Recommend a good microphone for recording voice on a PC
July 11, 2006 11:16 PM Subscribe
I need to record a significant amount of voice using my PC at home. I've picked up a couple of consumer-level, $20-$40 computer microphones (tried two different cheapie Logitech models) but haven't been overly impressed. Recommend something better?
Assume I know virtually nothing about microphones or associated mic lingo, and that this mic would be used exclusively for single-person voice recording (no interview situations, and no musical instruments, etc.)
In addition to wanting good quality, one problem I'm having with these "desktop" microphones is the *p*opping sound on words that start with the letter "p". I imagine I need to use a mic with one of those filters to help *p*revent this *p*roblem.
I'm just recording in my living room, I don't have any sort of studio system, much less an ideal acoustical environment, other than shutting my window so you can't hear the traffic go by. I'll be recording directly into my Windows PC laptop, fan noise and all, via either Audacity or Sound Forge, so the mic would have to be plugged in via either the the laptop's mic-in, or USB. This is actually NOT for a podcast, but I imagine the recording circumstances and environment are somewhat similar to that group. Perhaps that mini-revolution has brought to market some appealing recording solutions that weren't previously around?
I'm somewhat open in terms of budget, but would rather not invest in equipment other than the microphone itself, unless the value, quality, and ease of use for a dedicated solution are astoundingly compelling versus a PC/mic combo. I will not use/need the recording system for much else after this project is done--another reason not to want to invest in a higher-end hardware solution. The project will take several weeks to accomplish, so renting better recording equipment is probably also not a practical approach.