If you’ve got questions on podcasting equipment setup, video chroma key effects, or the value of Squidoo pages, you may want to check out this week’s episode. We’ll be covering those topics and more!
New Podcast Setup
First, you may notice a slight difference in sound quality on the show this week. I took some time this past weekend to re-arrange my office and add some new equipment to my podcasting setup. A couple of weeks ago, I ordered a new iMac with 27″ monitor , the Intel i7 processor and 16GB RAM. This thing is a rocket ship in terms of speed! I also ordered a new adjustable standing desk – the ModTable Adjustable Height Desk.
I’ve been reading lately about the health benefits of standing while working. In terms of productivity, I seem to be more focused and have more energy while standing to work, especially in the morning. I love this desk, because I can adjust it specifically to the height that suites me best.
In the process of updating everything and moving it around, I made some adjustments on the equipment connection settings. For one thing, I noticed that I did not have my MDX Compressor limiter gate connected correctly. The limiter gate helps to eliminate any background noise that exceeds a certain decibel level. So, as I continue to adjust the settings over time, you should hear less of Cooper and Stella (Russell’s doodle dogs) making their voices heard in the background. 🙂
Also, thanks to one of our listeners feedback on our mic levels, I was able to make some adjustments so that both Russell’s mic and my mic are close to they same db level. We’ll keep improving it little by little over time.
As always, we have some more great questions this week.
What podcasting equipment should I buy first if I’m on a budget?
David’s purchased the Roland R-05 digital recorder and wants to know which equipment he needs to save up and buy next. He’s on a budget, but wants to slowly build a studio for his travel podcast. If he has a digital recorder, then the next piece of equipment I would recommend would be Behringer Xenyx 802. This is the same audio mixer that I bought when I first started out podcasting. It only has two XLR ports for mics, so if you’re planning on having more that one live guest on the show, you may want to go with the Behringer 1202. It has 4 XLR ports.
Depending on his budget, David might also want to grab an inexpensive mic to start out with. I really like the Behringer XM8500. It’s a great mic for the price; And just a step below the Heil PR40, a $300 mic. Purchasing the 802 mixer and the XM8500 would put you under $100 and then you’ve almost completed your complete podcast setup.
Where can I find an inexpensive green screen for doing chroma key videos?
Rob wants is wanting to know where he can find an inexpensive green screen that works really well for chroma key videos. There are a lot of options for a creating a simple green screen for your videos. One is to go down to your local Lowes or Home Depot and pick up a can of “goat puke” green paint as Russell terms it. 🙂
Most people don’t want to paint their walls green unless they have a dedicated studio, so I recommend just going down to a local fabric store and buying some green cloth. It you want convenience (which is what I often look for, because time costs money) I would recommend grabbing a 5’x7′ Collapsible Chromakey 2-in-1 Background. I bought one of these last year and I love. It’s convenient because it’s easy to carry, pops right out and stands up straight so you don’t have to find a way to hang it like cloth. Plus it also has a blue side in case you need to use a blue screen. Here’s a video review of this screen below. We’ll also discuss some other cheaper options.
Do you recommend Squidoo?
Next Jose’ writes us asking the following:
“What do you think about using squidoo for someone thinking of starting something? what are pros and cons in your opinion? it sounds like it can help with traffic (hence, where’s the catch?).”
Squidoo is still a great platform for adding quality back links to your main site. A well written Squidoo page can still rank really well, but in terms of making it your primary platform we definitely recommend having your own self-hosted site. We discuss our reasoning for this.
We’ll be discussing all of this and a whole lot more!
Have a great week.