Mics...Testing Testing

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Pending, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. Pending macrumors regular

    Oct 1, 2014
    Whose using what mic?
    Plenty of choice from the cheap to the not so cheap, standard to top end 'Blue' mics. But what is the best performance for a decent price?
    Be good to hear some input :)
  2. PhiLLoW macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2014
    I use the Blue Yeti microphone. Really love this one. It's perfect.

    Used a Samson meteor prior. Loved the design and the portability. Quality was not even close to the Yeti though....
  3. Pending thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 1, 2014
    The Samson Go mic and Go mic direct seem well priced and decent quality if the reviews are anything to go by. Go mic Beaming coming soon looks interesting too. The Blue, a bit more money, also seems to get good reviews. Might just grab a Samson Go. Anyone used these mics?
  4. alexgaribay macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2013
    I have an Audio Technica AT2020+. It works pretty well. I don't do any recording of the audio. I just wanted a nice microphone to have. People on the other end of Skype instantly noticed a difference in audio quality when I started using it.
  5. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I got a Blue Yeti about three years ago. On the second day, it just died - light wouldn't come on, wasn't recognized. Returned it to Best Buy for a refund. I know lots of people seem happy with these, so maybe I just got one of the rare bad ones?

    I replaced it with an AT2020 USB and was very happy with it - sounds really good with an acoustic guitar. Since I was so pleased, I got a second one so I could record stereo. About a year later, one of them developed an intermittent problem with a huge amount of distortion suddenly appearing, then going away. Nothing obvious wrong, tried different cables, etc. The other AT2020 still works fine.

    Since then I have moved on to a 4 channel audio interface and analog microphones. But these experiences kind of soured me on USB mics. Still use the one working AT2020 at times when I want to make a quick recording with my MacBook Air. One thing to keep in mind, these mics have a very wide pickup pattern and if you place them a few feet away from the sound source, the acoustic properties of your room will be significant. It picks up all the ambient noise in the room.

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