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What is a good microphone to get for voice recording?

Asked by windex (2932points) May 20th, 2010

Purpose: podcast, voice acting, youtubeesque videos

To use with: PC (maybe a mac in the future)

Final desired quality: clear sound, no background noise.

Extras: Final recording will be compressed to achieve a small file size (Stereo)

Budget: around $100.00 (flexible, if justified)

I’m a noob when it comes to audio, I don’t know if I’m gonna need extra hardware to connect the microphone to. Or if I can record the audio then transfer it to my pc. or have it connected to my pc while recording.

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the100thmonkey's avatar

I’d suggest that if you’re prepared to spend about $30 or more on a mic, then you really won’t notice any difference between the $30+ mics available – all of them will achieve what you’re looking for. You don’t need to spend $100!

Spend $5, and you’ll likely notice, though.

Tomfafa's avatar

A good mic makes a BIG difference for sure!

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stratman37's avatar

If you want to eliminate background noise, look for a mic with a “unidirectional” pattern (like a shotgun mic) so that it records pretty much only what’s in front of it. Most mics are cardioid, and tend to pick up mostly in front, but off to the sides as well.

another way to reduce background noise is to be as close to the mic as possible/comfortable. and get a good “mic check” before recording. may be more than you care to know, but it’s got some good nuggets of knowledge in there.

let us know how it works out!

sweetteaindahouse's avatar

I use the mic from Rockband. It is usb so it makes it easy and the sound quality is great.

Tomfafa's avatar

I read two books and spent hours at the music store before I bought a good mike.

jazmina88's avatar

i had shures for music…..singers.

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