Microphones

How can I get rid of a clicking sound in my recording?

Yeti Microphone

Episode 1266

Sigmund from London, England

Sigmund recently had heart surgery and they replaced one of his heart valves. It 'ticks' rather loudly, though. Leo says that Dr. Mom says it's not unusual for mechanical heart valves to have an audible ticking noise. Leo says that some mics, mostly condenser mics, are very sensitive and can pick up the faintest of sounds. That's why most studios use dynamic mics. They don't pick up a lot of external sounds. But condenser mics can be tuned to not pick up that. Sigmund should find that in his Yeti settings. He can also "declick" the audio recording through recording software.

What's a good microphone and mixer for podcasting?

Behringer Podcast Kit

Episode 1204

Brandon from Springfield, MO

Brandon wants to get a mic for his computer so he can do let's play Minecraft videos. What should he get? He wants a mic with XLR outputs. Leo says that a good affordable option is the Shure SM58. They're cheap at under $100 and very robust. He won't be able to break it. He should also get a mixer that has a USB connector that can interface digitally with his computer. Podcaster kits like this from Behringer are a great place to start.

What's the best mic for podcasting?

Heil PR40

Episode 1120

Jim from Atlanta, GA

Jim was podcasting back when Leo was still on TechTV. Jim had to walk away from it a few years ago but now he's ready to get started up again. He sees that Leo had recommended the Sennheiser SMD25 and is wondering if its still a good option. Leo says he wouldn't go with that. He uses a dynamic directional mic instead. Leo recommends Bob Heil's HeilSound PR40. It's great for studio work and it'll make Jim's voice sound really great. They're about $350.

How can I record better audio for YouTube videos?

Beachtek adapter

Episode 1106

Mark from Moorsville, NC

Mark's son is doing YouTube recordings of his drumming. Leo says that kids using YouTube is all the rage now and a point and shoot camera does spectacular video. But the audio is another story. Leo says that a BeachTek adapter with a minJack out/XLR in will allow him to use a Sure SM57 mic. He'll want to sync the audio as well by making a loud clap at the beginning so he can align the audio and video tracks properly. He'll also want to think about lighting as well.

Is there a good wireless microphone I can get for recording audio on my phone?

Episode 1075

Paul from San Diego, CA

Paul also wants to know if there's a wireless microphone option for a phone. Leo says to give up on that. They're too expensive for a good wireless lapel mic. Leo says a directional shotgun mic is a good option. He likes the Apogee MiC. It can record via USB to a laptop, but also straight to an iPhone or iPad.

What's the best microphone for recording training videos?

Episode 1050

Mark from Tustin, CA

Mark wants to do training videos for his customers on computers. He tried pairing his BlueParrot Bluetooth headset with his iPad to record, but it didn't work. Leo says the quality isn't that great and the power isn't high enough to record the audio wirelessly. Leo says to use a wired microphone. It's far better. He should also use a digital interface that the iPad can understand.

How can I improve audio recording on a smartphone?

Episode 989

Braden from Wisconsin

Whenever Braden uses his smartphone to record, the audio is terrible. Leo says that phones these days use multiple microphones and dedicates one for noise cancellation. If he doesn't have that feature, then an external microphone connected to the phone with an adapter will work. The iRig may be good for that. Audio Technica also makes a microphone that can plug into a smartphone, but it looks like a big stage microphone.