Recording a Professional Quality Podcast With MixerFace
In this tech note we will show you how to record a great sounding podcast with MixerFace.
What you will need:
- Headphones (host + guest)
- Headphone splitter
- Microphone cables
- Microphone stands or booms
- 3.5mm cable for AUX input (music/sound effects)
- USB device if not using MixerFace’s built in SD-recorder
To get starting recording a podcast with MixerFace, you are going to want to make sure you have all your gear ready for connecting. In a typical podcast session you will have a host and a guest- MixerFace’s 2 channels are ideal for this kind of setup, plus the built in battery means you can record your podcast virtually anywhere! You are going to need two microphones, we recommend industry-standard highly directional “shotgun mics”- some top brands include Sennheiser and Rode. In order to connect these to MixerFace you will need two XLR cables to plug the mic’s into channels 1 and 2 of MixerFace. These kinds of high quality condenser microphones require 48V phantom power, which MixerFace accommodates via the 48V on/off recessed switch on its back panel. Next, you are going to want to make sure you microphones are stable and secure throughout your podcasting session and that where your mic stands come in!
As in the pictures above, small tabletop mic stands are ideal for podcasting and they are very portable, just like MixerFace, allowing you to take them with you anywhere. Of course, you can use any kind of mic stand you’d like. In order to monitor your podcast you are going to want to use a couple pairs of headphones for the host and guest. You can connect a standard headphone splitter into MixerFace’s headphone jack, located on the back panel, and plug in your headphones to the splitter so each of the podcasters can monitor.
MixerFace’s top panel, makes it simple to set your levels and get to recording an amazing podcast. You will adjust the two gain knobs, corresponding to the two mic inputs, to taste. In this kind of podcasting situation you are probably going to want to keep both blend control knobs hard panned to CH1 and CH2 so you hear the direct mic channel the whole time. Lastly, you will adjust the monitor knob to taste as well, as this acts are your “main volume” fed to both headphones thru the splitter.
See Picture Below For Front Panel Breakdown
For additional inspiration, Check out our series of podcasts, where we interview famous personalities in the Audio and Music industry. Many interviews are done via Skype, in the way that’s described in this tech note.
Contact us. As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop us a line. You can reach us via the email box at the bottom of this page or via the contact us form. We are serious about customer support and will help you get going quickly.