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Episode 66 · 3 months 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:💪 Improved the workflow💪 Added new features that make podcasting easier💪 Improved the input/output options💪 Included high-quality preamps💪 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. 

You can enter to win this amazing tool - Just click here 

You can also stream the review and overview video here 

If you're interested in the task ammixcast for and what it can do for you as a podcaster, you're goingto want to check out this episode. I am going to break down thereasons I am switching from the road caster pro to the mix cast for now, before I go into this episode, I do want to make one clarification. Road is a reputable company that makes a great product, and this isnot to disparage the road caster pro, but as a creator I have tomake sure that the tools I'm using makes sense for my workflow, and soI want to share this episode with you because if you are in the marketfor a podcast creation station and you're going to invest this money, I wantto share with you a couple of differences and why I'm switching to the mixcast for so, as a podcaster, task am maybe a new brand foryou, but task gams been around for fifty years. One of the firstpro audio products I ever owned was a task am four track recorder, andthis is back in the day when you recorded to an actual cassette tape.But TASKAM's been making pro audio products for a very long time. So whenI've found out that they were dipping their toes into the Creator space with newmicrophones, headphones and, of course, the mixcast for podcast creation station.I was very interested it because it's a brand that I trust, it's abrand that I've used and for me, as an quote audio guy, taskam is a name that I have a lot of trust in. So whenI heard about the mixed cast for I reached out to task am and wasvery interested to see what they were up to. They were kind enough tosend me a unit to evaluate and this week alone I've created a bunch ofcontent around it. If you're more visual, you want to check out my youtubevideo. If you are on Instagram, you will see a shootout I didbetween the road caster and the mix...

...cast for and, of course,I'm doing this podcast for you now, and the good news is is thatthey're letting me give it to one of you. That's right, I'm givingaway the mix cast for so if you go into the show notes, there'sa link you can enter every day, no purchase necessary, and one ofyou wonderful podcast listeners are going to win this mix cast for so. AsI said, I've been using the road cast pro for several years and theywere the first to sort of dip their toes into the water of creating amixing console specifically for podcasters, something to allow us to record multiple microphones andhave multiple headphone outputs and sound effects, and it really runs sort of abroadcast and be able to create a podcast on the fly or create them ina digitot audio workstation, things like that. So I haven't been necessarily unhappy withmy roadcaster pro except for some of the workflow features. They have highquality preamps and they have a lot of features in there that are very usefulto creators. But then I got the mixed cast for and so I justwant to share with you a couple of game changers that really change my mindand solidified my decision to purchase this mix cast for and replace my roadcaster proas my main workstation for creating these podcasts for you. So the first thingI noticed when I visited the website was that the input section on the taskam unit are dual xlr inputs, and what that means is that you canplug in a microphone with an xcelr cable or you can also plug in ainstrument. So I play guitar and I'm always creating and right now I haveto rig up a diybox which allows me to plug my guitar and on myroadcaster pro into my computer, and it's just extra stuff sitting on my deskthat I don't really want there. So now I can get rid of thedyebox and I could plug any instrument in. This is going to basically multiply thecreativity that I'm able to do in...

...my podcasts. I'll be able tosoundtrack my own score, I'll be able to plug in different inputs and seewhat I can test out to create different sound scapes and it's just I thinkit's a it was a smart decision to put the Duel Xlr. I thinkthere's a lot of creators out there that also have other talents, and soI'm just happy 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 just like mixing consoles that I've worked on for most of my lifeand it's just very sesthetically pleasing. It's the same footprint size as the roadcaster pro, so it's about the same size, but it is a littlemore low profile, so your road caster has that angled build and the mixcast is a little flatter, and that's cool. Like I understand why roadcaster or road put their unit in an angle so you could see things,but I definitely like the lower profile and it's just it looks like a betterbuild to me. It's heavier, it's seems to have an aluminum chassis onit and you could just tell that they put a lot of work into it. Now the preamps in the mix cast for our ultra hdda mic preamps,so their high quality, so you're going to get a good sound out ofthe microphones you're putting in, and the road caster pro also has pretty decentpreamps. So right there it's pretty equal. And then, finally, there's waymore inputs on this mix cast for and outputs. So they put moreinputs so I can put a if I want to put a headset into thefront, I'm able to do that. If I want to put my phonein, if I want to put multiple microphones or instruments in its fourteen inputsand two outputs. Now the output sections really cool because they've added an extraoutput so they have line out out and that means that you could record toa backup device. Let's say you're doing a live stream or something where you'rejust like, I'm recording to the device,...

...but I also want to have abackup. Redundancy is very important if you know anything about podcasting or hugepodcasters 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 so thisjust gives you the option to record it externally somewhere else, even if itwas to just your cell phone. All right, so the workflow of themix cast for was one of the game changers for me as well. Soyou've got a Fader Bank and you have leds that illuminate that are going totell you what you're controlling in the mixer. But on the roadcaster pro they've putthese monitor and mute buttons to the bottom and I find it very easyto accidentally engage those while you're recording. They're just in a place that Ifeel like it's very easy to accidentally push on, and so task can putthem at the top. They put a solo and a mute button for eachchannel, and so you can really be intentional with those and it again,it this models most modern mixing consoles for audio. So it just makes sensewhy they did this and I just feel like it's going to give me lesschance to accidentally engage something that I don't want engaged. And then, additionally, there's actually a talk back button, which is super cool because if you'resitting around a table with four people, you can press this talk back buttonto communicate with 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 andnobody will hear it. So really great functionality for managing a show internally,more broadcast like than the road caster pro. Now, one of the big complaintsI've heard is that the task GAM unit doesn't have the channel buttons onthe Front or on the top, so...

