XLR to USB mic adapters

How can I connect a condenser mic to my computer?

Neewer Condenser Microphone

Episode 1688

Mark (I Doc Mark) from Syracuse, New York

Mark wants to know how to connect a Neewer XLR mic to a laptop. Leo says that if it's a condenser mic, then it'll also need power. So an adapter won't really help. Leo recommends a Focus Rite Scarlet to power it and converter it to USB. However, some like the Newer XLR mic cannot work with Mac computers. That's only a $20 mic, and you'd be better off getting a USB compatible mic that works with any computer. If it's only for video conferencing, then Leo recommends the Blue Yeti or the Blue Snowball. It's decent.

What equipment do I need to get into voiceovers?

Heil PR40

Episode 1263

Roger from Bannon, OR

Roger would like to get into voiceover work and wants to know what equipment he needs that is high quality, but affordable. Leo says that breaking into voiceover is a challenge, but it's easy enough to build your own sound studio. Many work out of their house thanks to high speed internet and ISDN telephone lines. But the ISDN line can be expensive, so it's better just to record at home and then upload.