Brooklyn, N.Y. - DJ and pro audio supplier Technical Pro is stepping into the consumer market with a pair of Podcaster packages designed to help people make professional-quality podcasts.
Each package includes all the hardware needed to make a professional-sounding podcasts from a standard PC or Mac computer or from another recording device. The products combine pro-audio build quality with intuitive operations, the company said.
The $129-suggested PM-21 includes a mixer, mic, mic stand, and headphones. The PM-22 adds an additional mic, stand and headphones at $180. Both ship Oct. 30.
Because of podcasting's growth, Technical Pro found an opportunity to bring its "expertise to the table and develop an affordable high quality solution for pros and beginners alike," said sales and marketing director Steven Colky. The company talked to podcast creators to determine what components would be most useful to them, and as a result, the company designed a new type of mixer developed specifically as a podcast-creation tool.
The tabletop mixer's metal cabinet features four source inputs with six discrete channels; two gold plated quarter-inch microphone inputs; one 3.5mm input for iPods and MP3 players; and stereo line-level RCA input for additional audio sources such as CD players. Each channel features level adjustment and bass/treble controls. A master output control paired with a level adjust is designed for dual headphone outputs.
For outputs, the mixer uses analog stereo line out to a recorder and a USB audio output to the PC. The mixer can be powered from the included AC/DC adapter or from a 9-volt battery when used in the field with a laptop.
The pro-grade dynamic microphone features die-cast body, on/off switch and XLR-type connection with 10 feet of cable with a quarter-inch plug. A heavy weighted base desktop mic stand is included.
The headphones are based on the company's Pro DJ headphones because the requirements are similar, delivering excellent isolation and comfort, the company said. The circumnaural headphones feature sensitivity is 107dB +/- 3 db, frequency response of 20Hz-20kHz, "Super Bass Drivers," and cord of 10 feet terminated with a 3.5mm stereo plug.
The company includes a user guide and software for consumers new to podcasting. The package includes all required software and a step-by-step tutorial covering everything from scripting, podcast content community websites and tips on how to promote podcasts.
Also included is CD of Audacity audio-editor software to enable PC and Mac users to record, edit and export podcasts. Finally, the PODCASTER package also includes an easy step -by-step setup guide covering the technical aspects of the hardware and software.