December 16, 2006

Podcasting. Equipment and Associated Advice

Links for Podcasting Equipment and Associated Advice


Please note that this site takes no responsbility for any of the advice given on any of the blogs which are connected here. It is strongly suggested that you use all normal caution when proceeding with advice from any one blog and double check.

There is a similar warning with equipment. In independent research I have read that the latest Marantz digital recorder is very good. I am aware that the educational users from one large well established leading intitution were going to upgrade their current recorders to Marantz ones although they cost twice as much as the ones currently being used.

My understanding is that the quality of recording and ease of use makes them far more productive and the build quality makes them far more rugged and reliable in the field. This would suggest that educational institutions or media companies would do well to use the Marantz straight away as it is likely to save money over the longer term. (I have just discovered a very detailed review of the Marantz).

At the time of writing (December 2006) this is appears to be the benchmark recorder to measure other ones against including Marantz’s own more expensive ones.There are a number of blogs below which review this machine and compare it with alternatives. Any final analysis needs to consider how often the machines will be used and under what conditions being wieghed agaianst the available budget.

For individuals there are a range of MP3 players out there which can do recording. If you are on a limited personal budget one of these may be the most sensible place to start. this is not least because it is worth you gaining experience before committing yourself to a big outlay.

The old adage of ‘you get what you pay for’ is usually a good rule of thumb. I usually find with most products that the mid market level is the bst place to start. You usually get very disatisfied with the limitations of the cheapest equipment whilst the most expensive often has little used bells and whistles on which may be useful for full-time professionals but for the average user provides little benefit for the extra cost. when it comes to practical media equipment build quality and reliability are worth more than extra tweaks.

The equipment sites and blogs were collected at the beginning of December. As web 2 is very dynamic this is by no means a comprehensive list but provides you with a portal into the world of podcasting. Now enjoy yourselves :-)

Various Equipment Sites and Blogs

Please note there is no order of priority here it was just how I followed up the searches adding links along the way. Some are blogs and some are equipment suppliers.

Robert Toole’s comment below alerted me to this supplier: Solid State Sound. This is a useful supplier as the items are annoted in a non-tech comprehensible way with clear advice where one item might be more appropriate than another. The link takes you to the edible looking Nagra Recorder. More budget ones are in the sidebar. (Please note this comment should not be taken as a recommendation of either product or supplier).

For a view of the Marantz PMD 600 Digital Audio Recorder
Podcast Audio Equipment « Jeffrey Daniel Frey’s
Podcasting Equipment Collected
Creating a Podcast > Equipment
Home: K&M – König & Meyer GmbH & Co.KG
Microphone Stands: K&M – König & Meyer GmbH & Co.KG

Broadcast & Podcast gadgets
Podcast – We only list the very best podcasts
MIXERS / POWERED MIXERSUB SERIES MIXERSEURORACK UB802 : Ultra Low-Noise Design 8-Input 2-Bus Mixer with Premium Mic Preamplifiers
Podcasting Equipment –
It’s time to listen to the internet |
Podcasting Equipment – drupal
Portable Recording Equipment for Your Audio Podcast « Jeffrey Daniel Frey’s Blog
Podcasting Offers New Avenue for Reaching Students, Alumni « Jeffrey Daniel Frey’s Blog
Roland U.S. – R-09: WAVE/MP3 Recorder
Successful Podcasting in Education at the University Level « Jeffrey Daniel Frey’s Blog – information on
MediaWiki – MediaWiki
John Bristowe’s Weblog : The Podcasting Equipment Has Arrived…
Ed-Tech Insider: Podcasting equipment roundup

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  1. we use the Marantz PMD660 for Warwick Podcasts and I have to say it’s pretty good. Simple to use, resiliant (tested by a cup of tea dropped on it!) and good quality recordings.

    18 Dec 2006, 11:45

  2. thanks for this. I first heard of it looking at the e.learning discussions and noted that people had been pleased with the results. In another hat I’m teaching media in an under-resourced department and have e.mailed Marantz to try and gain some sponsorship. Don’t be surprised (well any more than me :-) ) if you see an ad on this blog in the future. The fact that they can withstand mugs of tea is the mark of a truly professional machine.

    18 Dec 2006, 22:19

  3. if you want to pop over and have a look/play please do. It might be worth having a chat as to whether there are any projects students could get involved in for producing ‘live’ content.

    The tea thing indeed impressed me, but not an experiment I would choose to repeat.

    Drop me a note

    19 Dec 2006, 09:00

  4. Robert O'Toole

    The E-learning Advisor Team has a small pool of MP3 recorders that can be borrowed by staff for evaluation purposes. We have a Microtrack, a Marantz, and two Roland Edirol’s of various kinds. The Microtrack is proving to be the most popular. It is very simple and easy to use. Chris Coe is Social Studies (inc. CLL) advisor.

    20 Dec 2006, 15:24

  5. Robert O'Toole

    Solid State Sound are our supplier. They are on Warwick’s official purchasing supplier list.

    20 Dec 2006, 15:25

  6. Diane

    Thanks for this information, it’s really useful for someone who has only just started out on podcasting

    31 Jan 2007, 00:28

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