One of the most often asked and most difficult questions for podcasters is, “How can I take live telephone calls on my show?” People have resorted to all sorts of techniques to bring live telephone callers on the air, including connecting a cell phone to the mixer using a TRRS cable and even holding a phone’s speaker up to a microphone. Neither solution is particularly robust.
If two equally educated and socially equivalent friends walk into an art gallery, there is a great chance that one person will view certain pieces as true works of art while the other person will scratch her head over why those pieces are in the museum. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
People often ask, “What’s the best microphone?” The answer is simple: The best microphone is the one that provides the sound you want. Recording studios constantly experiment with various extravagantly expensive microphones to find the one that best suits a particular voice or application.
If you have ever participated in a microphone shootout or a double blind test, you have seen that not everyone agrees on which microphone sounds best. For some people, the Heil PR40 is the only option. For others, the ElectroVoice RE20 is the winner. Some people choose the Shure SM7B. If it’s what you like, that’s what you should get.