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I’m not an engineer, so creating my DVD, “Depression What You Must Know,” and my Podcast, “Psychiatric Secrets Revealed with Dr. Mike” involved a lot a research and learning.  The information listed below is a compilation of that work.  I hope you find it helpful.  Mike Kuna

The ultimate portable setup

Going beyond GOOD, BETTER and BEST


If you need to do an occasional off-site interview there are many choices.  Early on I experimented with many different portable recording methods including a digital porta-studio and a laptop computer.  All the methods worked, but none were very convenient.


At PSR I do a weekly interview with an expert and the majority of those interviews are done off-site.  I mostly interview professionals who have very limited time which means that I typically have from 0-10 minutes to set up my gear and to start recording the interview.  Add to this fact that I sometimes don’t know where I will interview a guest.  It may be in their consulting room, a conference room or a lunchroom.  Once I did an entire interview in a camper trailer!  The bottom line is that I need a recording method that is not only easy to set up but also fool proof.  I think that I have found the answer in the digital flash recorder.  These are dedicated audio recorders that silently record to digital media (like a compact flash card).  Since they are dedicated recorders they are very intuitive to use.  Press a button or two and you are off and running.  Digital flash recorders are sold at a variety of price points, starting at around two hundred dollars and moving all the way up to several thousand dollars.  If you need an occasional sound bite, find a cheap way of doing it.  If you do a lot of off-site recording, this is the way to go.


I have two basic setups that I use.  Option 1 is tiny and can be set up in seconds.  Option 2 takes 5-10 minutes to set up but offers studio quality recordings.  Use the descriptions below as a springboard for your own ideas.


Option One-small and lightweight (instant setup)

(All of this fits in a pencil case like pouch)


1. Edirol R-1 recorder (this model has been discontinued).  The R-1 is the size of a small paper back book.  It operates on 2 AA batteries and connects to microphones and headphones using consumer-type mini-jacks.  It offers superb quality recordings in both WAV and MP3 formats.  The R-1 has the “plug-in-power” needed for electret type microphones.

2. Giant Squid Audio electret condenser stereo microphones ($65).  This set up consists of two lavaliere mics, each with a 6 foot microphone cable, terminating in a single stereo mini-plug.  These microphones are a great value but like other inexpensive electret mics they sound very good, but not fantastic.

3. Ear-bud headphones

4. 2 extra AA batteries


Option Two-professional sound (5-10 minute setup)

(All of this fits in a soft-sided brief case)


1. Marantz PMD 670 professional recorder.  This recorder is the size of a cigar box.  It has large, solid controls and professional connections including 2, XLR ports (with phantom power) for professional microphones.  It offers superb recordings in both WAV and MP3 formats. Although the Marantz can be battery operated, it uses a lot of AA batteries, so running off the included adaptor is the way to go.  The 670 also features ALC, which is great for recording interviews.

2. AC power adapter for the PMD 670

3. 2 Behringer XM8500 microphones

4. Two headed microphone stand

5. 2, 6 foot XLR cables for the microphones

6. Full sized headphones

7. Small, battery operated, clock

8. Extension power cord



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