I get a lot of email questions about the podcasting gear I use so I thought I’d take some time to share some of the gear I travel with.
I like to go lightweight when I travel, so for a long time I didn’t carry a mixer with me on the road.
I just plugged a USB mic right into the laptop for Skype interviews. The sound quality was ok, but not at the level I have when I’m recording from from my Mackie 1402 mixer and Heil PR-40 Mic in the office.
Then I recently came across the new Mackie ProFX4v2, a portable lightweight mixer that works great for travel. I love this mixer!
It’s affordable for any podcaster starting out, and provides unmatched sound quality with minimal to no background hiss. I even ordered the ProFX4v2 Mixer Bag, perfect for carrying not only the mixer, but also my audio cables and digital recorder.
In addition to the mixer, I use the following gear for travel:
AKG Pro Audio K271 MKII Headphones. These are one of my favorite sets of headphones so far. They’re comfortable to wear and provide high noise insulation.
Etubby Adjustable Microphone Stand. This is my favorite mic stand for travel. It’s lightweight and small enough to fold up and pack away.
Roland R-05 Digital Recorder. This is the recorder I use for this setup. It’s smaller than most smartphones so it packs away pretty easily in the ProFX4v2 travel case.
Behringer XM8500 Microphone. This isn’t the best mic for podcasts; but right now it’s what I use when I travel. Most of the time though I use the high quality Heil PR-40 when recording from the office.
Audio Cables Needed & USB Soundcard
There are four primary cables you’ll need to have for this setup and they all easily pack into the travel case.
Audio cables you’ll need:
3.5MM 6″ Stereo Female Mini Jack To 2 Male RCA Plug Adapter Audio Y (for connecting audio recorder)
USB Stereo Sound Adapter Microphone SD-CM-UAUD (USB sound card for connecting to computer)