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Best Microphone Solution For My Needs?

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February 19, 2014 8:20:51 AM

Wasn't sure whether to put this in Home Audio or here, but it's here now. Bit of a long one, sorry.

Needs: I need something to do game commentaries, and also video voice overs. Unboxings etc might follow, so I could do with something which would cover that. I also Skype a fair bit.

Current situation: I currently own a Zoom H1 Recorder (bought for use with my camera) which I've been using in USB mode as my PC's mic.

The sound is nice and full from it, however with my desktop sounding like a plane when gaming, and my keystrokes butting in, the pattern means it starts sounding abysmal. Also, it's a pain to switch into USB mode every time.

Used to have a set of Turtlebeach X12s which were nice, but then I bought a pair of Sony MDR 7506s, and I've fallen in love with the sound. They're not ideal for gaming, but they are great for music, films etc. No mic however.

I'm a techie, but know sh*t-all about microphones. The options I've looked at include:

Desktop condenser - Blue Yeti, Samson G-Track or CO1U, Behringer C-1 etc. Needs to be USB, as I don't have an interface. Headphone jack would be nice. Could be useful for me for vlogs at my desk too.

Desktop dynamic - I really haven't looked at dynamic microphones at all, but am open completely.

Lavalier/Lapel - So many out there, I just thought of the concept. Liked the ones that clip onto the headphone cable.

Gaming headset with mic - Razer Blackshark/Kraken 7.1, Astro A30 (without mixamp)
Would be willing to have 2 sets of headphones plugged in if it meant good gaming and mic sound. No good for vlogs really as I'd look like a bit of an idiot.

My budget is anything up to about £100 ($150), guessing I'll need most of that for a headset, but a lavalier would probably leave me with a good amount of change. (Happy to spend less though!)

I need advice firstly on what format microphone to go for. Does anyone have experience with any of the types or models I mentioned above with a PC?

Again, sorry about the length of this, hope you guys can help out!

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February 19, 2014 2:57:52 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?gclid=CI2kg7...
Personally, I use a Blue Yeti. It's a great desktop mic that has some *emphasis on some* directional sound capabilities. You can have the microphone so it's pointed forwards, front and back, or all over. It won't mute the other sounds, but it will soften them.

It connects with a mini usb, and does not require specialized software. I did install a driver that works well with it, but it was not required. It also has a headphone connection so you can listen to yourself in (very close to) real time while you record on the PC. Check out some unboxing and comparison videos for more in depth videos.
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March 21, 2014 5:51:40 AM

JumpeiSC said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?gclid=CI2kg7...
Personally, I use a Blue Yeti. It's a great desktop mic that has some *emphasis on some* directional sound capabilities. You can have the microphone so it's pointed forwards, front and back, or all over. It won't mute the other sounds, but it will soften them.

It connects with a mini usb, and does not require specialized software. I did install a driver that works well with it, but it was not required. It also has a headphone connection so you can listen to yourself in (very close to) real time while you record on the PC. Check out some unboxing and comparison videos for more in depth videos.



Sorry I never replied to your answer buddy. Thanks for this, and I did take it into consideration when buying my new mic, which is the Blue Yeti. To be honest I don't like the way it looks at all, but I do like the sound!
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