When I started podcasting in 2005, I was able to carve out a space in my office to accommodate my audio needs. With a bit of trial and error, I came up with a setup that worked for me and produced a pleasing sound for my own podcasts and those of my clients.
Fast forward to August 2014 when I moved to a condo in downtown Toronto where both my home and office are located. Even with the windows closed, noise intrudes. To top it off, a fan system that circulates fresh air throughout the high-rise building cannot be turned off within the suite. So I wondered: How could I record and produce audio in a less-than-pristine environment? Would I have to rent a studio to record?
Enter the Kaotica Eyeball. I discovered this handy solution just a few days after I moved. A client had hired me to produce recordings for them at their offices, and had smartly purchased the Eyeball in anticipation of several audio challenges in their building. The Eyeball’s acoustic treatment worked like a charm to isolate and channel my voice directly to the microphone.
How does it work? You simply insert your microphone inside and then add the pop filter that comes with the Eyeball. You may need to adjust your distance from the microphone and your audio settings to get things just right.
Since that day at my client’s office, I’ve purchased my own Kaotica Eyeball, and it’s allowed me to record audio even when the fan is humming and the occasional motorcycle screams by outside. Well worth the investment of $200.
The Kaotica Eyeball will fit many microphones. I have used it successfully with my ATR 2100. Forget about using it with your Blue Yeti, which is too big.
A happy solution to a vexing noise problem!
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