In the summer of 2023, the SUNY Erie Library Resource Center updated its loanable tech collection with the purchase of state-of-the-art podcasting equipment, and installed the recording software suite, Audacity, on 3 of our loaner laptops, essentially creating a user-ready and—with the help of this guide—user-friendly podcasting station.
The mic will operate with both Mac and Windows computers, no special driver downloads are required.
You can also use it with smartphones and tablets, so long as you have the compatible adapter for mobile devices (available separately).
No preamp, interface, converters, or mixer are necessary for recording your voice.
The included stand is more than a stand—it isolates the NT-USB Mini from structurally borne noises and vibrations; this delivers a cleaner sound.
If you want to take the mic off the stand, this is easy, as its magnetically attached. A 5/8 to 3/8" thread adapter ensures you can mount NT-USB Mini on nearly any mic stand.
Designed for the Spoken Word
The NT-USB Mini's condenser capsule is tuned by RODE to capture both the warmth and the presence of your voice, giving your recordings the heft they need to cut through the fray.
It will do so, while minimizing noise in the room, thanks to its cardioid polar pattern, which naturally focuses audio spoken directly into the mic while tamping down any sound to the back or sides.
An internal windscreen filters out vocal plosives to help you capture a clean recording, one that sounds professional right out of the gate.
The mic records audio at 24-bit/48 kHz, giving you the broadcast standard for how many samples it can record in a second, and providing a high degree of dynamic range. A non-techy translation: this microphone is well suited for picking up the nuances of your voice.
As you decide how you will frame and convey your story to your audience, it can be helpful to consider the vast sea of examples that are already out there.
The following list is not intended to be an exhaustive list of podcast formats or types, merely an overview of some of the most commonly used non-fiction/documentary story shapes and formats. Many podcasts also blend components of several of these structures quite effectively.
Conversation Among Hosts
Narration/Voiceover + Interviews + Other Audio
Fictional Narrative Podcasts