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Episode 66 路 1 month ago

Why I am switching to the Tascam Mixcast 4 (and selling my Rodecaster Pro)

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Rodecaster Pro CAGE MATCH! Who will win the #podcaststudio Championship belt?I've been using @tascam_official products since I was 14. I'm old enough to have recorded early demos on a #portastudio so when they announced the Mixcast 4 I was very intrigued by this product.To date, I have used a Rodecaster Pro which is an awesome device so I wondered....How can they innovate this technology?To my delight, @tascam_official:馃挭 Improved the workflow馃挭 Added new features that make podcasting easier馃挭 Improved the input/output options馃挭 Included high-quality preamps馃挭 Made features for video podcastersOverall, at the same $599 price point, I would suggest the Mixcast 4 over the Rodecaster. In fact, I'll be switching over. Does anyone want to buy a Rodecaster Pro?Here's the best news. @tascam_official sent this to me and invited me to give it away to someone in my community.聽

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If you're interested in the task an mixcast for and what it can do for you as a podcaster you're going to want tocheck out this episode, I am going to break down the reasons I am switchingfrom the road caster pro to the mix cast four now before I go into thisepisode. I do want to make one clarification. Road is a reputablecompany that makes a great product, and this is not to disparage the roadcastor pro, but as a creator, I have to make sure that the tools I'm usingmakes sense for my workflow, and so I want to share this episode with you,because if you are in the market for a podcast creation station and you'regoing to invest this money, I want to share with you a couple of differencesand why I'm switching to the mix cast for so as a podcaster task, an may be a newbrand for you, but task game's been around for fifty years. One of thefirst pro audio products I ever owned was a task am for track recorder, andthis is back in the day when you recorded to an actual cassette tape,but task ams been making pro audio products for a very long time. So whenI found out that they were dipping their toes into the Creator space withnew microphones headphones and, of course, the mix cast for podcastcreation station, I was very interested because it's a brand that I trust it'sa brand that I've used and for me, as an quote, audio Guy Task Am is a namethat I have a lot of trust in. So when I heard about the mix cast for Ireached out to task GAM and was very interested to see what they were up to,they were kind enough to send me a unit to evaluate- and this week alone I'vecreated a bunch of content around it. If you're more visual, you want tocheck out my youtube video. If you are an Instagram, you will see a shootout Idid between the road, caster and the...

...mixed cast for and of course, I'm doingthis podcast for you know, and the good news is that they're letting me give itto one of you: that's right, I'm giving away the mix cast for so. If you gointo the show notes, there's a link, you can enter every day, no purchasenecessary and one of you, wonderful, podcast listeners are going to win thismix cast for so, as I said, I've been using the road caster pro for severalyears and they were the first to sort of dip their toes into the water ofcreating a mixing console specifically for podcasters, something to allow usto record multiple microphones and have multiple headphone outputs and soundeffects, and it really runs sort of a broadcast and be able to create apodcast on the fly or create them in a digital, Al Audio workstation thingslike that. So I haven't been necessarily unhappy with my road casterpro, except for some of the work flow features. They have high quality, preamps and they have a lot of features in there that are very useful to creators.But then I got the mix cast for, and so I just want to share with you a coupleof game changers that really changed my mind and solidified. My decision topurchase this mix cast for and replace my road caster pro as my main workstation for creating these podcast for you. So the first thing I noticed when Ivisited the website was that the input section on the task came unit, our dualx, LR inputs, and what that means is that you can plug in a microphone withan xl R, cable or you can also plug in a instrument. So I play guitar and I'malways creating and right now I have to rig up a Di box which allows me to plugmy guitar and to my road caster pro into my computer and it's just extrastuff sitting on my desk, that I don't really want there. So now I can get ridof the Di box and I could plug any instrument in this is going tobasically multiply the creativity that...

