though this is in the IOS section, I'd imagine post processing would be better done on a Mac but, what do you think is the best setup for say, an iPhone and hardware microphone? I'd like it fairly compact, on the road quite a bit, and would like to be able to record environments quickly and easily. A mic to keep in my tech pouch that gives good production value for both voice and ambient with, most importantly, an accessible way of working.
I know quite a few of you out there podcast, so I'd be interested to hear about your road setups. Also, what is the best app to use? Can I get away with 'just press record' and then sort it out afterwards, or is backpack studio the best way to go?
Any info will be greatly appreciated.
I’ve been using Ferrite to…
I’ve been using Ferrite to edit my newly launched podcast and I have been extremely pleased with the experience. I Record the audio on my MacBook with GarageBand and then import it into Ferrite on my phone where I’m able to easily split and remove clips add sound effects, music, and really fine tune the podcast. i’ve been using it without a keyboard, but something tells me that the experience is even better with a Bluetooth keyboard. since I just launched my podcast, I would be interested also in knowing what hardware people are using.
I've just started out on my podcasting journey but I have been using Anchor. This is fine if you don't want to spend a lot of time editing bits out, I pretty much send things out as I record them, and just use the Apple lightning earphones to record as the mic on these sounds perfectly fine for my use. I'm not sure how accessible the editing is on Anchor but it's a great app for distributing your podcast across different platforms for free. You can record on another app and import into Anchor though if you prefer. Just Press record is good and accessible and probably better for editing. Backpack Studio has one main limitation in that you can add sounds and fancy things but you can't edit after you're done.
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My experience and setup
I use ferite with a interface for the iphone,
I use a pistol grip for my microphones. Which micrrphone you use is up to you, but you might want to look at getting some levelears mikes to put on the guest, or a shotgun or dynamic vocal mike, but I'd recommend not using the iphone's microphone if possible. If you can, use a external mike or mikes via the interface I linked to above, or else a external microphone with a lightning connector for iphone.
I use a Focusrite Vocaster One as my audio interface. The nice thing about the Vocaster One is that you can control all features and functions using the Vocaster hub software, which is accessible with VoiceOver.
this will be my default interface, as it was gifted to me for free by Daniel Hughley, senior marketing manager of Focusrite audio engineering. I've been in touch with him directly via email giving him feedback on the software so that accessibility enhancements to VoiceOver can be addressed in future development cycles.
The setup I’m considering wouldn’t be anything fancy. Just backpack studio and Fairite on my iPhone or iPad.
Has anyone in this wonderful community used either or both of these apps?
I edited my first episode with Ferrite, and it cut off part of what I said, so clearly I did not do something right.
I’ll post the RSS feed in the comments, so you guys can give it a listen, and help me figure out what happened, and how to fix it.
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Has anyone had any…
Has anyone had any experience with the Shure 88? I've got the + version which is a tiny microphone, which is great, but a little bulky with its stand and mount. The lightening version, the one that plugs directly into the phone, does seem like it could be a good solution however, I'm not sure how the audio stream changes, if I'd have to plug in a 3.5 pair of headphones to both monitor and use VoiceOver, which all seems a bit of a step back.
FYI, the Shure app is accessible and allows you to change polar patterns etc.
I'd also like to be able to record two people at the same time, but guessing there isn't a compact package that might let me do this. Ideally I'd use my phone and something else that I can toss into my tech pouch.
I have both Shure mics
Oliver, here I have both the MV88 and the MV88 Plus, but prefer the latter despite its bulk. The older MV88 has no headphone jacks, meaning it allows no monitoring. Moreover, it's impossible to use it if you have an iPhone case so I always have to remove the case which is not recommended much IMO. The newer mic is also RF-proof, meaning you don't necessarily need to turn off 4g/5g/mobile data to avoid extra noises.
This is great info, thank…
This is great info, thank you.
Is there a way to attach the microphone directly to the tripod rather than having to use the g-clamp mount, do you know? This could cut down a lot of bulk, but as far as I could tell, it can't be done...
I do like the +, with a multi headed cable I can use it with my Mac or my iPhone, which is pretty good and it does seem more future proof considering the demise of lightening. Is it possible to monitor with something like AirPods rather than the 3.5 jack? It's only little more to bring along, but I'm working on a one bag setup and would prefer headphones that work double duty.
Is anyone familiar with the apps I mentioned?
Is anyone familiar with the apps I mentioned in my previous comment?
How does that set up sound? Could that work?
It's my understanding that…
It's my understanding that backpack is fully accessible with the developer going so far as to work in the accessibility.
Think that using simple recording apps, for me at least, might be the best course of action and then edit afterwards using something like Amadeus.
To Oliver re the MV88 Plus
Oliver, it's definitely possible to attach the mic to the provided tripod. In fact, I haven't yet used my g-clamp mount. As for monitoring via Bluetooth headsets, it's doable but since it generates some sort of delay in your ears, it's not really recommended. It will just distract you as you want a delay-free monitoring. Shure recommends a very good set of in-ear headphones for the MV88 Plus, and it's not bulky at all.
I currently use my computer
I currently use my computer, with Reaper, to produce an edit my podcast. I would like to take this mobile, by having it on my iPhone, or iPad, for times, when I don’t always want my computer with me.
I’ve heard great things about both Fairite and backpack studio, which is why I chose those two apps. I may still purchase them, especially since both developers are very responsive, and the one who makes backpack studio, is working on a major update, which will be version 2.5. The current version is 2.0.3, which was released 10 months ago.
Shure MV88+ and Ferrite
I don’t podcast, but I sometimes like to record my piano playing to share on social media. I tried out the HookeVerse, which was so glitchy I gave up on it, and the Sennheiser Ambeo smart headset, which I love.
I’m another advocate for Ferrite and the Shure MV88+ microphone system.
I love this mic because it came with everything I needed to get started: Desktop tripod, phone mount, mic mount, cable, and all in a really nice case too. The Motiv Audio app is really accessible as well - with lots of settings and options to choose from depending on what you’re recording. There is even an Apple Watch app you can use to start and stop your recording, which is really useful, so
clumsy people like me don’t bump the mic and tip everything over backwards! I would echo what Amir said about delay when monitoring over bluetooth. I haven’t tried this with the Motiv App, but did try it with Garageband and it was horrible! I’d steer well clear of this route I’m afraid.
THE Ferrite app is indeed amazing with a Bluetooth keyboard. I just wish I knew how to use it properly! I am completely self taught in this area, and have dodgy ears to boot. I use a pair of headphones plugged into the keyboard so I can hear it at a loud enough level so I can enjoy it, so generally what I do when I want to record is hook my phone up to my small Braille Display and use that to start and stop recording and change settings etc.
I hope this is useful to someone :)