I am trying to optimize my setup, in order to record a two-person podcast. I haven’t had any problems, exactly; I am simply inexperienced enough with podcasting that any technical advice/guidance would be greatly appreciated. I’d like to produce audio that sounds somewhat professional, if possible. Plus, I’d hate to damage my equipment by using it improperly.
I’ve got 2 dynamic microphones (1 ATR2100-USB, 1 RMC-XLR), each connected by an XLR cable to a Behringer XENYX X1204USB. I’m using the first 2 (from the left) XLR connectors on the mixer. Where it says PAN under the first XLR connector, I’ve got that dial turned all the way to the left. Under the second connector, I’ve got the PAN dial turned all the way to the right. I’m using a USB cable to connect the mixer to my TOSHIBA Satellite A665 laptop. It’s running Windows 7. I’m recording with Audacity (Version 2.1.2).
Is this an effective podcast setup? How could I improve it? Am I missing anything? Am I using my mixer properly? Basically, any assistance at all would be wonderful. Please and thank you