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  • Usdin, Robert
    Hi folks, Going to be starting my own podcast soon. I m having troubles with the line in on my PC - whenever I record it s coming in really distorted. I was
    Message 1 of 16 , Feb 24, 2005
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      Hi folks,

      Going to be starting my own podcast soon. I'm having troubles with the
      line in on my PC - whenever I record it's coming in really distorted. I
      was just playing and doing some tests and plugging the mic I have (just
      a standard little mic that came with the PC) into the mic port, and I
      get nothing. The line in port of course comes in really distorted. I'm
      on a PC by the way, using Audacity. My sound card is a Soundblaster
      AWE64 - not anything top of the line but it's been fine for what I've
      used to this point.

      So I was thinking - maybe a USB headset with microphone might give
      better sound anyway, and bypass the sound card. Anyone have experience
      with a USB headset for this? Thanks.

      --*Rob


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    • C.C. Chapman
      I ve been using the Logitech Premium USB Headset 300 for my podcasts and have been very happy with it. Full details at
      Message 2 of 16 , Feb 24, 2005
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        I've been using the Logitech Premium USB Headset 300 for my podcasts and
        have been very happy with it.

        Full details at
        http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details/US/EN,CRID=103,CONTENTID=
        6337

        C.C. Chapman
        Music Podcasting @ http://www.accidenthash.com
        <http://www.accidenthash.com/>
        Rant Podcasting @ http://www.realitybitchslapradio.com
        <http://www.realitybitchslapradio.com/>


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        From: Usdin, Robert [mailto:rob@...]
        Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2005 7:55 AM
        To: podcasters@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [podcasters] USB Headsets?


        Hi folks,

        Going to be starting my own podcast soon. I'm having troubles with the
        line in on my PC - whenever I record it's coming in really distorted. I
        was just playing and doing some tests and plugging the mic I have (just
        a standard little mic that came with the PC) into the mic port, and I
        get nothing. The line in port of course comes in really distorted. I'm
        on a PC by the way, using Audacity. My sound card is a Soundblaster
        AWE64 - not anything top of the line but it's been fine for what I've
        used to this point.

        So I was thinking - maybe a USB headset with microphone might give
        better sound anyway, and bypass the sound card. Anyone have experience
        with a USB headset for this? Thanks.

        --*Rob


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      • Brian Noe
        i ve had good luck with that one too -- i d been using a wireless rig in the past, and may still use it some, but the logitech has a noise-cancelling mic and
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          i've had good luck with that one too -- i'd been using a wireless rig
          in the past, and may still use it some, but the logitech has a
          noise-cancelling mic and definitely produces better quality (into a
          mac using audio hijack, btw)

          picked mine up at staples for about $50 i think

          best of luck!

          noebie

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          http://homepage.mac.com/noebie/lectionary/verbum.htm


          On Thu, 24 Feb 2005 07:57:57 -0500, C.C. Chapman <cc@...> wrote:
          > I've been using the Logitech Premium USB Headset 300 for my podcasts and
          > have been very happy with it.
          >
          > Full details at
          > http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details/US/EN,CRID=103,CONTENTID=
          > 6337
          >
          > C.C. Chapman
          > Music Podcasting @ http://www.accidenthash.com
          > <http://www.accidenthash.com/>
          > Rant Podcasting @ http://www.realitybitchslapradio.com
          > <http://www.realitybitchslapradio.com/>
          >
          >
          > _____
          >
          > From: Usdin, Robert [mailto:rob@...]
          > Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2005 7:55 AM
          > To: podcasters@yahoogroups.com
          > Subject: [podcasters] USB Headsets?
          >
          >
          > Hi folks,
          >
          > Going to be starting my own podcast soon. I'm having troubles with the
          > line in on my PC - whenever I record it's coming in really distorted. I
          > was just playing and doing some tests and plugging the mic I have (just
          > a standard little mic that came with the PC) into the mic port, and I
          > get nothing. The line in port of course comes in really distorted. I'm
          > on a PC by the way, using Audacity. My sound card is a Soundblaster
          > AWE64 - not anything top of the line but it's been fine for what I've
          > used to this point.
          >
          > So I was thinking - maybe a USB headset with microphone might give
          > better sound anyway, and bypass the sound card. Anyone have experience
          > with a USB headset for this? Thanks.
          >
          > --*Rob
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        • Olivier
          Hello :) ... Is the sound during the recording completely crappy or when you play back the sound in audacity ? I notice that sometime, when you are short of
          Message 4 of 16 , Feb 27, 2005
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            Hello :)
            Le jeudi 24 février 2005 à 07:55 -0500, Usdin, Robert a écrit :
            > Hi folks,
            >
            > Going to be starting my own podcast soon. I'm having troubles with the
            > line in on my PC - whenever I record it's coming in really distorted. I

