We’ve written before about the Podcaster Pro, a self-contained audio production device being created by Small Batch Audio with the help of pioneering podcaster Adam Curry. When we last covered the Podcaster Pro, the device was still being ramped up for launch. Since then, the Podcaster Pro has been officially launched via an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.
As a quick recap, the Podcaster Pro is a USB-based audio interface designed to make recording high-quality audio as easy as possible. Here are some of the device’s features:
2 XLR mic inputs with 48v phantom power
1 stereo Skype/VoIP USB input
1 stereo computer/soundboard USB input
1 stereo mix-minus for Skype/VoIP via USB
1 stereo main via USB
1 stereo main analog out
2 headphone outputs with independent volume controls
4 independent noise gates
2 A-class preamps
5 independent EQs
2 cough switches
Backers of the crowdfunding campaign can reserve a Podcaster Pro starting at the early-bird price of $497. Special Podcaster Pro bundles that include accessories like microphones and headphones are also available.
Special signature models of the Podcaster Pro that are etched with signatures from podcasting luminaries can be reserved thru the campaign. Signature models for Adam Curry, Todd Cochrane, Dan Benjamin, Brian Brushwood, and more are available.
Townsend Labs, Inc. has created the Sphere L22 microphone. It is a precision microphone modeling system that can unlock the Real 3D sounds of the finest microphones in recording history. The Sphere L22 has been fully funding on Indiegogo and, at the time I am writing this blog, has 14 days left.
Sphere L22 is a high-precision side-address large diaphragm condenser from Townsend Labs. It captures the characteristics of the most sought-after microphones. It lets you experiment with selection of different mics and patterns even after tracking.
The Sphere system consists of a high-precision dual channel microphone, which when paired with the included Sphere DSP plug-in (UAD, VST, AU, AAX Native) accurately models the response of a wide range of mics, including transient response, harmonics, proximity effect and three-dimensional polar response.
Sphere L22 lets you audition the sound of different microphones without tiring the vocalist. It reduces bleed, undesirable room coloration, and other common issues using Off-Axis Correction. It also lets you record in stereo from a single microphone.
Dual Mode in the Sphere plug-in makes possible phase-coherent mixing of multiple virtual mic models from the same physical microphone, before or after tracking. It’s also possible to adjust the relative phase alignment of two mics with the Align control.
The Sphere L22 high-precision, dual-capsule, large-diaphragm condenser studio microphone comes with a 10 foot (3 meter) breakout cable, shock mount, hard mount, hard carrying case, and a velvet mic bag.
The eCam is described as the best ever 4K camera with class leading features. The eCam is priced at $79 – a fraction of the price of a GoPro. This tiny, yet mighty, camera is currently on Indiegogo with a month left to go. It has been fully funded.
The eCam is an extremely light weight and compact camera. It weighs around 54 grams and has dimensions of 29.8×59.2×41.1mm. It comes with all the accessories that you might need on your adventures. This includes all the mounts and straps needed to record various activities ranging from scuba diving to sky diving and virtually any other adventure/activity sport you can think of.
It is easy to use and comes with an intuitive user interface that includes 13 different languages. The eCam has a two inch built-in LCD display on the back of the camera.
The eCam comes equipped with 16MP Sony IMX Sensor combined with a 7 layered 173 degree HD wide angle fish eye lens with F2.1 Aperture. It is the first 16MP camera with that type of lens in its category that is capable of recording 4K videos at a frame rate of 30FPS. It can capture photos in 4K. It supports capturing photos and videos in other resolutions like 2.7K, Full HD (1080p) and HD (720p). It can do time lapse, slow-motion, and loop recording.
It supports Micro SD Memory Cards of up to 64GB memory capacity. The eCam comes with a built in HDMI port and a micro-USB port and also supports Wi-Fi.
The eCam comes with a replaceable battery that can support up to 2 hours of full HD video recording. It has been built using high strength plastic that makes it extremely durable. It is waterproof up to 30 meters depth (when it is used along with its waterproof case). You can operate the eCam by remote using the eCam Mobile application which is available for Android and iOS.
Nobody likes watching video that’s bouncing and jerking around the frame. Some cameras come with built-in stabilizers to try and solve the problem. But those kinds of stabilizers can only do so much. There are high-end solutions like the Steadicam harness. But they’re very expensive and require special training to operate. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a middle ground between these two solutions? That’s where the new Slick Stabilizer comes in.
