I decided to test the Shure SM7B against the AT4040 and Sennheiser MK4.
"Give us your money. Please?" they ask casually without any desperation. JK, we asking formally.
After months of talking about it, we've launched our company, Vocal Fry Studios, with a crowdfunding campaign.
Here's what we're going to do with it:
Buy some amazing equipment. We have a lot of good mics and whatnot but we want the best stuff.
Set up a scholarship fund for workshops. We want to teach folks how to make their own podcasts - everything from marketing to recording to editing to how not to get sued. But learning isn't cheap.
Bring back a podcasting favourite: Cavern of Secrets. The world needs more Lauren Mitchell. ASAP.
Set up our own studio. Right now, we're working out of a co-working space (shoutout to Startwell King St!) that has a great podcast studio. But we want our own kingdom where Katie can color-coordinate her XLR cables. We also want it to be fully accessible.
All of that costs a bunch of money.
We have clients who help pay our bills. And we'll be transparent about where your money goes and what it pays for.
We want to create a community of producers who get to make, host, produce and promote the podcasts of their dreams.
For that, we're gonna need a little help from our friends.
Click here to support us on Patreon.
OH YEAH: If you're feeling VERY generous, you can buy some things from our Amazon Wishlist.
We're doing fine. We both have jobs and work to do. We don't have to do start a coworking space for podcasters.
But we do.
Podcast is white and male and male and white. And yet some of the best podcasts that we love don't come from there. The Globe and Mail's Colour Code, Cavern of Secrets, Secret Life of Canada, Gyalcast - just a few of the greatest podcasts coming from non-white, non-male people.
We want more of that. We decided to set up Vocal Fry Studios: where new and established independent podcasters can find a community that is inclusive and a space that is affordable. We've asked so many people and found out that they're recording podcasts at home, or in offices or really, just not at all. But that doesn't mean the passion and energy isn't out there.
Soon (super soon!) all that talent and initiative will find a home at Vocal Fry Studios. We hope you'll become a member, support us and come hang out.
Yes, white men too. Probably.