How often do I blog about technical stuff? You know, microphones and recording software and suchlike? I checked and the answer is like, pretty much never. I’m just not a techie. To mix it up, I’m gonna talk about my mobile rig. And of course by mobile rig, I mean the gear I bring with me to record voiceovers when I ‘m traveling. Get your mind out of the gutter. Oh, waitaminnit, that’s me.
Since I’m heading out to FaffCon next week, like a good little geek I tested my gear to make sure everything works. Here’s everything laid out all pretty-like. BTW you can click on the photos to zoom in.
Does it look confusing? Let’s break it down by putting it together.
This is my microphone (an AKG Perception 420) in its shock mount, which is attached to a desktop mic stand. Also attached to the mic stand is a Stedman ProScreen XL pop filter so my P’s don’t pop. Coming out of the mic is an XLR cable and that is attached to a CEntrance Mic Port Pro.
The Mic Port Pro is a fancy adapter used to connect XLR cables to USB cables. It has volume controls for both the mic and the headphones. Those are audio-technica ATH-M45 headphones, BTW. See the mini-USB cable coming out of the left end of the Mic Port Pro? Let’s see where that goes…
The trick is to make sure you have enough power for the microphone. That’s why the mini-USB cable is connected to a USB hub (the square black thingy). It’s like a power strip for USB cables. Coming out of the left side of that is the power cord and a regular USB cord. That USB cord is connected to a USB/micro-USB adapter. And that bad boy is plugged into my Google Nexus 10 tablet.
The recording software I use is the Audio Evolution Mobile Android app. It’s pretty easy to use and easily exports wav and aiff files (but not mp3s).
TIP OF THE WEEK: The whole shebang costs less than $1000 but not all of it dedicated to mobile recording. The AKG is my studio mic and I use the tablet to read audio book scripts off of. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask. If you’re coming to FaffCon, you’re more than welcome to check it out. My rig, that is. Damn, that just doesn’t sound good no matter how you phrase it…
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
(thanks for the quote, Lauren McCollough!)
STUFF!: I saw Twelve Monkeys and We Bought a Zoo last week. Coincidence? Well, yes, it was. Terry Gilliam is another one of my all-time favorite directors. He’s the American Monty Python guy that did all their goofy animations. He’s also written & directed Time Bandits, Brazil, and The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. Like Wes Anderson, he’s a genius!
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