Stuff We Use

Podcast Equipment

The comedy Fusion Show uses the following equipment in our production. Links to the appropriate Vendors include a code that permits us to get a commission on sales which helps us to pay for the production. We only recommend products that we use.

Audio Technica AT2020 microphone

“The Thudman uses this microphone.  We liked it so much for its quality and price that we bought another for interviews.  You will notice the difference as we get midway through season 1.  It is ABSOLUTELY worth the price paid”.

Neewer Pro Recording Microphone stand kit with shock mount

“Thudman uses this boom mic stand and it is very cool because it comes with a shock mount loaded on it and an XLR cable already threaded through it for true plug-and-p[lay convenience.  It has provided incredible versatility and for the price paid, it was another amazing investment for us getting started but not wanting to skimp on quality. So again we got another one for guests to go with the new mic”.

Neewer NW(B-3) 6 inch Studio Microphone Mic Round Shape Wind Pop Filter Mask Shield with Stand Clip

“You CAN NOT do this without a pop filter because you will hear all the “t”‘s being topped and “p”‘s being popped; unacceptable. Toph comes from a broadcast and recording studio background and made this clear from the outset.  However, you DO NOT have to spend much on this and this one is perfect for our purposes.”

Sennheiser HD 206 headphones

“Thudman uses these headphones.  They are a great price and lightweight so never become too hot or annoyingly heavy or tight on the head or ears.  They also have a really long cable for convenience except that the Thudman does have a tendency to wander from the mic from time to time with this ability 🙂  It comes with a 1/8″jack end and a 1/4″ jack attachment for more professional equipment”.

Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone, Blackout

“The Comedy Fusion Show has this mic as a backup for quick straight-to-computer edits and drop-ins where necessary.  It is the best USB-interface microphone Toph has ever used and it is why we still have it just in case”.

Universal Audio 4-710D Four-Channel Tone-Blending Mic Preamp w/ Dynamics

Universal Audio 4-710D Four-Channel Tone-Blending Mic Preamp w/ Dynamics

“This is by far the most critical piece of equipment that we use!!  It offers the ability and versatility for a digital compression but also a full tube option as well.  We use the full tube most as it is perfect for spoken word as we are a podcast.  BUT it has the ability to plug in directly for musical guests with synths or other electronic instruments and crush it digitally.  It has the ability for us to sound like we are in a commercial studio without paying the prohibitive hourly rate.  This is pricey but absolutely essential”.

Sennheiser HD-280

Sennheiser HD 280PRO headphones

“These are the headphone of Toph.  He has had these for years as he has used them for voice-over work and other studio work.  ‘I love these cans!  They are heavy enough for me to feel like there is something secure and they really block out most outside noise so when I am editing The Comedy Fusion Show, I can hear every detail and nuance to mix and master it the best I can’. These are also used by Toph when mixing and monitoring the actual recording sessions.  Incredible headphone for an incredible price.”

NT2A Studio Solution Package

Rode NT2A Microphone, Pop Filter, Shock Mount and  XLR cable kit

“Toph has used this microphone for years and will never ever part with it.  It has a complex collection of functions on it to control virtually every live vocal situation in a recording session. ‘I have used this mic for over 5 years now for voice-overs, interviews, podcast interviews on other shows and even Skype meetings where I need to impress.  I know it may seem a bit over-kill for a podcast setting but I’ve had it for years and it is insane quality’!

RF-X SE Electronics Portable Vocal Booth

RF-X SE Electronics Portable Vocal Booth

“Toph used this more for solo work and voice over projects but it has served essential for The Comedy Fusion Show. ‘It gets in the way a bit as I cannot see the Thudman…but there are days that I enjoy the privacy 🙂 haha!!  We have an adjustable recording studio and this piece of equipment serves essential when we run short on portable acoustic treatment panels when we have guest interviews’.  It allows the voice delivery to dampen on impact which will serve you well sonically all day every day”.

Notepad-12FX Small-Format Analog Mixer with USB I/O and Lexicon Effects

Soundcraft Notepad 12FX 12-channel compact mixer board

“We can NOT believe that this type of equipment is available!!  This is the best quality at this price point you will EVER find…period.  This gives The Comedy Fusion Show the ability to take 4 mics directly with superior quality XLR inputs with individual mixes.  It comes with built-in sfx which will help with the diversity of guest musicians we have lined up. It has a convenient USB direct output that Toph uses to connect to his MacBook Pro for recording.  In the event, we ever invest in studio monitors, this board has XLR outputs to accommodate.  This is a professional board that has been shrunk down to the size of a small school binder.  You will NOT believe me but you gotta check it out!

Auralex ProMAX V2 Acoustic Panels

AuralexProMAX V2 Acoustic Panels w/Floor Stands

“Toph had these when he initially invested in his first solo recording studio but they are incredible quality and it leads to the idea to make ALL acoustic treatment portable so that The Comedy Fusion Show can specialize in travelling to artists’ places where they work.  The stands are heavy duty actual mic stand so these are never going to tip during indoor use.  The foam is the thickest and densest in the studio and is positioned around Thudman’s mic.”

Auralex D36 Roominator Kit

Auralex D36 Roominator Kit – Charcoal/Charcoal

“What can we say, Auralex is the industry standard and Long and McQuade carries it, AND they are very affordable so we have a few kits of these.  You need dampening for your podcast or recording studio to work.  The crew at Long and McQuade can also instruct you as to the best pattern to mount them as that will matter in the sound direction.  Waves travel and the positioning of the acoustic treatment needs to be planned.”

Auralex Studiofoam 2 inch Deep Wedge (12 Pack) - Charcoal

Auralex Studiofoam 2 inch Deep Wedge (12 Pack) – Charcoal

“Having a varied collection of acoustic treatment is essential and this is a very important product to have in the mix.  The 2 inches is a great depth and these wedges are tighter, like a ripple potato chip, makes a great blend with the D36 Roominator Kit.”