Audio Interface Tips

How to Connect a Preamp to an Audio Interface?

New podcasters usually have many questions regarding equipment setup. One of the queries they often have is how to connect a preamp to an audio interface. A pre-amplifier converts weak mic-level signals into strong line-level signals. And an interface connects a mic to a computer. You have to connect the preamp to the mic using an XLR cable, and the preamp to the interface using a TRS cable. This connection …

Podcasting Microphone

Best Mic for Recording in Noisy Environment

Recording a podcast sounds easy. It’s only when you get to the task, you realize how seemingly small things make the process difficult. One such issue is recording in a noisy environment. The best mic for recording in a noisy environment will be a direction mic with a low-cut filter. Shure SM7B and Electro-Voice RE 20 excel at this. Regardless of the used microphone, always speak directly to the mic. …

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What is the Difference Between Balanced or Unbalanced Cables?

A very common query that people have about cable wires is the difference between balanced and unbalanced cables. For my audio projects, I always buy balanced cables. A balanced cable utilizes a complex system to connect equipment while keeping the interference noises to a bare minimum. An unbalanced cable has a simple system that just connects two devices and transmits signals, and it does not keep a check on interference …

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Podcast Recording Tips for Beginners (if you start a new show)

Starting your first podcast can seem overwhelming. I also struggled with it, but after years of talking and listening to podcasters, I can confidently give you podcast recording tips for beginners. The single most important podcast tip for beginners is starting a show as quickly as possible and then improving it constantly. Brainstorm an idea, get podcasting gear within your budget, and start recording and releasing episodes. You will learn …

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Do Dynamic Microphones Need Pop Filters and How to Use Them

When buying your first recording gear, it is natural to wonder do dynamic microphones need pop filters? Generally, they do, with some exceptions, but we will also answer the “why? question. Dynamic microphones need pop filters to block plosives and sibilance, as you can’t easily edit them. Some mics come with a built-in filter, so you don’t need to put anything on top of the mic’s capsule. Premium dynamic mics …

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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 vs Scarlett Solo – Which is Better?

Scarlett 2i2 is an amazing audio interface I use to record e.g. Improve Podcast School. But when buying it I initially hesitated between Scarlett 2i2 vs Scarlett Solo. In general, Scarlett Solo can record only 1 mic and only 1 audio input, so it is only good for one person to record. Scarlett 2i2 will allow you to record 2 mics on separate audio tracks allowing for easy editing. 2i2 …

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How Much Does an Audio Interface Cost? Best Gear Examples

Wondering how much does an audio interface cost doesn’t need to be frustrating. After you have picked your mic, and the rest of your gear, and you understand your recording needs it is quite simple. The cost of an audio interface depends on your needs. For beginner setup, you can find an interface below $200. An interface with advanced functions costs between $200 to $500. A premium interface, for complex …

Podcasting Microphone

15 Best Budget Microphones for Podcasting & Streaming 2022

Being on a budget with an urgent need to start a podcast is not a comfortable place. Everybody talks about Shure SM7B, but you are only looking for the best budget microphone for podcasting. I know! Looking at all the available mics on the market, the best budget microphone for podcasting for under $80 is Samson Q2U. If you can spend $100, then you should pick Rode PodMic. The best …

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Do I Need an Audio Interface for Podcasting?

When I was a beginner, I was wondering do I need an audio interface for podcasting, if my first show won’t be very complicated. Now, I can easily say who will be ok recording without an interface. An audio interface is not needed to record a podcast or voice-over, but is recommended. You need an audio interface for podcasting to connect pro dynamic mics and capture speakers on separate tracks. …

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TOP 3 Audio Interface for Podcasting – Best choices in 2022

Audio Interface (for podcasting) is a physical device allowing the audio gear to communicate with a computer. It translates an analog signal to digital. Its phantom power (48V) and XLR jack connect professional mics. With built-in preamp (signal boost), headphone jack and direct monitor (avoid latency) it is an essential part of a podcasting kit. An audio interface is a first more complex device every beginning podcaster spends hours about …