Vidac wants to build a podcast/voiceover studio in his den. Does Yamaha make good soundboards for around $500? Leo says Yamaha makes good gear. It's probably overkill, but a good choice. Vidac is also using Shure SM58s. Leo says that they are great mics, and practically indestructible. A great, economic choice at about $150. But he'll also need some form of a digital interface in order to get the mixed feed into the computer. Vidac also uses a Shure SM7B. Leo says that is a condenser mic that requires phantom power. But the board should provide that.
Joe's son wants to get into voiceover. He's been doing video editing in school but wants to move over to voice work. What microphone and mixer should he get? Leo says that a mixer may not be necessary. Start with a USB Microphone and go into the computer directly. However, Behringer has a podcast setup that has a mixer and mic for a very low cost. What about the Blue Yeti? Leo isn't a fan for that purpose. He recommends a SHURE SM58. Also, get a Focusrite Scarlet. Those two will give a great sound.
Carl wants to start up a podcast running four different XLR mics through a mixer. He wants multiple channels for each one. Is the mixer what he needs? Leo says that while condenser mics are more accurate and hear everything, he really wants a coiled diaphragm mic, which doesn't pick up everything - just the voice. Leo uses a Heil PR-40. But for a budget, the Shure SM58 mic is very forgiving. Leo says for a mixer, the Behringer XR18 is great. He can control it from an iPad, it has great mic pre-amps, and is simply a good choice.
Roger would like to get into voiceover work and wants to know what equipment he needs that is high quality, but affordable. Leo says that breaking into voiceover is a challenge, but it's easy enough to build your own sound studio. Many work out of their house thanks to high speed internet and ISDN telephone lines. But the ISDN line can be expensive, so it's better just to record at home and then upload.
Marty is a HAM Radio operator and he wants to create a podcast in a round table format with his friends. What does he need? Leo says that Marty should have a mic for each user and a mixer. One thing Leo likes is the Behringer XR16 Rack Mounted Mixer, which will enable him to wirelessly mix his mics with his iPad or iPhone and it automatically turns up whoever is talking. It has effects, real time equalizer, bus EQs, along with 4 Shure SM58s. That's an ideal system for under $1000.
Brandon wants to get a mic for his computer so he can do let's play Minecraft videos. What should he get? He wants a mic with XLR outputs. Leo says that a good affordable option is the Shure SM58. They're cheap at under $100 and very robust. He won't be able to break it. He should also get a mixer that has a USB connector that can interface digitally with his computer. Podcaster kits like this from Behringer are a great place to start.