Gadget of the Day – Samson Recording Pak

We've looked at podcasting gear for the roving reporter before; from the humble yet effective MiniDisc recorder to the straight-to-iPod iKEY Plus. But

We've looked at podcasting gear for the roving reporter before; from the humble yet effective MiniDisc recorder to the straight-to-iPod iKEY Plus. But what of gear for the egg box-lined studio back home?Running a microphone direct to a laptop's line-in will do, but if you'd prefer your dulcet tones to come out sounding more like Terry Wogan than Smashie and Nicey then consider this handy kit from SamsonHoused in an aluminium assassin case it contains a studio quality mic with, cunningly, a USB attachment for bypassing your PC or Mac's ropey analogue line-in and encoding straight to digital.Also littering the foam pockets is Cakewalk's Sonar LE recording and mixing software and, the piece-de-resistance, an authentic shockmount studio stand for obliterating vibrations and, more importantly, looking the part.Catch it in two versions – the CO1U for standard one-person yakking, or the omni-directional CO3U, if you don't fancy splashing out on a second mic for your interviewees or co-host.

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Samson Recording Pak CO1U, CO3U Price: £130, £150 On sale: Now Contact: Soundtech.co.uk Related links: The Stuff PodcastRelated stories: The ultimate podcast recorder Become your own premium chat line Podcast this! The ultimate pod mic has arrived