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This B&H Kit combines the Tascam MiNiSTUDIO US-42 USB Audio Interface with two condenser microphones, two pairs of headphones, two desktop stands, and two 10' XLR cables to create the primary components of a two-person portable podcast studio. The MiNiSTUDIO Personal US-42 is a high-speed USB 2.0 audio interface, capable of capturing 24-bit/96 kHz audio and compatible with Mac and Windows computers. The interface works with most DAW software and can even interface with iOS devices using an optional adapter. The two cardioid condenser microphones boast a wide, linear frequency response coupled with a precise transient response and high signal-to-noise ratio for accurate sound capture.
Each pair of studio-monitor headphones are tuned for accurate sound reproduction and feature a closed-back, over-the-ear, foldable design with interchangeable twist-locking cables, extra-deep ear cushions, and a refined musical frequency response of 10 to 20 kHz. Each pair of desktop microphone stands are designed to minimize unwanted vibrations from affecting your microphones by decoupling the stands from your desktop. Its base is constructed of 1.5" of high-density acoustic foam, and features a heavy aluminum plate that provides stability for your mic. Each 10' XLR cable is a quiet and durable studio-quality mic cable well suited for critical recording and broadcast situations.
Tascam MiNiSTUDIO Creator US-42 Audio Interface for Online Broadcasting
Designed for gamecasters—i.e. those who broadcast their gaming prowess over the web—as well as podcasters wishing to expand their horizons, the Tascam MiNiSTUDIO Creator US-42 is a high-speed USB 2.0 interface. It's capable of capturing 24-bit/96 kHz audio, compatible with Mac and Windows computers, works with most DAW software, and can even interface with iOS devices using an adapter (available separately). With its intuitive layout and various inputs for recording the human voice, it can give you the tools to introduce many elements into the milieu of your podcast, such as the ability to record guitar directly, as well as the support for two microphones at once—should you have guests coming over to chat.
For inputs, the US-42 sports two High-Definition Discrete-Architecture preamps, two combination XLR/TRS connections, a 3.5mm jack suitable for headset mics, and an auxiliary 3.5mm stereo input most agreeable for introducing the signal of consumer-grade audio equipment. In addition to the stereo RCA outputs for connecting to monitors, the unit offers two headphone outputs-one 1/4", one 3.5mm-as well as 48V phantom power for condenser microphones and support for 4-pole headphone/mic configurations.
The US-42 features an efficient hardware layout that clearly displays its various features. Glancing at the tabletop interface, you'll see the sizable level meter in the middle for monitoring incoming signal. It sits between two combination XLR / 1/4" TRS jacks for accepting your microphone signals. Below this row of features, a reverb-blend knob sits prominently between two input-selector switches.
The lower portion of the interface clearly shows two output knobs—one for monitors, one for your various headphones—three pads for triggering on-board sound effects, and an effect on/off pad. Thus, while creating your broadcast, you'll have the tools you need to keep the show running at your fingertips.
This device comes with software for better utilizing the hardware component of the US-42. The software features two panels, giving you an Easy view into the system and an Expert peak behind the curtain, so to speak.
The Easy panel breaks down your options for manipulating signal into three overarching categories: Sound (presets for your particular sonic setup), Effect (presets for manipulating your vocals upon pressing the effect on/off pad), and Reverb (types of ambiance with which you can effect your vocal). Beneath these knobs, you can assign the sounds of the trigger pads, and set their volume as well.
The Expert panel, on the other hand, gives you comprehensive controls of the US-42's compressor, equalizer, and reverb. In this panel, you also have control over buffer size, as well as the ability to manipulate the trigger pad's settings further; for example, you can set the rate of fade-in and fade-out for the sample being triggered.
Notable Features at a Glance
2 x HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) Preamps
2 x XLR/TRS input jack for balanced inputs
1 x 3.5mm input for headset microphones
1 x 3.5mm stereo aux input for connecting portable audio players, game devices, etc.