            Is the sound during the recording completely crappy or when you play
            back the sound in audacity ?

            I notice that sometime, when you are short of RAM, audacity may play
            really distorded sound, even if the record is good.

            > was just playing and doing some tests and plugging the mic I have (just
            > a standard little mic that came with the PC) into the mic port, and I
            > get nothing. The line in port of course comes in really distorted. I'm

            Did you un-mute the microphone level? It's on the sound panel on windows

            The line-in port has no built in amplifier, contrary to the mic port.
            however the line in port is stereo, the mic is mono.

            > So I was thinking - maybe a USB headset with microphone might give

            I'm not so in favor to use a USB headset or microphone, simply because
            of the digitalisation of the sound.
            With a standard microphone, plugged into a sound card, the later does
            digitalise the sound. As it's a card specialised in sound, it can't be
            bad. Then the sound goes directly to the software.

            With a usb microphone, the sound is digitalised somewhere between the
            microphone and the USB plug. Then enter the computer via the USB wires,
            with all other devices you have (what a stream !), then is worked by the
            driver then passed to your software.

            So with a normal sound card, you got better and faster digitalizes sound
            than with usb.
            With USB, you have to be sure the digitalisation modul in the headset is
            good, and the pilot efficient.
            Last but not least, a USB microphone only work with computers ;)
            Standard mic are working with any apparel that can record ! (beside
            being cheap for basic model)

            Hope this helps :)

            Olivier
          • Rob Usdin
            Is the sound during the recording completely crappy or when you play back the sound in audacity ? I believe the recording is completely crappy. The sound
            Message 5 of 16 , Feb 27, 2005
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              Is the sound during the recording completely crappy or when you play
              back the sound in audacity ?

              I believe the recording is completely crappy. The sound levels are WAY
              too loud and even taking them down pretty low still gets a very
              distorted sound. If I plug into the Mic port, and unmute the mic level
              - I still get nothing, so either it's my drivers (?) or something else
              is wrong. The sound card is about 4 years old but it does everything
              else fine.

              I understand what you mean about the USB being one extra step.

              --*Rob




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            • Mike Sharpe
              Hi, I am beginning to plan to do a PodioBook/Podcast Novel, there is a Cheap USB Headset that sounds good for recording. I Live in the UK, and I m really can t
              Message 6 of 16 , Nov 2, 2008
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                Hi,

                I am beginning to plan to do a PodioBook/Podcast Novel, there is a
                Cheap USB Headset that sounds good for recording. I Live in the UK,
                and I'm really can't spend over £100.

                My local Computer retailer uses Trust hardware. http://www.trust.com/
                But I do have access other stores.

                I am Aiming to be able to Skype on Vista Home Basic/Premium (32-Bit),
                as well as recording a solo voice.

                Mike Sharpe
              • J.C. Hutchins
                USB headsets are terrific cost-effective solutions for most podcasters, but I suggest using a traditional mic/mixer setup for your podiobook. Second only to
                Message 7 of 16 , Nov 2, 2008
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                  USB headsets are terrific cost-effective solutions for most
                  podcasters, but I suggest using a traditional mic/mixer setup for your
                  podiobook.

