Podcasting is all about sharing your message with everyone that wants to listen, and it doesn’t take much to get your ideas from your head into your computer and online for the world to hear. Lots of computers include built-in microphones, and inexpensive headset mics are easy to come by and easy to use. When you’re ready to step up to a higher quality microphone, however, the choices can get a little confusing.
I’ve tried many microphones over the years and these are some of the ones I’ve had the best results with.
- Audio Technica ATR3350 (ATR-3350) Lavalier (Tie Clip)
A great microphone to use with the Kodak Zi8 pocket video camera. It has a very long cable, making it really easy to position the camera a little further away, so viewers can see more of your surroundings when doing some video, not just the normal headshot. It’s great for cutting down on background noise too, so if you want to do recordings outside, or in busy public areas, you can make sure the camera clearly picks up what you’re saying. This tie-clip microphone is perfect for connecting to the Kodak Zi8 pocket camcorder, or any other HD camcorder with an external mic input.
- Logitech Premium Notebook Headset Microphone
This is great for recording Skype calls and also for doing Camtasia voiceovers. It’s easy to keep your voice at a constant volume, even when you move your head, so it’s less distracting to use over longer periods of time. You don’t have to concentrate on keeping your voice at a constant level which can be a bit of a distraction when you’re working on a longer audio or video service.
- Samson C01u Studio Condenser Mic
This is a great quality mic at a mid-range price, perfect for podcasting and video voice overs. This is a USB mic that comes on it’s own small stand. You need to keep your mouth close to the microphone as you speak to accurately capture the richest tones in your voice. If you lean backwards and forwards your volume level will change.
- Blue Snowball
Another mic that’s great for podcasting, and other audio work. The manufacturer says: “Finally, a USB mic that’s not only easy to use, but sounds as good on your desktop as it does in a professional recording studio. Meet the Snowball; the world’s first professional USB mic. Whether you’re recording a guitar at your kitchen table or a complete band in the studio, the Snowball can capture it with detail unheard of before in a USB mic”
So that completes my review of some great microphones suitable for podcasting and video marketing.
Remember, audio and video are one of the quickest and easiest ways to build your personal brand and demonstrate your professional abilities – as well as being perceived as higher-ticket items so you can charge more for them.
Have you got a favourite microphone? Why not post up a comment saying you why you prefer your make and model?