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SHOCK: Man publicly admits own ignorance

SHOCK: Man publicly admits own ignorance

by Lee Hopkins on November 25, 2005 · 3 comments

in Uncategorized


That man Einstein was a genius, no need for me to tell you that here.

But I am not. Therefore, in a move which may SHOCK the other half of the world’s population, I am admitting my ignorance on an issue of grave import.

No, it is not how to iron a shirt (can do that, the AirForce taught me how); it is not how to cook a meal (I know where the can opener is, and even the kids want seconds of my spag bog)…

No, ’tis something far more important than mere domesticity. ‘Tis the humbling lack of knowledge regarding podcasting tools.

See, here’s the problem challenge:

  • I want to interview people face-to-face
  • I only have an old recording cassette Walkman as my recording tool
  • Taking along my noisy notebook is not an option, as one can only plug in one microphone
  • I want to be able to record two or three people at a time, clearly and succinctly, without waving a microphone in their face and risking bonking them on the nose.

A suitable tool that eliminates background noise via a good quality mic or two would be ideal.

In addition, for my own humble solo podcasts, I have a much-loved Shure SM57 (I left my SM58 with a friend’s band in England) but when I connect it into the mic-in mini plug I get a signal that is … well, non-existent. Yet I know that Max Hansen, inter alia, has found much depth and warmth from using the 57. How?

Yes, I could spend hours scouring the tech review sites, weighing this against that. But I need to know what to look for in the first place.

A far simpler solution would be to ask those far wiser than I — my erstwhile audience — for their own views on what works and what doesn’t.

The solution has to be:

  1. Portable
  2. Easily configurable
  3. Able to record anything from one to ten voices clearly without sounding like I am recording at Nel’s Greasy Spoon
  4. Not a King’s ransom in price

I await with eager longing your views.

Einstein’s ToDo list courtesy Hetemeel.com via GreatNews

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