Whaleoil Podcasts are only a few purchases away

We have been wanting to do regular podcasts for a long time with professional equipment that is Radio quality. Being dragged into court repeatedly by Colin Craig has delayed and disrupted many of our plans.

We at Whaleoil do not let little things like hacks and court cases stop us. They may slow us down but when we get knocked down we always get up again. We want to offer our subscribers access to regular podcasts so we are doing our research and will soon be purchasing the minimum equipment that we require which will consist of a microphone, a headset, a shock mount and a boom arm. We may also need a digital recorder and a preamplifier depending on which microphone we select

If you would like your business promoted at the start of each podcast there will be opportunities for sponsorship.

Our first purchase will be a microphone and I have narrowed our decision down to three options. I would appreciate feedback from those of you in the industry about which one you think would best meet our needs. As recordings will mainly be done from Cameron’s office I wanted a dynamic microphone so it won’t pick up background noise. Podcasts will start off being just Cam but he will eventually add interviews to the mix so we will need to purchase an additional microphone.

Here are the three microphones we are considering.

1.The RØDE Podcaster

The RØDE Podcaster is a dynamic, end-address USB microphone that combines broadcast quality audio with the simplicity of USB connectivity, allowing recording direct to a computer without the need for an additional digital interface. Recording straight to your computer is not considered the best option but this microphone is designed especially for podcasts and bypasses the computer’s lower quality onboard sound controller. If we select this option we will not need to purchase a digital recorder as we will be able to record directly to our computer in the office or our laptop when we are out and about.

The con against recording directly to our computer is that computers are much more likely to have corrupt files, errors, or other technical issues whereas Digital recorders are dependable. They record via a microphone input directly onto an SD card.

A headphone output on the RØDE Podcaster body provides zero latency monitoring, so the user can hear exactly what is being recorded, free of delay or echo.

The Podcaster features an internal pop filter, designed to minimise plosives sounds that can overload the microphone capsule and distort the audio output. This is a plus as we will not have to purchase a pop filter if we select this option.

It is fully compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Mac OS X computers, as well as several Linux distributions. The microphone is bus powered and features a status LED to indicate operation.

The Podcaster is ideal for podcasting, vodcasting, YouTube videos, voice recognition software, corporate videos and any production application that requires a simple yet professional voice over microphone.

It can also be used as an iPad microphone for the Apple iPad (in conjunction with the iPad Camera Connection Kit and a powered USB hub) to provide high quality recording to various iPad audio applications such as Garageband.

The Podcaster includes a sturdy RM2 microphone ring mount. For professional applications the optional PSM1 shock mount and PSA1 boom arm are highly recommended.

The RØDE Podcaster dynamic USB microphone has a 10 year warranty.

This microphone on its own costs $349 at New Zealand’s Rockshop


2. Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone

The PR 40 from Heil Sound is a high-performance dynamic microphone ideal for use as a vocal mic for talk show hosts and other voice over applications

Heil microphones, in general, have a strong reputation for quality and performance, dating back more than 25 years. Reviewers of this mic note that it’s reliable.

The only downside of this option is that one reviewer said that it’s almost guaranteed that we will need preamplification which means another purchase.

The mic has 4 rear ports to reject off-axis noise, resulting in a smooth, tight cardioid pickup pattern with reduced proximity effect. The steel body and internal hum bucking coil shield the mic, making it safe for use near video monitors and noisy lighting fixtures. An internal Sorbothane shock mount decouples the mic’s dynamic element from the body to reduce the effects of handling noise.

Specialized Screen System

The mic’s screen system uses 2 different mesh screens and an internal filter to keep sibilance and plosives to a minimum

Limited 3-Year Warranty

This microphone on its own costs $549 at RubberMonkey 


3. The RØDE Procaster

The RØDE Procaster has a TEN-year warranty

It is a professional broadcast quality dynamic microphone, specifically designed to offer no-compromise performance for voice applications in the broadcast environment.

The Procaster is perfect for every application where a great sounding, robust microphone with superior ambient noise rejection is demanded.

The Procaster features an internal pop filter, designed to minimise plosives sounds that can overload the microphone capsule and distort the audio output.

The Procaster includes a sturdy RM2 microphone ring mount. For professional applications, the optional PSM1 shock mount and PSA1 boom arm are highly recommended.

This microphone on its own costs $299 at New Zealand’s Rockshop


If you would like to donate towards the cost of a microphone you can donate by clicking on the big red donate button to the left of the screen underneath the list of the day’s posts or click on the one below.

If you choose the internet banking option to donate you can use the reference ‘Podcast’ to let us know that your donation is only to be used to purchase podcasting equipment.

The sooner we purchase our equipment the sooner the Podcasts can begin.

 


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