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12 May 2016 @ 11:07 pm
Microphone tips needed!  

Okay, so I started recording podfics a few years ago, and for most of that time I’ve used my iphone as a recording device. We all know that doesn’t result in the best sound quality, but it wasn’t horrible by any means and it worked just fine for me. Then I tried using my brother’s gaming headset with an attached mic and suddenly I had a much better and easier way to record my podfics. Now I’ve been inactive for a long time and I want to start making them again, but I no longer have access to a headset and I can’t go back to my iphone's sound quality. There’s just no way. So my question is - what type of recording equipment do you suggest I get? I was pretty comfortable with the headphone mic, but I know some podficcers use desktop microphones to record with some pretty good results. It might just be a preference thing, but I'd love some advice!

chasingriverchasingriver on May 12th, 2016 09:40 pm (UTC)
I use a USB microphone I got from Amazon. (It was about $35 USD in 2012 (!), but it looks like it's $45 now.) I would search on USB microphones on your retailer of choice and look at reviews. The one I got was this one. I've been happy with it. If anything, it's overly sensitive, but I use noise reduction software so it's not an issue. Also, it's four years old and I'm sure other, better things are out there now. :) But it's great. I just plug it in and go.
striped_bowties: Bowtie 2striped_bowties on May 12th, 2016 10:45 pm (UTC)
I'll look into USB microphones and see if it seems like something that could work for me! Thank you, that's really helpful :)
Starrylizardstarrylizard on May 14th, 2016 07:43 am (UTC)
I have this mic: http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Yeti-USB-Microphone/dp/B002VA464S
I'm pretty happy with it. But I had a fair bit of spare cash at the time. ;)