I'm able to do in my podcasts I'll beable to sound track my own score I'll, be able to plug in different inputs andsee what I can test out to create different, sound Capes, and it's just,I think it's a it- was a smart decision to put the duel exl. I think there's alot of creators out there that also have other talents, and so I'm justhappy that I don't have to have multiple boxes on my desk now. Next,the build is just absolutely gorgeous, there's a beveled edge. It looks justlike mixing consoles that I've worked on for most of my life and it's justvery esthetically pleasing it's the same footprint size as the road casterpro. So it's about the same size, but it is a little more low profile. Soyour road caster has that angled build and the mix cast is a little flatterand that's cool like I understand why road caster, a road put their unit inan angle. So you could see things, but I definitely like the lower profile Iand it's just it, looks like a better build to me. It's heavier. It seems tohave an aluminum chasse on it and you could just tell that they put a lot ofwork into it. Now the preempts in the mix cast for our Ultra Hd da Mikepriams, so their high quality, so you're going to get a good, sound outof the microphones you're putting in and the road caster pro also has prettydecent preems. So right there, it's pretty equal and then finally, there'sway more inputs on this mix cast for and outputs, so they put more inputs.So I can put a if I want to put a head set into thefront. I'm able to do that. If I want to put my phone in if I want to putmultiple microphones or instruments in it's fourteen inputs and two outputsnow the output section is really cool because they've added an extra output,so they have line out, and that means that you could record to a backupdevice. Let's say you're doing a live stream or something where you're justlike I'm recording to the device, but I...

...also want to have a backup. Redundancyis very important if you know anything about podcasting or huge podcasters,like Tim Ferris, he's recording in two locations, because when he sits downwith someone important, he cannot have his podcast not get recorded, and sothis just gives you the option to record it externally somewhere else,even if it was to just your cell phone all right. So the work flow of themixed cast for was one of the game changers for me as well, so you've gota Fader Bank and you have leds that illuminate that are going to tell youwhat you're controlling in the mixer but on the road caster pro they've putthese monitor and mute buttons at the bottom, and I find it very easy toaccidentally engage those while you're recording they're just in a place thatI feel like it's very easy to accidentally push on, and so tess canput them at the top. They put a solo in a mute button for each channel, and soyou can really be intentional with those and again it this models, mostmodern mixing consoles for audio. So it just makes sense why they did this, andI just feel like it's going to give me less chance to accidentally engagesomething that I don't want engaged and then additionally, there's actually atalk back button, which is super cool, because, if you're sitting around atable with four people, you can press this talk back button to communicatewith the people on headphones that are around you without it being transmittedto the recorder or, if you're doing it like online and you're. Sending youryou know, you're sending your audio through Usb to like a live stream. Youcan actually say hey. We got to wrap it up here in five and nobody will hear itso really great functionality for managing a show internally, morebroadcast, like than the road caster pro now. One of the big complaints I'veheard is that the task game unit doesn't have the channel buttons on thefront or on the top. So you have to...

...actually go into the menu to changeanything on your microphones and I don't really have a good argumentagainst us, except for the fact that I rarely use those buttons, because my setup is pretty solid andI'm not really tweaking the sound as I'm recording. So I don't feel like. Ineed those buttons and my finger tips, they're cool, but I thought that spacecould be better used from a you know, real estate standpoint, tomake sure that we have everything we need at our fingertips. Now, speaking of real estate, the sound effects pads on the mixedcast for are like much smaller they're, not tiny, but they're, much smallerthan the road of caste pro and, in my opinion, the sound effects. Buttons arethe least used functionality that I have in my podcast work flow. I don'tuse them that often, but the reason that I think this is very smart is theyshrunk down the size of the button, so they could have a larger display. So wenow have a five inch display sitting right above our sound effects,paths which for me makes a lot of sense and it goes one level deeper with yoursound effect. So, of course, we can load sound effects in using the task ameditor software, which is free, and we can also put affect on amicrophone and trigger them through those pats. So if you want to have apitt shift voice, you can have another character or an alter. Ego is at thetap of the button and or reverb if you wish, but it makes sense for usingthose to production benefits. Besides, you know,your typical rim shot applause, music things like that, so I think having abigger display for me more important, and I like the weird Ilike, where the display actually sits so the road caster pro it's all the wayat the top, and I...

