What kind of microphone is good for recording a podcast on computer?
I would really like to hear from someone who has actual experience trying different microphones. Someone has recommended that I use a stand-alone recorder–Samson’s Zoom H2–and then download from the recorder into my computer, but that’s a bit more expensive than just a microphone.
Thanks native…it never would occur to me to buy a quality product. Is there anyone out there with usable information?
One of my creative writing teachers uses the ZoomH2 for his podcast show and highly recommends it. He alsow says the ‘Blue Snowball’ would be another good choice, though it too is a bit pricey.
Otherwise, I think most microphones with a USB connector are pretty much in the get-what-you-pay-for catagory.
What kind of microphone should I use for my youtube videos?
I really would like to know what the best kind of microphone or even a camera I could use for my youtube videos is. I sing and I would like a microphone that has cool sound effects, stuff like that and lighting.
I would go for one with a 3.5 mm jack or headset/mic with same as USB’s can be a bit iffy on some programs?
Can you use a microphone while singing and dancing in an auditorium with terrible acoustics?
For my upcoming choir concert, a friend and I are singing and dancing to “Tango: Maureen” from the musical Rent. Our audition is in two days, and we might not use a microphone. The auditorium we will the performing in has terrible acoustics (you hear better in the back than right up the the front row.
My questions are:
1. Should we use a microphone for this? And…
2. If we don’t, how can we learn to project our voices in such a short time?
It never ceases to amaze me how performance venues are designed for esthetics first and acoustics last. Oh well, I digress.
Improving the projection of your voices is not something you’re going to really learn in 2 days. Headset mics are the best solution (they stay in one place while you’re dancing), but most facilities don’t have them. So, hand held mics it is.
If you haven’t been practicing the routine with the intent of singing flat out, you’ll likely have pitch problems.
As far as the acoustics of the room, if the PA system is portable (that is, not permanently installed), make sure that the speakers are not pointing directly at a hard reflective surface. If you can get a monitor to fold your vocals (and backing track if your using one) back to you, so much the better. It will help you keep in time and in tune.
Good luck to you.
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What microphone is good for my camcorder?
I have a Canon FS20 camcorder and I don’t like the little buzzing sound it makes when recording and the audio isn’t that good. I want to find a new microphone for this camera. Any suggestions?
There is no single “best mic”
The FS20, flash memory, consumer camcorder, has built-in stereo mics – and no manual audio control.
Since we don’t know what the video/audio capture environment is that is causing the “little buzzing” you report, it is a bit of a challenge to suggest anything without having to buy something. Because we know the camcorder uses “auto mic gain” to control the audio levels recorded, we also know that if the audio levels are low, the auto mic gain will turn up the gain while “listening” for audio. This can result in the “buzzing” you report being recorded.
The FS20 also has a 1/8″ (3.5mm) stereo audio-in jack to connect an external mic. If the audio you are capturing is “normal level” (not loud bands and not someone 10 feet away whispering), then a stereo condenser mic is probably a good idea. If the audio is really loud, then you need a way to control the audio level so it is not overpowering the auto mic gain. If the audio is from far away or very low, then you want to be able to get the mic closer to the audio source without having the camera so close.
What is your budget?
Since the FS20 does not have an accessory shoe to mount a mic, you need to add one. A camera bracket (search “camera bracket” at amazon to understand what I mean). The Bower or Adorama camera brackets are inexpensive and add two accessory shoes to your camcorder. Then you can add a condenser stereo like the Audio Technica PRO-24CM.
Or… If the audio is low, getting the mic closer to the audio source might mean using a wireless lavaliere. They are expensive. But best are UHF and a portable base station that mounts to the accessory shoe you added. I use Sennheiser G3 systems.
If the audio is loud, you can use an XLR adapter (with XLR connecting mics) like the BeachTek DX-A2T or juicedLink units to control the mic gain, but that gets expensive, too… Need to get mics, too.
What is the best microphone to use for speech recognition?
I’m hoping that by purchasing a better microphone, that my speech recognition program will work more accurately! Right now i am using the microphone that’s attached to my web cam, it doesn’t seem to be working very well, i am using the speech recognition program that came with windows vista! Thanx for your input.
You’re right, the closer the microphone is to the mouth the better speech recognition works because background noises are drastically reduced.
Get your self a head mounted type,like telephonists use for the best results.
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