Following the RODECaster II mix console, Focusrite has just released another fine piece of podcasting hardware. This time, it is the Focusrite Scarlett and Clarett USB audio interfaces.
Vocaster is a new range of audio tools that are specifically designed for podcasters and other audio content creators. Vocaster gives podcasters and other content creators everything they need to start producing audio with the same quality as professional recording studios. The Vocaster units are quick and easy to set up.
Two interfaces are part of the Vocaster range: the Vocaster One or the Vocaster Two. Both the Vocaster One Studio (and Vocaster Two Studio) are available in studio packs. The kits include everything a podcaster will need, including headphones and microphones, in order to create high-quality podcasts right out of the box.
The Vocaster kits are easy to use. Users simply need to connect the interface to their computer and then follow “Easy Start”. Focusrite says that it doesn’t matter where the user is at their creative journey.
Vocaster One, the entry-level interface, is easy to use and designed for solo podcasters. You can produce high-quality sound without any prior training. The user simply needs to adjust the volume, increase the sound with one click, and then start recording.
Vocaster Two allows for more dynamic content, with either two hosts or one host and one guest. You can also use it to insert audio segments. Vocaster Two has two microphone inputs, and two outputs for headphones. This interface can be used to record and listen back. You can host guests over the phone via Bluetooth or one cable analog audio cable.
Vloggers can use the Vocaster Two to add studio sound effects to videos. The Vocaster interfaces have a camera output that allows you to record high-quality audio directly from your camera. This eliminates the need for post-production to sync audio tracks.
Vocaster Hub is Focusrite’s companion app that allows you to control the Vocaster interface. It acts as a central hub to set up, record and mix a podcast or other show. You can adjust the Vocaster settings, adjust levels, enhance sound, route audio via a smartphone or computer.
Auto Gain allows you to quickly set levels on both interfaces. Focusrite claims that the preamps provide enough gain to handle most broadcast microphones, without the need of a booster. With a click, the Enhance function will reveal the full potential of a vocalist’s voice and produce clarity in the first take. Three podcaster-approved presets are available to bring out the best from any vocal recording.
To deal with minor interruptions in podcasting, Vocaster interfaces include a Mute button. This will turn off the microphone until the coughing and sneezing ceases. Loopback allows you to stream pre-recorded segments, such as intros and outros, interviews, and background music, directly from your host computer.
For those not familiar with podcast recording, it can be daunting to create a kit. Focusrite has put together kits that can be used immediately. Instead of looking through specs, reviews and brochures to find out if the microphone and headphones will work together with the interface, focusrite has assembled kits that are ready to go. Vocaster Studio Packs eliminate the guesswork from building a home studio. They provide everything you need to start recording high-quality podcasts right away.
Vocaster One Studio Pack contains the Vocaster One interface and a Vocaster Dynamic Mic with built-in grille, pop filter, as well as a pair HP60v studio headphones that allow you to hear the playback in great detail.
Vocaster Two Studio Bundle contains the Vocaster Two interface, Focusrite’s premium Vocaster DM14v microphone and HP60v closed back studio headphones. For professional results, the Vocaster DM14v dynamic microphone has a windshield and shock mount. The Vocaster software bundle includes a complete suite of apps valued at over $600. This is the first podcaster-friendly software bundle that includes an audio interface. Vocaster is now available with Hindenburg, Acast and Squadcast. Users can immediately record, edit, and share their shows.
Vocaster’s range comes with a 3-year warranty. It is built to last for many years. Focusrite also took steps to minimize the environmental impact of its interfaces by selecting only the best components. Units are packaged in recyclable and biodegradable packaging.
Price & Availability: Focusrite Vocaster One is priced at PS189.99/ $199.99 The Vocaster Studio is priced at PS289.99/$299.99. The Vocaster Two is available for purchase at PS289.99/$299.99, while the Voicecaster Two Studio will be available for purchase at PS469.99/$499.99. Vocaster interfaces are available for purchase starting June 1, 2022 at Focusrite.com and Amazon.