Sunday, October 30, 2005 

Review Your Rig #3 - Samson C01U Usb Condenser Microphone

A review from Robb Mitchell on the Samson C01U Usb Condenser Microphone. One of two high quality usb mics on the market. The other is the Blue Snowball which I use. This epsiode actually features both mics in the same podcast for comparison.


Direct link to the mp3.

Samson's product page

Robb Mitchel's Blog on Independent Film

Friday, October 21, 2005 

Review Your Rig #2 - Sony MZ M10 Minidisc Recorder

My review of the Sony MZ M10 minidisc recorder (recorded on a Mz M10).

MZ m10 minidisc recorder

For the impatient:


  • Small, compact form factor

  • Very good sound quality for a portable unit.

  • Uses inexpensive (approx. US $6.00) 1 gb Hi Mini Discs

  • Can function as an mp3 player


  • Power adaptor is as big as the rest of the unit

  • Stereo microphone picks all noise around it making this unit the ultimate bootleg concert recording rig, but not as good for recording the spoken word unless in a quiet room

Direct link to the mp3.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 

Review Your Rig #1 - Blue Snowball Usb Condenser Microphone

I review my podcasting rig. I am hoping to create a series of user reviews (as opposed to trade publication reviews). Please send me a review of your rig at

Blue Snowball

My rig consists of the new Blue Snowball Usb Microphone, a Powerbook and a 250gb LaCie FireWire hard drive.

Snowball Pros:

  • Fantastic Sound perhaps best of class for a usb mic

  • Plug it in and it works (Mac annd PC) no extra drivers needed

  • Reasonable price ($139 retail


  • Can't be integrated with a mixer (it's usb)

  • usb cable and mic stand are not included

Direct link to the show (9.3 mb mp3 - duration 10:58).

Sunday, October 09, 2005 

Episode 2 - Usb Microphones

Episode 2 - Usb microphones. Direct link to the show (5.7 mb mp3).

Show notes. Products mentioned:
Logitech usb microphone
Plantronics usb headsets
Samson Usb C01U Condenser Microphone
Blue Snowball Usb Condenser Microphone

Dr. Mac's (Bob Levitus) review of the Blue Snowball mic.
Macintouch review of the Samson C01U mic.
The PodSqoad podcast review of the Samson C01U mic. (The C01U microphone is actually used in this podcast so you can hear how it sounds).

Behind the Scenes podcast excellent 2 part series on guerilla podcasting (podcasting with inexpensive equipment)
Watch for a new series of espisodes called "Review Your Rig" coming very soon. Send me an audio (high quality mp3, aiff or wav file) review of your rig at