Clip on mic for high quality home audio recording

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by williammaw, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. williammaw

    williammaw Guest

    What would be a good clip on mic for high quality home audio recording
    using a home computer? The Audio-Technica AT2020 turns up a good deal
    on Google searches, but it is a desk microphone not a clip on that you
    can wear while taking video clips.

    BTW, does the audio quality depend much on the sound card as well?

    Thank you in advance ...
     
    williammaw, Oct 3, 2011
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    Frank Guest

    It seems that you're looking for a wired or wireless (you didn't
    specify which) lavalier (lav) microphone that you can connect to a
    computer's USB port for recording spoken-word audio on the computer.

    If so, here are two choices, out of many available choices, one with
    an omnidirectional pickup pattern and one with a cardioid polar
    pattern. Both are wired, not wireless.

    Shure MX183 Omni Lav Condenser Mic
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/126754-REG/

    Shure MX185 Cardioid Lav Mic
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/126756-REG/

    With either of the above microphone choices, you'll need an XLR to USB
    microphone adapter of some sort. Since I've suggested Shure mics, I
    may as well suggest a Shure adapter.

    Shure X2u - XLR to USB Microphone Signal Adapter
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/598406-REG/
    If you're using a USB connection to the computer, the computer's
    internal sound card (or external audio interface) has no effect on the
    recorded sound quality whatsoever as it plays no role in the recording
    process.

    Connecting a microphone directly to a computer's internal sound card
    or external audio interface, however, is a completely different
    situation and the quality of the sound card or audio interface will
    affect the recorded sound quality.

    The biggest impact, though, will come from the acoustics of the
    recording space. Proper sound treatment will go a long way toward
    helping to produce high quality results.

    Next is the specific microphone chosen, it's placement related to the
    sound source, the skill of the speaker to "work a mic", etc.

    Next would be the quality of the mic preamp, audio interface or sound
    card, cables, connectors, etc.

    It's also, regardless of the hardware hookup, very important to record
    without any clipped peaks.
    HTH.
     
    Frank, Oct 3, 2011
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    Ty Ford Guest

    clip on what?

    plugged into what?

    Regards,

    Ty Ford


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    Ty Ford, Oct 3, 2011
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