Nov. 2, 2016

Do You Need a Mixer to Create a Podcast?

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The quick answer is NO. Mixers were used five to two ten years ago, but now they are part of portable recorders.
Today we talk about: What is a mixer When do I need it? Who doesn't need one? The Death of Mix-Minus (thank God)

What is a Mixer?

You use a mixer to adjust the volume levels of different inputs (people) so they are all the same volume level.

When Do I Need One?

When you have multiple people in the same room as you. Everyone should get their own microphone, and have their own channel on a device?

So I DO Need a Mixer?

No. Now you can buy portable recording devices like the Zoom Podtrak P4 or the Rodecaster Pro from Rode. These have built-in mixers AND they act as a recorder and a USB interface to tie into your computer for remote interviews. Technology has advanced over the years, and the best part is the joy that was "mix minus" using a mixer has been eliminated. The new devices just do the hard work of setting up a mix-minus for you. 

Who Doesn't Need a Mixer?

If you are doing a solo show, and maybe the occasional remote interview. You can but a microphone like the Samson Q2U (see microphones under $100) which is USB and XLR, and record remote interviews using Squadcast

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