Audio Production

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John Federico

Tools that I use or recommend for recording, editing, and distributing high-quality audio.

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Audio Recorders: Self-Contained, Purpose-Built

If you want to simplify your recording setup or take the processing load off your computer, use a dedicated audio recorder.

The Rodecaster Pro is my favorite. It's designed for podcasters but captures…

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Power your Rodecaster Pro in the field using a USB power bank.

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Four channel portable audio recorder with two XLR interfaces.

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12-Track Portable Recorder, Stereo Microphones, 6 Inputs, Touchscreen Interface

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Two channel USB audio interface

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Four channel USB audio interface

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Monitoring & Mixing Headphones

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The clamping force on my Sony MDR-7506's was starting to hurt after a couple of hours in the booth, so I started searching for reference quality IEM's.

These had great reviews and definitely impressed…

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Remote Recording

High definition audio over the internet.

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Audio and video recording up to 4K resolution

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Editing, Processing or Recording

High powered, fanless and completely silent - perfect for any recording environment.

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For more complex workloads such as music and Logic Pro.

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Powerful enough for more demanding workloads but still portable.

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If you prefer Windows, you can't beat the Dell XPS line. The 17 inch has a huge screen, power to spare and better thermals - meaning that the fan will activate less often.

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Pro (XLR) Microphones

Super cardioid condenser microphone with the lowest self noise you'll find anywhere. A good choice for VoiceOver work.

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Industry standard dynamic microphone typically (but not exclusively) used for broadcast and podcast production.

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The industry standard for live vocals also works well in the studio.

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Great entry level voice over mic. Also great for vocals.

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Excellent gain before feedback in live situations. Low self-noise also sounds great in the studio.

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Unique sound for voice over work. Learn more about the Ridyon capsule here:

https://www.astonmics.com/EN/product/Mics/Element-Bundle

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Inexpensive studio condenser microphone that sounds great (in the right room).

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Studio condenser mic with an infinite polar pattern, including super cardioid for when noise rejection is critical.

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Turns any iOS device with a lightning connector into a high quality portable audio recorder.

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USB Microphones

Good Alternatives to Pro (XLR) Gear

If your space is small, your cash flow light, or you just want to simplify your setup, consider USB microphones.

Considered to be "the best dynamic USB microphone available." (As of March 2022)

Available in black or white, if you care about that sort of thing.

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This is the USB version of their excellent XLR condenser mic that competes well on sound quality.

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Microphone and Patch Cables

Custom lengths, connectors, colors and configurations.

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Microphone Shock Mounts

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Acoustic Treatment

3' x 3' portable vocal booth made from PVC and sound dampening blankets. (NOT a soundproof booth.)

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Digital Audio Workstations and other Software

Edit audio like you would edit a document. Tremendous time saver.

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Formerly Fruit Loops. Great for loops and beats.

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A great utility Mac users that enables you to send & receive audio between applications and input devices.

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