An associate of mine is looking for a new mic for recording his VO for some guidance
videos he makes. It's not serious stuff, not for profit, but for a long time he's been
using a headset mic which is pretty lousy quality and seriously prone to plosives.
He's looking to get something that he can plug straight into his mac, either via
minijack or USB, for under £100 (minus cost of pop shield!). I've looked into some
options for him, but haven't used any of them myself so if anyone has any experience of
the following, or would like to suggest any other options, let me know!
ol' AKG C1000 - is the battery just for phantom power, or does it amplify the signal as
well? Would you be able to plug one with a battery in it straight into a mac mic in and
get a decent (if C1000-ey) signal? Yes yes I know everyone hates the C1000 but you can
pick them up cheap as chips these days and I reckon they'd sound pretty good for his
purposes - they are so bright he won't need to EQ to be legible!
a little like this: http://www.dv247.com/microphones/rode-videomic-shotgun-microphone--26256
But not THAT.
A battery powered shotgun mic will mean he can get up close
without being uncomfortable, and they are designed to go into minijack sockets.
3. USB Desktop Mic like http://www.dv247.com/microphones/blue-snowflake--66647
be easy to use, but I'm concerned that having something so much further away will result
in room noise and acoustics issues that would have been hitherto unknown coming from a
A bit cumbersome - he'll need a small stand and
shockmount too, presumably - and maybe these cheap Samson USB mics sound horrible?