The recently announced RØDECaster Pro II mixing console is being followed by another elegant piece of podcasting hardware, this time from Focusrite, the creators of the excellent USB audio interfaces Clarett and Scarlett.
Vocaster is a brand new line of audio tools designed for the booming podcasting market and other audio content creators. With Vocaster, podcasters and other content creators have everything they need to start producing sound in the quality you normally expect from a professional recording studio. Even better, setting up Vocaster units takes a few seconds and is easy to use.
The Vocaster series consists of two separate interfaces: Vocaster One and Vocaster Two. These two units are also available as studio packages – Vocaster One Studio and Vocaster Two Studio. Each kit includes everything a podcaster needs, such as headphones and a microphone, so he can record high-quality podcasts right out of the box.
With Vocaster kits, the user simply connects the interface to a computer and then follows the “Easy Start” integration process. Focusrite claims that no matter where a user is on their creative path, they are starting out as a complete beginner and building a home podcasting studio from scratch, or if they want to take existing settings to the next level.
Basic Vocaster One is a seamless interface designed for solo podcasters. It offers the ability to produce high quality sound without prior training. All the user has to do is adjust the levels, enhance the sound with a single click and start recording.
Vocaster Two is designed for more dynamic content with two hosts or a host and a guest. It can also be used to insert audio segments. The Vocaster Two interface has two microphone inputs and two headphone outputs for recording and listening back. Guests can also be hosted over the phone using Bluetooth or a single-cable analog audio cable.
For Vloggers, Vocaster Two requires only one able to add studio sound to the video. Both Vocaster interfaces also have a camera output, which allows you to record high-quality audio directly to the camera, eliminating the need to synchronize audio and video tracks in post-production.
Vocaster Hub is a companion Focusrite application for controlling the Vocaster interface. It acts as a central hub for setting up, recording, and mixing podcasts or shows. The software can be used to adjust Vocaster settings, level settings, audio enhancements, and audio routing from your phone or computer.
Both interfaces offer Auto Gain for quick and easy level adjustment. Focusrite claims that mic preamps have a lot of amplification on the tap, enough for the most popular transmitting microphones without the need for an amplifier. Enhance can reveal the true potential of the voice at the click of a button, bringing clarity to the first shot. There are three voice presets approved by podcasters that will bring out the best of any vocal recording.
Coughing and sneezing are a danger of podcasting, and to handle these minor interruptions, the Vocaster interface has a Mute button that mutes the microphone until the coughing or sneezing stops and is ready to restart. Meanwhile, Loopback makes it easy to stream pre-recorded segments, such as opening, closing videos, interviews, jingles and background music, to the show, all from the host computer.
Creating a podcast recording kit can be quite daunting for those who are completely new to the process. For these people, Focusrite has put together kits that are ready to use. Instead of looking through brochures, specifications and reviews, think about whether the microphone and headphones will work well with the interface. Vocaster Studio Packs break the guesswork of building a home studio by providing everything you need to start recording high-quality podcasts right away.
The Vocaster One Studio Pack includes a Vocaster One interface, a dynamic Vocaster DM1 microphone with a built-in grille and pop filter, and a pair of sealed HP60v studio headphones for listening to playback in perfect detail.
The Vocaster Two Studio Bundle includes a Vocaster Two interface, a premium dynamic Vocaster DM14v microphone from Focusrite and HP60v closed studio headphones. The Vocaster DM14v dynamic microphone has a built-in windshield and a mute holder for professional results. Also included is the Vocaster software package, a complete suite of applications worth more than $ 600. It is the first full-featured software package for podcasters available with an audio interface. Through partnerships with Acast, Hindenburg and Squadcast, Vocaster users can instantly upload, edit and share the show.
The Vocaster line comes with a three-year warranty and is designed to provide many years of reliable performance. Focusrite has also worked hard to reduce the environmental impact of the interface by selecting selected components. The units are packaged in biodegradable and recyclable packaging.
Price and availability: The Focusrite Vocaster One costs £ 189.99 / $ 199.99. Vocaster One Studio costs GBP 289.99 / $ 299.99. The Vocaster Two sells for £ 289.99 / $ 299.99, while the Vocaster Two Studio sells for £ 469.99 / $ 499.99. The Vocaster interface will be available from June 1, 2022 from Focusrite.com, Amazon, and all good music retailers.
More information: Focusrite.com
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