01-30-2022 02:13 PM
To create our training courses, the use of the correct microphone is critical. When I began my journey on Udemy, I invested in the Blue Snowball USB Microphone. It is outstanding and works superb even today after six years of its regular use. I use it to record audio lectures.
With that said, as I progressed and started using a DSLR camera, I required another microphone that could connect to the camera. So, I purchased the Rode Video Mic Pro+. Its a compact directional shotgun microphone with an outstanding sound quality.
Some details of both these microphones are as below:
Blue Snowball iCE USB Mic for Recording and Streaming on PC and Mac, Cardioid Condenser Capsule (Price ~$40 on Amazon)
Rode VideoMic Pro+ Compact Directional On-Camera Shotgun Condenser Microphone (Price ~$265 on Amazon)
Which microphone do you use to record your video lectures? Share your thoughts.
01-30-2022 05:23 PM
01-31-2022 10:15 AM - edited 02-03-2022 06:26 AM
Nice.. i believe this microphone features two switchable patterns to select the right time of sound for a specific recording. Price is also very decent, slightly lesser than 100 dollars here in India. Thanks for sharing 😊
01-31-2022 02:32 PM
What an amazing post @Rahul Iyer! Thanks for starting this thread and sharing your microphone suggestions. It's great that you included two types of microphones with vastly different prices. I look forward to seeing what other instructors use to record their courses. 🎤😊
01-31-2022 02:37 PM
01-31-2022 12:26 PM
Yes, it is very compact and easy to carry around.
02-01-2022 08:57 AM
I'm a Shure SM7B guy, paired with a "CloudLifter" box to boost its signal, and a "Blue Icicle" device to convert it to USB. It's more expensive than the other options listed so far, but not crazy-expensive like the professional-grade Neumann microphones.
It's a dynamic mic so it's not too sensitive to noise, and it sounds really rich.
02-02-2022 08:54 AM
That's awesome. Thanks for sharing @FrankKane
I believe your microphone and the blue icicle device will look like the below images:
Very helpful 🙂
02-02-2022 09:03 AM
Yup, that's it!
02-02-2022 08:46 AM
I use the Blue Yeti Nano on a boom arm. Nothing fancy, but I'm happy with the sound quality, it's affordable, and super easy to set up and use.
02-02-2022 08:57 AM
Thank you for sharing. I have added the picture of how your microphone may look. Looks brilliant and you have already mentioned it is wonderful. Also costs less than $100. Appreciate your note 🙂
02-02-2022 12:28 PM
Thanks, @Rahul Iyer . There are lots of YouTube videos that compare microphones, so I encourage anyone to do their own research. AND I'm not an expert, BUT: Besides affordability and simplicity, what I love about this microphone is: 1) I can set it up and forget about it - as long as it's 6-18 inches from my mouth, it will sound great - I don't have to think about where it is as I move, and 2) This microphone gets criticized for how it picks up noise - some say you need a sound-proof studio to use it. I DO try to have a quiet environment, but I find that the noise reduction in my software (Camtasia) works very well to eliminate noises like fans, so NO, I don't need a sound studio. Would encourage anyone to try affordable gear like this when they are just getting started as an instructor.
02-02-2022 12:57 PM
02-02-2022 09:57 AM - edited 02-02-2022 09:58 AM
The mic you use is partly determined by how you shoot. I stand in front of a green screen and my camera is back abut 20 feet on a tripod. I use a wireless mic. I went through three different cheaper brands and finally decided to spend the $500 on a genuinely pro quality Sony transmitter and receiver. This has worked very well plugged into my Nikon z6ii camera.
02-02-2022 11:57 AM
02-03-2022 01:02 AM
I'm spoiled for choice when it comes to microphones, (I'm a Sound Engineer) I use an Audio Technica 4033 (condenser) plugged into a Focusrite Green 2 mic pre amp, and that's plugged into my audio interface.
02-03-2022 06:24 AM
Wow @LiamDavin1, Audio Technica is also the most recommended microphone of my favorite Podcaster and the world's richest affiliate marketer (Pat Flynn). Thank you for sharing! 🙂
02-03-2022 04:45 AM - edited 02-04-2022 03:48 AM
@Rahul Iyer thank you for this post, this will help a lot, especially now that I am in the middle of it. I have added it up as No.2 on my priority list this month right away.😄 Thank you.
02-03-2022 06:24 AM
02-03-2022 01:23 PM
My two primary mics are the Samson Q2U and Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB with a behringer mixer. I like how they both have USB and XLR interfaces. I originally started with a Blue Snowball iCE, but really like these two.
02-06-2022 06:05 AM
Awesome microphone! Very professional 🙂
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