                  Second only to story quality, sound quality is critically important
                  for podcast novels, and nearly all of the successful podnovelists I
                  know use traditional setups for this reason. It's better to make a
                  greater up-front investment for your gear, as poor audio quality will
                  turn off potential listeners. Same goes for "changing mics" in
                  mid-podiobook; this will create an inconsistent product.

                  Since the podiobook space is becoming more and more popular (with more
                  titles competing for audience "listening time"), authors cannot afford
                  to give listeners a reason to bolt. Those listeners will move on to
                  stories that have better production values.

                  Reach out to your favorite podnovelists via email to discover what
                  rigs they use, and why. I use a MX-990 mic and Behringer Eurorack
                  mixer. It cost me around $100 US for the combo. I'm certain there are
                  USB-based mics and mixers of comparable price.

                  Good luck with your podcast novel!

                  --J.C. Hutchins
                  author of the podiobook trilogy 7th Son



                  --- In podcasters@yahoogroups.com, "Mike Sharpe" <windytwit@...> wrote:
                  > I am beginning to plan to do a PodioBook/Podcast Novel, there is a
                  > Cheap USB Headset that sounds good for recording. I Live in the UK,
                  > and I'm really can't spend over £100.
                • Mike Sharpe
                  ... I know that Mixer, My bro has one.. or he knows someone who has one. Even going for UK£50.(I didn t check the price, but I know where go and get it,). AS
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                    --- In podcasters@yahoogroups.com, "J.C. Hutchins" <wordherder1@...>
                    wrote:
                    >
                    > USB headsets are terrific cost-effective solutions for most
                    > podcasters, but I suggest using a traditional mic/mixer setup for your
                    > podiobook.
                    >
                    > Second only to story quality, sound quality is critically important
                    > for podcast novels, and nearly all of the successful podnovelists I
                    > know use traditional setups for this reason. It's better to make a
                    > greater up-front investment for your gear, as poor audio quality will
                    > turn off potential listeners. Same goes for "changing mics" in
                    > mid-podiobook; this will create an inconsistent product.
                    >
                    > Since the podiobook space is becoming more and more popular (with more
                    > titles competing for audience "listening time"), authors cannot afford
                    > to give listeners a reason to bolt. Those listeners will move on to
                    > stories that have better production values.
                    >
                    > Reach out to your favorite podnovelists via email to discover what
                    > rigs they use, and why. I use a MX-990 mic and Behringer Eurorack
                    > mixer. It cost me around $100 US for the combo. I'm certain there are
                    > USB-based mics and mixers of comparable price.
                    >
                    > Good luck with your podcast novel!
                    >
                    > --J.C. Hutchins
                    > author of the podiobook trilogy 7th Son
                    >

                    I know that Mixer, My bro has one.. or he knows someone who has one.
                    Even going for UK£50.(I didn't check the price, but I know where go
                    and get it,). AS for the Mic.. If I say that they'll find it for me. I
                    got my brother's Tascam US-144. If he was more reliable, and I could
                    find a mike that I didn't need Hold as I spoke. I'd use that.

                    I must make it clear I'm more of less trying to Podcast out of a
                    backpack. I'm talking about the Laptop, Script, External HDD and Audio
                    Equipment in the same bag, with all necessary leads too. (I know I can
                    drop the HDD but when you've got only a few Gig's of free space on the
                    Lappy you can see why I may need it. I'm running the assumption that
                    that at least one "studio" for consideration won't have net access, at
                    least for the Laptop.)

                    Beyond following Evo's notes on the PodioBooks site. Any thing as
                    someone who to get use to doing the podcasting? I have a feeling my
                    first Episode will be called "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!" Due to my speach
                    difficulties.

