228 Podcast Answer Man – With Only A Digital Audio Recorder

by Cliff Ravenscraft on September 28, 2011

This episode is far different from my normal Podcast Answer Man episode, especially when it comes to production quality. However, I have been wanting to do this sort of episode for quite some time to demonstrate just what can be done with a single digital audio recorder and a little post production work.

This entire episode was recorded using nothing more than a Roland R-05 digital audio recorder. However, there were a few spots where I did plug in an external microphone just to demonstrate that external microphones could be used and what they would sound like.

Also in this episode, I did answer Jason’s question about iTunes artwork and why it sometimes takes so long for iTunes display new podcast images in their online directory.

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  • Jamie

    I found this episode very very helpful.  Many of us aren’t quite ready to invest in studio-quality equipment.  It’s nice to know that there are easy and affordable options that will give me a decent sounding podcast.  Thanks Cliff!

  • Absolutely Jamie. I got started with only $35 invested in equipment. So there is a lot that can be said for “making things happen” with what you got. There is a great deal of value in investing in quality sound, but if the funds aren’t there, make up for the difference by providing content that people can’t seem to live without.

  • Cliff,
    How would you use the the Roland R-05 and Heil PR-40 only combined with the computer to do Skype interview recording?
    This show was super helpful.  I’m working to upgrade my sound and I need to do it one piece at a time.  I will start with the Roland but I do a lot of Skype interviews and would like to be able to record them with something other than my computer’s built-in microphone.
    Joshua Sheats, The Radical Personal Finance Podcast

  • RadicalPersonalFinance I’d need a mixer to be able to use that combination of gear.

  • MattfromJordan

    Great episode! Wonderful study in different setups.
    I am trying to duplicate theRToland R-05 with Electrovoice mic setup you used. I bought an XLR to 1/8″ cable, but when I plug it in the mic port I don’t get any sound. Do I have the wrong cable? Wrong settings on the recorder? Thanks for all the great material you out out.

  • MattfromJordan  Matt, it will not work if you are using a condenser microphone.  I’m not sure if your EV mic is condenser or dynamic.

  • MattfromJordan

    Thanks for replying. The mic is dynamic. I think the problem was with the cable. B&H is great to work with. They easily handled the return and have a new cable on the way. Thanks for recommending them.

  • MattfromJordan  My pleasure. I hope everything works out great for you.

  • Yes, I’m referring to this episode years after it was recorded. In fact, I remember when this episode was brand-spanking-new because I was contemplating taking Podcasting A to Z at the time. THANK YOU for providing such great content! I just purchased an Electro-Voice RE50/B and the 1/8″ to XLR M accessory with your B&H affiliate link. I’m grinning at the thought of “looking so darn cool” with this new mic!

  • Serena Travis  I am so thrilled that you are gaining value from this episode, even after 2 and a half years. 🙂  

    Wishing you great success with your new setup. 😉

  • So what about this microphone?Audio-Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone

  • craigbooker  I don’t have any experience with that mic.  Looks cheap enough for you to try though.

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