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B&H Photo Video has Tascam MiNiSTUDIO Creator US-42 Podcast Studio on sale for $79.99. Shipping is free. Thanks thawynd

Features:
  • Tabletop Podcast-Production Studio
  • Gaming, Streaming, Music Recording
  • 2 Combo XLR Mic/Instrument Inputs, +48V
  • 3 Programmable Pads for Instant Sound FX
  • Reverb Knob & Voice Effect Button
  • 2 Headphone Outputs for Host & Guest
  • Audio Software with Easy & Expert Modes
  • 3.5mm Input for Gamer Headset
  • USB Interface for 24-Bit / 96 kHz Audio
  • Hi-Z Inputs for Electric Guitar or Bass
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Specs:
Tabletop Podcast-Production Studio
Gaming, Streaming, Music Recording
2 Combo XLR Mic/Instrument Inputs, +48V
3 Programmable Pads for Instant Sound FX
Reverb Knob & Voice Effect Button
2 Headphone Outputs for Host & Guest
Audio Software with Easy & Expert Modes
3.5mm Input for Gamer Headset
USB Interface for 24-Bit / 96 kHz Audio
Hi-Z Inputs for Electric Guitar or Bass
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The TASCAM MiNiStudio is primarily an analog mixer with USB output for use with the provided software or third party DAW (digital audio workstation) software that has more capability.

Remember that the attraction of the TASCAM MiNiStudio is low cost and portable ease of use. More features and capabilities require more of a learning curve to use well and are not an absolute requirement for producing podcasts with good sound quality. Forget about the sound effects/voice changers, they will get old fast, use with restraint, if at all!

Most advanced hardware mixers and DAWs are built for either studio or live performance music production of multiple musicians and instruments playing concurrently or for building multiple tracks of layered recorded performances or loops.

Podcasting does not require tons of mics or more than rudimentary edit capability. Just get a couple of good condenser mics (best for voice work,) a mixer with digital output, and easy to use editing software with a good dynamic range compressor (keeps sound volumes relatively even) and then let your talent take you where you want to go.

But if you must spend money...

On the hardware side, in increasing amount of inputs/outputs and effects as well as size, weight and an AC power requirement, you might consider:

Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD - $110 Real value for the money. Some people knock Behringer because they were and are among the least expensive China sourced manufacturers.They produce good gear at dirt cheap prices and are often the best value choice.

Allen & Heath ZED-10FX - $250 (no longer in manufacture, but a nice unit if you can find it at a good price.)

Yamaha MG12XUK - Just missed a sale at Musician's Friend for $199, but you can call and see if they will match the sale price a day or so later. Yamaha makes a full range of equipment that is often the value leader after Behringer.

Peavey PV 10 AT or 14 AT mixers with Antares Autotune - $350, worth it for the built in Autotune if you have a singer that is always just a bit out of tune. Not really as well known as some mixers but I have found these to be performance savers for live events.

On the software side, there are a lot of DAWs, all of which require time and effort to master. Pick one and then use it for a year to gain expertise. Many mixers come with a cut down version of a DAW you can use to get started, but full versions really do offer much more functionality once you get past the basics.

Cockos Reaper - full featured and complex but a favorite just because the user community is so active. Business model is based on the honor system of their customers. After 60 days of using their software you purchase either a $60 license for private use, or a $225 commercial license if your business is making money.

Mixcraft 8 - $50 or $100, depending on how many plugins you would like. Very full featured and the workflow is efficient. I tried a lot of DAWs and personally like this one just because it doesn't make me work hard to get things done. Also well supported by the developers.

Garageband (Apple,) Audacity (all platforms) - free and not bad options to start off

Cakewalk, PreSonus, Ableton, Cubase, FL Studio, etc. - free or near free for the cut down versions, regular versions can cost real money. All have their advocates and tend to specialize in either studio production or live performance.

If you are an Apple fan, Logic Pro builds on Garageband, so that might be the easiest path to follow.

Podcast specific - Hindenburg Journalist is worth checking out for a clean workflow and decent feature set. You will also need a hosting service, Buzzsprout, Blubrry, Podbean are reputable. Try to find a service that doesn't charge by the MB or GB, those can become expensive very quickly if you start doing more than one or two podcasts a month.
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Phantom power is necessary for condenser mics. It has no effect on dynamic mics.

The only danger is in using condenser microphones that are made with some kind of pre-charging, ie battery powered, as they may be damaged if used in conjunction with phantom power.

The TASCAM XLR/TRS input jacks can switch between no power (for dynamic mics or powered condenser mics,) +48V phantom power (for typical condenser mics,) and Hi-Z (for electric guitars, basses, etc.)

