After attending many Linux conferences and trade shows, I’ve met a lot of people and some of them are doing their own podcasts. It’s pretty cool, you can just go over to iTunes and subscribe to a podcast feed and download the feeds to your iPad or iPhone. This is a great way to learn a lot of cool stuff. So I have been thinking about starting my own podcast or at least just starting to record some content, using Audacity, and wow, my voice really sucks with the microphone that I used. So I decided to get a real mic that is designed for podcasting.
Podcasts are mp3 broadcast shows (and less frequently video shows) that are syndicated through feeds.
To get started podcasting you don’t need a lot of equipment but if you want to create a quality show you will need a decent microphone to record your voice.
Up until recently when you wanted to record audio on your pc you needed an audio interface, a microphone preamp and an xlr microphone. This is still a valid approach, and arguable is the way to go to deliver the best sound quality for your podcast, but for beginners then best strategy is to bypass all that gear and get everything you need in device – a usb microphone.
Usb mics come in all shapes and sizes and it can be difficult to make decisions about what you need. Here are some things to think about:
A Condenser or a Dynamic Microphone
Most of the usb mics on the market are of the condenser variety. This means that they are electrically powered and are very sensitive. They will typically capture a lot of detail in the recording. This can sometimes be a bit of a problem for podcasters because they can pick up too much background noise i.e. squeaky chairs and whirring pc fans.
On the other hand dynamic microphones and much less sensitive to background noise but they are less accurate.
If you want crystal clear clarity go for a condenser mic and control your room recording environment or if you want a more punchy am radio sound go for a dynamic microphone.
If you are having more than one guest on your show at the one time an omni microphone can be useful for recording multiple voices in the same room. This is because omni mics capture sound in all directions around the mic so multiple people can work around the mic.
If you only ever need to record one voice then a cardioid pick up pattern will probably be better for you. A cardioid pattern mics up more of the voice and less of the room sound. This can be invaluable especially if you are recording in room with less than flattering reflections.
What Mics Are Best?
For dynamic mics the Rode Podcaster is a stand out, and for condenser microphone the Blue Yeti and and MXL USB 009 are 2 really good mics.
Wait A Second I’ve Already Got Good Analog Mic
I’ve you’ve already got a good analog XLR mic you might want to consider something like the Blue Microphones Icicle to simply connect your microphone to your pic.
You can learn more about usb mics at www.usbmicrophone.info
When I’m not programming in Ruby or PHP, I like to take some time off and play guitar in my home studo. I’ve been playing around with electronic music and I’ve been looking to upgrade my studio at home and I started looking around for a better set of studio monitors. I looked around and read a lot of reviews and decided to get a set of the KRK Rokit’s.
With the introduction of KRK Rokit series, the benchmark for high performance monitors has raised. Rokit has been renowned for a variety of things like the bass port, tweeter and glass aramid over the years. These things continue to attract the attention of people along with the all new series that comes with great looks, reduced diffraction and the best ever accuracy. Rokit monitor series has remained the first choice when it comes to accurate monitoring, be it in small studios or the large ones. The new generation series sets a new benchmark with even better accuracy as well as performance.People have been compromising on the gain structure for achieving the comfortable level of listening. However, KRK Rokit series allows people not to compromise. The manufacturers are renowned musicians as well as recording experts. They desired to offer such a series that comes with the volume control, offering users a gain range that is adjustable, starting +6dB to as low as -30dB. This way, the manufacturers of this leading monitor let users concentrate on the mix rather than concern over compatibility issues. Most of the recessed tweeters look similar in appearance. However, the catch is that not all perform on the same level. The KRK series has been designed to offer a great tweeter-wave guide. It offers the users high-frequency patterFCutn control. It is such manufactured that the sound is focused outward, i.e. away from the cabinet.The conventional designs use to direct the sound by the side of the cabinet’s plane. Here waveform interaction caused problems in the phase, thereby increasing the diffraction. The manufacturers, KRK knows the suitably engineered wave guide (of high frequency), which is the important constituent offering great sound. This is the core of the best performance offered by the KRK Rokit series. KRK has always focussed on the mix. The company does not stop at manufacturing accurate monitors. KRK appreciates the requirement of the monitors, which not only appear great but also work aptly and easily in tandem with the set-up. Hence, KRK offers various input options with the Rokit. This ensures that it fits snugly to any kind of studio environment. It offers RCA, XLR inputs as well as Quarter Inch that the users require.KRK has enhanced the performance of the Rokit Series, considerably. The company has a great team on board that comprises talented engineers and a competent listening panel, which improved the speaker voicing of Generation 2 Rokit to a desired level of accuracy. The KRK monitors allows users to hear clear and not coloration. This is due to the drivers, which are customized by the brilliant studio monitor team that ensures low deformation performance. KRK is well aware of the fact that two rooms never offer the same sound. Hence, they make sure that every Rokit is equipped with the level control of high frequency. This is one of the features, which offers the ability to specifically adjust the output of high frequency. Users can get ready for the best performing monitor that comes from the experts, KRK.
This model series not only performs better, but also looks different and better. Conventional speakers use to be rectangular in shape. The sound produced was quite narrow. However, the all new Rokit series is miles ahead of the issue as it such designed that there are curved surfaces, leaving no chance for diffraction.
Enterprise resource planning are complex software programs that connect all departments of a business both internally and externally, from finance to production to warehouse. An alternative to commercial ERP’S are the less expensive open-source ERP’s.
The average cost for a business to have an ERP was $15 million. There are many businesses, small businesses in particular, cannot afford to purchase and implement a commercial ERP. In situations like these, they can avail or make use of one of the many available open-source ERPs as an option. (more…)
“Open source” means software whose code is publicly released by independent companies and small volunteer groups. Its advantage is that the software is developed by many experts, frequently tested for flaws, and free. One disadvantage is that this software tends to need more sophisticated technical equipment and know-how to use.
The term ‘open source’ originated in the worlds of intelligence and journalism, and credited to a source of information that is publicly available. Open source is sometimes confused with open content or free content. Open content refers to content that can be edited, changed and added to by any reader. Wikipedia is an example of an online open content encyclopedia. Open source is used today in various contexts which take it far beyond its application in software.
Many users of the Internet aren’t exactly sure of what open-source software is, but it is becoming more and more popular on the Internet these days. Basically, open-source software is software that has less restrictions on how it can be used. Developers are attracted to open-source software because the users are given the rights to use it freely.
The code is readily available for modification and improvement in open-source software. This kind of software is popular because the user is allowed to modify the coding, which allows the software to evolve and improve. Since the code is readily available, the users can change the format of the software so that it can work on multiple platforms.
Open-source software that is edited can be readily distributed on the web. The right to change and edit the code is why open-source software is so important. The right to redistribute the edited code is also popular. It allows many different users to work on a single project, polishing and editing the original copy and the users are allowed to redistribute the improved software that they have tinkered with around the web.
Programmers and users alike are attracted to open source software since it can be used in any way possible. The last, and probably the most important, reason that web developers are so attracted to open-source software is because they have the right to use it as they please. Programmers are allowed to practice on and customize open source software, attracting more users and making the software more popular.