It's taken a lot of debugging and trouble shooting but the 6 microphone portable setup is finally complete. Check after the break for all of the supplies used.
1x Macbook Air
Logic Pro X or Garage Band
6x Samson Go Mic Portable USB Microphones
2x AmazonBasics 7 port USB 3.0 Powered Hub
3x 2-Pack Desktop Microphone Stands
1x Power Strip Tower
1x Pack of Velcro Cord Wraps (seriously you should own these, they will change your life)
1x Some kind of laptop bag. Mine is an ancient one that I've had for millennia untold.
First off, the Samson Go microphones are AMAZING. Like, holy cow. I record with a Blue Yeti at home but these tiny little Samson's give the yeti a run for the money. I originally ended up buying them because the idea of hauling 6x yetis around sounded awful, but the real kicker was when I bought a second yeti and found out that you cannot have more than one yeti attached to your PC without sending it back to them for reprogramming. That's infuriating! These Samson's fit the bill perfectly, and I'd argue from a voice perspective, they do exactly what I need them to do.
Plus, they're SO TINY! I can fit 6 of them in the same space it would take for half of my blue yeti. So from a portability perspective they're perfect.
I also picked up 4 of the desktop microphone stands, having not read the listing as a 2-pack. It was a pleasant surprise, but I now have 2 extra (or does that really mean I need to buy 2 more samsons...hrmmm). The beautiful thing about these is that the samson microphones already have the right sized screw ins (and come with nuts for each btw) that fit perfectly into these.
With everything stuffed into the laptop bag, it weighs in at a snug 12.2 pounds, which isn't terrible considering that I'm lugging an entire podcasting studio on my shoulder!
The software I use is probably overkill, but Logic Pro X does everything I need it to do.
Setup was challenging at first, not because it's difficult, but because I had a bad USB input on one of my hubs and I spent far too long focusing on that one hub instead of moving on and seeing if the other mics worked out okay.
To set up multiple microphones on a Mac:
1.) Launch the Audio MIDI setup from Applications -> Utilities.
2.) In the audio devices window, click on the Add (+) button in the bottom right corner
3.) Click `Create Aggregate Device`
4.) Rename the aggregate device to "6 Samson" or something similar
5.) Checkbox all of your plugged in Samson microphones
6.) Make sure "Drift Correction" is on
7.) Navigate over to Logic Pro X and add 2 audio channels per microphone (or one really, doesn't honestly matter).
8.) From the Logic Pro X menu, click on "Settings" -> "Audio" and set your input device to the aggregate device you created earlier
9.) Set the input for each of your 12 channels to one of the individual channels listed (there should be 12 total)
10.) If you only created one channel per mic, pick only the odd channels (1,3,5,7,9,11)
I also took the time to label each of my microphones, their cords, and the inputs that they belong to on my USB devices so that it's easier at setup time to determine whose microphone is whose.
You should be good to go! If any of your mics are not testing out correctly, try swapping USB inputs. They'll often plug in and show up fine on the MIDI interface, but not register correctly for actual recording. No idea why.
Reach out if you're doing the above and run into any issues with it.
The first session recording with all of these will be this Wednesday, June 27th. I'm SUPER excited about it.
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