Slick Stabilizer is compatible with GoPro cameras. Using standard GoPro mounts, users can attach Slick to any of their favorite accessories – like a helmet, a pole, a dog, a chest mount, a drone, or even a surfboard. Slick is also the world’s first waterproof stabilizer. Slick can be used with water sports like surfing, sailing, kayaking, and kitesurfing. Here’s how Slick works:
SLICK uses motors and sensors: each of the camera’s motorized three axes is driven by a micro-controller, so that the camera stays perfectly level regardless of the kind of terrain you’re moving on.
SLICK is compact and very simple to use:
1) Attach your GoPro camera to SLICK
2) Attach SLICK into your favorite GoPro mount — they are all compatible
3) Switch it on and kick off the action!
Slick was launched thru a successful Indiegogo campaign. The product is currently in development and Slick’s designers are hoping to unveil a prototype soon. It’s still possible to preorder a Slick thru the Indiegogo page at an early bird price of $229.00.
Traveling with photo gear can be a real challenge. You need something that’s as rugged as it is portable. This can be a difficult balance to achieve. Fortunately, the designers of a new backpack called Progo (not to be confused of course with GoPro) have stepped in to try and solve this problem.
Progo is billed as a carryon backpack that’s specially designed to haul and protect your sensitive (and expensive) photography gear. It also doubles as an efficient way to carry personal items like clothing and other essentials onto an airplane without having to check the bag. Progo comes packed with some cool high-tech features. It has a Bluetooth anti-loss device that’ll warn if it gets too far away from a paired device. Progo also has a built-in power bar you can use for charging all of your devices. Simply plug them into the power bar and then connect Progo’s power cord to an A/C outlet. Imagine not having to unpack all of your accessories in order to charge them! Progo also comes with a removable “camera divider” for camera accessories and a removable shelf. The shelf can be expanded when you arrive at your destination to store things in a closet or on a counter top.
Progo is being launched thru Indiegogo. The campaign has already reached 368% of its initial goal. A pledge of $239 plus shipping will get you your own Progo bag after they go into production.
Val is an easily portable device that can be used with any smartphone and with most tablets. It turns your device into an all-in-one mobile studio and gives your videos a professional look that is not possible with your device all by itself. Val is on Indiegogo and has 13 days left (at the time I am writing this blog) to reach its goal.
Val is like a professional studio that fits into the palm of your hand. It can be useful for people who use FaceTime, Skype, Hangouts, or any other video/streaming to communicate. Val makes you look better, sound better, and always have enough power. It also prevents your selfie arm from tiring.
Val comes with everything you need to make your video look and sound more professional. It works with any smartphone and with any orientation – landscape or portrait.
* Spring loaded arm accommodates all Android and iOS phones in both portrait and landscape mode
* Studio-quality front facing LEDs (420 Lumens)
* Studio-quality rear facing LEDs (420 Lumens)
* Built-in microphone
* Stereo speakers
* 6,000 mAh battery
* Bluetooth sync
* Headphone out
* Micro USB (in)
* Phone charging USB (out)
* Tripod mount
Looking for a really simple way to record audio and video content for your podcast anywhere you go? The Solocam might be your solution. It combines a selfie stick with a hand held microphone. At the time I am writing this blog, Solocam has 28 days left in their Indiegogo campaign.
Solocam feels like the natural extension of the selfie stick. Adding a microphone to the selfie stick results in a recording studio in the palm of your hand. Bring Solocam to an event, and you can film content for your podcast all by yourself!
The Solocam has a dynamic microphone, with a frequency response of 50hz to 15,000hz. The audio quality is 48khz / 24bit. It has a built-in spherical wind and pop filter. The selfie stick portion of Solocam has a holder that can safely hold smartphones, GoPros, and cameras. The microphone is designed to be comfortable to hold in your hand.
The Solocam App comes free with the Solocam. It includes a teleprompter, which podcasters can use to read from text while recording a video. (Or, you can use it to read song lyrics while you record a karaoke video). The app can enhance your voice and audio quality. You can also add special effects and video filters while you are recording.
The Solocam App lets you switch between the front and back camera on your smartphone. This could be useful if you are at an event and want to report on it and show what is going on at the same time. Solocam is working with its partners to enable live video broadcasting from within the Solocam app.