What 'mic' do you use?

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Trying to record some sales audio.

At the mo just have the macbook air standard onboard mic and think the sound is not so great.

What do you guys use?
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Stewart
    Originally Posted by londonwar View Post

    Trying to record some sales audio.

    At the mo just have the macbook air standard onboard mic and think the sound is not so great.

    What do you guys use?
    I've been using a Logitech USB Headset H530 with Premium Laser-Tuned Audio for 4-5 years now and it works great. This model has a 4 star review at Amazon. There's an updated version now, but I'm still using the second set that I bought in 2012. They run around $80-$90.00.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    An Audio-Technica AT3035 attached to a (USB) Edirol UA-25. This combination
    was recommended by a marketer some years back and I bought it and has
    been using this for my audio recording needs. Works great.

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  • Profile picture of the author James Campbell
    Shure PG42-USB is what I use.
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  • Profile picture of the author themichaelcook
    I use a Blue Snowball microphone, with a pop filter. It's not very expensive and the quality of it is very, very good.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Samson Meteor
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  • Profile picture of the author James Spencer
    I have tried the Logitech Microphone Pro 5000 and it works very good
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  • Profile picture of the author Carter Boatright
    I'm using Blue Snowball and its really good quality.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronrule
    Neumann 103 at the studio, Yeti at the home office.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamescanz
    The Blue Yeti one...

    Took awhile to tamper with it, but works greatly once you get the hang of it
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  • Profile picture of the author Zak L.
    A good start up mic to use that is quite cheap (around $150) is the Sony ECM-AW3.

    Will be upgrading to a Sennheiser EW112P soon - but the above mic is what I've used.

    It's wireless and works great with Canon cameras. If you're looking for something for just your onscreen videos with Camtasia for example, I'd go to your nearest electronics store and see what works best with your computer!
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  • Profile picture of the author tauhidbd1993
    I have been using the LOGITECH & CREATIVE. Both of these products is good.
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    MXL Genesis
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    • Profile picture of the author koolphoto
      I have both the Audio-Technica AT2020USB and Samson Meteor USB microphones. Both work very well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adrianhenry
    I had a shure SM57 laying around from my music days so thats what I usually use if I ever need.
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  • Profile picture of the author ameliaevie
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    Logitech may be good. Actually I have been using this brand for a long time, One of my friend is using the Creative. You can see their performance. Best of luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author NeshSab
      Behringer T-1.
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  • Profile picture of the author C G
    Blue Yeti

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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Cole
    I went from using a Logitech clear chat headset to owning and using a Blue Yeti and have now also moved my audio setup to a Rode Procaster with an integrated audio mixing desk.

    My one piece of advice is whatever mic you use to record won't matter too much. BUT clean up your audio and remove as much of the background noise as you possibly can. You can do this for free with Audacity and there are numerous tutorials on YouTube showing how to do this. It takes a few extra minutes and makes a world of difference.
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    • Profile picture of the author adamv
      Originally Posted by Chris Cole View Post

      I went from using a Logitech clear chat headset to owning and using a Blue Yeti and have now also moved my audio setup to a Rode Procaster with an integrated audio mixing desk.

      My one piece of advice is whatever mic you use to record won't matter too much. BUT clean up your audio and remove as much of the background noise as you possibly can. You can do this for free with Audacity and there are numerous tutorials on YouTube showing how to do this. It takes a few extra minutes and makes a world of difference.
      Good advice, that's exactly what I do.

      I use a Blue Yeti mic and it's awesome. After I record, I clean it up with Audacity. And I learned to do editing and noise removal by watching Youtube tutorials. It doesn't take to long to do the noise removal and it really does make a huge difference.
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  • Profile picture of the author bob ross
    I have a yeti and other mics, but the problem is that they're condenser mics. Condensers pick up noise like crazy, which is a problem if you're not in a room that's dead quiet.

    this mic: Amazon.com: Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid...Amazon.com: Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid... (non affiliate link) is a dynamic mic which will cut out all the annoying stuff the condensers pick up. You'll love this mic, it's cheap, and sounds amazing. I use it for my podcast, which in my opinion sounds better than heil pr40 that gurus recommend and costs hundreds of dollars.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Snape
    For most things I only need my MBP built in Mic, it works 'good enough' for my purposes. I do have a headset but find it to be difficult to use. If the settings aren't 'just right', I find that it doesn't record at all. But the onboard mic works fine with my MBP - could be different for an Air which is what you said you were using.
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  • Profile picture of the author MatthewWeaver
    The Blue Yeti
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  • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
    For Camtasia style stuff, I use the Blue Snowball mic.

    I also have a lapel mic if I'm showing my face in the video. For higher end stuff, I go with the recommendation of the sound crew, or the equipment rental place.
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