I also have a Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD, it is a very capable audio interface with more inputs/outputs, MIDI, inserts, etc. than the TASCAM and better pres.

The TASCAM is more of an all-in-one solution, where the UMC404HD is a solid foundation for more mics and instruments when you are ready to go beyond two mics, two instruments or one of each.
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I'm new to the game. Can I use this for Youtube podcast?
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Is it possible to use this as a interface or for live streaming games
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I'm new to the game. Can I use this for Youtube podcast?
This is is what B&H says about this product:

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The Tascam MiNiSTUDIO Creator US-42 Podcast Studio is made for beginner and intermediate podcasters, streamers, and gamers looking to make their audio productions stand out on YouTube, FaceBook Live, Twitch, and elsewhere in the podcasting universe. This tabletop solution combines simple hardware with user-friendly software, putting all the essential tools for podcasting right at your fingertips in a versatile interface that plugs into your Mac or Windows computer via USB. What's more, with a flick of its Creator switch, the US-42 becomes a powerful audio interface—allowing you to record vocals and instruments to your computer with studio-quality results.
Depending what you plan on doing, I think one of these packages on that page are pretty solid deals:

This one is with the RODE PROCASTER which is a great mic for up-close radio like talk

Tascam MiNiSTUDIO Creator US-42 Podcast Studio with One Rode Procaster Dynamic Mic, Senal Headphones... [bhphotovideo.com] at 399 (says $263 discount)

This one has a headset mic like the ones you see on sports broadcasting

Tascam MiNiSTUDIO Creator US-42 Podcast Studio with One Senal SMH-1020CH Headset Kit [bhphotovideo.com] at 229 (says 230 off)


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Is it possible to use this as a interface or for live streaming games
See my response to TVM925 - the answer is yes

Here is a video intro to it: https://f1.media.brightcove.com/12/1661991858001/1661991858001_5972258059001_5972254558001.mp4?pubId... [brightcove.com]

I had to do view source for this video link. I am not sure why they wouldn't allow sharing
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Amazon has it for $79.99. With Amazon Prime Card 5% discount, a better deal in most areas.
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Amazon has it for $79.99. With Amazon Prime Card 5% discount, a better deal in most areas.
The TAX at Amazon makes it not even!
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Assuming I can use my Marantz MPM-3000 with it that uses 48V phantom power. Can someone confirm?
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Assuming I can use my Marantz MPM-3000 with it that uses 48V phantom power. Can someone confirm?
Yes, this unit has XLR/TRS input jacks that support balanced input and can provide +48V phantom power. In fact, using condenser mics is going to be preferred for the voice applications this thing was designed for.

Overview from TASCAM -

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...audio.html

Specs -

https://tascam.com/us/product/us-42/spec

Really is a nice and easy to use audio interface with some unique functionality.

Not only for podcasting but also a decent choice for, say, a solo singer using an electric guitar because the preamps have Hi-Z capability.
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Assuming I can use my Marantz MPM-3000 with it that uses 48V phantom power. Can someone confirm?
I would use my Marantz MPM – 3000 That was on sale for $35 last week except it sold out before I could get one.
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I am new to all this sound equipment, but with the help of Slickdeals I am accumulating quite a bit of it. I just ordered this tascam mini studio, and I also have a Behringer 404 audio interface, And everything is hooked up to Jbl 306 monitors, and I have a Gemini DJ table. I have read that using phantom power can be dangerous to some equipment – Can somebody that knows more about this issue please explain it so nobody blows out any of their equipment, thanks in advance
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I am new to all this sound equipment, but with the help of Slickdeals I am accumulating quite a bit of it. I just ordered this tascam mini studio, and I also have a Behringer 404 audio interface, And everything is hooked up to Jbl 306 monitors, and I have a Gemini DJ table. I have read that using phantom power can be dangerous to some equipment – Can somebody that knows more about this issue please explain it so nobody blows out any of their equipment, thanks in advance
Phantom power is necessary for condenser mics. It has no effect on dynamic mics.

The only danger is in using condenser microphones that are made with some kind of pre-charging, ie battery powered, as they may be damaged if used in conjunction with phantom power.

The TASCAM XLR/TRS input jacks can switch between no power (for dynamic mics or powered condenser mics,) +48V phantom power (for typical condenser mics,) and Hi-Z (for electric guitars, basses, etc.)

I also have a Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD, it is a very capable audio interface with more inputs/outputs, MIDI, inserts, etc. than the TASCAM and better pres.

The TASCAM is more of an all-in-one solution, where the UMC404HD is a solid foundation for more mics and instruments when you are ready to go beyond two mics, two instruments or one of each.
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