(you can also skip my lenghty intro to “my question”)
Here is what I have been doing:
After some research a year ago, I bought a Blue Mic Yeti and started a comedy podcast. It is me plus my co-host and as you might guess, the audio was kind of lacking, but we didn’t really care, since it was just an experiment.
Later on I tried to hang up some audio mats around my (rather small) room to get less echo. I build some contraption that lets me hang up the Yeti, and put a chair on both sides of it. We’d sit there and record. But yeah, whenever I recorded the intro myself (and switched the Yeti to uni-directional) I got a seemingly perfect Audio quality, but in bi-directional, a lot of echo, not the same volume level for the both of us…
I then bought another USB mic (snowball) and only after that realized, that it was a nightmare to use both mics with a PC. I imagined that way both would use their own mic on uni directional, and it all would record on audacity. Well… the podcast is still a thing and I want to have a better setup.
I want to up my hardware. I will always use a PC (that’s what I have, I’m a gamer, so my PC always is a strong one, and I can’t afford a mac just for podcast purposes). But we also want to start having guests, and they won’t fit in my small room. So can you guys advice me of what hardware could make this happen:
- We want to start recording, in my rather large living room. I can’t fit 4 people in my small room.
- All SFX or themes etc will be put in by me, after everything is recorded, so I really just need to record the convos, no need to be able to insert “live” sfx and stuff, so I guess having a PC right there is not needed.
- I would love to have a PC independent “mobile” solution that I just could use in the large living room. I’d be ok with even buying a mini pc for lets say 200 bucks, if every other hardware option would mean buying pro stuff… but since I just need to record, maybe a simple recording device would be the best, that lets me copy it all to the pc afterwards? I have no clue what exists out there.
- I should be able to record at least 3-4 mics, so I can have 4 people sounding as clear as when I use my USB mic now on single-directional setting.
- Or just some mini-mics that everybody will attach to their collars?
And yes, my budget is very limited, since this is purely "for fun", no sponsors etc.. but I probably would invest up to USD 400 or 500.--...
Quality wise, again, I need no pro stuff. Both the snowball and yeti have excellent (for my needs) quality on single directional setting.
What are my options? What hardware would let me setup this “mobile” version, where people could talk and hang in the couch, but where also I could afterwars just connect to my pc and download it all? Small PC with a certain soundcard? Dictaphone?
I just didn’t know where to start gathering this info to get an overview… so I hope some of you who are not too annoyed with my noob questions, will hint me to some links!
Thanks a lot!