                    I do have a 13 500 Novelette, which is going to be hard to stretch for
                    A Podio book. Should I use that a trial run? If you It very rough at
                    the mo, NaNo is preventing me to edit it.

                    Mike
                  • Jonathon_M_Johnson@comcast.net
                    Hello Mike- I am using the Microsoft LX-3000; $40. I use it with Audacity, Powergramo and skype. No problems with it other than the other end telling me that I
                    Message 9 of 16 , Nov 2, 2008
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                      Hello Mike-

                      I am using the Microsoft LX-3000; $40.

                      I use it with Audacity, Powergramo and skype.

                      No problems with it other than the other end telling me that I am breating into the mic. LOL

                      Cheers

                      Jonathon M. Johnson
                      Colorado



                      -------------- Original message --------------
                      From: "Mike Sharpe" <windytwit@...>
                      Hi,

                      I am beginning to plan to do a PodioBook/Podcast Novel, there is a
                      Cheap USB Headset that sounds good for recording. I Live in the UK,
                      and I'm really can't spend over �100.

                      My local Computer retailer uses Trust hardware. http://www.trust.com/
                      But I do have access other stores.

                      I am Aiming to be able to Skype on Vista Home Basic/Premium (32-Bit),
                      as well as recording a solo voice.

                      Mike Sharpe




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                    • David Smith
                      ... I can t personally vouch for any particular USB headset, but I ve been druling ... Dreweling ... er ... foaming at the mouth over that one USB wireless
                      Message 10 of 16 , Nov 2, 2008
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                        It was 2 Nov 2008, when Mike Sharpe commented:


                        > Hi,
                        >
                        > I am beginning to plan to do a PodioBook/Podcast Novel, there is a
                        > Cheap USB Headset that sounds good for recording. I Live in the UK,
                        > and I'm really can't spend over £100.
                        >
                        > My local Computer retailer uses Trust hardware. http://www.trust.com/
                        > But I do have access other stores.
                        >
                        > I am Aiming to be able to Skype on Vista Home Basic/Premium (32-Bit),
                        > as well as recording a solo voice.
                        >
                        > Mike Sharpe

                        I can't personally vouch for any particular USB headset, but I've been
                        druling ... Dreweling ... er ... foaming at the mouth over that one USB
                        wireless headset Skype has for sale. $70-something US. Don't know how
                        that translates. But I do like the idea of a wireless headset with a
                        theoretical 20-foot range.

                        Went to Wal-Mart today, got a "regular" headset, but the darn mike doesn't
                        want to work with my laptop. Might even be the mike jack on the laptop,
                        though.

                        --

                        Grizzly's Growls Podcast: <http://ggpo.grizzlysgrowls.com>
                        Stories from the Hiber-Nation:
                        <http://hn.grizzlysgrowls.com>
                      • Stephen Eley
                        ... I m inclined to agree with the spirit behind this, but at the same time I think the same Rule of Five applies to podiobook producers as it does to everyone
                        Message 11 of 16 , Nov 2, 2008
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                          On Sun, Nov 2, 2008 at 6:19 PM, J.C. Hutchins <wordherder1@...> wrote:
                          > USB headsets are terrific cost-effective solutions for most
                          > podcasters, but I suggest using a traditional mic/mixer setup for your
                          > podiobook.

                          I'm inclined to agree with the spirit behind this, but at the same
                          time I think the same Rule of Five applies to podiobook producers as
                          it does to everyone else. "Your first five episodes will suck."
                          You're also most likely to podfade in your first five episodes.
                          Dropping significant cash on equipment and then finding out you don't
                          have the time or interest for podcasting that you thought you did can
                          add financial damage to embarrassment.

                          Hutch, you sound a lot better now than you did when you started. So
                          does Sigler. So do I. So does everyone who's done this for a while.
                          The fact that you were worse when you started didn't prevent you from
                          getting to where you are now. Getting better over time never hurt
                          anyone. And I think some ramp-up time is justified before putting
                          real money into audio equipment. There should, if one is truly
                          serious, be a second podcast novel to follow the first. And a third.
                          Focus on your writing, delivery, and editing skills first.

