If you’re looking for advice on how to choose the best usb microphone for your needs – you’re in the right place. A usb microphone will almost always be superior in quality to an analog 3.5mm input microphone. Though perhaps providing a touch less fidelity than a truly professional xlr input microphone – like what the majority of professional recording artists and singers use – the various usb mics available today offer outstanding quality. A good quality usb microphone will make you sound great and professional, whether conversing by Skype, podcasting, singing, recording musical instruments or doing voiceover work for video.
Youtube Microphone Options Galore
There are so many different types of microphone that it’ll make your head spin if you start investigating mics like I did. You’ve got ribbon, condenser, dynamic, binaural and more. At the end of the day though, they’re all accomplishing the same thing – just in a different way – converting sound into an electric current.
Directional Mics versus Omnidirectional Microphones
Directional mics focus audio pick-up in one particular direction and filter out most sounds from outside of this focal area – for instance, the whirring of your air conditioner or the fan on your computer (which I’ve noticed when I get sensitive mics too close to my computer during voice-over work). The sensitivity toward one direction though can make them more prone to distortion from sharp S sounds or popping P sounds. People in the industry refer to these as sibilants and plosives. (This distortion can be mitigated by a pop-filter).
Quality youtube mic have a universal pick-up pattern that captures sound from all angles around the microphone. This is great if you’re trying to capture audio from multiple sources, such as your voice and a musical instrument, or a dialogue between two people on opposite sides of the mic, but it can also result in the recording of unwanted ambient sounds.