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Studio Gear

John Federico

Those who know me well, know that I've got an attic full of audio gear. I played bass in a bunch of rock bands for 11 years during high school and college and later, in the early 2000's, I produced panel discussions for the NYC business community. What do you do when you've got all that gear? You dabble in podcasting, of course.

So, yeah, I was also a radio DJ in college (WMAR @ Marist College in the booming metropolis of Poughkeepsie, NY) and as you might imagine, I find podcasting an exciting phenomenon.

I've tried recording shows on my Mac using Audio Hijack Pro & SoundFlower, but found the delay completely annoying and somewhat unnerving. But, since I already own a bunch of mics and a mixing board, I decided to try a setup that I heard about listening to Adam Curry's Daily Source Code.

Instead of using the Mac for effects and recording, I use it only for music, sound clips and Skype. That goes into my mixer (a Behringer Eurorack MX 602a). One of my microphones gets plugged into a Behringer VX-200 Vocoder which then gets fed into the mixer, as well.

Finally, the whole thing gets plugged into an iRiver IFP 780. This is similar to the IFP 799 that has gotten so many great reviews by lots of podcasters, but is different in only one way: storage. The 799 has 1 GB of flash memory while the 780 has 128 MB. It's relative storage capacity is small, but perfect for my needs since I'll only use it for show masters, soundseeing tours and other remote recording.

It will hold more than two hours of CD quality audio files, which is plenty for me. I haven't yet produced anything for download - I'll wait until I have the production quality and format where I want it.

What will the topic be? Stay tuned... ;)