If there’s one key lesson I’ve learned about online marketing, it’s “content is king”. Putting out plenty of content is so important when it comes to creating your own podcast. We are close to hitting our 200th episode on the BIB Podcast. Not bad, but it’s taken us a few years to get to this point by creating an episode a week.
This past week we interviewed Greg Ng of Freezerburns.com. He created 268 episodes in his first year alone; and that was using video! His goal was simple. Dominate his niche by putting out more content than any potential competitor would even consider producing.
He was discouraging anyone else who even thought about creating a site around frozen food. My goal for this show and my other podcasts is to crank it up a notch.
I’ve noticed the more content we get out, the more our subscribers grow. So my goal is to start doubling up and recording a midweek show on a consistent basis. I’ve done this occasionally in the past but not on a consistent basis. One of the main reasons is not having the right recorder for traveling.
I’ve used the Roland R-05 in the past, and while I really like this recorder, it uses an onboard condenser mic and I’ve always preferred the dynamic mic. Condenser mics are way to sensitive for my liking. They pick too much background noise, so when I’ve recorded episodes while traveling, the Roland has alway picked up external noises like the ac running, traffic, and every other little sound you can think of.
Benefits of the Zoom H4N Recorder
Then I came across the Zoom H4n Recorder. This recorder also has an onboard condenser mic, but what’s different about it is that it has XLR ports for connection two dynamic microphones. I like using dynamic mics because they are much less sensitive, and don’t pick up near the background noise as condenser mics do.
In addition to my Heil PR-40 Mic, I keep two inexpensive Behringer XM8500 mics around and I can easily hook them up to my new H4N recorder. The sound is great. I recorded a quick segment while traveling last week and the sound quality was so much better. The sound is almost as good as the sound quality of my Heil PR40 hooked into a sound mixer.
Here is a sound comparison between the Zoom H4N with Behringer XM8500 mic and my Heil PR40 mic.
Now I have a recorder I can use to knock out great sounding content while I’m traveling during the middle of the week. I’ve posted a short video review of this recorder below.