Daily Giz Wiz 684: Belkin GoStudio

Episode 684 of the podcast

Belkin GoStudio
Subject: Review of Belkin GoStudio
Released:Thursday 23 October 2008
Length:about 12 minutes
Download file:dgw0684.mp3 (5.5 MB)

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Short info

Turn you iPod into a 16-bit, 44kHz audio recorder with the Belkin GoStudio.

Detailed information

Leo always gets asked what podcasting equipment to buy, and has recommended some fairly high-end stuff (see e.g. Episode 630).  The new Belkin GoStudio is perhaps a more practical answer.  Built for the iPod, this gadget has a docking cradle for the iPod (compatible with iPod 5th gen, iPod nano 2nd gen onwards, and the iPod Classic).

It comes with built-in stereo speakers for playback, and for recording, it has 2 built-in omnidirectional microphones.  Alternatively, you can use the 2 combo microphone jacks (XLR and ¼") to plug in external mics.  There is also a 3.5mm stereo line input.  The main panel has controls for level and gain, as well as a limiter and low cut filter.  It even has a tripod mount for hands-free operation.

The GoStudio records directly to the iPod at 16-bit, 44.1kHz, CD-quality.

It was announced by Belkin back on 10 July, before the announcement of the new generation of iPod nano which has recording capability built into it.

Acoordingly to Leo, a comparable device like the Zoom H2 Handy Stereo Recorder, would cost more.  The H2 does allow you to choose different recording quality levels and file formats.  But before anyone rushes out to buy the GoStudio, they should heed Dick's warning that all the bandwidth on the internet for podcasting has already been exhausted by Leo.

The Two Antiques

71-year-old Bob Polante from Clearwater, Florida enjoys the antics of Dick and Leo on his Zune.  He still works at a photolab as a canvas creator, for Reedy Photoprocess Corporation.  His colleagues call him "The Giz", a title he earned long before anyone Dick started using it.  Expect to hear from Dick's lawyers.

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