When it comes to launching your podcast, there’s quite a few ways you can go. I often get questions about how to setup a podcast with multiple guests.
This past week, Allen sent me a question:
I am looking to record a podcast which will have 4 mics. I assume I will need 2 x HOSA XLR Spliters to turn the 2 XLR inputs into 4? You description seems to suggest that only 1 is needed but wouldnt that be only enough for 3 mics? Also, if using the first method, I assume a mixer isn’t required?
Allen is referring to a post I made on this some time ago:
To clarify, if using a Zoom H4N, you would need 2 Hosa XLR Splitters for connecting 4 microphones.
However, If I were starting a brand new podcast today, and wanted to have more than 2 guests in person, I’d get the Zoom H6. This digital recorder is setup with 6 XLR inputs already so you can hook up to 6 microphones directly into it without needing a splitters. Here’s the best part – each of these mics has it’s own gain control.
If you plan on interviewing guests through Skype, you’ll still need a sound mixer. Using inexpensive recording apps like “Call Recorder” will work, but the quality suffers. Your best bet it to always record everything away from your computer with a quality recorder and mixer.
As far as mixers go, I’ve used the Mackie 1402 Mixer for almost four years. It’s one of the best available for the price. It offers 6 XLR ports for additional mics, and slider controls for output levels, which I like much better than knob controls on other mixers.
For great sounding affordable mics, I recommend the Audio-Technica ATR2100. In my opinion, it provides the best sound quality for the money. It’s an XLR mic but offers the versatility of connecting via USB for Screencast recordings. You can see my ATR-2100 review here.