Podcasting with the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

Podcasting with the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

In this video I’m going to show you how
to use Gelardin’s equipment to create a portable podcasting setup. Here is a list
of all of the equipment you need, except for the computer, you can borrow all of
this from the Gelardin New Media Center. Please make sure that you find a quiet
place to record – you can use our editing rooms in Gelardin or find a quiet office
or room without too much ambient noise. Okay let’s get started. This is the main
piece of equipment you will be using. The Scarlett 2i2 audio interface. The
Scarlett 2i2 allows you to go from professional quality XLR microphones
directly into a USB port in your computer. It also allows you to record
simultaneous tracks in GarageBand, which I will show you in another video. The
first step will be to hook up your Scarlett 2i2 to your laptop using the
USB cable that comes provided with the kit, next you will want to plug each XLR
cable into the end of each microphone. On the Scarlett you have two inputs that
are clearly labeled. You’ll want to connect one XLR cable into input 1 and
the other XLR cable into input 2. These styles control the input gain for each
mic. The gain is the power of the audio signal measured in decibels. I like to
keep these at around 7 or 8 when starting out, and then adjust later after
a test recording. You’ll also notice each input has a line instrument, which for
our purposes of podcasting this does not matter, so just leave it on line. I
recommend using headphones to monitor your audio in real-time. Plug your
headphone jack into a 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch adapter then plug the whole
thing into the headphone input. On your Scarlett you can control the volume of
your headphones using this style – let the Scarlett know that you want to
monitor the audio turn the direct monitor switch to on the 48 V button
provides phantom power to condenser microphones. The mics I’m showing you in this tutorial do not need phantom power, so leave this button off. This large
style monitor is the output volume if you plan on listening to your audio via
external computer speakers, this also doesn’t apply to us. The final step is to
place each mic into a tabletop mic stand. This allows the interviewer and
interviewee not to have to worry about holding the mics. Your final setup will
look like this. The person wearing the headphones will be the podcaster and
they will be handling the recording, the other person is the guest. The headphones allow the podcaster to monitor the audio of both of the voices while they are
recording. Although I showed you how to set this up for a situation where you
have two people, you can use the same setup if you plan on just podcasting
alone, or if you want to record a voice over, you would simply use one mic
plugged into input one.

13 thoughts on “Podcasting with the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

  1. When I playback my audio I can only hear mic one if left ear & mic two in right ear. I’m using Audacity software & am recording in Stereo. I’ve tried recording in Mono but only one mic will record. Any suggestions?

  2. How would both the interviewer n the person thats getting interviewed be able 2 have headfones so they hear things clearer?

  3. Since that both people are so close on the table , wouldn't each mic pic up audio from the next person ?

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