Believe us when we say that Podcasting is the wave of the future. Well, maybe it’s not as hot and popular as blogs, or at least not in its present form. There are only several thousands of podcasts as compared to tens of millions of blogs worldwide. However, podcasting is sort of a step in-between traditional mainstream media and the new media transport mechanisms of the future.
Today, these are only simple audio, talk-show type programmes that you listen to on your digital music player or computer (yes, sometimes even called an “iPod,” but podcasts are by no means only listenable to only using an iPod). Tomorrow, we will be having video, audio and other rich content delivered right to our Internet-Protocol TV (IPTV) enabled televisions and computers.
At this point in time, though, we content ourselves with podcasts. And if you’re interested in joining the podcasting bandwagon, be forewarned that it might not be as easy as blogging, since more technical know-how, preparation, and processing would be required. Still, if you think it’s a good hobby to take on, then buying yourself some good podcasting equipment would be worthwhile.
We came across a beginner’s guide to podcasting on ForeverGeek via DIGG. The article outlines the basic necessities for putting up a simple podcast. Sounds simple enough.
Theoretically, you can come up with your very own podcast using just any computer with a microphone, sound card and speakers, and some free mixing software.
True, but your output would only be as good as the quality of your input. For this reason, if you’re serious about podcasting even as a hobby, then you should get rid of that PC microphone and get yourself a good podcasting microphone.
We researched and here are some choices you can consider.
The Behringer C-1 isn’t exactly for only the beginning podcaster, as this large-diaphragm condenser microphone is good enough for professional recording use. This microphone gives you a flat frequency response and clean transmissions, resulting to very neutral-sounding recordings.
The C-1 is a Cardioid polarity microphone, meaning it will pick up audio from only one side. This is perfect for filtering out all those unwanted noises coming from other sides of the microphone. The C-1 plugs into a 2.5-inch standard XLR sockets with a gold-plated plug.
The C-1 will set you back about US$ 50.00. This is pretty cheap for a microphone of good quality.
The Samson C01U is a condenser microphone that plugs into the USB port, which powers up the mic and provides for digital audio transmission. The CO1U also has a cardioid pick-up pattern that ensures reduction in noise pick-up.
The mic will work on any Windows or Apple Mac. Price is approximately US$ 80.00
These are only tow of the numerous possibilities you can consider. But a good combination of great features and low prices would give the Behrinegr C-1 and Samson CO1U an edge over the rest.
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