Gear Review: Samson Q2U Recording & Podcasting Pack

Gear Review: Samson Q2U Recording & Podcasting Pack

https://youtu.be/1e5Bm0FukvE

The Product

Samson Q2U Recording & Podcasting Pack ($59)*:
http://amzn.to/2vX6YLn (US)

http://amzn.to/2tQBpRZ (UK)

Samson Q2U Microphone

Details:

  • Dynamic handheld microphone
  • XLR Connector to plug into interface, mixer or handy recorder.
  • USB Connector to plug into Mac/PC or use with iOS Devices (Apple connector kit required)
  • Headphone output with volume control on the bottom to monitor sound.
  • Podcasting Pack Includes: Q2U Microphone, Desktop Stand, Mic Clip, USB Cable, and XLR Cable
  • The Q2U is a dynamic microphone which is ideal for podcasters and broadcasters because dynamics do a good job of rejecting ambient room noise.
  • This entire video was recorded using the Samson Q2U into the Zoom H6.
  • Video made using Adobe Premiere Pro & Adobe After Effects
  • Similar to Audio Technica ATR2100 microphone in price and sound quality.
  • Green LED light indicator nice and subtle compared to the bright blue light of ATR2100.

The Verdict:

I give it an overall ??

It would make a great entry level podcasting mic or all-purpose content creator mic.

It will live in my mobile podcasting/travel kit because I love being able to use the XLR connector with my Zoom H6 or use the USB and record audio right into my iPhone or iPad using the Apple Connector Kit.

The Q2U & ATR2100 sound rich and boomy and pretty silent, but there is a synthetic/electronic feel to it that I do not hear with a higher end mic like the Shure SM58 or Shure SM7b. The higher end mics feel cleaner and a little flatter, but for under $60, there is a lot of bang for your buck with this microphone.

I was impressed by the build quality (it felt solid), it had a nice black matte finish to it and it made me think of my Shure SM58 (one of my favorite mics).

Pros: Price, Build Quality, Sound, USB/XLR

Cons: Accessories

Accessories I recommend:

On-Stage DS7425 Foldable Tripod:
http://amzn.to/2vkW3On

On Stage QK2B Microphone Clip Quick Release:
http://amzn.to/2uN69pZ

On-Stage Mic MY325 Clip & Shockmount ($6):
http://amzn.to/2ubM8Gc

To Attach to Boom Arm:
On Stage MY-420 Studio Microphone Shock Mount:
http://amzn.to/2uMQh6J

Other Gear Mentioned in Video:
Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 Interface (one of my favorites):
http://amzn.to/2uMQsip

Apple USB3 to Lightning (to use with iOS Devices):
https://goo.gl/BZqNQ4 (not an affiliate link)

Gear Used & Mentioned in Video:

Zoom H6 Handy Recorder (the best):
http://amzn.to/2uQcrDu

Audio Technica ATR2100 Microphone:
http://amzn.to/2vaEYX6

Shure SM58 Microphone:
http://amzn.to/2vaCGaF

*I am an Amazon Associate, so I get a commission from Amazon if you purchase at no cost to you

Scrivener: How I Write & Organize Podcast Scripts

Scrivener: How I Write & Organize Podcast Scripts

Scrivener is writing software for Macs or PCs and there is an app to sync across all iOS Devices

Scrivener is what I use to write and organize all of my podcast scripts and articles I write and classes and tutorials.

Scrivener is $45 for Mac/PC
$20 for iOS Apps

Syncs with Dropbox

To purchase:
https://mikemurphy.co/scrivener

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The Podcast Accounting Show

EP99: The Podcast Accounting Show

Behind the scenes of the Mike Murphy Unplugged Finacials
How much it cost to start this podcast?
How much it cost to maintain this podcast week after week?

GEAR INVESTMENT:

I buy the best quality that I can afford. I do not look for the most expensive things I can afford, I try to buy things that are simple, have good reputation and just work. I do not like a lot of bells and whistles on gear or gadgets, I want the basics but I want them to be good and just work.