...you have to actually go into themenu to change anything on your microphones. And I don't really have a goodargument against us, except for the fact that I rarely use those buttons becausemy setup is pretty solid and I'm not really tweaking the sound as I'm recording, so I don't feel like I need those buttons and my fingertips. They'recool, but I thought that space could be better used from a real estatestandpoint to make sure that we have everything we need at our fingertips. Now, speaking of real estate, the sound effects pads on the mix cast forare, like much smaller. They're not tiny, but they're much smaller thanthe road caster pro and in my opinion, the sound effects buttons are the leastused functionality that I have in my podcast workflow. I don't use themthat often. But the reason that I think this is very smart is theyshrunk down the size of the buttons so they could have a larger display.So we now have a five inch display sitting right above our sound effects pads, which for me makes a lot of sense. And it goes one leveldeeper with your sound effects. So of course we can load sound effects inusing the task am editor software, which is free, and we can alsoput effects on a microphone and trigger them through those pads. So if youwant to have a pitch shift voice, you can have another character or analter ego. is at the tap of the button. And or reverb ifyou wish, but it makes sense for using those two production benefits. Besides, you know your typical rim shot, applause music, things like that.So I think having a bigger display for me more important and I like thewhere. I like where the display actually sits. So the roadcaster pro it'sall the way at the top and I...

...wanted a little closer to me asI'm monitoring, and so it's in the perfect place. Now above the displayyou have all the headphone outputs, so each individual output of headphones has theirown volume knob so anybody can get the exact down they're looking for. Andthen you also have a record and a stop button, so as well asM Mark Button, so we can mark places in our show that we wantto go back to and potentially edit or clip out. And it is morelike task am products to have the record and stop button. It's just partof, I think they're architecture of how they build their devices, and soit makes sense to me. Is someone who's use those in the past.I don't really have any problem with pressing record and then pressing record again tostop. So the roadcaster pro doesn't really lose out in that capacity and ofcourse they have their own headphone outputs and all the same inputs apply. You'vegot USB, you've got your phone, you've got Bluetooth and then you havea sound effects fader. So those add up pretty easily. Going into theactual device, you can do some pretty cool stuff with your input so youget full control. If you want to do manual effects, you can,but they also have some pretty easy processing setups where you can choose, youknow, deep, mid high for your voice, so it's automatically going toput Eq on. You could pick out easy compressor, softer hard setting,or you can go in and manually change it to what you want to be, and the workflow makes a little more sense to me then the road castordoes, but both have the ability to do that. Now I briefly mentionedthe task am editor. This is a free digital audio the workstation that,in my opinion, blows audacity and garage band out of the water. Theymade a digital audio workstation specifically for podcasting with those in mind. So there'sbuilt in effects that you can use to shape your audio after the fact andit's a really easy software to navigate as...

...far as making your edits there's evena magic wand button that's going to sort of level everything out for you,and there's an automix feature built into the chat task and mix cast for thatyou 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 acreator standpoint, nobody else has software attached to their device and even if youdon't have a mixed cast for you could still start using the task am editorsoftware for free, which I think is just a very cool thing to putout into the world, because we needed a better, free audio workstation thatwas specifically for podcasters. Now in that software you can actually also export directlyto your podcast host or you can export your audio for Youtube with a coverimage. 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. Nowto other things I want to mention to you are that there's a full sizesd card and the roadcaster Bro has a mini SD card and you know thenyou have to get a MINISD card reader if you want to take it out. I just have lots of full sighs D cards, so it makes moresense for me to use that. Not a deal breaker in any way,but just easier to put in and take out. I mean I have largehands and it's just hard to get the you know, the mini SD cards, put them in anything. And then, finally, they've also added a delay. Okay, and audio delay. So when I started using my roadcast and and producing content and stream yard my mouth on the video and theAudio I was producing didn't sync up, and now the reason for that isbecause the audio and the video are being recorded or captured at different speeds andthe only way to fix that is to introduce some type of delay in thesound to make it match up, so...

...we can actually go in and inserta specific millisecond amount to make sure that our video matches up with the audio. This is super important. This is something that road cast pro does nothave, and if you're in podcasting, you know how important the video aspectcan be, or if you're doing live streaming or you know really anything withvideo. This just makes it so much easier and makes you look more professionaland I think it was very thoughtful of them to consider the video aspect,even though they're an audio company. So there's a million reasons that I lovethis 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 mixed cast, for there's alot more features. There's also an autopower off, which is one of mycomplaints about the road caster pro. I have to reach behind it to turnit off and it's on my desk in a way that just makes it verydifficult to reach, and so if I can just have it automatically turn offafter a period of time, that saves me a step and saves a littlepower. But they've really thought about the creator and if you want to godeeper into this, I have a fullblown review and overview of this software.So if you want to go deeper in your a visual cat like me,I produce an entire youtube video to review and overview all of the screens,the menus, the features, and I even showed you how you can recorda 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 youto win the mix cast for so just go to that little link in theshow notes and enter. There's a bunch of different ways to enter. Youcan get multiple entries per day and this is going out. About a weekfrom today the winner will be announced.

So it's an amazing unit and luckily, Task Games so cool that they want you to have it, and soI think that's also a very big indicator from a company standpoint of supporting creators. So, with that being said, I'm signing off. It's your boy, Travis. I am testing everything I can for creators, for podcasters,so you don't have to buy things and return them, so you don't haveto make the mistakes of that. I do that I have so I canhelp you overcome those obstacles. I hope you're enjoying the podcast and if youare, just send me a DM and let me know. Hey, Ilike that last episode. It fills up my cup and reminds me that peopleare listening and to keep going. If you know anything about me, I'mnot checking 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 atext from my community and it just really brightens my day. So I hopeyou're having the best day ever and I will see you in the next episode.

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