Picking up on the heels of the recently announced RØDECaster Pro II synthesizer is another neat piece of streaming hardware, this time from Focusrite, makers of the premium Clarett and Scarlett USB audio interfaces.
Vocaster is an all-new suite of audio tools designed for the burgeoning podcast market as well as other audio content creators. With Vocaster, podcasters and other content creators have everything needed to start producing audio with the kind of quality you’d normally expect from a professional recording studio. Even better, Vocaster modules take seconds to set up and are easy to use.
The Vocaster domain consists of two independent interfaces: Vocaster One and Vocaster Two. The two modules are also available as studio packages – Vocaster One Studio and Vocaster Two Studio. Each kit includes everything a podcaster needs, such as headphones and a microphone, to record high-quality podcasts right out of the box.
With Vocaster Kits, the user just needs to connect the interface to a PC and then follow the “Easy Start” setup process. Focusrite claims that no matter where a user is on their creative journey, whether they are just starting out as a complete beginner and have built a home podcast studio from scratch, or if they are looking to take an existing setup to the next level.
Vocaster One for beginners is a hassle-free interface designed for solo podcasters. Provides the ability to produce high quality sound without prior training. All the user needs is to adjust the levels, enhance the sound in one click and start recording.
Vocaster Two is designed for more dynamic content with hosts or host and guest. It can also be used to inject audio clips. The Vocaster Two interface has two microphone inputs and two headphone outputs for recording and listening back. Guests can also be hosted over the phone using either Bluetooth or a single analog audio cable.
For Vloggers, Vocaster Two requires someone who is able to add studio audio to a video. Both Vocaster interfaces also have a camera output, which makes it possible to record high-quality audio directly on the camera, eliminating the need to synchronize audio and video tracks in post-production.
Vocaster Hub is Focusrite’s companion app for controlling the Vocaster interface. It acts as a central hub for setting up, recording, and mixing a podcast or show. The software can be used to adjust Vocaster settings, set levels, optimize audio, and route audio from your phone or computer.
Both interfaces offer Auto Gain to quickly and easily select levels. Focusrite claims that the speakers have plenty of gain on tap, enough for most popular broadcast mics without the need for a booster. The optimization function can reveal the true potential of sound with the click of a button, bringing clarity in the first shot. Three podcaster pre-approved audio settings are available to bring out the best in any audio recording.
Coughing and sneezing are podcast hazards and to deal with these minor interruptions, Vocaster interfaces have a mute button that silences the microphone until the coughing or sneezing stops and is ready to come back on. Meanwhile, the Loopback feature makes it easy to stream pre-recorded clips such as intros, endings, interviews, jingles and background music into a show, all from the host computer.
Creating a podcast recording group can be quite daunting for those who are completely new to the process. For these folks, Focusrite has put together ready-to-go kits. Instead of sifting through manuals, specs, and reviews, you wonder if the microphone and headphones will work well with the interface. Vocaster Studio packages take the guesswork out of creating a home studio by providing everything needed to start recording high-quality podcasts right away.
The Vocaster One Studio Pack includes a Vocaster One interface, a Vocaster DM1 dynamic microphone with built-in network and pop filter, as well as a pair of closed-back HP60v studio headphones for optimal detail playback hearing.
The Vocaster Two Studio Bundle includes the Vocaster Two interface, Focusrite’s premium Vocaster DM14v dynamic microphone, and HP60v closed-back studio speakers. The Vocaster DM14v dynamic microphone has a built-in windshield and shock-absorbing mount for professional results. It also includes the Vocaster Software Bundle, a complete suite of apps worth over $600. It is the first full-featured software package for podcast users available with an audio interface. In partnership with Acast, Hindenburg and Squadcast, Vocaster users can instantly record, edit and share a program.
The Vocaster range is covered by a three year warranty and is designed to provide many years of reliable performance. Focusrite has also worked hard to reduce the environmental impact of interfaces by selecting specific components. Units are packaged in biodegradable and recyclable packaging.
Pricing and Availability: Focusrite Vocaster One costs £189.99 / $199.99. Vocaster One Studio costs £289.99 / $299.99. Vocaster Two retails for £289.99 / $299.99 while Vocaster Two Studio will retail for £469.99 / $499.99. Vocaster interfaces will be available to order from June 1, 2022, from Focusrite.com, Amazon, and all retailers of quality music equipment.
More information: Focusrite.com