Mike’s Podcast Setup (Studio)
Shure SM7b…$349
Cloudlifter CL1-A Gain Booster…$150
Rode PSA–1 Boom Arm…$99
Allen & Heath Zed 10 Mixer…$249
Canare 5’ XLR Cables…$20
Sony MDR–7506 Headphones…$75

Total: $942

Software & Web Tools

Scrivener (writing scripts)…$50
ID3 Tag Editor…$15
Total: $65

Recurring Fees (Monthly):

Adobe Creative Cloud…$50/month
Libsyn Podcast Hosting…$15/month
Spreaker Podcast Directory…$5/month
Bluehost Web Hosting…$13/month

Totals: $83/month

Mobile Kit

Audio Technica ATR2100 USB Mic…$60
Shure SM58 Microphone ($0…statute of limitations :D)
Apple USB3/Lightning Kit…$39
Zoom H6 Recorder…$400

Mobile Kit Total…$500 (does not include cost of iPad Pro or iPhone)

Beginner Kit (Studio)

Audio Technica ATR2100…$69
Rode PSA–1 Boom Arm…$99
On-Stage MY–420 Shockmount.…$29
Shure Wind Foam…$5
Focusrite 2i2 Audio Interface (2nd Gen)…$150
Canare 5’ XLR Cables…$20
Sony MDR–7506 Headphones…$75
Apple USB3/Lightning Kit…$39 (For iOS Recording…Optional)

Beginner Podcast Kit Total:$486

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Music: Life of Riley & Wallpaper (incompetech.com)

iOS: How To Recover Deleted Apps

iOS: How To Recover Deleted Apps

Quick Tip: Recover Deleted Apps on iPhone

To Delete Apps on iPhone: Press and Hold until they jiggle and press X in Upper left to delete

To View History & Recover Deleted Apps:
Go to App Store app
Press Updates in Lower Right Corner
Press Arrow Next to Purchased (up top)
Press Tab that says Not on This iPhone

All apps ever purchased or downloaded will be here.

Press the cloud with down arrow to re-install

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The Video Toolbox Show

EP98: The Video Toolbox Show

Inside the Mike Murphy toolbox of gear, software and iOS apps that I use to make all of my videos.

Inspiration for show:
On a regular basis, I am asked what my favorite tools are for making videos or I am asked which piece of software I use to edit all of my videos. The reality is I use an array of gear and programs on my Mac and iPhone to make nearly every video and it really all depends on what the video needs.

I try to keep everything as simple as humanly possible, but as you are about to learn, there is a lot that goes into video production and editing.

Episode 98:
Gear I Use to capture video & audio
Software I Use on My MacBook Pro
Apps I use on my iOS Devices

The 4 main types of video I make:
Daily Quick Tips & Tutorials
Gear & How To Videos
Animations for Marketing & Products
Vlog & On-Location Videos

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@mikeunplugged

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel:

Click Here to see all my gear on Kit.com

 

The Daily Quick Tips & Tutorials

Posted Daily on Instagram & Youtube

Gear & How To Videos

Gear Videos & Demos
Podshed Videos
Corn on The Cob

Animations for Marketing & Products

Weekly Podcast Promo Videos
Holiday Gift Guide
Product Videos for Sale (T-shirts, social media ads…)

Vlog and On-Location Videos:

Instagram Stories
Promo Videos

Gear, Software & iOS Apps

Gear I Use

MacBook Pro
IPhone 6 or iPad Pro (9.7″)
Logitech c920 webcam to record myself
Shure SM7B microphone
IKan LED Light (Main)
IKAN Piatto LED Light (Fill)
Shure SM7B Microphone
Heil Mini Boom Arm or anything to get it above eye level and away from computer.
Manfrotto friction arm
Canon t5i
IKan LED Light (Main)
Rode VideoMicro
Rodelink Filmmaker Kit Lavalier Mic
Zoom H6
Rode NtG3 shotgun mic
MeFoto Daytrip Tripod for my DSLR camera
Joby GorillaPod
Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod
MeFoto Sidekick 360 for my iPhone
DJI Osmo
Eneloop AA rechargeable batteries
Anker Portable chargers (Large)
Anker Portable Charger (small)

Software I Use

Screenflow
Camtasia
Webcam Settings for $7.99.
AirDrop (To get videos from Mac to iPhone)

Adobe Creative Cloud:

For Adobe CC Free Trial

Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Premiere Pro (video editor)
Adobe After Effects (special effects)
Adobe Audition (audio)
Adobe Media Encoder (exporting video)

iOS Tools:

Adobe Draw
Adobe Clip
Adobe Capture (for Looks)
Apple Clips (Instagram Videos)
Filmora
iMovie
Filmic Pro

Music & Soundtracks:**

Artlist.io ($199/year)

Free:
YouTube Creator Library
Freesound.org
Bensound.com

Premium Sources I like:
PremiumBeat.com
Pond5.com
EpidemicSound.com

LISTEN TO PAST EPISODES

HOUSEKEEPING

Subscribe To Podcast

Leave a ratings & review (if you already did, thanks)

Buy My New eBook (How To Podcast on Wordpress.com)

Ask Mike Anything

Music: Life of Riley & Wallpaper (incompetech.com)