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Hey,

(This isn't strictly IM but here it goes)

I know theres a lot of you out there using videos in your marketing and I would like to know (please) whats some of the better microphones for sound quality and price on the market that do the job. There's so many to choose from.

Thank you :0)
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by vladmm View Post

    I know theres a lot of you out there using videos in your marketing and I would like to know (please) whats some of the better microphones for sound quality and price on the market that do the job. There's so many to choose from.
    I use an AudioTechnica ATR 3350 lavalier tieclip microphone with my Kodak Zi8 camera (the FlipHD has no external mic jack), and I have a Blue Eyeball 2.0 webcam with a very high-quality built-in microphone. Both of these came very highly recommended by other internet marketers, and were reasonably inexpensive.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Hampton
      The best quality to price ratio tends to be with USB condenser mics. I just picked up a Blue Snowball. Unfortunately, though it works great with my laptop, my desktop won't recognize it. And both are Windows 7. In any case, I think that's a problem with my machine and not the mic, as Blue's products tend to be very highly recommended.
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  • Profile picture of the author jwardz
    I use a Gigware headset and it is just fantastic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ian Varnava
    I have a Logitech G330 headset w/microphone and Logitech Pro 9000 webcam. Both work fine for my purposes. The sound quality is pretty clear from the headset. The only thing is that you have to wear the headset while you're recording. That's fine for my purposes but if I didn't wanna wear a headset while recording, I'd probably have to look into a better stand-alone microphone because the one on the webcam is OK.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charlotte Jay
    Blue totally rocks! I use a Blue Ball (now discontinued), for my voiceover work. If you need more recommendations feel free to PM me, my H works in the live sound industry and has his favorite picks for different scenarios.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vladutz
    Wow, Blue seems to be the obvious choise here. I've been looking at them and they look pretty good and funky. The Blue Eyeball 2.0 webcam that CDarklock mentioned looks like a good offer on Amazon, maybe I'll go for that one ;0)

    Thank you guys and gals

    Have a great day
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Actis
    If you are doing screencasts, I also give a big thumbs up for the Blue Yeti USB Microphone. You can get it for a great price on Amazon and for the price you really can't go wrong. I am a professional voiceover talent and own my own studio, some of my mics are in the thousands. I have done a few A/B tests and the Blue Yeti really is amazing for the price. Another option is the AT2020 by Audio Technica.
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  • Profile picture of the author fypnlp
    Just a quick thanks your recommendations have been really helpful for me
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    • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
      Originally Posted by fypnlp View Post

      Just a quick thanks your recommendations have been really helpful for me
      Me too! Thanks everyone!
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      • Profile picture of the author webskills
        I'd recommend a SAMSON CO1U - USB MICROPHONE.

        It works great and quality is superb!
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    I currently use the Audio Technica AT2020. It seems to do the job quite well and for the price you can't go wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dimitris Skiadas
    I have a Microsoft Life Cam HD-5000 which is great for shooting high definition videos and has a great microphone too! And it's very cheap!
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  • Profile picture of the author 4k
    The best I thing for sure is Rode NTA1
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  • Profile picture of the author 4k
    Actually they do an NTA2 as well
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  • Profile picture of the author 4k
    Get yourself a good preamp as well.....you could try firewire solo by maudio
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesReynolds
    Some good choices of mics mentioned here. Also consider Rode podcaster if you have a higher budget, otherwise Audio Technica AT 2020, Yeti or Samsung G Track
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  • Profile picture of the author Dr Dan
    Blue Snowball MicBlue Snowball Mic ($36) for my mac and Audio TechnicaAudio Technica ($25) for my Kodak Zi8 and Cannon HV30 video cameras.

    I will include some samples of both later. But you can hear a sample of my blue snowflake mic on any of my screen capture recordings.
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  • Profile picture of the author gowireless99
    Samson C01 Mic is really good. I am selling C01 Mic & SR850 headphone combo for $89.
    Please contact me for details
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    • Profile picture of the author matark
      Anyone know what might cause a "buzz" on my AudioTechnica ATR3350 used with my Kodak Zi8 ?? It doesn't happen all the time, but most of the time... sounds like a warble or chirp.

      Here's a 22-second video where the noise kicks in half-way through: YouTube - ‪is it the mic or the cam?‬‏

      I'm going crazy because this isn't going to work for any promo video blogging.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamieSEO
    Logitech headset w/microphone for me as well - reliable and good quality.
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    • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
      I use a Rode NTK. Not the cheapest,..I got mine for around $450, but excellent quality. You can hear how it sounds via my sig.
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  • Profile picture of the author peakperformer
    Hey Brother,

    I'm glad to help you out on this. Few moths back, I was faced with the same dilemma and I also started a very similar thread here.

    You can check it out:

    Microphones to use

    Many recommendations and awesome tips from fellow warriors. In the end, i bought the blue yeti, and it was great!

    Hope this helps

    Maxx (YS)
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    For all of you looking to increase the quality of your recordings and get rid of all the echo and background noise, then I highly suggest this product also...

    Amazon.com: Porta-booth - Portable Sound Studio...Amazon.com: Porta-booth - Portable Sound Studio...

    It was designed by one of the best Voice Over artists in the business... Harlan Hogan.

    You can actually make your own version a lot cheaper by purchasing the parts yourself. You can see a lot more details on how they are made and what they do here:

    http://www.harlanhogan.com/portaboothArticle.shtml
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