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A few weeks ago, we had the chance to cover some of the best condenser and dynamic microphones you can use for podcasting. Many broadcasters rely on dynamic mics such as the EV RE-20 or Heil PR-40 to record their programs. You are going to need an interface or mixer to connect those to your computer. Here are 4 accessories that help you record high quality audio using your dynamic microphone:

forte

Focusrite Forte: a high quality USB interface you can take advantage of to connect your microphone to your Mac or Windows using a USB cable. This has remote-controlled mic preamps with A-D / D-A conversion at up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution. It has a premium aluminum enclosure and is compact. [click to continue…]

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Running a business online comes with its own unique challenges. Not any two businesses are alike. But there are tools that could help all small business owners run their businesses more smoothly online. Here are 6 powerful tools you don’t want to miss:

appsify

Appsify: allows you to create iOS apps more easily. It has an intuitive web interface you can use to build your app visually. [click to continue…]

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We have already covered some of the equipment you will need to build a professional podcast program. At the very least, you need to have a decent microphone to record higher quality audio. There is a good reason most pros go with XLR microphones. They give you more flexibility when the time comes to expand your operations. Connecting your XLR microphone to your computer is easy with a USB interface or mixer. Don’t want to invest a whole lot of money to get one of those? These 3 XLR to USB microphone adapters let you connect your XLR microphone to your computer using a USB cable:

shure

Shure X2U XLR-to-USB Signal Adapter: an elegant solution for connecting your dynamic or condenser microphones to your computer. It has integrated pre-amp with microphone gain. [click to continue…]

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There was a time when starting an Internet radio station was too challenging and costly. Times have changed though. Beginners now have plenty of affordable options to start their own online radio station. If you are looking to start your own radio program, these 5 services are worth checking out:

sambroadcaster

Spacialnet: provides you with stream hosting solution. You can get started for as lows as $9/m for 30 concurrent listeners.

shoutcast

Shoutcast: should not need any introduction. This is a great place to start your research, especially if you are just getting started with online radio. [click to continue…]

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Making your computer quiet is essential if you want to use one in your studio. Most computers you can buy on the market make noise that could show up in your audio recordings. But there are things you can do to get your hands on a quiet computer. Here are 3 ways to get a very quiet computer at home:

serenity

Serenity Pro: a super quiet computer system for your studio. Every aspect of these computers are optimized so you can get the quietest experience possible. [click to continue…]

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Many of you have been blogging for quite some time. You may have hundreds or even thousands of posts available on your site. Most of your visitors will consume your content on your blog. But you could reach even more people if you turn your blog into an e-book. Doing that manually can take a lot of effort. Here are 3 tools you can use to turn your blog into an e-book:

ebook glue

Ebook Glue: turns your blog into an e-book fast. It supports EPUB and Mobi file formats. Just provide your RSS feed to get started. [click to continue…]

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The Genesis Framework for WordPress is one of the best ones around. It is highly versatile and can handle small and large sites easily. You are going to need custom or premium child themes to give your Genesis-based website a makeover. Here are 5 places you can check to find premium child themes for Genesis:

Genesis

StudioPress: the folks behind Genesis have premium child themes for you to use to give your site a better look. Their prices are fairly affordable too.

ziggzagg

Zigzagpress: has a nice selection of child themes for Genesis, including multiple designs for artists, photographers, and small businesses.

quik

Themedy: these guys are behind some of the best looking child themes for Thesis 1/2 and Genesis. Their membership plans are priced reasonably. [click to continue…]

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Starting an online business is not without its challenges. You will need to have a business plan, register your business, design a logo, and tackle many other tasks. You are also going to need a set of tools and services to help you run your online business more effectively. These 5 services help you bring your site online and start growing your business:

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HostGator: many businesses start their journey with HostGator. Their prices are reasonable and their services are very decent. You do want to make sure you get a plan that lets your site grow fast. [click to continue…]

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Adobe products are quite popular among professional. Photoshop, Flash, InDesign, and Dreamweaver are all great software applications for photo editing, post-production tasks, publishing, and web coding respectively. Learning their shortcuts could always make you more productive when using each of these tools. These 5 cheat sheets show you how to get started with Adobe applications:

Adobe Photoshop Cheat Sheet: It covers commands for this awesome photo editing software. It covers layers, tools, and other features. [click to continue…]

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Podcasting is not dead unlike some experts have claimed it to be. In fact, a good podcast program could be a game changer for small businesses. Businesses should not forget about video marketing either. You are going to need great content to keep the attention of your listeners and viewers. Having the right equipment could help too.

Microphones are one of the most importance pieces of equipment you need for your audio production. A quality microphone will cost a bit of money but it could make a big difference for your work. Here are 5 premium microphones that improve the quality of your recordings:

Electro Voice RE-20 Cardioid Microphone: one of the best dynamic microphones around for broadcasters. Many top radio hosts, YouTubers, and podcasters use this microphone. This is a XLR device so you are going to need a mixer or audio interface for it.

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