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Any sort of microphone will do to begin with I'd say as most of the cheaper mics you can purchase do a fairly good job, I use a cheaper mic for communications and it picks up almost no background noise, the only issue is frequency range isn't very big.
If you want to spend more money for a good quality mic the first suggestion would be the Blue Yeti which is about $150. I would highly suggest Blue microphones as many professionals use them and they are high quality.
First, thanks for putting this together and handing out the code here. I know I learned a few good tips I hadn't ever considered before, and I'm only about 30% in.
As to the speaking on the mic - The biggest distraction I found in the lectures was the sucking sound you make between sentences. I don't know if you've got a Halls in your mouth or what but I found it to be a real distraction.
You can get a great USB mic for under $100 on Amazon, for a lot less if you're on a tight budget.
The pace of the lessons could also move at about twice the speed. One of the great things about e-lectures is the ability for the end-user to stop, replay, rewind at their leisure.
In short - lose the Halls, grab a better mic and pick up the pace.
Please don't take this harshly, I just thought it was nice of you to give this out for free and I thought I could give back with some constructive criticism.
I have a Blue Yeti, It's really good for multiple uses.
It has multiple pattern selections - cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional & stereo. Awesome for streaming and many other things.
[link] (Sorry for the long ugly link :/ )
A Blue Yeti USB microphone, known for its good sound:
Suggestions: You could record podcasts, audiobooks of public domain works, sound effects for games, birthday songs for special people, a youtube channel, etc..
Some really great stuff, I like The Path best. Timing could be a little steadier in places I think, but I really like the sound - definitely a Tallest Man On Earth vibe like you say. Your music deserves a decent mic though! Check out the Yeti Blue USB microphone, it's very decent and only about $100.
Have you considered USB Condenser Mics like the Blue Yeti? It's really all you need unless you want to record more than two simultaneous tracks.
I am going to be perfectly honest man. I have used a milk crate full of Cheap mics ranging from 25-75 USD and none of them had the quality I wanted. So I saved and bought a Blue Yeti Mic . It might not be the best microphone out their but its mid range. And it works beautifully.
You can grab a meh external USB mic for under $50, and a really solid one for a touch over $100 (I realize this doesn't help you right now, but it's worth the investment--especially if you want to submit for any VO work).
This is the one I use:
Also, you presumably have a mic on your camera that is decent enough (otherwise your audition wouldn't be working at all)--you'd have to record your off-camera lines separately, but any video editing software should allow you to remove the audio from a video clip and move it around. Again, these are skills worth learning.
Thanks for the 30 seconds though. I'm using a Yeti mic. I think it's a pretty decent mic but I think I'm sitting too close and maybe I have one of the settings on it messed up?
[link] Is the one that I have.
Apparently it sold out SUPER quickly. However, the original silver Blue Yeti is going on sale at 12:50 est. (About 1.5 hours from now).
Here is the link!
Yep! I was surprised it went so quickly. The original blue yeti goes on sale too in about an hour and a half!
Apparently the Yeti Snowball goes on sale at the exact same time, too!
Yep! I was shocked. But the original blue yeti goes on sale in about an hour and a half!
BNIB Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone - Silver
I have a PX3 Wireless headset, and a Yeti that sits in a closet doing nothing.
Wireless is amazing, I can walk from my computer around my house in a 300 ft radius for 8 hours still hearing my computer. Never going back to wired, it's dead to me.
For reference. [link]
I'd love to get a Blue Yeti But I am neither rich enough to afford one, nor actually that good at audio editing for it really be worth the investment. For right now the Go Mic is a fine compression microphone. I /probably/ don't need the pop filter, but my initial setup I had the Microphone pretty much right in front of me.
heres another one blue yeti for 11:40
They have the silver one coming up in an hour (9:50am pst). Will likely be the same price.
The black one keeps going in and out of sold out status, could probably still get it.
This is the microphone we have, and at some point we hope to have a mixer to make things a little cleaner and hopefully get a second microphone, considering we sometimes have four people during a session.
The girl (Neva) is generally pretty shy, so getting her to speak up will be a work in progress.
An intro will hopefully be coming in soon, as I've got a friend who's writing up a little song we can use.
My main annoyance was that the guy leading the charge (Crockett) was primarily doing side missions as opposed to progressing the story, which really limits the stuff we got to see. Other than that, getting to talk more about the game and introducing ourselves is something we can definitely start doing in the future. Thanks for the advice!
I dunno if I'm too late for this thread...
But I have ~$1,000 and need to build a basically ground-up operation for recording podcasts at home.
I have tried utilizing the search function and I've picked up some useful info...and I found a similar post for someone setting up a music rig. But I didn't see anything quite like what I'm asking. I apologize if I missed one.