...wanted a little closer to me as I'mmonitoring, and so it's in the perfect place. Now above the display, you have all theheadphone output, so each individual output of headphones has their ownvolume knob. So anybody can get the exact sound they're looking for andthen you also have a record and a stop button so as well as a mark button, sowe can mark places in our show that we want to go back to and potentially editor clip out, and it is more like task am products to have the record and stopbutton. It's just part of, I think their architecture of how they buildtheir devices, and so it makes sense to me is someone who's used, those in thepast. I don't really have any problem with pressing record and then pressingrecord again to stop so the road caster pro doesn't reallylose out in that capacity and of course they have their own headphone outputsand all the same inputs apply. You've got USB. You've got your phone, you'vegot blue tooth, and then you have a sound effects. Fader, so those add uppretty easily going into the actual device. You cando some pretty cool stuff with your input, so you get full control. If youwant to do manual effects you can, but they also have some pretty easyprocessing. Setups, where you can choose. You know deep, mid high foryour voice, so it's automatically going to put Eq on. You could pick out easycompressor, softer hard setting or you can go in and manually change it towhat you want to be, and the workflow makes a little more sense to me than the road caster does, but bothhave the ability to do that now. I briefly mentioned the task ameditor. This is a free digital, audio workstation that, in my opinion, blowsaudacity and garage band out of the water. They made a digital audio workstation, specifically for podcasting with those in mind, so there's built ineffects that you can use to shape your audio after the fact and it's a reallyeasy software to navigate. As far as...

...making your edits, there's even a magicwand button. That's going to sort of level everything out for you andthere's an auto mixed feature built into the hat task. CHEMIC has for that.You can switch on, and so it's going to automatically kind of manage what youhave coming in and make sure that everything is level so from a creatorstandpoint. Nobody else has software attached to their device and even ifyou don't have a mix cast for you can still start using the task. Cam Editorsoftware for free, which I think is just a very cool thing to put out intothe world because we needed a better free audio work station that wasspecifically for podcasters. Now in that software, you can actually alsoexport directly to your podcast host or you can export your audio for Youtubewith a cover image, so they really thought about how you're going to put audio in andhow you're going to get audio out of this particular digital audio workstation now. Two other things I want to mention to you are that there's a fullsize, St Card and the road caster Bro has a mini SD card, and you know, thenyou have to get a Minis D card reader. If you want to take it out, I just havelots of full size, SD cards, so it makes more sense for me to use that nota deal breaker in any way, but just easier to put in and take out. I mean Ihave large hands and it's just hard to get the you know the Minis d cards putthem in anything and then finally, they've also added a delay: okay, an audio delay. So when Istarted using my road, caster and and producing content and stream yard mymouth on the video and the Audio, I was producing didn't sink up. Anotherreason for that is because the audio and the video are being recorded orcaptured at different speeds, and the only way to fix that is to introducesome type of delay in the sound to make...

...it match up. So we can actually go in and insert a specific mill, a secondamount to make sure that our video matches up with the audio. This issuper important. This is something that road, castor pro does not have, and ifyou're in podcasting, you know how important the video aspect can be or ifyou're doing live streaming, or you know really anything with video. Thisjust makes it so much easier and makes you look more professional and I thinkit was very thoughtful of them to consider the video aspect, even thoughthey're an audio company, so there's a million reasons that Ilove this device and I am switching over to it now. It's the exact sameprice as the road caster pro. So, if you're looking between those two items,my recommendation is that you go with the mix cast for there's a lot morefeatures, there's also an auto power offe, which is one of my complaintsabout the road caster pro I have to reach behind it to turn it off, andit's on my desk in a way that just makes it very difficult to reach, andso, if I can just have it automatically turn off after a period of time. Thatsaves me a step and saves a little power, but they've really thought about thecreator, and if you want to go deeper into this, I have a full blown review,an overview of this software. So if you want to go deeper and you're a visualcat, like me, I produced an entire Youtube video to review and overviewall of the screens, the menus. The features- and I even showed you how youcan record a podcast on the fly in this video using all those features. So Ihighly recommend that and again I want you to win this. I want you to win themix cast for so just go to that little link in the show notes and enterthere's a bunch of different ways to enter. You can get multiple entries perday and this is going out about a week from today the winter will be announced.So it's an amazing unit and luckily...

...task games so cool that they want youto have it, and so I think, that's also a very big indicator from a company standpointof supporting creators. So with that being said, I'm signing off it's yourboy, Travis. I am testing everything I can for creators for podcasters, so youdon't have to buy things and return them, so you don't have to make themistakes of that. I do that. I have so. I can help you overcome those obstacles.I hope to enjoy the podcast and if you are just send me a demand, let me knowhey. I like that. Last episode, it fills up my cup and reminds me thatpeople are listening and to keep going. If you know anything about me, I'm notchecking my download numbers. I don't know how many people are listening tothis podcast, but I sure do love getting a little voice memo or a textfrom my community and it just really writes my day. So I hope you're havingthe best day ever and I will see you in the next Eisin t t.

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