48V phantom-power support for condenser microphones
Support for connection of 4-pole earphone with mic
Support for direct guitar input
Support for low-level dynamic-mic input signals
On-board DSP effects, including equalizer, compressor, several types of reverb, and special vocal effects
Input monitoring allows you to hear incoming signal before it's transmitted
3 x self-lighting, velocity-sensitive trigger pads
Reverb knob allows you to manually adjust amount of wet signal
Voice Effect on/off button
Clearly labeled "ON AIR" button to start transmission to your computer
3.5mm stereo headphone jack
1/4" headphone output
Separate controls for line- and headphone-output volumes
BROADCAST/CREATOR mode switch
2 x Senal SC-550X Professional Cardioid Condenser Microphone
Designed to provide both professional and project studios a workhorse microphone that can be used in a wide variety of applications, the SC-550X Professional Cardioid Condenser Microphone from Senal boasts a wide, linear frequency response coupled with a precise transient response and high signal-to-noise ratio for accurate sound capture. It has a high SPL handling of 140 dB, and is at home not only in front of vocalists, but for tracking acoustic and electric guitars, brass, strings, pianos, and overhead drums.
Thanks to its cardioid polar pattern, the SC-550X has a generous pickup range while minimizing off-axis noise. A selectable -10 dB pad allows you to use it in front of particularly loud sources without distorting, while the selectable high-pass filter provides an on-board low-frequency roll off. A shockmount, pop filter, and case are all included.
The Senal SC-550X is a studio condenser microphone with a warm, full-bodied sound, accurate transient response, and high signal-to-noise ratio
Cardioid Polar Pattern
The SC-550X's cardioid polar pattern provides excellent off-axis rejection and enables the microphone to capture detailed sound from directly in front of the capsule
The high-pass filter helps prevent the SC-550X from picking up low-frequency noises like the rumble from an air conditioner, which can interfere with your recording
The attenuation pad adds further adaptability to the SC-550X, lowering the output by 10 dB to prevent distortion when recording loud sounds like cymbals and electric guitar cabinets
The microphone's rugged all-metal construction maintains an overall high standard of durability. With the included hard-shell case to store the microphone and all the included accessories, it's easy to take the SC-550X with you on the road
Flat Frequency Response
With its flat frequency response, the SC-550X delivers accurate, detailed sound reproduction designed for use in all recording environments. Capable of capturing vocals in the studio, the SC-550X also offers versatility for recording guitars, brass, strings, and piano, as well as overhead drum miking. It can also be used for nonmusical applications like podcasting, voiceovers, and broadcast use
140 dB Maximum SPL
The SC-550X's 140 dB maximum SPL optimizes the microphone to accurately capture loud signals without distorting
The included shock mount isolates the SC-550X to prevent it from picking up unwanted noise caused by vibrations. The universal 5/8" threaded socket is compatible with most microphone stands, and the locking knob enables vertical adjustment for customized placement
The included pop filter is indispensable for recording vocals. The metal mesh screen reduces noise from aspirated plosives like p and b sounds and keeps corrosive moisture away from the capsule. Just mount the pop filter onto the rim of the shock mount and adjust it to suit your vocalist
2 x Senal SMH-1000 Professional Field and Studio Monitor Headphones
The SMH-1000 Professional Field and Studio Monitor Headphones from Senal feature a classic closed-back, over-the-ear, collapsible design. With features like interchangeable cables, a refined frequency response, wire guides, superior comfort, and durable materials, the SMH-1000 is ideal for studio and field applications.
Equipped with 40mm neodymium drivers at 58 ohm impedance, the SMH-1000 headphones are designed to be loud enough when attached to low powered devices such as mobile phones and mp3 players, yet robust enough to handle studio headphone amps without distortion.
The over-ear, closed-back design is intended to help block unwanted outside noise, which is useful in professional field recording and studio monitoring scenarios where isolation is critical.
The headphones are designed with an EQ curve that's been tailored for a slightly enhanced low end that allows field engineers to detect wind noise more effectively, and for studio engineers to monitor bass and sub bass frequencies. The high frequency response has been extended to accurately reproduce spatial detail.