Basically, I have a fledgling podcast "business" but I'm used to recording in a professional setting. I have a radio background and am used to working with Shure mics and adobe audition. I know I can't get that sort of stuff for the budget I'm looking at. Basically, I need the following:
2 mics (I was thinking USB ones like this? )
A computer solely for this project. I currently have a macbook from like...2006. It can barely surf the web.
Any other equipment which would add to the sound quality.
In a perfect world, I'd like to be able to record two people in a room OR record me at my rig and someone else over the internet. Is this even remotely doable for the price?
I have a Blue Yeti microphone:
I like the sound quality and have gotten positive comments from clients. It is kind of large, but it is a USB mic...
Once you're at $100, $150 isn't much more.
Also, I have a Snowball... and I think it's just fine, although I think the modmic does sound just as good or better.
EDIT: Pasted the wrong link...
Sorry about the late reply. Yeah, we're looking into getting her a Yeti eventually (she streams), but it's important that she has an in-line mic so that she can use the mic while she's not at her desk (i.e. using her laptop elsewhere). A standing desk mic just isn't suited to that task, hence the pickiness.
Yeah, echoing everybody here-- just use your cell phone and get a good mic + use good headphones to monitor.
Here's my recommendation:
-get a cheap tripod + tripod mount for your cellphone ($15 each) so its steady, and shoot it in a well lit room.
-Pick up a blue yeti [link]
-Get some solid audio editing software (if you have a mac, for your purposes, garageband should be adequate. If not, subscribe to Adobe Audition, or try Audacity as a free alternative)
-Get some good headphones for monitoring audio while you record
I think this has been said, but I think your #1 investment with this channel would be a higher quality mic.
We use this one here
Perfect mix of quality and cost-effectiveness!
To prerecord songs I use a blue yeti, but to record live covers I use an sm58. Sm58 is good as long as you can afford a preamp to hook up to your pc. But I'd recommend a blue yeti to start out though. I've had mine for 3+ years and it's great.
Reconsider the style of your thumbnail images as well. That filter combined with the low view count that you're going to have before people find your channel would make me disinterested since it makes you seem kinda amateurish from a design standpoint.
Also please include a link for purchasing items in the description.
I wish you the best of luck :) might take you a minute to get traction so far as views and subscribers go but keep at it
I started in a similar situation as well. I found it helpful to get a mic and just practice using it and the software together. Got me more comfortable using the tools and served as a good foundation for learning more and planning out what to do next. If you want a recommendation I'd suggest the Yeti mic. It's super simple to use (you just plug it in for the most part) and it has a wide range of basic modes you can leverage. After that, you really have all you need besides the content. As far as content goes, I guess that comes down to your reasons for podcasting in the first place and who your intended audience is.
I made several other comments throughout the thread, but I'll say this. Go check out /r/recordthis, /r/VoiceActing, /r/VoiceWork etc. If you expect to make ANY money, you'd need to invest at least a little in some recording equipment. A lot of people start off with something like the Blue Yeti which is a relatively inexpensive USB microphone.
You are making a good start!
One tip I might have for you is quality over quantity. You may not have all the time in the world to produce your videos.
(about the linked video) You might want to look into adjusting the audio levels (your voice needs to be louder than the game audio). When you get the chance buy a better microphone, (It will help tremendously in production quality).
I would recommend ([link]). I have this mic and would definitely recommend - It's got good value for audio quality.
I hope I haven't come off as too preachy but I do like to help out people who I see trying to do their best in what they enjoy.
I wish you good luck in such a saturated market.
My buddies and I use a Blue Yeti USB Microphone. It does the job and all of us can be heard pretty clearly when we gather around it. Eventually, we'll snag another but for now this is more than sufficient. [link]
If you haven't already please consider getting a better vocal recording set up. Not only will it get rid of the obvious jump between narrators, but a well mixed voice is like another dimension to these types of videos. For absolute bare bones budget you might look at a Yeti USB mic. I can give you advice on nicer setups if you're interested.
That's just the feedback bit though. This is really well done!
That's the Snowball, yea. Looks like it's a bit more than I remembered. This is the Yeti. Currently $109 on Amazon but it goes on sale often and I've seen it as low as $80. Just set up an alert on SlickDeals.net and you should be able to get one pretty soon if you're willing.
I recommend the Blue Yeti microphone. It looks like a lot of podcasters get this one as their intro mike. I like mine a lot. Great sound and easy to use. [link]
First of all, hats off to trying to get in on the action early.
I guess it sorta depends on your definition of a gaming setup. I'd recommend building your own desktop to get the most bang for your buck. /r/buildapc is a great subreddit for getting opinions on builds and computer components.
As far as peripherals, you'll want a decent mouse and keyboard. I love my mechanical keyboard, and have not once looked back after getting my first one. There's also a pretty good community at /r/mechanicalkeyboards who rock at giving advice and suggestions. Brands are really important, and I've come to trust Corsair, Logitech, and Steel Series. People will preach about 4K monitors...if you're streaming I'd say skip out on it, especially at your age when you don't have hundreds of dollars to dish out on a monitor alone.
