The Podcaster Pro is a USB Audio device that has been over a decade in the making by Adam Curry. All you need to make podcasts is the Podcast Pro, your laptop, and an XLR mic – and your podcast will sound like it was recorded in a professional recording studio! The Podcaster Pro is now on Indiegogo. At the time I am writing this post, the campaign has 2 months left.
The Podcaster Pro is designed from the ground up to provide the best possible audio quality for either live streaming or recording. Every component, from custom chip programming, to board design, to case design, to custom knobs, has been rigorously engineered to Adam Curry’s specifications, giving you his years of experience in radio and television to create the single most ergonomic all-in-one processing device for podcasters and voice over talent.
Podcaster Pro Features:
- 2 Analog 48v Mic Inputs
- Digital Stereo Master Input
- Digital Stereo Skype Input
- Digital Master Output
- Analog Master Output
- Digital Mix Minus Output
- Podcaster Room Tune
- DSP Master Noise Gate
- DSP Skype Noise Gate
- DSP EQ Mics
- DSP EQ Skype
- Dual Headphone Jacks
- Cough Switch
- No Driver/Software required
The Podcaster Pro lets you tailor recording options using an intuitive interface of just 2 dials and 3 soft buttons. All parameters can be adjusted and then saved to memory for later recall. You can also reset the box to Adam’s personal presets at the push of a button!
Podcaster Pro Audio Specs:
- 2x XLR Mic inputs with 48vPhantom Power
- 1x stereo skype/voip USB input
- 1x stereo computer/soundboard USB input
- 1x stereo Mix Minus for Skype via USB
- 1x stereo Main via USB
- 1x stereo Main analog out
Additional Audio Specs
- 2x headphones with independent volume controls
- 4x independent noise gates
- 5x compressors/limiters
- 2x A class preamps
- 5x independent EQs
- 2x cough switches
There are a variety of awesome perks in this Indiegogo campaign. Some of the most interesting ones involve signatures. It is possible to get special Podcaster Pro signature edition with one of the following signatures laser inscribed on premium sides of the device: Adam Curry, John Lee Dumas, Todd Cochrane, Dan Benjamin, Mike Koenigs, Brian Brushwood, or with the Podcast Movement logo. Check out the Indiegogo campain for full details.
It takes a lot of resources to put on a successful podcasting conference. And by “resources,” I mean “money.” That’s why the organizers of Seattle PodCon, planned for December 9th and 10th of this year, are raising money thru crowdfunding to get their conference off the ground.
PodCon is the brainchild of YouTuber and podcaster Hank Green, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor of Welcome to Night Vale, and podcast producer Travis McElroy:
They wanted there to be a place where people got together to really just /get into/ podcasts together for a couple days. That’s going to include discussions of what is oh-so right about podcasts, but also some of the issues we have to face. It’s going to include live performances and mashed-up podcasts. It’s going to feature podcasters from tons of genres including fiction, news, science, comedy, drama, crime, interview and more.
We just love this stuff, and we want to celebrate it.
The producers of PodCon are still working on getting all of the details together for the conference. So far, they’ve confirmed live podcast recordings of the shows Dear Hank and John, My Brother My Brother and Me, and Alice Isn’t Dead (a separate, ticketed production of Welcome to Night Vale will be held adjacent to, but not automatically included with PodCon). The conference will also host panel discussions and workshops that will cover a wide range of podcasting topics.
PodCon has currently raised 16% (just shy of $50,000) of its $300,000 flexible crowdfunding goal. Contributors can gain access to PodCon with a $90 contribution. A remote access pass can be had for a $25 contribution. Remote access attendees will receive a special podcast feed that will contain recordings of many of the events happening at PodCon.
To learn more about PodCon and contribute to the Indiegogo campaign, click the link at the top of this article.
Podcasting as we know it is well over then years old at this point. But there hasn’t been very much in the way of documentaries about the medium. That may change if one podcaster sees his vision for the What’s a Podcast? documentary become a reality.
Scott Holden, creator of the ThatMan on FatMan podcast, recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise the $15,000 he needs to produce the documentary. Holden explains his inspiration for making the film:
In 2009 things went crazy for me and my family. We were living in Virginia when I was downsized, leaving us with a mortgage and a feeling of What now? Times were tough. No one was hiring. This downward spiral lasted for a few years, forcing us to return home to New Jersey to live with relatives.
I was in a deep, dark depression. At my lowest, I picked up a book from the
famous movie director and podcast pioneer, Kevin Smith. The book gave me permission to do something crazy, if not desperate.
Start a podcast
Go talk on the internet with your friends.
And so I did, starting my own highly successful podcast: ThatMan on Fatman.
But this film is not just about my journey. Its the journey of the many podcasters, and listeners, friends and family, and how this medium is changing, helping, and even saving peoples lives, let alone building communities. The world is now at everyone’s fingertips and podcasters are the pioneers of a new digital age and medium.
In order to properly complete his documentary, Holden states he’ll need money for research, archive photography, stock footage and film clips. He’ll also need to get proper audio/video and lighting equipment, along with things like film scoring and music as well as insurance and other necessities.
What’s a Podcast? is currently at eight percent of its funding goal with 15 days left before the campaign expires. To learn more about the documentary and make a donation, head over to the project’s Indiegogo page.