The success of your Audio/Video PodCast or other Rich Media Content depends greatly on the sound quality. Your tone and depth of voice has to be felt by the audience. A recent survey showed that people may compromise a bit on the Video quality but not on the sound.
Most Bloggers and PodCasters record from their Home Office, so if you want to sound like a Pro from a Studio the right tools are necessary. Getting the right loudness and noise free sound depends on the Mic you use. Choosing the right microphone that can deliver optimum sound quality in your environment is the key to successful Podcasts and Video’s. Microphones can be divided into Dynamic Mics and Condenser Mics. I recommend Dynamic Mics for the higher depth they offer.
Here is a list of the Best Microphones and accessories to sound like a Pro. For Bloggers, Podcasters and Rich media creators.
Always check the connector type before finalizing on a Mic. Additional equipment is required for some Connectors like XLR
This piece of kit priced $130 is affordable, super easy to use, and the sound that comes out of it is professional beyond belief. Couple it together with a decent pop filter, and you’ll sound like a radio DJ immediately! Side-address studio condenser with USB digital output (Windows and Mac compatible). Crystal-clear, natural sound for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voice over IP use.
It’s a dynamic USB mic (as opposed to a condenser mic), so it captures super clear, crisp voice recordings. It’s perfect for recording at your home office, but it’s not easily portable. The Rode Podcaster is the easiest way to record high-quality vocals or audio on your computer and upload them to the world. The microphone can be plugged into any computer with no in/out boxes, no expensive computer pre-amps, just a USB cable.
The Audio Technica AT2035 is a large diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone designed for critical home, project, professional studio applications, and live performance. This side-address cardioid studio condenser mic delivers exceptional detail and low noise. Equipped with a switchable 80Hz high-pass filter and 10dB pad, the AT2035 microphone handles high sound pressure levels with ease.
Price At $150 – Very affordable and delivers a great sound.
From Dance and Fitness Videos to your Cooking videos, any scenario that requires you to move – The Wireless Clip Mic from Sennheiser is the answer to get a professional Audio. This is High-Quality Microphone with noise cancellation. The Sennheiser EW 112-P G3 is a perfect fit for every ambitious video podcaster seeking both portability and great sound quality. The nearly invisible clip-on Omni-directional microphone transmits its signal via a bodypack transmitter with mute function and a portable, battery-powered adaptive-diversity receiver. The receiver and transmitter are lightweight and easy to operate, yet rugged and packed with features. Priced at $629
Priced around 300$ this is Dynamic Microphone that gives studio quality output and very low noise. The Heil PR 40 represents completely new dynamic microphone technology designed for a wide range of professional applications such as sophisticated recording, live sound, and commercial broadcast. Producing the widest frequency range available in a dynamic microphone, the PR 40 outperforms most condenser microphones, and can withstand huge amounts of SPL. At the same time, it maintains the 25 year Heil Sound tradition of superbly natural voice articulation.
At home and on location, these are the headphones of choice. Catch any small noises or variations in sound quality early on, so you can fix them before you release a podcast to the public
Create unparalleled recordings directly in your computer with Blue Microphone’s Yeti USB Microphone. The Yeti uses Blue Microphone’s proprietary tri-capsule technology to produce pristine, studio-quality recordings. It features four different pattern settings so you can record vocals, instrumental music, podcasts, or interviews in ways that would normally require multiple microphones. With simple controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, instant mute, and microphone gain, you’ll be creating exceptional recordings right out of the box. Blue Microphone’s Yeti requires no complicated drivers to operate—simply plug it into your computer’s USB port with the included USB cable, calibrate it with your operating system, and you’re ready to record.
Extremely useful tool for holding the mic in the right place.
Ideal for radio broadcasting studio, voice-over sound studio and so on. The XLR male to female microphone cable is already installed hidden inside the boom arm tubing enhancing the scissor suspension microphone stand’s overall appearance. The double-braced arms add strength. Your microphone is held safely on this scissor arm microphone mount. A standard microphone clip to mount any standard-sized handheld microphone.
Scissor Arm Stand with Holder for Broadcast Studio Fit for All Kinds of Studio Microphone,more Stronger Structure,come with Holder Only Fit Handhold Microphone Such As Sm57 Sm58 Sm86 Sm87,large Diameter Microphone Should Use Adaptor Such As Cradle or Shock Mounts.
Other Resources and Accessories
With the right Microphone in place, you will require some more quality equipment to give a professional cut to your Audio/Video content. Here’s a list of the best-associated tools to use, making you a real professional and your content recorded at your home office sounding like straight from the Studio.
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Giving the final touches to your recordings and a professional editors cut.
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Let me know what Tools you use for your Podcasts by posting in the comment section. If you plan to start Podcasting and are confused, let me know I will surely guide you through.
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