Podcasting with 3-4 people
I am currently working on launching a new creative showcase website where I feature a new artist/designer/illustratory/creative every week, talk about their work and interview them for more in-depth thoughts into their processes.
I am planning on doing a monthly podcast, getting a few friends together and talking about the work covered each month, but I'm not sure what the best way about it would be. I considered doing it over Skype (for convenience's sake) and I have a piece of software to record Skype conversations so that's fine, but I would rather get people in a room together, as I feel it's more natural to talk when you're face to face and people play off each other better in that environment.
Would it be better to 1) get an audio interface and just XLR mics that i already have into that, chuck it into garageband and record it that way? Or, 2) Buy 4 reasonably cheap USB mics (I was thinking about the Samson Meteor, which I could get for £60 a piece) and plug them all into my iMac separately (The iMac has 4 USB inputs)?
To get a good interface with 4 inputs, I can't find one for cheaper than buying the 4 mics, so what do you guys think? I'm pretty stuck.