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Windows Podcasting

Always hear about how great GarageBand is for podcasting, but not having a mac myself, what are the options for good (not exhorbitantly expensive) podcasting software and any good mics? I heard a podcast that was recorded on some USB condensor mic and that sounded pretty good Happy

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Free & Cheap Solution

For my podcast I use Audacity to record, I use a cheap headset microphone that was $20 at Staples. Its an Altec Lansing. The Logitech that I had before was decent but it broke two weeks after. Not sure if it was my fault or the headset, I tend to say it was the headsets fault, lol.

If you are looking to record a group of people. I know a group of drag queens who do their show with one of those $20 microphones that you can pick up at Wal-Mart and they sound really good.

Audacity (free)

Here are a couple of other programs, I have them installed but have not had time to test them out. Both look promising. Adam Curry uses CastBlaster.

CastBlaster (free Beta)

PodProducer (free)

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A few more suggestions

I second the recommendation for Audacity.

As for Mics and mixers, you can get really good prices on quality equipment here:

You can get some good low-end durable Shure mics for around $20.

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I was thinking about starting my own podcast too, but I like things to be right!

I am gonna buy my self a ibook just for GarageBand! LOL sad bit i wreally want it!

So after a few practive runs, I've decided I HATE MY VOICE! (however I'm told its very sexy!). SO not pod cast at the moment, will try and get something going some time. Nice to see all the apps here as I'm STILL a windows user!

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I will check into the Shure mics, especially if they're under $20! lol I'm poor!

However, I do get nice comments all the time about how good my audio quality is with just this simple Altec Lansing microphone headset.

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Great Mic
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Not so fast

I used to work at a national music merchandiser that sold these mics. If you buy 5 of the same mics; there's a good chance you may get 5 mics that sound differently. Overall Quality control is all overt the map.

That's just my opinion. Lots of happy owners out there though.


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Don't worry...

I don't plan on buying one right now. Need to save my $50 for Internet! lol.

I was shocked though to see a nice looking microphone for such a low price.

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best username ever!!

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*bows and thanks V*

presume it would be taken but thought "what the heck"

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(NT) (NT) this one is better
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The Mic

I think the condenser mike you're referring to is the Samson C01U.

It's a large diaphragm condenser that plugs directly into a USB port on your computer. It will sound MUCH better than any el cheapo computer mic you buy. It will also sound better than ashure sm-57 or 58.

But compared to other condenser mics; I think it sounds harsh and brittle. But for the price you really can't complain too much.


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the mic

yes was the samson now i think about it, i havent seen it in any UK stores so i guess my best options is Ebay Happy

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the mic is online
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Condenser mic USB plug and play for Podcasting, etc

I tried the Samson and others and found teh Blue Snowball Bundle to be the best. It's got two capsules which allows for a cardioid (uni-directional) pick up pattern and Omni (360) pick up pattern plus a pad in case the signal is too hot for your system. Sounds terrific. I use it for Podcasting, Skype, iChat and garageband. Love it. $99 at and comes with a tripod desk stand and USB cable. There is also a Ringer shock mount available. Chek it out!

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Great seller, highly recomend doing business with.

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