                          And anyway, a decent USB headset isn't a terrible solution. We're not
                          talking tin cans with strings here.


                          --
                          Have Fun,
                          Steve Eley (sfeley@...)
                          ESCAPE POD - The Science Fiction Podcast Magazine
                          http://www.escapepod.org
                        • J.C. Hutchins
                          Steve, I d like to make the distinction that Mike was asking for advice regarding recording gear, and not for insight into performance or the organic process
                          Message 12 of 16 , Nov 3, 2008
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                            Steve, I'd like to make the distinction that Mike was asking for
                            advice regarding recording gear, and not for insight into performance
                            or the organic process of becoming comfortable before a mic. His was a
                            technical question.

                            While I agree that your Rule Of Five has application to performance,
                            persona and narration -- after all, few of us were "born" for the mic
                            -- spending around $100 for a mic and mixer combo is far from a
                            "significant cash" investment, and I stand by my assertion that using
                            a cheap headset mic or changing gear in the middle of a podiobook are
                            bad ideas.

                            Anthology- or magazine-style podfiction programming such as yours can
                            afford the flexibility of experimentation with, or upgrading, hardware
                            in mid-stream. The listener's demands and expectations are different.
                            However, I still assert that a podcast novel is a different beast, and
                            requires a technical consistency and quality that begins with its
                            first episode. This isn't snobbery speaking; it's opinion based on
                            audience anecdotes and experience.

                            I've used the same rig and software since I launched my podcast
                            fiction in early 2006. And while I've received critiques about my
                            performances from way back then -- in which your Rule Of Five
                            regarding narration and persona certainly applies -- I've never had a
                            gripe about my audio quality. I suspect the traditional gear I
                            purchased for $100 has a great deal to do with that.

                            --J.C. Hutchins
                            author of the 7th Son podiobook trilogy



                            --- In podcasters@yahoogroups.com, "Stephen Eley" <SFEley@...> wrote:

                            > I'm inclined to agree with the spirit behind this, but at the same
                            > time I think the same Rule of Five applies to podiobook producers as
                            > it does to everyone else....
                          • Walt Snider
                            After dropping more than $2500 on mics to record from the computer, I think the best of the bunch is the LX-3000 which is currently around $30 on Amazon. Just
                            Message 13 of 16 , Nov 3, 2008
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                              After dropping more than $2500 on mics to record from the computer, I think
                              the best of the bunch is the LX-3000 which is currently around $30 on
                              Amazon. Just don’t install the software when you get it if you’re on a
                              Windows box, it’s not necessary. I use it in around ½ of my shows.



                              Walt Snider
                              phone: (954) SPY-NEWS
                              email: <mailto:walt@...> walt@...
                              web: <http://www.waltsnider.com/> www.WaltSnider.com
                              blog: www.OffTheWalt.com
                              podcasts: <http://www.korenewmedia.com/> www.KoreNewMedia.com



                              From: podcasters@yahoogroups.com [mailto:podcasters@yahoogroups.com] On
                              Behalf Of Stephen Eley
                              Sent: Monday, November 03, 2008 2:20 AM
                              To: podcasters@yahoogroups.com
                              Subject: Re: [podcasters] Re: USB Headsets?



                              On Sun, Nov 2, 2008 at 6:19 PM, J.C. Hutchins <wordherder1@...
                              <mailto:wordherder1%40hotmail.com> > wrote:
                              > USB headsets are terrific cost-effective solutions for most
                              > podcasters, but I suggest using a traditional mic/mixer setup for your
                              > podiobook.