As far as streaming goes, you'll definitely want to pick up a microphone. Most streamers will spread the gospel on Blue Yeti, which is an amazing microphone, but you can easily get something much cheaper for starting out. Another thing you might want to consider is a capture card, which will help alleviate the stress that streaming puts on your computer. It will help improve the quality, and will help with your framerate while gaming.
Other than that, make sure you have persistence. You won't get popular right off, you need to keep at it even when it may seem like no one views your content. If you keep at it, you'll learn. When you learn, you'll get better. That's what will start bringing people in.
Good luck! Feel free to reach out to the community again. We all love helping out!
Have an HD60 and this myself, did you simply pirate adobe? I hate to say it, but being honest here, I'm big into games but don't know much when it comes to pcs, gaming, and pirating.
I'm using this for a mic right now, do you have a link to the Newer stand you're using? I've been looking around, and a lot of folk say that the basic Newer stands aren't good enough for a heavy mic.
I as well am unfortunatly in a poor financial situation right now and probably won't be able to buy a software, looking at pirating vegas or premiere, do you have any websites/guides on how to go about doing that in a safe fashion?
It might, I currently have a Blue Yeti so it's sensitive enough to potentially hear any sound that leaks from the headphones. I'm trying to avoid any leakage since the yeti has a bit of notoriety for picking up even really quiet things 7-10m behind people recording even using cardioid so I feel like it would be an issue.
Starting a channel is pretty difficult, trust me I know what it’s like! My feedback would be to maybe instead of having the entire 40 minute video, you should break it up into smaller pieces pertaining to whatever topic you were on. That way people will less likely click away from a 40 minute video, especially if they don’t know you yet. After you cut up the video into smaller segments, then go ahead and release the full video Incase anyone wants to listen/watch the entire thing. Also, I know you’re just starting out, so somewhere down the road, you might want to consider upgrading your audio quality. One mic that I highly recommend that’s not terribly expensive is the Blue Yeti Microphone. It sounds amazing! I would recommend upgrading your camera quality too, but I know it’s your first one so I’m not too concerned on that. But eventually you will need to upgrade if you’re serious about it.
Another thing is to try to sound more excited. one thing that I like to do when I’m on camera, is to be an exaggerated version of yourself. Turn everything up a notch when you’re making a video, you don’t have to turn it all the way up to 11, but just try to make things sound more exciting when your on.
Last and the most important thing is to keep going! The more content you make, the better you will become at it! I’m no big youtuber, not even close, but I would say I’ve gotten better since I first started making videos. Since you’re brand new, don’t worry about viewers. Don’t be discouraged when you see not many or sometimes no one watches. Me personally, I Enjoy making videos for myself and if anyone watches cool, if not, so what I’m still doing something I enjoy.
These are a couple of things that I’ve learned along the way, I wish you the best of luck on your journey and whatever you do, make sure you enjoy it.
As a beginner for a microphone specifically I'd really suggest something like the Blue Yeti ---> (You can find it for sale if you keep an eye on it. Had gotten mine for almost 60% off during Cyber Monday).
Really simple, USB plugs in, automatically gets read Audacity or Adobe Audition, depending on your editing choice, and has some of the best sound quality for its price you can find.
I can't vouch for the quality, but this seems to tic all the boxes, eg. USB, <$200, multi-pattern (ie. the direction it picks up sound from) - cardioid (front), figure 8 bi-directional (front and back), omni (all directions) - you would just need to place it in between yourself and whomever you're recording (note, room acoustics and ambient noise will need to be addressed).
There are definitely better ways to record a podcast, but they're all much more expensive. But, it can definitely sound passable if you learn how to mix audio for podcasts (EQ, stacking multiple compressors, using multiband compressors, limiting, setting final loudness levels to broadcast standards). Or, reach out to the local or online community of people who are looking for experience in audio. Pay them money, or exchange services, give them credits on the show, ask them for more specific advice on how to improve the quality, as they will know best since they are tasked with optimizing your recordings.
Thank you for the kind words. I don't really know anything about music production, I just like to write poems. I got one of these for 60 dollars on sale about a year ago and it sounds pretty good to me when I record with audacity. I like it because I can plug in my headphones and hear my voice as I record with almost no delay. I'm sure there are better options for the price but I don't know enough about it to be honest. if you can make beats on any level you know far more than I do! Some of these audio programs are really daunting.
Alot of the big boys on Youtube use something like this with their gameplay commentaries: [link]
I guess you could find something similar with a lower price-tag if you don't want to shed out that much.
<strong>UK - Amazon: Blue Yeti Microphone £79.99</strong>
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I unfortunately picked mine up for £99.99 on Friday, which was discounted down from £119.99. If you need a new mic, jump on this whilst you can.
I have been using mine for Xbox since it arrived and it works great.