the iPhone or iPad can come in to save you some time andmoney. This app connects to GarageBand or Logic Pro X onMacs either directly or through a local shared Wi-Fi network.
You can use this app to create drumbeats and melodies orplay virtual instruments all on a touch surface. Using the Logic Remote app, you can fuel your inner DJ. Tap digital pianokeys and drum pads and hear the intensity of the instrumentschange when you tap the screen with differing pressure. Thisapp comes in handy as a control surface for mixing music andepisodes as you start to combine them into a final product.
A 13-inch MacBook screen can feel crowded when using anydigital audio workstation, and using this app gives you morereal estate to allow you to be creative.
Another option is to buy a small MIDI controller keyboardwith drum pads built in, such as the Akai Professional MPKMini MIDI Controller ($119). This controller comes packedwith 25 semi-weighted keys and 8 drum pads that are pressure sensitive. This is where this USB powered piece ofequipment shines, helping the most amateur of music producers create melodies and beats that can capture a podcastlistener’s attention. This keyboard is light and portable, so youcan create on the go. While there are so many options on themarket, this MIDI-controller lives up to all the rave reviews.
Whether you decide to go fully digital with an app like LogicRemote or drop a Benjamin Franklin on a midi controller, don’tbe afraid to get to tapping on something to give your podcastthat signature sound it deserves.
Choosing a goodheadset is another wayto ensure good audio.
The Corsair Virtuoso
might seem like an
but hear me out. The
Virtuoso is a solid jack of all trades. The audio quality of its
drivers provides good to excellent fidelity. The battery of this
wireless headset lasts around 15–20 hours. The detachable
microphone also provides a quick mute option, as well as local
feedback of your surroundings. There is nothing worse than
finishing a podcast recording only to find it ruined because of
a low hum from the air conditioner or your annoying neighbor
screaming at their evil kids for once again throwing rocks at
cars. Ahem, where was I? Oh, that’s right, the microphone.
Wireless microphones are notorious for offering subpar qual-
ity due to bandwidth restrictions. Corsair has subverted this
by allowing the headset to utilize a much greater bandwidth
when plugged in via USB cable for near studio-quality when
recording. So, why wireless though, you ask? Why not just go
with a cheaper wired headset or a fixed microphone? All good
options, but let me ask you something. Have you ever been in
an hour-long podcast only to realize you forgot to get a drink?
Trust me, you will get parched. Editing a podcast for quality
control and really needed to use the restroom? Never fear!
Simply unplug and keep up with the current conversation or
mute your microphone to avoid any background noise and go
get that bottle of water or answer nature’s call, you deserve it!
If you’re podcasting on a
budget, then look no further
than the Blackweb Premium
USB Recording Microphone
($24.88). At such a reasonable
price, this microphone allows
you to start your venture into
the podcast world without
breaking the bank. That being
said, as the time-worn cliché
goes, “You get what you pay
for.” If you’re looking for a
that doesn’t pick up popping
and static, then this is not the
mic for you. If you don’t mind
purchasing an additional pop
shield or spending a few extra
minutes touching up the sound, then go ahead and make this
purchase. If you want to spend a little bit more, the Blue Yeti
USB Mic ($149) is the way to go. It produces a clear and crisp
sound that requires minimal editing after recording a show.
Controls and mechanics are easy to learn and understand. No
wonder it is so highly used among podcasters and streamers
Jared Dicks is a husband and father of three who is a nerd at heart. In his free timeyou’ll find him at the movie theater or working hard with his buddies on their ClubXP Podcast.