There is also a pronounced but smooth midrange that reduces ear fatigue over prolonged periods, while maintaining focus on vocal and dialogue intelligibility.
Designed for flexibility as well as great sound, the SMH-1000 makes use of twist-lock detachable cabling. There are two detachable cables included in each box that can be used interchangeably.
There is a stretchable 4 to 10' coiled cable that provides better mobility and reach, that also helps prevent snags from pulling the headphones off of your head. This can be useful when navigating through gear-cluttered recording studio environments. There is also a 3' straight cable that is useful when less slack is ideal, such as when using a waist-mounted field recorder or mixer, or when using your mobile device.
The SMH-1000 has been built with convenience, practicality and comfort in mind as well. The headphones have a collapsible folding mechanism for compact storage and transport. They also have wire guides to keep the ear-cup wires from pinching. Furthermore, they are fitted with a padded headband and soft, replaceable ear cushions to maximize comfort during extended listening.
An excellent choice for commercial recording, broadcast, home studios, and live and location sound. Also great for home and portable entertainment.
Over-ear, closed-back (circumaural) stereo headphone design to help block unwanted environmental noise. Ideal for use in professional applications such as studio or field recording.
Detachable, twist-locking 10' coiled cable and 3' straight cable included. Replacement cables also available from Senal.
Enhanced low end designed to allow field engineers to detect wind noise effectively, and for studio engineers to monitor bass and sub bass frequencies.
Pronounced but smooth midrange tailored to reduce ear fatigue over prolonged periods while maintaining focus on vocal and dialog intelligibility.
Extended high frequency response designed to reproduce spatial detail accurately. Gradual roll off at 14 kHz allows for accurate low level monitoring and hearing protection.
Padded headband and soft, replaceable ear cushions. Replacement cushions are available for purchase.
Easy storage via collapsible folding mechanism.
2 x Pearstone PM Series XLR M to XLR F Professional Microphone Cable - 10' (3.0 m)
The Pearstone PM Series XLR M to XLR F Professional Microphone Cable (10') features 24-gauge oxygen-free copper conductors, spiral shielding to protect against EMI and RFI noise, and professional grade cast-zinc Rean connectors with silver-plated contacts. The twin conductive PVC shield reduces electrostatic noise, and distinguishes the PM series from the rest of its class.
Professional quality, field-serviceable, cast-zinc Rean connectors with silver-plated contacts
Spiral shielding to protect against EMI and RFI noise
2 x Auray TT-ISO Isolating Desktop Microphone Stand
The TT-ISO Isolating Desktop Microphone Stand from Auray is designed to minimize unwanted vibrations from affecting your microphone by decoupling the stand from your desktop or studio floor. It is optimized for use in podcasting, kick drum, and guitar amplifier miking applications.
Its base is constructed of 1.5" of high-density acoustic foam, and features a heavy aluminum plate which provides stability for your mic. The stand has a telescoping shaft that can be adjusted up to 13.5" high, allowing for precise mic placement. The TT-ISO has a standard 5/8"-27 thread for compatibility with most mic clips, shockmounts, boom arms, and goosenecks.
The TT-ISO is designed for desktop recording applications such as podcasting, broadcast, and voiceovers. It is also an integral tool when capturing kick drums or guitar amps on stage as well as in professional or home studios
High-Density Acoustic Foam
1.5" (3.8 cm) of high-density acoustic foam padding on the base of the stand minimizes unwanted vibrations by decoupling the stand from a desktop, studio floor, or stage
The aluminum plate provides stability for the microphone and keeps the stand in place.
The telescoping shaft with twist lock adjusts from 9.5" (24.1 cm) to a maximum height of 13.5" (34.3 cm) for precise microphone placement
Standard 5/8" Threaded Mount
Standard 5/8" threaded mount on the shaft fits most mic clips and shock mounts. The 5/8" threaded mount on the base is compatible with most goosenecks and boom arms for close miking applications