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What is a good microphone for recording LP's?

#1O_Town_RulezPosted 9/24/2013 11:16:19 AM
I just had the Turtle Beach Z11's and they could barely pick me up. I just bought the Sennheiser PC 310's and they could barely pick me up.

I don't know what I am doing wrong but it's really starting to irritate me. I speak like I speak normally and it just doesn't pick me up very well and I'm tired of it.
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#2greenyoshi46Posted 9/24/2013 11:18:46 AM
Up the volume in the windows settings?
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#3TheFeshPincePosted 9/24/2013 11:21:00 AM
Get the Blue Snowball or that other more travel-friendly mic that I've seen people suggest (forgot the brand).
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#4O_Town_Rulez(Topic Creator)Posted 9/24/2013 11:30:12 AM
greenyoshi46 posted...
Up the volume in the windows settings?


It's maxed out. I'm just starting the think I need a bigger microphone because this one doesnt even fit my head.
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#5KillerTrufflePosted 9/24/2013 11:41:56 AM
I haven't looked at those headsets, but if you're using an analog mic, is the "mic boost" option checked in the sound settings? Analog mics typically don't have enough gain by default, so most sound cards can boost the signal.

If you're looking to do regular voice stuff tho, I'd agree that something more along the lines of one of the Blue mics (i.e. Snowball or Yeti) would be a good investment. Can't offer much insight on headset mics, since I don't use headsets.
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#6wizardmonPosted 9/24/2013 11:48:17 AM
If you are serous about going into producing LPs and having a channal with dozens of videos mostly consisting of you talking, get a snowball or Yeti with a filter for it, so you don't Puh'tis'tee every time you make a impacting noise.

If you are just making a few videos to fill your time because your bored just get something cheaper but functional.
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#7O_Town_Rulez(Topic Creator)Posted 9/24/2013 11:56:31 AM
wizardmon posted...
If you are serous about going into producing LPs and having a channal with dozens of videos mostly consisting of you talking, get a snowball or Yeti with a filter for it, so you don't Puh'tis'tee every time you make a impacting noise.

If you are just making a few videos to fill your time because your bored just get something cheaper but functional.


Can you gimme a link please?
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#8KillerTrufflePosted 9/24/2013 12:06:05 PM(edited)
http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Snowball-Microphone-Textured/dp/B000EOPQ7E
http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Yeti-USB-Microphone/dp/B002VA464S

If you're not concerned about appearance, you can build your own pop filter (a must if you want any sort of decent quality from your mic by avoiding blowing out your hard consonants) for cheap. OK pop filters are getting cheaper now tho it seems (they averaged around $20 when I was looking). You can find one in the neighborhood of $10.

http://www.amazon.com/Nady-MPF-7-Mic-Pop-Filter/dp/B000FA38VI

An embroidery ring with $0.99 panty hose stretched through it works just as well tho.

EDIT: Actually, panty hose with an embroidery ring can sometimes work *better* than commercial pop filters - read reviews on commercial ones, and keep in mind that the homemade style works absolutely flawlessly. They can just be a bit more clunky and don't look that wonderful, but results are perfect.
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#9O_Town_Rulez(Topic Creator)Posted 9/24/2013 12:07:11 PM
KillerTruffle posted...
http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Snowball-Microphone-Textured/dp/B000EOPQ7E
http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Yeti-USB-Microphone/dp/B002VA464S

If you're not concerned about appearance, you can build your own pop filter (a must if you want any sort of decent quality from your mic by avoiding blowing out your hard consonants) for cheap. OK pop filters are getting cheaper now tho it seems (they averaged around $20 when I was looking). You can find one in the neighborhood of $10.

http://www.amazon.com/Nady-MPF-7-Mic-Pop-Filter/dp/B000FA38VI

An embroidery ring with $0.99 panty hose stretched through it works just as well tho.

EDIT: Actually, panty hose with an embroidery ring can sometimes work *better* than commercial pop filters - read reviews on commercial ones, and keep in mind that the homemade style works absolutely flawlessly. They can just be a bit more clunky and don't look that wonderful, but results are perfect.


My only problem is, I have no way of using a desk microphone without a desk, that's why I was using a headset.
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#10Bigj089Posted 9/24/2013 12:10:36 PM
Everyone I know swears by Yeti and you can get the Yeti Blue Platinum on Amazon for $100 right now. If you want to save a little cash you could look into getting a Samson Meteor for $30 cheaper.
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