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Forget The Flip – Check Out The Samson Q3

We all know the MinoHD Flip is a great hand held video recorder and is probably the most popular one, but there is a new star on the horizon, the Samson Q3.

Where the Samson Q3 differs from the Mino Flip is the great ability to capture audio.  Just look at the thing…there is a towering microphone perched.  Ready to capture the best of moments.

Samson Q3

I would like to see what Jake & Amir can do with this thing?

In addition to the well positioned microphone, the Samson Q3 also has an expansion slot via SD card for additional memory capacity.  Up to 32GBs to be exact.

The Samson Q3 also has VGA output so you can easily connect the device to your TV for instant viewing. 

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Belkin GoStudio Is Aptly Named After It’s Functionality

Are you addicted to creating PodCasting content?  Need a mobile studio for those on-location interviews or content recording?  Well the all new Belkin GoStudio is worth a look.

The GoStudio is compact, portable, and sturdy enough to stand up to the rigors of a mobile digital lifestyle. Designed GoStudio for a wide range of users from podcasters to students, teachers to journalists its shape offers easy access to the controls and simplifies the audio recording process.

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Features include a built in microphone for immediate recording or use [up to] two connectors for dynamic mics.  Controls include ability to adjust the sound level and gain, limiter and low cut filter to help you maintain the quality of the recording.

What’s so ideal about this Belkin package is the solid dock station for your iPod.  You can see the full configuration here:

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Become A Star – Alesis USB Podcasting Kit

..or at least a professional sounding podcaster.  I’ve considering doing the podcasting, but I want to build up my reader subscription a bit more.  The Alesis USB podcasting kit doesn’t care who you are, it’ll work on Mac or PC computers.  The kit is designed for the novice user with features an advanced technical geek would enjoy.

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Stream from 16 bit, 44.1-48kHz directly from your computer and use the high-quality headphones for monitoring your session.  The USB podcasting microphone makes it a snap to get connected and get going.

One of the best applications for this type of product, other than being self-absorbed and loving the sound of your voice on the net, would be setting up a portable studio for trade-show interviews with customers, clients and critics.  With the ease of setup from the Alesis system, your booth could have a podcasting station for in depth interviews, tutorials on products or guest speakers you could immediately deliver to the world via podcasting and the internet.  After all, the classic 10×20 booth with some posters and fliers is so old-school.

The Alesis USB podcasting kit is priced at just $99 bucks.  A drop in the bucket for anyone reading this post.

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HD Like Hand Held Audio Recorder

Zoom created the H2 hand held recorder which housed four internal mics for exceptionally great recording quality.

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The Zoom H2 uses a dual X/Y configuration for superior stereo image. What makes this product so unique are the two front mics which can record a 90° arch in the front and a 120° in the rear. Better yet, the built-in 3D panning function gives you complete control over the front, rear, left and right balance.

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This type of recorder is ideal for jam sessions with the band, group discussions and conferences.

The H2 gives you amazing versatility with its wide variety of recording formats. Choose 24bit/96kHz linear PCM (WAV files) format for the highest audio quality that surpasses CDs. Or record in MP3 format in an almost any bit rate when long recording capability and smaller file sizes are your goals. Even 4-channel, 360° recordings can be made in 24bit/48kHz format.

In addition, the H2 uses an automated recording function which turns off the recorder if silence is detected. This increases battery life and reduces recording time.

The Zoom H2 supports Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) which is the standard used for broadcasting for time and date stamp information along with cue points or markers for starting and stopping.

And if that isn’t enough, the H2 connects via USB whereby the digital recorder turns into the perfect USB podcasting microphone.

Priced at $199.

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M-Audio USB Mic Makes Any Session Sound Better

Bundle in a USB port for M-Audio’s Session Music Producer and you get the Producer USB microphone.

As Podcasting gets more popular for content distribution the tools to create and mix a professional Podcast is getting easier. The USB Producer takes conversion of audio to digital into one simple step: plug in the mic.

M-Audio consolidated the audio card into the USB mic to make one idiot proof device even the most stoned musician could operate.

Do you see the headphone jack built in? This allows for direct audio monitoring without computer latency. The impressive USB Producer mic comes with stand and cloth carry bag.

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At $99 any Podcasting enthusiast could pocket this, but if you’re looking for options, check our GetUSBinfo’s other Podcast articles.

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Run iTunes on a USB Drive or USB Stick

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Today I put together all the information needed to run a mobile Library from Apple iTunes on a USB stick or USB drive. This method will run the entire iTunes application from the storage device, making it easy to manage iTunes libraries from a single location. I believe this is how iTunes should have be developed – as having a library specific for each computer is a frustrating way to enjoy your music.

What pushed me over the edge is my wife wanting to purchase music from iTunes at work and sync them up with the iTunes computer at home. Typically this is done by purchasing the music and downloading directly to the iPod, but she’s a CPA and travels from location to location for audits and doesn’t even use the same computer all the time – yet she loves her music. The solution was to run iTunes from a USB flash drive to manage a single Library.

This tutorial includes installing iTunes on a flash drive, creating autorun files for auto-launching iTunes from the flash drive and how to set-up iTunes on different computers to run a music library from the single flash drive. Of course this method also works for larger storage hard drives – basically anything that appears as a Mass Storage Device on your system. If you are looking for a long term strategy for managing your iTunes music, I strongly recommend doing this process to an external hard drive that is, at least, 120GBs. So here we go:

Here is a quick summary so you know what we are getting into:

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