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First Look at the AKG Podcaster Essentials Bundle
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First Look at the AKG Podcaster Essentials Bundle

Podcasts are a great way to debate opinions, discuss interests, analyse current events, or just generally 'have a laugh'. Their popularity has been growing over the past few years or so, and with the events of 2020 there’s been a podcast boom. With the abundance of accessible audio tools out there, it’s never been easier to record podcasts at home.

The AKG Podcaster Essentials Bundle is the perfect all-in-one solution for recording podcasts. It’s everything you need to get started in a neat, professional package. In this blog post, we take a first look at what’s included, and how it will help you to get your podcasts off the ground.

AKG Lyra Ultra-HD USB Microphone

This ultra-HD multi-pattern USB condenser microphone makes it simple record your podcast. No tangle of wires, no mixers, and no hassle. Simply plug into your computer with a single USB-C cable and you’re ready to roll.

AKG Lyra offers crystal clear sound quality, with an advanced microphone capsule array and high-quality converters built-in. A dedicated mic gain control allows you to set your recording level for optimum capture. The microphone’s polar pattern is configurable, meaning you can focus in on your voice while reducing sounds from your surroundings. If you’re conducting an interview for your podcast, you can set both sides of the microphone to capture your voices evenly. For those who need directional sound (e.g. for video) it also has a stereo capture function for true stereo sound.

The headphone out on AKG Lyra allows you to monitor your voice directly. This gives you an easy way to hear yourself without the frustrations of latency issues or separate mix controls. The headphone out also has its own dedicated volume control, making it super easy to setup your own personal mix. The Podcaster Essentials bundle comes with a Dual Headphone Adapter - allowing you to monitor with 2 sets of headphones. This is perfect for interviews or duets.

To top it all off, AKG Lyra comes with a detachable desktop stand, ideal for placing it down on a surface for recording without needing any additional accessories. For those with microphone stands already, you can simply unscrew the base and fit it to your own stand for more flexible placement.

Find out more in Our Guide to AKG Lyra blog post.

AKG K371 Professional Studio Headphones

Excellent monitoring is essential to delivering your best performance, particularly when it comes to podcasting. You want to make sure that your sound is at the right level, but you also want to feel comfortable when you speak. The AKG K371 Professional Studio Headphones included in the Podcaster Essentials Bundle make the perfect partner for Lyra.

Their oval-shaped closed-back design provides you with superior isolation in noisy environments. High-sensitivity titanium-coated 50mm drivers reproduce every detail from the deepest lows to the most sparkling highs for excellent acoustic precision. If you’re working with them all day, the slow-retention foam earpads & flexible lightweight design provide lasting comfort for long stints. 

They are great for those who travel for work, especially as they can be folded down to a very compact size. The AKG K371s are the perfect partner for Lyra, especially when monitoring with loudspeakers isn’t an option.

Find out more about AKG K371 Headphones on our product page.

Ableton Live 10 Lite & Berklee Online Recording Classes

For those who are beginners with recording & mixing, it’s often hard to know exactly where to start when it comes to software. Ableton Live 10 Lite is a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) which allows you to record and playback audio using the AKG Lyra.

Ableton offers more than just a recording platform for your podcasts. You can also create custom idents, transitions and even your own theme track using the included instruments & FX. The clip arranger allows you to cue up your sound effects and music at the push of a button. When you’ve recorded you podcast, you can use the built-in mixer to fine tune your sound, ready for uploading. If you need more features, Ableton Live Lite has an upgrade path that allows you to gain access to a larger library of sounds & FX.

Don't worry if all of this is sounding too 'techie' for you, the AKG Podcaster Essentials Bundle also comes with a four-part Online recording course from Berklee. You’ll receive a broad introduction to audio production, from microphones to multitracking techniques, working with digital audio, critical listening, polishing your mixes and much more.

So if you’re looking to get started with your own podcast, or you just need the essential tools for recording at home, the AKG Podcaster Essentials Bundle has got you covered on all fronts. 

For more information on the AKG Podcaster Essentials Bundle, please visit our product page.

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