Sunday, March 6, 2011

Voice-Over Microphone Choices

I'm starting to create short videos to help users with an application I'm working on. They will be screen-casts with some voice over. (I've found that some people listen better than they read).

In the quest to record audio that is more helpful than distracting, I've realized that my microphone needs to be upgraded. My choices are theAudio-Technica AT2020 USB Condenser USB Microphone, the Samson CO1U USB Condenser Microphone, and the Nady Ultra Dynamic USB Microphone to Computer - USB-1C.

I've checked out numerous sources for reviews and I've found out a few things. Most amateurs doing reviews don't know how to use a side address microphone. Most professionals will throw away the stands the mics come with (or never take it out of the box).

Samson offers the C01U in a kit that includes a good desktop stand, a spider mount, the microphone, and a hard-side carrying case.

Now the Audio Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB Microphone is available and calling my name.  More to follow.