Twitter Spaces - Pro Audio
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You do not need a fancy setup to participate in a Twitter Space — but if you're a person who spends a lot of time in Twitter Spaces plan to record them to later release as a podcast, this setup is for you.
This article focuses specifically on a setup for an iPhone, but many parts of it can also work on Android.
Here's the equipment breakdown:
- TRRS Cable - 3.5mm Right Angle Male to Male Audio Stereo Jack
- iPhone adapter - Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter
- Charger - Belkin Wireless Charger Stand with MagSafe
- Microphone - Shure SM7B
- Signal Booster - Cloudlifter Mic Activator
- Audio cables - LyxPro XLR Microphone Cable
- Soundboard - Rodecaster Pro
One of the smallest but most critical pieces to the setup — the TRRS cable is responsible for sending the correct signals from your audio interface to your phone. Don't ask me how it works — but it works.
If you're using an iPhone — you'll need this adapter to accept the TRRS cable input. Curious how we're handling charging? That comes next.
Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter
If you're using an iPhone that supports MagSafe charging — you can pick up this Belkin Wireless Charger Stand with MagSafe, which makes it convenient when participating in Twitter Spaces.
Belkin Wireless Charger Stand with MagSafe
Microphone - Shure SM7B
In my setup, I'm using the Shure SM7B, which, hands down, is a fantastic piece of hardware that'll be around for a very long time.
This is an absolute beast, and it exceeded all of my expectations when I first received it and tested it against some of my other microphones.
You will find that the Shure SM7B is tried and true microphone in every industry, including music, radio, and podcast.
Shure SM7B Dynamic Smooth Vocal Microphone for Radio/TV/Podcast Appllications
Signal booster - Cloudlifter
I noticed that the gain had to be cranked to hear anything coming from the Scarlet 2i2.
Even then, it was low.
This is no fault or flaw of the equipment; in fact, it's the Shure SM7B that requires a signal boost before it gets to the Scarlet 2i2. This way, when the Scarlet interface receives the signal, it's closer to a "normal" signal, and you should be able to dial back the gain quite a bit.
Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator
Audio cables - LyxPro XLR Microphone Cable (3 feet & 1.5 feet)
XLR cables are a dime a dozen with tons of brands and types. You do not need an expensive or fancy XLR cable, but if you want to add extra flair, LyxPro has cables that come in all sorts of colors.
I went with black, which matches my other equipment and helps keep things hidden at the back of my desk.
The 3-foot cable goes from the mic to the Cloudlifter, while the 1.5-foot cable goes from the Cloudlifter to the Scarlet interface.
LyxPro 3 Feet XLR Microphone Cable Balanced Male to Female 3 Pin Mic Cord for Powered Speakers Audio Interface Professional Pro Audio Performance and Recording Devices - Black
LyxPro 1.5 Feet Right Angle XLR Female to Male 3 Pin Mic Cord for Powered Speakers Audio Interface Professional Pro Audio Performance Camcorders DSLR Video Cameras and Recording Devices - Black
The Rodecaster Pro is an excellent fit for people looking to host, record, and play sound bites in Twitter Spaces. It's pricey — so it might not be for you, and you can indeed find less expensive audio interfaces; just make sure they have a 3.5 audio output or find an adapter to make it work for your setup.
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