Bundled together by B&H for your convenience, the ART USBMIX 4 Kit provides many items you need to start recording voiceovers and podcasts in your home or home studio. The kit includes a four-channel mixer/interface for your computer, an MXL 440 condenser microphone, a Marantz Professional boom arm that affixes to your desk, and a pair of studio-grade headphones.
ART USBMIX4 Project Series 4-Channel Mixer and Computer Interface
The ART Project Series USBMIX4 is a mixer for microphones, instruments, and line-sources; it also doubles as a USB interface with assignable recording/playback sources. It can operate as a standalone mixer in the analog domain, as well as a one-stop shop for recording podcasts with up to two microphones. The USBMIX4 features two combination inputs that take both XLR and 1/4" connections, allowing you to plug in a microphone, a high-impedance instrument, or a line level source. Two more input channels are provided for 1/4" sources, and a 3.5mm auxiliary input for devices such as MP3 players, tablets, and more.
On the output side, you’re given two balanced, TRS 1/4" jacks for your main mix, as well as TRS terminations for stereo and headphone outputs. If you prefer headphones with a 3.5mm connection point, a compatible jack is on hand for that particular purpose. Channel one sports switchable 48V phantom power, while channel two gives you an impedance switch for HI-Z instrument sources. Both channels give you a pad, gain pots, level pots, pan pots, and a two-band EQ.
The mixer can be bus-powered when used with your computer, though in standalone applications, you can operate the USBMIX4 with the included adapter. The unit works with Mac and PC computers, providing class-compliant, plug-and-play compatibility and obviating the need to download any drivers. A USB cable is provided, as is Audacity—software to handle the recording, editing, and basic mixing of audio material.
Key Features at a Glance
2 x Combination XLR-1/4" balanced XLR / unbalanced instrument inputs with switchable impedances
Balanced 1/4" TRS inputs for stereo or mono line-level sources on CH3
1/4" TRS output jacks work with balanced or unbalanced lines
3.5mm TRS stereo Aux/MP3 input
Stereo output, independent from the PC interface switch
Stereo 1/4” TRS headphone jack with independent level control for output monitoring
Independent controls for both sets of inputs, main output, and headphone monitor
Red LED signal/clip indicator for channels 1 and 2
Switchable assignment of USB playback to channels 1 and 2 or monitor
Assignable USB record source
USB 2.0 compliant: no special drivers are needed with most modern versions of Windows or Mac OS
USB cable and Audacity recording software included
Operates on USB power or 5 VDC external power supply (included)
MXL 440 Studio Condenser Microphone (Black with Gold Print)
The black with gold print 440 Studio Condenser Microphone from MXL features a gold sputtered large diaphragm, suitable for a wide variety of applications. The FET preamp combined with an electrically-balanced output provides uncompromised tonal quality. Internal Mogami wiring offers a high-grade signal path to prevent audio degradation. The microphone uses 48V of phantom power and includes a mic stand adapter.
Marantz Professional Pod Stand 1 Broadcast Boom Arm for Pod Pack 1 Kit
The Pod Stand 1 Broadcast Boom Arm from Marantz is designed for the Pod Pack 1 kit and used in broadcast, voice-over, and podcast applications. Constructed from steel, this stand is both height and angle-adjustable. Furthermore, it sports a surface clamp with a locking set screw for keeping your microphone affixed and steady. If you prefer a boom arm stand that affixes to a desktop, secures your microphone, and leaves your desk relatively uncluttered, this item is well suited to the task.
Polsen HPC-A30 Closed-Back Studio Monitor Headphones
The HPC-A30 Closed-Back Studio Monitor Headphones from Polsen are designed for monitoring audio in studio, field, mobile, and DJ applications. They feature 50mm drivers that provide a frequency response of 18Hz to 22kHz for accurate reproduction of your audio.
The ear cups on the HPC-A30 have an around-ear (circumaural), closed-back design, allowing for the increased isolation often desired while tracking or monitoring playback. Additionally, the ear cups can be pivoted for single-ear monitoring. The headphones have a collapsible folding mechanism for compact storage and transport. A padded and adjustable headband provides comfort during extended use. The 32 ohm impedance allows for ample volume when used with mobile devices. The headphones have a single-sided, 9.8-foot cable that terminates in a 3.5mm stereo connector. A 1/4" adapter is included for additional compatibility.