Audio, which is behind my screen).

It should be fun working with it.


Daniel Egan – The Sociable Geek