Since I did not share a pick last week, I have two picks this week.
Up first is FoxIt Reader. Essentially, it’s an alternative to Adobe’s Reader application. Like Adobe Reader, it’s a PDF reader which allows you to open PDFs. However, it also allows you the ability to create PDF files from within Microsoft Office using their add-ins. I have been using this as my PDF viewer for about a month now and it is just awesome. From turning on my computer to opening my PDFs, it blows Adobe reader right out of the water. The other thing that makes FoxIt reader cool is the ability to open multiple PDFs in the same window using tabs(just like web browsers). I highly recommend that you check this one out. I can tell you that FoxIt Reader is free and is available for Windows PCs(and yes it runs on Windows 8).
The second of my picks is the iRig Pre Universal Microphone Interface for iOS and Android devices . This allows you to plug your XLR microphone into your iOS or Android device(along with your headphones). Of course, the device also has a 48V switch(AKA phantom power), so it makes it compatible with all XLR microphones which need phantom power and those which don’t need phantom power. It is powered by a 9 volt battery and comes with a velcro strap as well. The other thing I should mention is that you also have a gain control on the side to control the amount of gain going out of the interface.
I will have a test recording uploaded on this site very soon so you can be the judge of how good the sound quality is. By having this interface with you, it will allow you to turn your tablet or phone into a mobile recording rig.
I have been also testing it on some Skype calls for three weeks on my iPad and I have to say that this works like a dream. If you’re a podcaster who’s been looking to record content on-the-go then this is a really good interface for the job.
I would highly recommend picking up one of these for yourself. The iRig Pre XLR Interface is available for about $40 on Amazon USA
(£24.75 on Amazon UK).
Update: You cannot monitor using the headphone jack on the iRig Pre(by monitor, I mean hearing what’s coming out of the XLR microphone)