Nov. 1, 2016

Do You Need a Mixer to Create a Podcast?

While we all used mixers the first five to ten years of podcasting, technology advances have made them cumbersome, and more helpful for musicians.

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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