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- Sep 22, 2018
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Get a decent microphone if you're going to do that. Mrs Nobby-W runs a business with a significant social media presence in Indonesia, and looked into doing a podcast at one point, so we did a bit of homework on the matter.
One term you will hear is 'XLR' microphones, which is an analogue standard where the plug design has rubber dampeners that stop vibration being conducted into the mike. These will also need a digitiser box (typically between £50-£200) to plug into the computer. XLR mikes are not strictly necessary but will avoid some types of environmental degradations to sound quality. The Shure SM7B is well regarded and popular in Youtube circles, although at about £300 or so it's not cheap.
Otherwise, a bit of google-fu should turn up suitable mikes. A reasonably decent USB mike should start about £100 or so. I got one called a Blue Snowball for teleconferencing, which the manufacturer also pitches for podcasting. That's probably about the bottom end.
One of the free audio editors is probably fine.
Thanks for the advice, man.The Butcher - Apropos of such things, I found out a couple of little factoids:
The Snowball's older brother, the Blue Yeti, gets a fair amount of hate in YT circles, although there are videos showing how to use it correctly (talk into the front of the microphone, not the end). It's apparently also considered that it uses components that are a bit cheap and nasty.
For an XLR mike interface for a PC, I've seen a few folks recommend a gadget called a Focusrite Scarlet in my YT browsing. One can browse around for a suitable XLR microphone. Generally folks recommend dynamic microphones over condenser types.
A lot of Indonesian content creators use a Chinese brand called Saramonic. Mrs Nobby-W has a bit of social media presence in Indonesia and we just got a Saramonic lavalier (clips to your shirt) microphone set for her - a Blink 500 UC set consisting of two wireless lavalier mikes and a receiver that plugs into a phone via a USB-C port. This was a little over £200 in the UK and is a bit cheaper in Indonesia. There's also a Thunderbolt receiver available that works with iPhones and an analogue receiver that you can plug into normal audio kit.
It arrived a couple of days ago, and I tested the sound quality, which was actually quite good. Saramonic kit is a bit cheaper than the Western brands like Shure, and it seems to be of reasonably good quality. You can also get it via channels like Amazon. For your poetry, you probably still want to get a studio mike rather than a lavalier, but they do all that sort of kit as well.
And see below for something completely different. Honestly, I strongly preferred Kiss it Goodbye's precursor band, Deadguy, but Kiss it Goodbye had 50% of the same personal and the same rad graphic design, and "oh well, we're burn that bridge when we get to it" was something I had frequently written in my journals of that era before the song came out, lol.