Tech Blab: Microphones, Webcams, Mixers for Live Streaming

 

Microphones for Podcasting, Live Streaming and Video

Content Creation: Dynamic vs Condensor

Press Microphone setup

Various microphones aligned at press conference

 

Before i give you my recommendations, which i make with the utmost confidence and multiple professional opinions along with my own experience you should know a couple things about Microphones. Most Importantly is the difference and debate about whether to use a Dynamic or Condenser Microphone, and which you should buy has been discussed long before the first Podcast was sold on Itunes. With all the opinions on which is better i decided to write a small description in hopes it will clarify things a bit and help you in making your decision on which to buy.

Although most people will tell you that all Dynamic mics always more directional, and used to record both voice and instruments without the need for additional power supplies, they still vary in what range and area they pick sound up from. Most dynamics are also able to be used as a USB Microphone, so if you do not want to use the xlr output, which depending on your sound card would require a mixer or other USB interface to connect to your computer, this might be your first choice. Although sometimes less sensitive, dynamic mics can easily create that deep radio tone, but remember, you can’t expect the mic to do all the work so a little training with your vocal cords goes a long way.

Condenser Microphones require extra power known as phantom power which can be added to the setup using either a mixer, a phantom power midi adapter or a USB interface / USB Mixer.

Dynamic Microphones are often more robust than condenser microphones therefore perfect for use on stage at live music shows or other events whereas a Condenser microphone is a better fit for the studio recording or quiet areas which allow for more control of the audio stream reaching the mic as well as your surroundings. This can be a positive or negative depending on the sound your looking for because you can hear when someone is using certain microphones in a large open space vs a small room where the sound may be reverberating off the walls, or if designed properly, dampened by anything from clothing to expensive insulating sound panels which prevent any sort of echo from occurring in your audio recording. This is also where it is important to look at whether the mic is cardioid or omni-directional, with the latter picking up sound from all sides vs the Cardioid Microphones which only to so from one side, easily identified by a marking or “front” written on one side. Lastly, some condenser microphones pick up sound from the side(S) while other do so from the tip, much like most dynamic mics, which is something to pay attention to before buying a stand / arm or pop filter.

The major difference in the mics is a matter of transducer principles. Dynamic and condenser microphones have a membrane that vibrates with the air movement around it, this is known as the sound. The microphone must turn this movement from acoustical energy into electricity. Each type of microphone has different transducer properties so there is no way of saying one type is better than the other, it just comes down to your needs. Below are some of the most popular Mic’s for recording Podcast and for Live Streaming. ( Most people want to achieve the “Radio Sound”. When adjusted properly, all the mics below can achieve this, although some will do so more easily, while others may need a little extra work to get the sound just right.)


(In order by Brand)

Audio Techninca 

 

1) $52.00 ATR-2100 – Great Mic for around $50 with a clean, full sound.

This mike is used by many entry level Blabbers and Podcaster for it’s rich sound.

ATR-2100 dynamic microphone

2) $69.99 ATR-2500 – Side-address condenser microphone

with USB output for easy connection to your computer

ATR-2500 condensor microphone

 

3)$ 99.99 AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone, wide dynamic range, “The price/performance standard”

At-2020 studio condenser microphone

 


Rhode Microphones

1) $169.00 Rode NT-USB USB Condenser Microphone

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2) $229.00 Rode Podcaster USB Dynamic Microphone

Rode podcaster

3) $529.00 Rode NTK Tube Condenser Microphone. 

Now we are reaching that Pro / High End level.

Rode ntk tube condensor

 


Other Great Mics

MXL 2003A Large Capsule Condenser Microphone with High-Isolation Shockmount

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Shure PG42-LC Side-Address Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone

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Blue Microphones Yeti Pro USB Condenser Microphone, Multipattern

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(I ONLY RECOMMEND THE PRO VERSION OF THE YETI SERIES)

 


 

USB Audio Mixers / Kits / USB Interfaces 

Yamaha AG03 3-Channel Mixer/Interface

yahmaha podcasting 3 channel mixer

Audio Technica AT2020 Microphone with USB Mixer & Accessories, All In One Kit

 

audio technica all in one mixer, mic, headphones

Peavey PV6 USB Mixing Console

 

Peavey PV6 USB Mixing Console

Pyle 5 Channel Professional Audio Mixer with USB Interface

 

Pyle PAD20MXU 5 Channel MixerUSB Interface

Focusrite Scarlett Solo Compact USB Audio Interface

 

 Focusrite Scarlett Solo Compact USB Audio Interface


 

 

WEBCAMS

 

Logitech HD Webcam C270, 720p Widescreen Video Calling and Recording

 

Logitech c920 webcam 1080p

Microsoft LifeCam Studio 1080p HD Webcam

 

 

Microsoft webcam

 


Audio + Mobile Accessories For Streaming / Podcasting and More

Mic+Headphone Jack for Iphone, Android etc 

 3.5mm Audio Port Splitter Microphone and Headphones


 

OTG Micro-Standard USB Cable

(This one has a female usb port for peripherals + male end to charge or connect to PC)

OTG cable iphone ipad


 

Want to attach your Gadgets to your Apple IPhones and Ipads

Lightning Connector to create USB Port

  OTG cable for iphone and ipad usb connector


 In Case your Running out of Space

32GB Flash drive Iphone Lightning Connector


On the Go ?

AT Lavaliere Mic in combo with the Mic+Headphone/Speaker Splitter = Portable Podcast Studio

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