Podcast management can be much easier thanks to Focusrite and the upcoming Vocater series.
The Vocaster One and Vocaster Two (Opens in a new tab) Both are audio interfaces with features that specifically assist in audio settings for podcast hosts. In general, the devices share the same software and have similar hardware that VocasterTwo provides twice as much input.
The Vocaster One has a microphone input for XLR cables, a headphone output, and a port for TRSS cables (more commonly known as 3.5mm audio jacks). The purpose of that TRRS port is to connect the phone to Vocaster when the podcast has a call-in guest.
In addition to the TRRS port, Vocaster Two has two mic inputs, two headphone outputs, and Bluetooth support. Again, its Bluetooth support is for call-in-guests. This model has a mute button for the host and guest on the podcast, while Vocaster One has a button for the host.
Both models feature an auto gain button that allows Vocaster to listen to the podcast and automatically adjust the audio level. Vocaster One only has a button for the host, Two adds another button for the guest.
Everything else is the same, except for the differences in these hardware. If you want to control the audio gain yourself, twist the knobs on the surface to adjust the audio level. According to Focusrite, the maximum gain range for Vocaster devices is 70 dB.
Both units come with expansion buttons that adjust the audio according to four unique presets. We contacted Focusrite and asked what these presets were, but there was no response. The final hardware feature is the camera output, so it records podcast audio directly to the camera, which requires a separate TRRS cable.
For those of you who care, Vocaster receives electricity via phantom power coming in from the mic line.
Both units are currently available for pre-order on the Focusrite website and will be available to US people in late July. Focusrite is a UK company and the device will be available in the UK in late June.
The Vocaster One retails for $ 199 and the Vocaster Two costs $ 299. There is also a Studio version that adds a pair of microphones and headphones. Vocaster One Studio introduces the company’s DM1 dynamic microphone with a stand and a pair of HP 60v headphones. Vocaster Two Studio has the same headphones, but with a DM14v mic instead.
If you’re interested in getting started with a podcast, TechRadar has a list of the best USB microphones you can buy.
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