                              I'm inclined to agree with the spirit behind this, but at the same
                              time I think the same Rule of Five applies to podiobook producers as
                              it does to everyone else. "Your first five episodes will suck."
                              You're also most likely to podfade in your first five episodes.
                              Dropping significant cash on equipment and then finding out you don't
                              have the time or interest for podcasting that you thought you did can
                              add financial damage to embarrassment.

                              Hutch, you sound a lot better now than you did when you started. So
                              does Sigler. So do I. So does everyone who's done this for a while.
                              The fact that you were worse when you started didn't prevent you from
                              getting to where you are now. Getting better over time never hurt
                              anyone. And I think some ramp-up time is justified before putting
                              real money into audio equipment. There should, if one is truly
                              serious, be a second podcast novel to follow the first. And a third.
                              Focus on your writing, delivery, and editing skills first.

                              And anyway, a decent USB headset isn't a terrible solution. We're not
                              talking tin cans with strings here.

                              --
                              Have Fun,
                              Steve Eley (sfeley@... <mailto:sfeley%40gmail.com> )
                              ESCAPE POD - The Science Fiction Podcast Magazine
                              http://www.escapepod.org





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                            • Noble Acuff
                              While I quickly went down the road of dedicated mixer / mic / etc. I recorded my first couple of episodes with a Plantronics USB headset (see link) and have
                              Message 14 of 16 , Nov 3, 2008
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                                While I quickly went down the road of dedicated mixer / mic / etc. I
                                recorded my first couple of episodes with a Plantronics USB headset (see
                                link) and have had great luck with it for Skype, the occasional
                                recording, etc. I have to say it is a much more portable solution, and
                                IMHO the sound quality isn't bad at all, just not broadcast quality. If
                                you're looking for a lightweight, inexpensive, decent-sounding solution
                                you should check it out; from what I recall Leo Laporte has many of the
                                TWIT podcasters on these when they do their Skype calls, and he seems to
                                be doing just fine with his podcasts ;)

                                http://www.amazon.com/Plantronics-DSP400-Foldable-Multimedia-Headset/dp/B000VEMNRS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1225773138&sr=8-1

                                Cheers,
                                Noble
                                Check out my blog at http://nobleacuff.com



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                              • kscolligan
                                Wow, $2,500 on mics?!!! I think my little podcast sounds pretty good with a modest $80 Samson C01U mic:
                                Message 15 of 16 , Nov 4, 2008
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                                  Wow, $2,500 on mics?!!!

                                  I think my little podcast sounds pretty good with a modest $80 Samson
                                  C01U mic:

                                  http://www.amazon.com/Samson-CO1U-USB-Condenser-Mic/dp/B000AP1RE8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=musical-instruments&qid=1225866493&sr=8-1

                                  Nothing fancy, but works fine for my intros and outros and some short
                                  story recordings (generally, I rely on readers with their own set-ups,
                                  which may or may not be more elaborate.)

                                  I'm lucky to have Apple's Soundtrack Pro for editing, but used
                                  Audacity for my first 15 or so shows (before I got sick of it crashing.)

                                  More experienced folks than me have made the wise suggestion to keep
                                  your expenses as low as possible when starting out. If you end up
                                  loving podcasting, you can always spend more.

                                  Cheers,
                                  Kevin
                                  ...........................

