High quality mic?

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Feb 22, 2012

High quality mic? by DiscostewSM at 8:35 AM (516 Views / 0 Likes) 6 replies

  1. DiscostewSM
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    I had started doing some vocal recordings, but have found that the mic on my headset wasn't exactly the greatest for getting clear audio. Even my newest headset that I bought after my last one became faulty, while better, still wasn't enough with all the noise it took in. So, I had been looking a little, trying to find a good quality, yet non-expensive, mic that could give me a clear recording and noticed these two USB microphones.

    http://www.amazon.co...duct/B000EOPQ7E

    http://www.amazon.co...duct/B001R76D42

    My knowledge on microphones is limited, so I don't even know if either of these are good enough for their prices. My budget is rather low, so I can't go diving into the more expensive microphones that I'm sure would give me what I'm looking for. I understand that there is more to recording than just the mic (like the recording area, the need for a pop filter over the microphone, etc), but the mic is a really important component for clear audio.
     
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    Depending on how serious you want to get with your recording, you might want to consider getting a mixer and an XLR mic. The snowball isn't that great, but it's probably a step up from what you've got, and I'm not sure of the Samson Go's audio quality. I'll look this up later tonight and hopefully get a more helpful post up.

    Also, if you could actually say a dollar value for the highest you'll spend, that should help narrow down the choices.
     
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    The inner audiophile was left bruised and dying in the backstreet the same night as the inner meeja studies type but I can still channel something of them.

    To that end are you sure you want an omnidirectional mic- some of the shotgun mics are awesome and well within your price range here and although they are a bit more specific lavalier/lapel mics are also pretty good. Better yet done properly those two can reduce the need to outfit your recording area quite as much.
     
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    Both of the two I listed have not just a omnidirection pattern, but also a cardioid pattern, to which I hear is used a lot with vocals and speech recording because of the area it receives audio from.

    From what I had gathered, I was thinking of getting one of these mics (or whatever else), then making a portable booth that I'd place both the microphone and a pop filter in.

    $67 (which is the price of the Blue Snowball at Amazon at the time of this post) is probably as high as I'd go.
     
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    If that is your maximum and you're sure you want to go with USB, I found the Audio-Technica AT2020 going for about that price on BHPhotoVideo, it sounds much better than the Snowball.

    Edit: You could also consider the Behringer C-1U, it's a bit cheaper.
     
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    I've seen the Snowball recommended several time in the past before. Another mic that is good for recording is the Blue Yeti
    http://www.overstock.com/Sports-Toys/Blue-Microphones-Yeti-USB-Condenser-Microphone-and-The-Pop-Universal-Filter-Kit/6148249/product.html?cid=202290&kid=9553000357392&track=pspla&adtype=pla&kw={keyword}
     
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    I got a logitech USB Mic on the cheap from Amazon. Way better than the analogue Mic built into my webcam.
     

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