From true crime to condiments and politics to pens, there’s a podcast out there for everyone these days. That’s the beauty of them. Anybody can start one and it doesn’t matter how weird or niche the subject matter is, if it’s good it’ll find an audience — and that’s where Focusrite’s Vocaster can help.
Some people think you need all kinds of specialist equipment to record a podcast, but the Vocaster range gives you everything you need to make a show that sounds professional without needing a load of technical know-how. These simple, plug ‘n’ play devices will make it sound like you’re recording from a proper studio, when in reality you could be sitting at your kitchen table or inviting guests into your shed.
Whether you opt for the Vocaster One, which is designed for solo recordings, or the Vocaster Two, which has two input channels and headphone sockets for a host and a guest, everything you need to make a professional-sounding podcast is included in the box. If you opt for one of the Studio packages, you also get closed-back HP60v headphones and a studio-quality microphone.
It’s not just about the hardware though. Both the Vocaster One and Vocaster Two come with the Vocaster Hub — an app that turns your computer into a studio. The software’s Easy Start will have you up and running in a matter of minutes and it’s packed with features that are designed to fix the kind of issues that can make a podcast sound amateurish.
Auto Gain sets your levels with the click of a button, so voices will be recorded at the right volume, while the Enhance button makes sure you come through loud and clear, with four podcaster-approved presets to choose from. There’s also a mute button that cuts the mic to make sure you don’t record any coughs, sneezes or any other noises you don’t want to pick up, while Loopback allows you to easily include jingles, interviews, background music and other pre-recorded segments. The Vocaster Two also has Bluetooth, so you can easily record phone calls and include them in your show.
Once you’ve got your episode in the can, a six-month trial of Acast Influencer gives you all the tools you need to publish your podcast and help it find its audience. You also get three months of SquadCast Pro + Video, which is perfect for recording guests remotely. It’s a software bundle worth over $600.
Focusrite has been making market-leading audio interfaces for over 30 years, with a whole range of products designed to record all kinds of instruments in the highest quality. It’s this expertise that has gone into creating the Vocaster range and making sure it delivers professional-sounding results.
Focusrite has also worked hard to make the Vocaster range as environmentally friendly as possible. More than half of the plastics used to create the Vocaster One and Two come from recycled sources, plus the packaging is recyclable and biodegradable, so you can hit record knowing your new podcast won’t have a horrible impact on the planet.
So whether you’re starting from scratch with a brand new podcast or are looking to make your current one sound more professional, Focusrite’s Vocaster range has everything you need to record your own chart-topper.
Prices for the Vocaster One start at £189.99/$199.99, while the Vocaster Two starts at £289.99/$299.99. For more information visit Focusrite.com.
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