(This question covers the scope of many of the sub-forums, so I'm posting it in Ask the Tapers first.)
With the caveat that I realize that the podcast market is oversaturated and this might end up being just an audio journal for myself and my friends, I'm excited about having an idea that I like and carrying it out, so I've resolved to take the plunge. I just had a consultation with the producer of one of my favorite podcasts and got some valuable opinions on everything from gear to lessons learned. I would like the ability for this to be recorded both in my home or out in the field, wherever I happen to be. I have plenty of experience making my own "field" recordings of loud to very loud PA systems, but anything beyond that environment I'd be half winging it with that experience behind me.
I'm thinking that I would use the DPA 4061 w/ MPS-6010 and PCM-M10 I already have for some trial runs of the show before making $ investments, which would limit me to one guest at a time, 4061s > MPS-6010 > mic in to the M10 > split L/R in post and remix something like 60/40 each side, I guess.
Some questions regarding gear and technique:
1. Any tips on how to mix single vocal tracks into stereo? 2 tracks? 3? 4?
2. Is the DPA 4061 viable for voice recordings or is it too low sensitivity? I usually only use the 4061s for loud to very loud PAs.
3. If the 4061 is viable, what would be a cheap, clean preamp with microdot in (and xlr out)? I'm thinking I'd like to power each 4061 separately because each mic cable is only 6' long (I think) and it would be good for two people talking to be able to move around.
4. Any experience with the Zoom H6? For simplicity of use and 4 inputs it looks ideal, except that you can't bypass the built in preamps if I change my mind on using an outboard in the future.
5. Would the Busman BA-L2 be a viable choice for a home studio setup? How well would the Zoom H6 power them? They really are beautiful, unique, and I like that one of our own makes them with care. Plus it looks like someone has a pair in the Yard Sale for $400.
6. Better to buy SM58s or E835s?
7. How hard is it to find a good portable power supply for a recorder and 2-4 48v mics, plug-in power from the recorder or their own preamps?
I'd love to hear any experiences or recommendations as well. Thank you.