Top 10: Ultimate Podcast Tools
July 23, 2020
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Have something on your mind, technical, intimate or just mere off the top of the mind? A podcast tends to be the solution for today, as over a million podcasts across multiple platforms attest. And the brands agree too, if Spotify’s move to include video in their podcasts is any indication. So whether you’re choice of platform is iOS, Andoid fan or your beloved Mac, here are T3 Middle East’s top list of some of the best podcast solutions out there!

RODECaster Pro Production Studio

AED 2,315, amt.tv

Talk about incorporating all the professional tools of the trade in a compact all-in-one unit. The RODECaster Pro integrates a mixer, sound effects player, phone tap for taking phone calls, recorder, and more, all in one box. Offering an internal recorder and a host of podcast-friendly features, the RODECaster Pro lets you produce and mix podcasts on the fly with up to four microphones, music, prerecorded segments, and remote guests on calls all going on at once. To know more about what the RODECaster Pro can do, check our preview piece here!

Features include main host channel controls, programmable sound pads for launching jingles and FX, and APHEX processing that gives your voice the rich and warm sound of a professional broadcaster.

Sony ZV-1

AED 2,950, amt.tv

Sony’s first RX100-series camera designed specifically for vlogging takes the best of the line into a supremely compact form factor and tons of features vloggers will love. The record button gets bigger, there’s a nicer handgrip, a tally light recording indicator, a new three-mic array, and a hot shoe for accessories. Key modes include Background Defocus, which maximizes the amount of background blur, and Product Showcase mode which turns off Face Priority so the focus on products you want to showcase. AMT is offering the Sony GP-VPT2BT wireless grip free with the device. The grip gives you control over things like zooming and recording, while converting into a mini-tripod via the retractable legs. Read more on the Sony ZV-1 here.

Zoom H8 recorder

TBA, amt.tv

The long awaited successor to the Zoom H6 is finally here. Positioned as the only recorder that adapts to your way of creating, the Zoom H8 mixer/recorder is essentially 4 devices in one: A location sound mixer/recorder, a podcast recording device, a live performance music recorder and an audio interface for expanding your computers audio capabilities. The Podcast App, which accommodates up to 4 mics and two Sound Pad channels, makes producing your podcast simple. With dedicated Sound Pads, use the touch screen to trigger sound effects, music beds and more. Choose from 13 high quality sounds or load your own via an SD card.

iRig Mic Studio XLR

AED 399, ikmultimedia.com

Developed for professional studio-quality recordings, the iRig Mic Studio XLR features a high quality unidirectional 1″ condenser-electret microphone capsule. The iRig Mic Studio XLR is a pro-quality condenser microphone that requires 48v phantom power which may be provided by a mixer, external microphone preamplifier or IK Multimedia’s interfaces like the iRig Pro Duo, iRig Pro or iRig Pre. Output from the microphone’s XLRM-type connector is low impedance balanced. Read more on the iRig Pre interface here

 

Sennheiser HD 200 Pro Monitoring Headphones

AED 300, amt.tv

The HD 200 Pro Monitoring Headphones have a closed, around-ear design that offer powerful and detailed sound for every monitoring task with efficient ambient noise reduction. They have a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz and deliver accurate sound reproduction. The headphones are built with soft ear cushions for a superior fit and are comfortable to wear for extended hours. A single-sided 6.6′ cable is included with a 1/8″ mini-jack connector. In addition, a 1/4″ stereo jack adapter is also included.

Rode NT1-A large-diaphragm condenser microphone

AED 950, amt.tv

With a self-noise level of only 5dBA, the NT1-A is widely recognised as one the world’s quietest studio microphones. This low noise makes it an ideal vocal microphone as well as perfect for recording guitars and percussion. Packaged in the ‘Complete Vocal Recording Solution’, the NT1-A includes everything you need to get a truly professional vocal recording and is ideal for home studio recording. A studio grade pop shield and shock mount is included, along with a premium 20′ microphone XLR cable, dust cover and downloadable instructional video with recording tips. Plus if you seek a bit of color to the output, consider the Soyuz Launcher, which recreates the tone of older consoles.

Sennhesier MK4

AED 1,859, noon.com

With a nod to project studios all over the globe, the MK 4 features a powerful warm sound, with vivid mids and a detailed bass range, making the MK 4 perfect for vocals and acoustic instruments alike. An ideal choice for professional project studios and home recordists, the MK 4 features a 1 inch true condenser capsule based on the acoustics of the e 965 high-end vocal mic, optimised for recording. The MK 4 is made in Germany, its transducer being manufactured in the same clean room as all high-end Sennheiser condenser capsules.

HPRC 2600CW Wheeled Hard Case

AED 1,200, amt.tv

Perfect for your podcast gear, the HPRC 2600CW wheeled hard case is tough on so many levels. Lightweight, waterproof and unbreakable, it is also crush, acid and corrosion proof and meets ATA 300 specifications for transit cases. The case also meets IP67, STANAG 4280, DS 81-41 standards for vibration, temperature exposure and impact. The interior is a cubed foam that can be configured to accommodate whatever gear you need on a given day. Each piece of equipment can be securely nested within its own foam compartment. The hardware is all stainless steel and bolstered by reinforced corners and hinges. The case also comes with smooth-gliding wheels, soft-grip handle for carrying and an air pressure release valve. The case is sealed with double hinged latches for a firm closure that will accept an optional TSA (Transportation Security Administration) approved lock. Read more about tough cases here

Presonus Audiobox 96 USB Ultimate

AED 1,142, amt.tv

The core of this package is the AudioBox USB 96 audio/MIDI interface and the award-winning Studio One recording and production software. You also get PreSonus Eris E3.5 Active Media Reference Monitors and HD7 headphones, allowing you to monitor your work loud and proud or quietly to yourself. Lastly, the M7 is a superior large-diaphragm condenser microphone ideal for guitar and vocals. The package also includes cables and a desktop mic stand.

Rode PodMic Dynamic Podcasting Microphone

AED 479, amt.tv

The PodMic features a dynamic capsule with a tight cardioid polar pattern, great for picking up the speaker while reducing unwanted sounds that are further away or off to the sides. With its end-address design, the PodMic invites you to get right up close and create intimate, broadcast-style voice recordings with a deep and warm tone. Boasting a solid-brass construction with a hard-wearing matte-black ceramic finish, the PodMic’s internal pop filter and double-mesh housing work to effectively reduce distracting breath and plosive noises without the need for an unsightly external pop filter. Tailor-made for use with the RODECaster Pro podcast production studio and PSA1 broadcast arm.

Presonus Audiobox I-Two

AED 570, amt.tv

Perfect for mobile musicians, sound designers, and podcasters, the USB 2.0 bus-powered AudioBox iTwo provides high-quality audio I/O for Mac, PC, and Apple iPad. This compact, ruggedly built interfaces offers high-performance Class A mic preamplifiers, record 24-bit audio at up to 96 kHz, and include powerful, easy-to-use Studio One Artist DAW for Mac and Windows and Capture Duo recording software for iPad.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Monitor Headphones

AED 599, amt.tv

Designed for use in critical studio mixing and tracking as well as for DJ monitoring applications, these headphones feature 45mm Neodymium drivers with copper-clad aluminum voice coils that provide an extended frequency response from 15Hz to 28kHz. The headphones have a circumaural, around-the-ear design that provides sound isolation in loud environments. The ATH-M50x’s ear cups can be swiveled 90-degrees, allowing for single-ear monitoring. The headphones have a detachable single-sided cable system, and a 3-meter coiled cable, a 3-meter straight cable, and a 1.2-meter straight cable are included.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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