                                  Well Told Tales
                                  pulp-fiction podcast

                                  http://WellToldTales.com



                                  --- In podcasters@yahoogroups.com, "Walt Snider" <waltsnider@...> wrote:
                                  >
                                  > After dropping more than $2500 on mics to record from the computer,
                                  I think
                                  > the best of the bunch is the LX-3000 which is currently around $30 on
                                  > Amazon. Just don't install the software when you get it if you're on a
                                  > Windows box, it's not necessary. I use it in around ½ of my shows.
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  > Walt Snider
                                  > phone: (954) SPY-NEWS
                                  > email: <mailto:walt@...> walt@...
                                  > web: <http://www.waltsnider.com/> www.WaltSnider.com
                                  > blog: www.OffTheWalt.com
                                  > podcasts: <http://www.korenewmedia.com/> www.KoreNewMedia.com
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  > From: podcasters@yahoogroups.com [mailto:podcasters@yahoogroups.com] On
                                  > Behalf Of Stephen Eley
                                  > Sent: Monday, November 03, 2008 2:20 AM
                                  > To: podcasters@yahoogroups.com
                                  > Subject: Re: [podcasters] Re: USB Headsets?
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  > On Sun, Nov 2, 2008 at 6:19 PM, J.C. Hutchins <wordherder1@...
                                  > <mailto:wordherder1%40hotmail.com> > wrote:
                                  > > USB headsets are terrific cost-effective solutions for most
                                  > > podcasters, but I suggest using a traditional mic/mixer setup for your
                                  > > podiobook.
                                  >
                                  > I'm inclined to agree with the spirit behind this, but at the same
                                  > time I think the same Rule of Five applies to podiobook producers as
                                  > it does to everyone else. "Your first five episodes will suck."
                                  > You're also most likely to podfade in your first five episodes.
                                  > Dropping significant cash on equipment and then finding out you don't
                                  > have the time or interest for podcasting that you thought you did can
                                  > add financial damage to embarrassment.
                                  >
                                  > Hutch, you sound a lot better now than you did when you started. So
                                  > does Sigler. So do I. So does everyone who's done this for a while.
                                  > The fact that you were worse when you started didn't prevent you from
                                  > getting to where you are now. Getting better over time never hurt
                                  > anyone. And I think some ramp-up time is justified before putting
                                  > real money into audio equipment. There should, if one is truly
                                  > serious, be a second podcast novel to follow the first. And a third.
                                  > Focus on your writing, delivery, and editing skills first.
                                  >
                                  > And anyway, a decent USB headset isn't a terrible solution. We're not
                                  > talking tin cans with strings here.
                                  >
                                  > --
                                  > Have Fun,
                                  > Steve Eley (sfeley@... <mailto:sfeley%40gmail.com> )
                                  > ESCAPE POD - The Science Fiction Podcast Magazine
                                  > http://www.escapepod.org
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
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                                  >
                                • writerpatrick
                                  ... the ... distorted. I ... (just ... I ... First off, you should have your mic in the MIC port, not the LINE-IN. LINE-IN would be for output from a
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                                    --- In podcasters@yahoogroups.com, "Usdin, Robert" <rob@...> wrote:
                                    >
                                    > Hi folks,
                                    >
                                    > Going to be starting my own podcast soon. I'm having troubles with
                                    the
                                    > line in on my PC - whenever I record it's coming in really
                                    distorted. I
                                    > was just playing and doing some tests and plugging the mic I have
                                    (just
                                    > a standard little mic that came with the PC) into the mic port, and
                                    I
                                    > get nothing. The line in port of course comes in really distorted.

                                    First off, you should have your mic in the MIC port, not the LINE-IN.
                                    LINE-IN would be for output from a recording device or stereo system.

                                    If you're not getting anything off the mic then you want to check
                                    that the computer isn't muting it. Go to "Sound and audio properties"
                                    either through the control panel or right clicking on the speaker
                                    icon and selecting "Adjust audio properties," select the "Voice" tab,
                                    and select "Volume" under the voice recording section. This will
                                    bring up recording volume controls. Make sure the microphone
                                    recording isn't muted and it's slider is at the top.

                                    It is possible to get decent recordings with plug-in mics, but you
                                    need a decent mic to begin with. You will probably want to replace
                                    the mic that came with your machine--most aren't any better than
                                    dollar store mics. As long as you have a decent sound card (which
                                    most computers do) and don't plan to record music you should be able
                                    to get by with just a plug-in.

                                    And there's no point in spending a lot of money on a mic until you
                                    know what you want from the mic and whether you're going to continue
                                    podcasting.
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