That “boing!” sound from your spring-loaded mic stand bothering you? “Freedom Feens” co-host Michael W. Dean has a quick solution (see photo): “Wrap a scarf around the springs of a microphone scissor arm to prevent ‘boing!’ sounds from leaking into the mic when you move it. Plus it looks totally rock ‘n’ roll, kind of 70s freeform FM music radio. And visual cues can inspire shifts in talk style. An influence of 70s freeform FM music radio can be fun and useful in talk radio.”
Addendum: Keep table noises out of a mic on a table stand by folding a T-shirt twice and putting under the mic stand:
file above (theme song for my upcoming second radio show “Michael Dean After Dark“) was done with this tiny 15-watt tube guitar amp, a Fender Squire SP-10 (get it for 34 dollars! HERE. or get it WITH THE GUITAR I USED, A FENDER SQUIRE! FOR $199, HERE!), I mic’ed it with a $55 NADY RSM-4 RIBBON MICROPHONE, get that HERE. The mic stand is from my Audio Technica 20 SERIES AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic Microphone. I overdubbed a few tracks of the guitar playing the same thing, added another part, and mixed. Enjoy!
Will vastly improve your audio. I used this on my last two DVDs. The Audio-Technica ATR-35S Lavalier Microphone. $19 on Amazon.
You’ll also probably want to get a 3.5mm Stereo Male to 3.5mm Mono Female Adapter. It doesn’t produce stereo sound (you don’t WANT stereo sound for dialogue in a movie, even Hollywood records talking in mono), but it will record your mono mic as two tracks of mono, rather than one track, which will save you a lot of pasting and panning in the editing. Here’s one for five dollars.
CASPER, WY — Remember that toy advertised on TV in the 1970s called “Mr. Microphone?” It was a cheap plastic mic with a built-in low-power FM transmitter. You could project a tinny rendition of your voice over any portable radio within oh…about 30 feet.
The Audio-Technica AT2005USB mic (GET IT HERE) kind of reminds me of the Mr. Microphone except that the AT2005USB sounds incredibly good. And instead of reaching every radio within 30 feet, it reaches every radio in America, or at least every radio in America that’s in a city where your show has an affiliate.
This would be a great mic for hosts who travel a lot, and don’t want to bring a mixer and a whole bag of gear or an engineer. It’s a regular-sized dynamic mic that sounds fairly amazing. It has a built-in USB interface, and comes with a nifty collapsible tripod table stand and a USB cable. You could fit that all in a netbook case with a small laptop. Add a set of earphones or even ear buds and you could do your show from anywhere. You could fit all that in a briefcase or purse.
If America collapsed and I was leaving the country in a hurry, this mic is the one thing I’d make sure to take besides my passport. Especially since these mics are about $50 here, but go for up to $500 in Europe due to their VAT taxes. (Get the gear you need now, because a national sales tax/luxury tax is probably coming to America sooner or later.)
MWD on Free Talk Live talking about dot-bit drone-proof domains[ 8:42 | 6.21 MB ]Play Now | Download
Here’s some creamy radio audio of MWD calling in (via Skype) to Free Talk Live taking with Ian and Mark for nine minutes about dot-bit domains and why NameCoin is more important than BitCoin. Date: Dec 12, 2013.