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Podcasting Microphone: Review of MXL Studio 1 Red Dot
Posted By TJ McCue On October 2, 2013 @ 2:00 pm In Product Reviews | 9 Comments
Podcasting is a popular and effective way to share your expertise. While newer social media methods dominate the news, audio and video continues to grow as a way to connect with a listener and viewer, that is, your customer. For some, recording audio from a simple computer microphone is acceptable, but as you increase your listener base you will want to get a dedicated, external podcasting microphone.
The MXL Studio 1 Red Dot  is a great USB-powered microphone at an affordable price. You can get their recording “kit” for around $100 on Amazon or your local electronics distributor.
MXL is well-known and respected for its recording equipment.
I am not a sound expert, but I have used several external microphones over the years to record both audio and video (well, the audio portion of my videos).
But I have to say that this little microphone kit is now one of my favorites. It comes bundled in a durable carrying case, which is a small point. But one that makes a lot of sense given that most podcasting types are probably also mobile types. The company sent me a media review unit for this post.
This microphone is made well, feels solid and has a professional look to it. I have used it mostly for recording voice-over type recordings, but also some musical work and it performs well.
At the $100 price point, it can serve the needs of most podcasters until they start to get to the level where they are using a mixer board and other professional-level equipment.
I would add the wind screen (pictured left), by the way, to keep breath moisture away from the mic itself and to minimize popping when pronouncing P or T.
The last thing I’ll mention is — it is plug-and-play, just as it says on the box. I plugged it into the USB-port and it was ready to go with Audacity , the open source audio program I use, in minutes. No setup required.
Take a look at the MXL Studio 1 Red Dot if you’re in the market to upgrade your basic computer recording gear.
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 MXL Studio 1 Red Dot: http://www.mxlmics.com/microphones/usb/Studio1RD/#tab4
 Audacity: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/